SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 298: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 298

4. Many writers associated with Harlem Renaissance were not originally from Harlem; drawn by artistic community it provided, they ------- the place as home.

A. neglected
B. adopted
C. avoided
D. criticized
E. encountered

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Adopted" means took voluntarily as one's own. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Many writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance were not originally from Harlem; drawn by the artistic community it provided, they adopted the place as home." The missing term describes how a group of writers came to view Harlem as home. It makes sense that people who were "drawn," or attracted, to the neighborhood would "adopt the place," or make it their own.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Neglected" means disregarded. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Many writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance were not originally from Harlem; drawn by the artistic community it provided, they neglected the place as home." The phrase "they neglected the place as home" makes little sense semantically, and it is unlikely that people "drawn" to Harlem would have a negative view of the neighborhood.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Avoided" means kept away from. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Many writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance were not originally from Harlem; drawn by the artistic community it provided, they avoided the place as home." It is illogical to assert that people who were attracted to Harlem's artistic community deliberately stayed away from the neighborhood.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Criticized" means found fault with. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Many writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance were not originally from Harlem; drawn by the artistic community it provided, they criticized the place as home." The structure of the sentence implies that the missing term will elaborate on the writers' favorable impression of Harlem, not on their criticism.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Encountered" means met unexpectedly. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Many writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance were not originally from Harlem; drawn by the artistic community it provided, they encountered the place as home." The verb "encounter" is usually used in connection with people and things, not with places.

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