SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 300: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 300

6. As an architect who rehabilitates older buildings, Robert Washington objected to a city policy that resulted in the mass ------- of clearly ------- structures.

A. Demolition… inconsequential
B. Renovation… derelict
C. Razing… salvageable
D. Protection… venerable
E. Scouring… grimy

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Razing" means demolition, and "salvageable" means worth saving, especially from ruin. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "As an architect who rehabilitates older buildings, Roberta Washington objected to a city policy that resulted in the mass razing of clearly salvageable structures." The tearing down of buildings would clearly be objectionable to someone who "rehabilitates," or restores, old buildings, especially because the demolished structures were "salvageable."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Demolition" means destruction, and "inconsequential" means irrelevant or unimportant. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "As an architect who rehabilitates older buildings, Roberta Washington objected to a city policy that resulted in the mass demolition of clearly inconsequential structures." Although Washington fixes up old buildings for a living, she would not necessarily have objected to the destruction of unimportant structures.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Renovation" means restoration, and "derelict" means abandoned. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "As an architect who rehabilitates older buildings, Roberta Washington objected to a city policy that resulted in the mass renovation of clearly derelict structures." Given the fact that Washington is in the business of restoring old buildings, it would be illogical to claim that she opposed a plan to restore abandoned structures.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Protection" means supervision of something that is vulnerable, and "venerable" means impressive by reason of age. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "As an architect who rehabilitates older buildings, Roberta Washington objected to a city policy that resulted in the mass protection of clearly venerable structures." As an architect and rehabilitator of deteriorating buildings, it is highly unlikely that Washington would have objected to a policy that protects old, respected structures.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Scouring" refers to the removal of dirt and debris, and "grimy" means dirty. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "As an architect who rehabilitates older buildings, Roberta Washington objected to a city policy that resulted in the mass scouring of clearly grimy structures." Washington's appreciation for old buildings implies that she would fully support a plan to thoroughly clean "grimy" structures.

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