SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 304: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 304

10. Initially only the carpeting outside the restroom was ------- by water from the burst pipe; eventually the entire hallway flooded.

A. diverted
B. confined
C. scuttled
D. cleansed
E. drenched

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. "Drenched" means soaked. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Initially only the carpeting outside the restroom was drenched by water from the burst pipe; eventually the entire hallway flooded." A burst pipe would spill water onto the carpet, thereby drenching it.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Diverted" means turned aside. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Initially only the carpeting outside the restroom was diverted by water from the burst pipe; eventually the entire hallway flooded." A carpet does not typically move and thus is not likely to be turned aside by water from a broken pipe.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Confined" means restricted or closed in. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Initially only the carpeting outside the restroom was confined by water from the burst pipe; eventually the entire hallway flooded." Water cannot generally restrict or close in something solid, such as a carpet.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Scuttled" means caused to sink. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Initially only the carpeting outside the restroom was scuttled by water from the burst pipe; eventually the entire hallway flooded." In order to be scuttled, an object must first be floating, usually by design. So boats can be scuttled, but carpeting, which is not designed or intended to float, cannot.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Cleansed" means cleaned. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Initially only the carpeting outside the restroom was cleansed by water from the burst pipe; eventually the entire hallway flooded." Water gushing from a burst pipe would not be said to clean the carpeting. Carpets are usually ruined when they get wet from burst pipes.

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