SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 322: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 322

13. New York designer Anna Sui creates eclectic clothes that represent an ------- of playful, 1970's funky style fused with an edgy, urban sensibility.

A. induction
B. amalgam
C. immersion
D. occlusion
E. estrangement

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Amalgam" means mixture or blend. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "New York designer Anna Sui creates eclectic clothes that represent an amalgam of playful, 1970's funky styles fused with an edgy, urban sensibility." An "eclectic style" is one that is composed of elements drawn from different sources. The sentence shows how Anna Sui's style is an "amalgam," or blend, of several different artistic traditions.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Induction" means something like bringing facts or ideas forward. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "New York designer Anna Sui creates eclectic clothes that represent an induction of playful, 1970's funky styles fused with an edgy, urban sensibility." Styles are not things that can normally be induced. An "induction of styles" is thus not a meaningful phrase.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Immersion" means deep involvement. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "New York designer Anna Sui creates eclectic clothes that represent an immersion of playful, 1970's funky styles fused with an edgy, urban sensibility." An "immersion" is something that is generally done while studying a subject or in preparation for some creative project. Such "immersion" is not part of the actual process of creating art, clothes, or other products, however. "An immersion of playful . . . styles" thus does not carry a clear meaning.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Occlusion" means closing off. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "New York designer Anna Sui creates eclectic clothes that represent an occlusion of playful, 1970's funky styles fused with an edgy, urban sensibility." An "occlusion," or closing off, of certain styles could not then "fuse," or combine, with something else. Things that are closed off are generally rendered unavailable.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Estrangement" means alienation. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "New York designer Anna Sui creates eclectic clothes that represent an estrangement of playful, 1970's funky styles fused with an edgy, urban sensibility." If something is "estranged," or alienated, from something else, it is cut off from that thing. Thus it makes no sense to say that something is an estrangement of certain styles that are "fused," or combined, with something else.

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