SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 326: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 326

1. The author used a rhetorical question as a terminal flourish to -------- the section of text.

A. disclose
B. rearrange
C. simplify
D. conclude
E. ascertain

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Conclude" means to end. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The author used a rhetorical question as a terminal flourish to conclude the section of text." The missing term explains how the author used a rhetorical question as a "terminal flourish," or final decoration, in the text. A "terminal flourish" would logically conclude a section of text.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Disclose" means to make known. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The author used a rhetorical question as a terminal flourish to disclose the section of text." "Disclosing the section of text" would be how an author might present it to an audience. The "terminal flourish" indicates that the author is completing the writing of a section, not reading the section to an audience.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Rearrange" means to put into a different order. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The author used a rhetorical question as a terminal flourish to rearrange the section of text." An author would use a "terminal flourish" to end, not "rearrange," a section of text.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Simplify" means to make easier to understand. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The author used a rhetorical question as a terminal flourish to simplify the section of text." An author would use a "terminal flourish" to elaborately end, not "simplify," a section of text.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Ascertain" means discover. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The author used a rhetorical question as a terminal flourish to ascertain the section of text." Ascertaining a section of text would be coming to understand it, not concluding the writing of it.

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