SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 333: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 333

8. Castillo's poetry has generated only enthusiastic reponse: praise from the general public and ------ from the major critics.

A. condemnation
B. sarcasm
C. plaudits
D. irony
E. pathos

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Plaudits" are praises. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Castillo's poetry has generated only enthusiastic response: praise from the general public and plaudits from the major critics." The use of the colon indicates that what follows in the sentence are examples of the "enthusiastic," or positive, response the poetry received. The missing term will therefore be an example of the enthusiastic response. "Plaudits" are praises, which is a type of enthusiastic response.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Condemnation" means blame. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Castillo's poetry has generated only enthusiastic response: praise from the general public and condemnation from the major critics." The use of the colon indicates that what follows in the sentence are examples of the "enthusiastic," or positive, response the poetry received. The missing term will therefore be an example of the enthusiastic response. Since "condemnation" means blame, it is the opposite of an enthusiastic response.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Sarcasm" is a type of ridicule. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Castillo's poetry has generated only enthusiastic response: praise from the general public and sarcasm from the major critics." The use of the colon indicates that what follows in the sentence are examples of the "enthusiastic," or positive, response the poetry received. The missing term will therefore be an example of the enthusiastic response. "Sarcasm" a type of ridicule, would indicate disapproval of the poetry rather than an enthusiastic response.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Irony" means the use of words to express something other than, and often the opposite of, a literal meaning. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Castillo's poetry has generated only enthusiastic response: praise from the general public and irony from the major critics." The use of the colon indicates that what follows in the sentence are examples of the "enthusiastic," or positive, response the poetry received. The missing term will therefore be an example of the enthusiastic response. "Irony" does not suggest an enthusiastic response.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Pathos" is an emotion of sympathetic pity. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Castillo's poetry has generated only enthusiastic response: praise from the general public and pathos from the major critics." The use of the colon indicates that what follows in the sentence are examples of the "enthusiastic," or positive, response the poetry received. The missing term will therefore be an example of the enthusiastic response. "Pathos," which is an emotion of sympathetic pity, does not necessarily suggest praise.

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