SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 335: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 335

10. The announcement that the city would raze the landmark school building was such a distressing -------- that it provoked an outcry.

A. disclosure
B. evaluation
C. liberation
D. instance
E. inquiry

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. A "disclosure" is a declaration or revelation. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The announcement that the city would raze the landmark school building was such a distressing disclosure that it provoked an outcry." The missing term has a meaning close to that of "announcement," which means a public notification or declaration. A "disclosure" could be an announcement.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. An "evaluation" is a determination of the value of something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The announcement that the city would raze the landmark school building was such a distressing evaluation that it provoked an outcry." The missing term has a meaning close to that of "announcement," which means a public notification or declaration. An "evaluation" of something might be the subject of an announcement, but it would not be the announcement itself.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Liberation" is the freeing of someone or something. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The announcement that the city would raze the landmark school building was such a distressing liberation that it provoked an outcry." The missing term has a meaning close to that of "announcement," which means a public notification or declaration. A "liberation" is not the same thing as an announcement.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. An "instance" is an example of something, or an occurrence. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The announcement that the city would raze the landmark school building was such a distressing instance that it provoked an outcry." The missing term has a meaning close to that of "announcement," which means a public notification or declaration. The word "instance" is too general to refer precisely to an announcement.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. An "inquiry" is an examination of facts or principles. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The announcement that the city would raze the landmark school building was such a distressing inquiry that it provoked an outcry." The missing term has a meaning close to that of "announcement," which means a public notification or declaration. The results of an inquiry might be the subject of an announcement, but it would not be referred to as the announcement itself.

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