SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 336: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 336

11. Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris co-wrote The Crown of Columbus, a ------- effort successfully mingling their individual styles as writers.

A. stratified
B. fitful
C. collaborate
D. vicarious
E. corresponding

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Collaborative" refers to something done in partnership. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Louise Erdrich and Micahel Dorris co-wrote The Crown of Columbus, a collaborative effort successfully mingling their individual styles as writers." The missing term describes an effort that involves working together and mingling two people's individual writing styles. A "collaborative effort" is one in which people work together to produce something.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Stratified" means layered. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Louise Erdrich and Micahel Dorris co-wrote The Crown of Columbus, a stratified effort successfully mingling their individual styles as writers." The missing term describes an effort that involves working together and mingling two people's individual writing styles. "Stratified" does not mean mingling or mixing.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Fitful" means intermittent or irregular. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Louise Erdrich and Micahel Dorris co-wrote The Crown of Columbus, a fitful effort successfully mingling their individual styles as writers." The missing term describes an effort that involves working together and mingling two people's individual writing styles. If these writers put in a "fitful effort," they would not have been successful at mingling their individual styles.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Vicarious" means experienced indirectly or done as one person substituting for another. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Louise Erdrich and Micahel Dorris co-wrote The Crown of Columbus, a vicarious effort successfully mingling their individual styles as writers." The missing term describes an effort that involves working together and mingling two people's individual writing styles. Since these authors co-wrote the book, they took part in the effort equally, and the book cannot be called a "vicarious effort."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Corresponding" means comparing. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Louise Erdrich and Micahel Dorris co-wrote The Crown of Columbus, a corresponding effort successfully mingling their individual styles as writers." The missing term describes an effort that involves working together and mingling two people's individual writing styles. Using the word "corresponding" here does not make sense because it is unclear what their effort would be corresponding to.

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