SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 337: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 337

12. The eager members of the audience found the lecture topic -----, but unfortunately the lecturer' droning voice had a ------ effect.

A. Interesting… rousing
B. Advantageous… beneficial
C. Rudimentary… reassuring
D. Insipid… bland
E. Stimulating… soporific

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. "Stimulating" means interesting. "Soporific" means causing sleep. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The eager members of the audience found the lecture topic stimulating, but unfortunately the lecturer's droning voice had a soporific effect." The phrase "but unfortunately" signifies a contrast in the sentence between eager hopes for an interesting lecture and a disappointing presentation by the speaker. A stimulating topic and the sleep-inducing voice of the lecturer indicate such a contrast.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Interesting" means appealing. "Rousing" means stirring. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The eager members of the audience found the lecture topic interesting, but unfortunately the lecturer's droning voice had a rousing effect." The phrase "but unfortunately" signifies a contrast in the sentence between eager hopes for an interesting lecture and a disappointing presentation by the speaker. A droning voice would not rouse the audience members; it would put them to sleep.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Advantageous" means favorable or beneficial. "Beneficial" means favorable or advantageous. These words are synonyms of one another. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The eager members of the audience found the lecture topic advantageous, but unfortunately the lecturer's droning voice had a beneficial effect." The phrase "but unfortunately" signifies a contrast in the sentence between eager hopes for an interesting lecture and a disappointing presentation by the speaker. The terms "advantageous" and "beneficial," which mean roughly the same thing, fail to indicate such a contrast. Furthermore, it makes little sense to say that the droning voice of the lecturer was beneficial.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Rudimentary" means basic. "Reassuring" means comforting. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The eager members of the audience found the lecture topic rudimentary, but unfortunately the lecturer's droning voice had a reassuring effect." The phrase "but unfortunately" signifies a contrast in the sentence between eager hopes for an interesting lecture and a disappointing presentation by the speaker. A "rudimentary topic" and a "reassuring voice" fail to indicate a contrast.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Insipid" means dull or tasteless. "Bland" means plain or tasteless. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The eager members of the audience found the lecture topic insipid, but unfortunately the lecturer's droning voice had a bland effect." The phrase "but unfortunately" signifies a contrast in the sentence between eager hopes for an interesting lecture and a disappointing presentation by the speaker. Both an "insipid topic" and a "bland voice" would both contribute to a bland lecture. The terms fail to indicate a contrast.

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