SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 37: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 37

7. Dine (Navajo) weavers have been ------- in their use of design, drawing on ------- motifs as well as on motifs from Spain, Asia, and other parts of the world.

A. artful . . foreign
B. antagonistic . . stereotypical
C. comprehensive . . distant
D. eclectic . . indigenous
E. pedestrian . . exotic

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Skill: Understanding the content, form, and function of sentences

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Eclectic" means coming from diverse sources. "Indigenous" means native to an area. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Dine (Navajo) weavers have been eclectic in their use of design, drawing on indigenous motifs as well as on motifs from Spain, Asia, and other parts of the world." The first missing term makes a claim that is supported by the information following the first comma. Weavers who incorporate "motifs," or central design elements, from around the world can be said to have an "eclectic" style, and the term "as well" implies that these international motifs are used in addition to domestic, or "indigenous," designs.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Artful" means skillful or cunning. "Foreign" means coming from or characteristic of a country other than one's own. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Dine (Navajo) weavers have been artful in their use of design, drawing on foreign motifs as well as on motifs from Spain, Asia, and other parts of the world." The Dine weavers may have been skillful, but the term "foreign" is redundant, since designs from "Spain, Asia, and other parts of the world" qualify as foreign.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Antagonistic" means hostile or contentious. "Stereotypical" means lacking originality or creativity. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Dine (Navajo) weavers have been antagonistic in their use of design, drawing on stereotypical motifs as well as on motifs from Spain, Asia, and other parts of the world." It is unclear how the weavers' design choices could be "antagonistic," or hostile.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Comprehensive" means all-inclusive or very large in scope. "Distant" means far away. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Dine (Navajo) weavers have been comprehensive in their use of design, drawing on distant motifs as well as on motifs from Spain, Asia, and other parts of the world." It is illogical to claim that the Dine weavers used "distant" designs "as well as" designs from Spain and Asia, because motifs from these places were, for the Dine weavers, "distant."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Pedestrian" means commonplace or undistinguished. "Exotic" means coming from another part of the world. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Dine (Navajo) weavers have been pedestrian in their use of design, drawing on exotic motifs as well as on motifs from Spain, Asia, and other parts of the world." It is unlikely that motifs drawn from "exotic" places would be "pedestrian," or common.

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