SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 51: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 51

6. The ------- of Sandra Cisneros' works, which have sold many thousands of copies, is reflected in her ------- readership.

A. variety . . narrow
B. popularity . . wide
C. provincialism . . liberal
D. integrity . . scattered
E. control . . concerned

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

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

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Popularity" means having a wide acceptance; "wide" means having a broad extent. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The popularity of Sandra Cisneros' works, which have sold many thousands of copies, is reflected in her wide readership." The phrase "reflected in" indicates that there will be a similarity between the missing terms. Since the sentence states that the works "have sold many thousands of copies," the missing terms must reflect this broad appeal. Therefore, it makes sense that the "popularity" of Cisneros' works would be reflected in a "wide" readership.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Variety" means many different forms; "narrow" means limited. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The variety of Sandra Cisneros' works, which have sold many thousands of copies, is reflected in her narrow readership." The phrase "reflected in" indicates that there will be a similarity between the missing terms. These terms create a contradictory statement because a "variety" of works would likely attract a wide audience, as indicated by the "thousands of copies" sold.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Provincialism" means narrow-mindedness; "liberal" means broad-minded. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The provincialism of Sandra Cisneros' works, which have sold many thousands of copies, is reflected in her liberal readership." Inserting the terms "provincialism" and "liberal" creates a contradictory statement since works marked by "provincialism," or narrow-mindedness, would not necessarily appeal to a liberal audience.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Integrity" means firm adherence to a code of moral or artistic values; "scattered" means dispersed. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The integrity of Sandra Cisnero's works, which have sold many thousands of copies, is reflected in her scattered readership." The "integrity" of a writer's work is unrelated to the dispersion of readership.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Control" means restraint or influence; "concerned" means interested. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "The control of Sandra Cisneros' works, which have sold many thousands of copies, is reflected in her concerned readership." Works that are restrained or influenced by outside factors would not necessarily have a broad appeal, nor would they necessarily engage a concerned readership.

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