SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 52: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 52

7. Despite their technical -------, sixteenth-century maps of the Caribbean provide ------- information for geographers and historians.

A. inaccuracies . . imaginative
B. limitations . . abundant
C. interest . . additional
D. precision . . great
E. proficiency . . considerable

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

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

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Limitations" means limits or restrictions; "abundant" means plentiful. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Despite their technical limitations, sixteenth-century maps of the Caribbean provide abundant information for geographers and historians." The word "despite" indicates that there will be a contrast between the missing terms. Therefore, it makes sense to say that early Caribbean maps provided plentiful information "despite their technical limitations."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Inaccuracies" are mistakes or errors; "imaginative" means creative or false. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Despite their technical inaccuracies, sixteenth-century maps of the Caribbean provide imaginative information for geographers and historians." The word "despite" indicates that there will be a contrast between the missing terms. Such a contrast is not apparent using these terms, as maps that contain errors would be expected to provide false information.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Interest" is concern; "additional" means added or extra. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Despite their technical interest, sixteenth-century maps of the Caribbean provide additional information for geographers and historians." Maps that arouse interest do not necessarily provide extra information.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Precision" means accuracy; "great" means large. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Despite their technical precision, sixteenth-century maps of the Caribbean provide great information for geographers and historians." The word "despite" indicates that there will be a contrast between the missing terms. Such a contrast is not apparent using these terms because maps that contain technical accuracy would be expected to provide a great deal of information.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Proficiency" means advanced skill; "considerable" means significant. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Despite their technical proficiency, sixteenth-century maps of the Caribbean provide considerable information for geographers and historians." The word "despite" indicates that there will be a contrast between the missing terms. Such a contrast is not apparent using these terms because maps that demonstrate technical skill would be expected to provide a significant amount of information.

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