SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 56: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 56

11. The collection of animals in the laboratory was a virtual ------- that included sea urchins, mice, dogs, monkeys, and chimpanzees.

A. milieu
B. sanctuary
C. arboretum
D. cavalcade
E. menagerie

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

Skill: Determining the meaning of words

Explanation for Correct Answer E :

Choice (E) is correct. A "menagerie" is a collection of animals kept for exhibition. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The collection of animals in the laboratory was a virtual menagerie that included sea urchins, mice, dogs, monkeys, and chimpanzees." The missing term must be related to the various creatures in the laboratory. "Menagerie" specifically refers to such a group of animals.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Milieu" means surroundings or environment. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The collection of animals in the laboratory was a virtual milieu that included sea urchins, mice, dogs, monkeys, and chimpanzees." "Milieu" is too general in this context because it does not refer specifically to a collection of animals.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. A "sanctuary" is a place of refuge or protection. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The collection of animals in the laboratory was a virtual sanctuary that included sea urchins, mice, dogs, monkeys, and chimpanzees." The term "sanctuary" refers to an actual place where animals may be protected, not to the creatures themselves. Furthermore, it cannot be assumed that the laboratory protects the animals in the same way that a sanctuary would.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. An "arboretum" is a place where trees and shrubs are grown. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The collection of animals in the laboratory was a virtual arboretum that included sea urchins, mice, dogs, monkeys, and chimpanzees." The term "arboretum" refers to plants, not animals.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. A "cavalcade" is a procession or a parade. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "The collection of animals in the laboratory was a virtual cavalcade that included sea urchins, mice, dogs, monkeys, and chimpanzees." A "cavalcade" is not a collection of animals.

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