SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 61: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 61

1. Gwen Guthrie's controversial compact disc was ------- by wary radio programmers until the city's listening audience ------- her work and requested its airplay.

A. ignored . . initiated
B. banned . . overlooked
C. dismissed . . praised
D. justified . . boycotted
E. appreciated . . enjoyed

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

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

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. In this case, "dismiss" means to reject; "praise" means to give a favorable judgment. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Gwen Guthrie's controversial compact disc was dismissed by wary radio programmers until the city's listening audience praised her work and requested its airplay." The sentence indicates that the radio programmers and their listeners had different reactions to Guthrie's music. Given the context of the sentence, it is logical to conclude that the "wary," or cautious, programmers rejected Guthrie's compact disc until the listeners who "praised" her music asked to hear it on the airwaves

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Ignore" means to not notice; "initiate" means to start. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Gwen Guthrie's controversial compact disc was ignored by wary radio programmers until the city's listening audience initiated her work and requested its airplay." "Wary" programmers might have intentionally overlooked Guthrie's music, but it is illogical to claim that the audience "initiated" it.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Ban" means to prohibit; "overlook" means to ignore or fail to notice. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Gwen Guthrie's controversial compact disc was banned by wary radio programmers until the city's listening audience overlooked her work and requested its airplay." Although wary programmers might have banned Guthrie's compact disc, the audience would not both "overlook" the music and request its airplay.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Justify" means to defend; "boycott" means to refuse to buy. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Gwen Guthrie's controversial compact disc was justified by wary radio programmers until the city's listening audience boycotted her work and requested its airplay." It is unlikely that programmers would defend music that they are "wary" of, and an audience would not "boycott" the same music they want to hear on the radio.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Appreciate" means to value highly; "enjoy" means to take pleasure in. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Gwen Guthrie's controversial compact disc was appreciated by wary radio programmers until the city's listening audience enjoyed her work and requested its airplay." It is unlikely that programmers would "appreciate" music that makes them "wary."

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