SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 87: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 87

12. Lena Horne's singing style is such that she can invest even the most ------- lyrics with dramatic meaning.

A. harmonious
B. sensational
C. impeccable
D. vapid
E. esteemed

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Vapid" means dull and lacking interest. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Lena Horne's singing style is such that she can invest even the most vapid lyrics with dramatic meaning." Since the word "even" is used as an intensifier in this sentence to indicate that the missing term describes lyrics that are lacking in dramatic meaning, choice (D) works here.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Harmonious" means musically concordant or pleasing. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Lena Horne's singing style is such that she can invest even the most harmonious lyrics with dramatic meaning." It makes no sense to speak of "harmonious lyrics"; harmony has to do with music, not the words set to music.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Sensational" means exaggeratedly dramatic. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Lena Horne's singing style is such that she can invest even the most sensational lyrics with dramatic meaning." Choice (B) does not work here—"sensational" lyrics are already dramatic, even excessively so.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C : Choice (C ) is incorrect. "Impeccable" means faultless. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Lena Horne's singing style is such that she can invest even the most impeccable lyrics with dramatic meaning." Since "impeccable" lyrics are by definition faultless, it is illogical that they would need to be enhanced by a singer.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Esteemed" means highly regarded. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "Lena Horne's singing style is such that she can invest even the most esteemed lyrics with dramatic meaning." If lyrics were held in high regard, they would already be considered of high quality and therefore would not need to be enhanced.

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