SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 92: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 92

1. Carson presents her case so strongly and logically that only the prejudiced or the ------- will attempt to ------- her.

A. impartial . . defy
B. doubtful . . champion
C. gullible . . believe
D. obstinate . . contradict
E. irrational . . follow

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer D :

Choice (D) is correct. "Obstinate" means stubborn, and "contradict" means to assert the opposite of. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Carson presents her case so strongly and logically that only the prejudiced or the obstinate will attempt to contradict her." The sentence is structured so that the first missing word will be a negative one that parallels "prejudiced," or having a preconceived opinion, and the second missing word will be something that someone with the negative characteristic described by the first missing word would attempt to do. Choice (D) makes sense, because only a stubborn person would attempt to contradict Carson's strong and logical case.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Impartial" means fair, and "defy" means to challenge. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Carson presents her case so strongly and logically that only the prejudiced or the impartial will attempt to defy her." Since an impartial, person would not be likely to challenge a strong and logical argument, choice (A) does not make sense.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Doubtful" means undecided or skeptical, and "to champion" means to support. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Carson presents her case so strongly and logically that only the prejudiced or the doubtful will attempt to champion her. Someone who is doubtful about the strength of Carson's case is not likely to support her.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Gullible" means easily fooled, and "believe" means to accept as true. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Carson presents her case so strongly and logically that only the prejudiced or the gullible will attempt to believe her." If only someone who can be easily fooled is likely to believe Carson's case, then her case cannot be described as strong and logical.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Irrational" means not led by reason or logic, and "follow," in this context, means to agree with or adhere to. If Carson presents her case strongly and logically, it would not make sense that someone who is irrational, or illogical, would necessarily tend to agree with her.

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