SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 95: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 95

4. Although visitors initially may find touring the city by subway to be -------, they are pleased to discover that subways are an inexpensive and ------- way to get around.

A. wasteful . . generous
B. daunting . . efficient
C. extravagant . . prohibitive
D. convenient . . solitary
E. enjoyable . . easy

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Daunting" means intimidating. "Efficient" means effective. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Although visitors initially may find touring the city by subway to be daunting, they are pleased to discover that subways are an inexpensive and efficient way to get around." The first part of the sentence describes how the visitors feel "initially," or at first, about traveling by subway. The second part of the sentence describes a way in which the visitors' views change. It is likely that visitors to a city would at first find its subways intimidating. It is also likely that once visitors discover that subways are an inexpensive and effective way to travel, they would be pleased.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Wasteful" means inclined to waste, or uneconomical. "Generous" means giving. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Although visitors initially may find touring the city by subway to be wasteful, they are pleased to discover that subways are an inexpensive and generous way to get around." It is not likely that visitors to a city would find its subways to be uneconomical, since subways are stated to be inexpensive. In addition, the word "generous" doesn't describe a mode of transportation.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Extravagant" means excessive. "Prohibitive" means tending to discourage. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Although visitors initially may find touring the city by subway to be extravagant, they are pleased to discover that subways are an inexpensive and prohibitive way to get around." It is not likely that visitors to a city would find its subways to be excessive, since subways are said to be inexpensive. It is also not likely that visitors would be pleased by something tending to discourage them.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Convenient" means easy or suitable. "Solitary" means alone. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Although visitors initially may find touring the city by subway to be convenient, they are pleased to discover that subways are an inexpensive and solitary way to get around." It is likely that visitors to a city would find its subways to be "convenient," or an easy means of traveling. However, since the subway is a type of public transportation, travel by subway is, by definition, not "solitary."

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Enjoyable" means pleasing or satisfying. "Easy" means simple or not difficult. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "Although visitors initially may find touring the city by subway to be enjoyable, they are pleased to discover that subways are an inexpensive and easy way to get around." If visitors initially find touring by subway to be pleasing, then discovering such travel to be both inexpensive and simple doesn't reflect the contrast implied by the term "although."

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