SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 96: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 96

5. One critic asserts that modern urban architecture causes sensory deprivation because it fails to provide visual and tactile -------.

A. latency
B. stimulation
C. complacence
D. confusion
E. extension

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer B :

Choice (B) is correct. "Stimulation" means excitement or arousal. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "One critic asserts that modern urban architecture causes sensory deprivation because it fails to provide visual and tactile stimulation." In an environment of sensory deprivation, the senses are deprived of "stimulation," or arousal. People in such an environment would have nothing to see (visual arousal) or feel (tactile arousal).

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Latency" is the state of being dormant or inactive. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "One critic asserts that modern urban architecture causes sensory deprivation because it fails to provide visual and tactile latency." Architecture is accused of failing to provide something interesting to the senses, not failing to provide a state of inactivity.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Complacence" means self-satisfaction. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "One critic asserts that modern urban architecture causes sensory deprivation because it fails to provide visual and tactile complacence." Although people in an environment of sensory deprivation might feel a lack of self-satisfaction, the environment is not necessarily the cause. Architecture is accused of failing to provide something interesting to the senses, not failing to provide self-satisfaction.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Confusion" means bewilderment or puzzlement. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "One critic asserts that modern urban architecture causes sensory deprivation because it fails to provide visual and tactile confusion." Failing to puzzle has nothing to do with sensory deprivation caused by architecture.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Extension" means something additional. If one were to insert this term into the text, the sentence would read "One critic asserts that modern urban architecture causes sensory deprivation because it fails to provide visual and tactile extension." Architecture may cause sensory deprivation, but that has nothing to do with its ability to provide something additional.

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