SAT Reading 1.5 Sentence Completion
SAT Reading Sentence Completion Drill 1, Problem 5
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Product Type||SAT Reading|
|Rhetoric||Analyzing word choice|
|SAT Reading||Sentence Completion|
The phrase "all men are created equal" is one of the self-evident truths mentioned in
the Declaration of Independence. So whatever goes in the first blank has to refer to a
statement of equality as a belief.
(A), (B), and (C) all might work...
But (D) looks a little suspect to us.
"Foundation" sort of makes sense because it means the basis on which something stands.
Still, we have to get rid of it because it doesn't organically refer to a single idea
in the context of this sentence.
Now, we'll move on to the second blank to see which answers it can help us get rid of.
(A) can definitely be crossed off. Embellishment is the act of decorating something or making
it more beautiful, which doesn't exactly jibe with the idea of slavery.
(B) kind of makes sense, because deviation can mean to diverge from an established belief.
However, we can eliminate it because the prepositions don't line up. We'd say "deviation from"
not "deviation to."
(E) evasion almost makes sense as well. An
evasion can happen when something is avoided. You know... like the evasion of fulfilling
one of the most fundamental beliefs on which a country is based.
We get into preposition trouble again here, though. We'd say "evasion of" not "evasion
to," so choice (E)...no good.
OK, we've eliminated everything but (C), so hopefully this one fits the bill.
We gave "proposition" the go-ahead earlier, and "contradiction" works too.
No doubt slavery was a contradiction to the idea that all people are created equal.
(C) it is. C for "Couldn't we just get it right in the first place?"