SAT Reading 4.1 Sentence Completion

SAT Reading Sentence Completion Drill 4, Problem 1

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RhetoricAnalyzing word choice
SAT ReadingSentence Completion

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Some of these choices are too nonsensical, even for a sentence about a song that... famously

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doesn't make sense at all.

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Take "mammal" for instance.

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John Lennon was a mammal. Walruses are mammals.

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But that's not exactly what we're going for here, so we can eliminate (E).

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We can cross out (B), since "menagerie" is a fancy way of referring to a zoo.

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We have to dig a little deeper to eliminate the remaining choices, since they're kind

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of in the same ballpark.

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The sentence makes a point of emphasizing the fact that Lennon could find inspiration

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in basically anything.

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So we're looking for a word that hints at the sheer randomness of the song.

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"Culmination" describes a climactic point of something, so its connotations are just

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too organized to fit here.

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You could have a "collection" of random things, but it'd be weird to call a song

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a collection.

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"Pastiche" refers to a confusing mix of things, both in art and in life, so (D) is the best

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answer to this question.

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D for "Don't worry, not even Lennon knew what "Coo coo ca choo" meant."