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# A century in certain ways is like a life

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A century in certain ways is like a life, and as the end of a century approaches, people behave toward that century much as someone who is nearing the end of
life does toward that life. So just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end _______.
Which one of the following most logically completes the argument?

(A) reminisce about their own lives
(B) fear that their own lives are about to end
(C) focus on what the next century will bring
(D) become very interested in the history of the century just ending
(E) reflect on how certain unfortunate events of the century could have been avoided
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14 Aug 2015, 05:36
Hi,

Can anyone explain why D is the correct answer?
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22 Aug 2015, 08:42
Hi... Can someone explain why D is the answer ? I choose A.
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Argument says century is like a life.
people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life.

Now we need to answer what will people do at a century’s end?

This is sort of a parallel reasoning question.
We are given that century is like a life and people at the end of life look back on the events of their life. Therefore, people at the end of century will look at the events of the century.

This is also a real life situation. Have you noticed at the end of every year a lot of TV shows are aired which go over events of the last year? Same here.

D says people become very interested in the history of the century just ending. This is akin to saying that people become interested at the events of the century just ending.
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25 Aug 2015, 01:33
Thank you tarunktuteja..
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07 Sep 2015, 12:07
Not a recommended Question for GMAT

just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end

just as brings comparison so one can suggest that persons who are at end of their life enjoy looking back in century , the others enjoy looking forward to upcoming century.

Option C has equal chance as D
Kindly let me know if I am missing something
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04 Nov 2015, 10:31
Just as people behave when their life is about to end they behave exactly the same when a century is about to end. It means what u do when life or a century is going to end is same.
so what you should fill in the blank to complete the sentence should be exactly parallel to the first part. Here is how :

just as X so Y - we know its and idiom where X & Y has to be of similar nature and should be comparable, all in all parallel and should be expressing the same meaning.

in argument "Y" is - "People spend much time looking back on the events of their life when in their last years (when life is going to end)
so "X" should be - "People spend much time looking at events of the century when it is going to end".

Choice "D" is exactly what "X" should be. it says people take interest in history (events happened in century) of century just ending.
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21 Nov 2015, 20:47
Why not A & B ?

I am unable to understand how it is D ?

How to approach this sentence ?

Can someone help me out ?
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21 Nov 2015, 21:37
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Why not A & B ?

I am unable to understand how it is D ?

How to approach this sentence ?

Can someone help me out ?

you have to read the TEXT in entirety.The passage talks about a subtle comparison between TWO EPISODES. the way one looks at his life as he come to his own FAG end AND the way one VIEWS as the 100 years comes to an end.

(A) reminisce about their own lives-------> this PEOPLE are said to be doing when their OWN life is coming to FAG END so it CANNOT be the answer
(B) fear that their own lives are about to end---->FEAR is no where in the PICTURE ! so this is also out

make sense?
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