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An anthropologist studying the social function of human skin has stated that tattoos are an ancient form of body art. Tattoos, she argues, function as a mode of self-identification; the placement and design of images communicate ideas of central importance to those who bear them. She hypothesizes that the resurgence of tattooing in Western cultures over the last 10-15 years is due to increased desire to express individuality in an environment in which other personal decorations, including clothing and jewelry, are mass-produced.

Which of the following research studies, if completed, would be most likely to provide evidence directly relating to the anthropologist’s hypothesis?



a A study examining the attitudes in several Western cultures toward mass-produced clothing and jewelry.

b A study that systematically interviews people with tattoos less than 15 years old to discover their reasons for tattooing.

c A study surveying the work of other anthropologists on tattooing as a mode of self-identification.

d A study of the most common designs for tattoos over the last 10-15 years that could determine correlations between popular images and culture.

e A study comparing ancient and modern designs for tattoos that could reveal the way shifts in images reflect shifts in culture.
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Re: Tattoos [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 03:44
IMO A.
will give the reasoning if my answer matches OA
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Re: Tattoos [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 06:39
B for me. OA?

By the research in B we can evaluate the "increased desire" among people to express their individuality. If they are only doing it for fun or just for the sake of trend then the hypothesis will be wrong.
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Re: Tattoos [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 07:03
Its B; My silly mistake was that I read something else !
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Re: Tattoos [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 18:11
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An anthropologist studying the social function of human skin has stated that tattoos are an ancient form of body art. Tattoos, she argues, function as a mode of self-identification; the placement and design of images communicate ideas of central importance to those who bear them. She hypothesizes that the resurgence of tattooing in Western cultures over the last 10-15 years is due to increased desire to express individuality in an environment in which other personal decorations, including clothing and jewelry, are mass-produced.

Which of the following research studies, if completed, would be most likely to provide evidence directly relating to the anthropologist’s hypothesis?



a A study examining the attitudes in several Western cultures toward mass-produced clothing and jewelry.

b A study that systematically interviews people with tattoos less than 15 years old to discover their reasons for tattooing.

c A study surveying the work of other anthropologists on tattooing as a mode of self-identification.

d A study of the most common designs for tattoos over the last 10-15 years that could determine correlations between popular images and culture.

e A study comparing ancient and modern designs for tattoos that could reveal the way shifts in images reflect shifts in culture.


Hi, what's the source and the OA?
I find this a rather unique/odd CR question. If the OA is B, isn't it too obvious? Interviewing the people with tattoos will obviously give you an idea of why they got one. Most CRs require more than a one-step analysis to determine the conclusion/assumption, etc. This seems to be very direct and perhaps requires less critical reasoning?
Just my view though. :)
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Re: Tattoos [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 21:47
B.

@vanilla: This could be a 600-700 type of question with a single line of reasoning.
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Re: Tattoos [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 13:12
OA is B, source MGMAT 600-700 dificult.

One question concerning the 15 years old of answer B: they refer to the people or to the tatoos???
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Re: Tattoos [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 16:44
noboru wrote:
OA is B, source MGMAT 600-700 dificult.

One question concerning the 15 years old of answer B: they refer to the people or to the tatoos???



the question is saying people who has tattoos that are 15 years old, since the recent surge in tattooing only started 10-15 years ago.
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