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Botanist: On the remote island of Tropica, it is known that early settlers brought a special variety of sunflower plant to cultivate on their arrival over 10,000 years ago. All of the sunflowers on the island today, both wild and farmed, have descended from that original variety. By studying today’s wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica, we can learn much more about that original variety of sunflower because the wild plants have not been selectively cultivated over the years as the farmed plants have.

The botanist’s argument depends on which of the following assumptions?

A)There were not other varieties of sunflowers on Tropica when the settlers first arrived on the island.

B)The wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica today are more similar to the original variety than today’s farmed plants.

C)The climate on the island of Tropica has not changed significantly over the past 10,000 years.

D)The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety.

E) Some wild plants have mutated dramatically over the past 10,000 years.
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Premise 1: All of the sunflowers on the island today, both wild and farmed, have descended from that original variety.
Premise 2: the wild plants have not been selectively cultivated over the years as the farmed plants have.
Conclusion: By studying today’s wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica, we can learn much more about that original variety of sunflower

Possible assumption: selective cultivation brought changes in farmed plants that will not allow farmed plants to be preferred for studying original plant characteristics but instead wild plants will help in this regard.

The botanist’s argument depends on which of the following assumptions?

A)There were not other varieties of sunflowers on Tropica when the settlers first arrived on the island. -- irrelevant . How does this matter

B)The wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica today are more similar to the original variety than today’s farmed plants. -- irrelevant . It doesn't help explain uniqueness of wild plants and weakens the conclusion instead.

C)The climate on the island of Tropica has not changed significantly over the past 10,000 years.--- how does this matter. Both wild and farmed plants are affected as both have same origin. Also insufficient info

D) The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety.-- Correct as this matches our assumption. Negating this, conclusion falls apart

E) Some wild plants have mutated dramatically over the past 10,000 years.--- Weakens conclusion

Please post OA along with OE for better understanding.
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Botanist: On the remote island of Tropica, it is known that early settlers brought a special variety of sunflower plant to cultivate on their arrival over 10,000 years ago. All of the sunflowers on the island today, both wild and farmed, have descended from that original variety. By studying today’s wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica, we can learn much more about that original variety of sunflower because the wild plants have not been selectively cultivated over the years as the farmed plants have.

The botanist’s argument depends on which of the following assumptions?

A)There were not other varieties of sunflowers on Tropica when the settlers first arrived on the island.

B)The wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica today are more similar to the original variety than today’s farmed plants.

C)The climate on the island of Tropica has not changed significantly over the past 10,000 years.

TD)he selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety.

E) Some wild plants have mutated dramatically over the past 10,000 years.

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Clear D for me.

if the plant has changed during the years than there will be not point at studying the plants of today in order to discover more about the plant 10000 years ago!

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17 Jan 2014, 18:02

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23 Jan 2014, 07:41
I'm still getting confused between B and D. Both are trying to point at the same idea that the wild plants would show more similarity with the original plant. If I negate B it opposes the conclusion made. Rather in D it has not mention the specific variety being talked about.
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The point here you are missing is that though we should focus on the conclusion of the argument, the assumption is an unstated premise that links conclusion to the premises.

Let's say we negate both B & D:

B)The wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica today are not more similar to the original variety than today’s farmed plants.
Does this really fall apart the argument? No. Because similarity is used very vaguely here and therefore in essence, we can't really learn more about original variety just based on this. We can't for sure say our preference with respect to both varieties.

D)The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has not led to few if any significant changes from the original variety.
What the negation then means is that farmed plants can be used for learning more about original plant even though the farmed plants are selectively cultivated. Therefore, we need not have wild plants preferred over farmed plants. I think we always need to understand the stem and try to rephrase it in our words to arrive better at the answer.

Hope this helps!!

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I'm still getting confused between B and D. Both are trying to point at the same idea that the wild plants would show more similarity with the original plant. If I negate B it opposes the conclusion made. Rather in D it has not mention the specific variety being talked about.

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23 Jan 2014, 10:38
Option D is "The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety." which means that selective cultivation has not led to much change ("few if any significant changes") from the original variety. Isn't this opposite to what we're assuming?
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23 Jan 2014, 10:47
Again you are ignoring the premise (fact) stated by the argument i.e. the wild plants have not been selectively cultivated over the years as the farmed plants have. So what assumption are we making here is that the other variety i.e farmed plants,unlike wild plants, have changes due to selective cultivation. The point here is that we are basically stating our preference for wild plants while cancelling out the only other alternative.

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Option D is "The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety." which means that selective cultivation has not led to much change ("few if any significant changes") from the original variety. Isn't this opposite to what we're assuming?
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Again you are ignoring the premise (fact) stated by the argument i.e. the wild plants have not been selectively cultivated over the years as the farmed plants have. So what assumption are we making here is that the other variety i.e farmed plants,unlike wild plants, have changes due to selective cultivation. The point here is that we are basically stating our preference for wild plants while cancelling out the only other alternative.

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Option D is "The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety." which means that selective cultivation has not led to much change ("few if any significant changes") from the original variety. Isn't this opposite to what we're assuming?

I'm not ignoring that premise. Just saying that option D says that selectively cultivated farmed plants have not changed significantly. I guess the language used in the option is confusing.
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23 Jan 2014, 11:02
Yes. That's how typical GMAT CRs are with convoluted language, making you spend time understanding language

anindame wrote:
mba1382 wrote:
Again you are ignoring the premise (fact) stated by the argument i.e. the wild plants have not been selectively cultivated over the years as the farmed plants have. So what assumption are we making here is that the other variety i.e farmed plants,unlike wild plants, have changes due to selective cultivation. The point here is that we are basically stating our preference for wild plants while cancelling out the only other alternative.

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Option D is "The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety." which means that selective cultivation has not led to much change ("few if any significant changes") from the original variety. Isn't this opposite to what we're assuming?

I'm not ignoring that premise. Just saying that option D says that selectively cultivated farmed plants have not changed significantly. I guess the language used in the option is confusing.
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Thanks for the explanation! I get your point!
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Botanist: On the remote island of Tropica, it is known that early settlers brought a special variety of sunflower plant to cultivate on their arrival over 10,000 years ago. All of the sunflowers on the island today, both wild and farmed, have descended from that original variety. By studying today’s wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica, we can learn much more about that original variety of sunflower because the wild plants have not been selectively cultivated over the years as the farmed plants have.

The botanist’s argument depends on which of the following assumptions?

A)There were not other varieties of sunflowers on Tropica when the settlers first arrived on the island.

B)The wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica today are more similar to the original variety than today’s farmed plants.

C)The climate on the island of Tropica has not changed significantly over the past 10,000 years.

D)The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety.

E) Some wild plants have mutated dramatically over the past 10,000 years.

What is wrong with option A? Negating option A results in "There were other varieties of sunflowers on Tropica when settlers first arrived on the island". Now the question says that all the varieties of sunflowers descended from the original variety that the settlers brought in.

Doesnt negating option A also break the argument? Can someone clarify?
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guerrero25 wrote:
Botanist: On the remote island of Tropica, it is known that early settlers brought a special variety of sunflower plant to cultivate on their arrival over 10,000 years ago. All of the sunflowers on the island today, both wild and farmed, have descended from that original variety. By studying today’s wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica, we can learn much more about that original variety of sunflower because the wild plants have not been selectively cultivated over the years as the farmed plants have.

The botanist’s argument depends on which of the following assumptions?

A)There were not other varieties of sunflowers on Tropica when the settlers first arrived on the island.

B)The wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica today are more similar to the original variety than today’s farmed plants.

C)The climate on the island of Tropica has not changed significantly over the past 10,000 years.

D)The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety.

E) Some wild plants have mutated dramatically over the past 10,000 years.

What is wrong with option A? Negating option A results in "There were other varieties of sunflowers on Tropica when settlers first arrived on the island". Now the question says that all the varieties of sunflowers descended from the original variety that the settlers brought in.

Doesnt negating option A also break the argument? Can someone clarify?

Probably cause we dont know if the existing variety of sunflowers survived for 10000 years or were in significant proportion. Even i chose A but now i understood why D makes more sense.
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PREMISE- The wild plants have not been selectively cultivated over the years as the farmed plants have.
CONCLUSION- By studying today’s wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica, we can learn much more about that original variety of sunflower.

LOGIC-ALL THE PLANTS WERE BROUGHT 10,000 YEARS BACK. SOME SELECTIVELY CULTIVATED THROUGH FARMS......SOME GREW IN WILD.....
THOSE IN WILD ARE BETTER TO STUDY THE ORIGINAL ONES.......WHY ARE THE CULTIVATED ONES NOT ? IT MEANS THE ONES SELECTIVELY CULTIVATED DEVELOPED SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WHICH MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO COMPARE WITH ORIGINAL ONES.....

Prospect ans are "B" and "D"....
The botanist’s argument depends on which of the following assumptions?

B)The wild sunflower plants on the island of Tropica today are more similar to the original variety than today’s farmed plants....this is a stated premise ....cant be an assumption......incorrect

D)The selective cultivation of farmed plants over the past 10,000 years has led to few if any significant changes from the original variety.correct as per our logic above...
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I am leaning more towards option B.

Reasons why D cannot be the answer (my opinion). If the selected cultivation of farmed plants did not lead to any significant changes, then the author should choose the farmed plants to study the original variety of sunflower. BUT, he doesn't do that. Instead he selects the WILD variety. Now the correct assumption should explain why the author chose the WILD variety over the cultivated variety.

Option B correctly links the WILD VARIETY of today, with the original variety.

This is a question from Veritas prep and in Veritas, the correct answer is given as B.

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This is actually shocking...I guess veritas experts are the best people to comment on this. Waiting for veritas experts.

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I am leaning more towards option B.

Reasons why D cannot be the answer (my opinion). If the selected cultivation of farmed plants did not lead to any significant changes, then the author should choose the farmed plants to study the original variety of sunflower. BUT, he doesn't do that. Instead he selects the WILD variety. Now the correct assumption should explain why the author chose the WILD variety over the cultivated variety.

Option B correctly links the WILD VARIETY of today, with the original variety.

This is a question from Veritas prep and in Veritas, the correct answer is given as B.

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Yes, I am inclined towards B.

D: "Selective cultivation lead to few if any significant changes in farmed plants" means selective cultivation did NOT make any significant changes. If this is so, then how does it become an assumption for the conclusion given? which is wild plants were not cultivated over the years? D is a clear weakener.

If D said, selective cultivation made significant changes in farmed plants, THEN D makes sense. Hope to see experts opinion on this.
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I am leaning more towards option B.

Reasons why D cannot be the answer (my opinion). If the selected cultivation of farmed plants did not lead to any significant changes, then the author should choose the farmed plants to study the original variety of sunflower. BUT, he doesn't do that. Instead he selects the WILD variety. Now the correct assumption should explain why the author chose the WILD variety over the cultivated variety.

Option B correctly links the WILD VARIETY of today, with the original variety.

This is a question from Veritas prep and in Veritas, the correct answer is given as B.

Thank god you point that out! I thought I lost my critical reasoning abilities completely. D made no sense to me whatsoever, and especially those completely nonsensical arguments in favor of D.
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Please explain your reasoning always before you actually make harsh comments. Healthy discussion is always welcome on a forum but no mud slinging please.

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I am leaning more towards option B.

Reasons why D cannot be the answer (my opinion). If the selected cultivation of farmed plants did not lead to any significant changes, then the author should choose the farmed plants to study the original variety of sunflower. BUT, he doesn't do that. Instead he selects the WILD variety. Now the correct assumption should explain why the author chose the WILD variety over the cultivated variety.

Option B correctly links the WILD VARIETY of today, with the original variety.

This is a question from Veritas prep and in Veritas, the correct answer is given as B.

Thank god you point that out! I thought I lost my critical reasoning abilities completely. D made no sense to me whatsoever, and especially those completely nonsensical arguments in favor of D.
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Sorry about that but it seemed more like you were lecturing people rather than discussing the possible answers

mba1382 wrote:
Please explain your reasoning always before you actually make harsh comments. Healthy discussion is always welcome on a forum but no mud slinging please.

Fabino26 wrote:
virinchiwiwo wrote:
I am leaning more towards option B.

Reasons why D cannot be the answer (my opinion). If the selected cultivation of farmed plants did not lead to any significant changes, then the author should choose the farmed plants to study the original variety of sunflower. BUT, he doesn't do that. Instead he selects the WILD variety. Now the correct assumption should explain why the author chose the WILD variety over the cultivated variety.

Option B correctly links the WILD VARIETY of today, with the original variety.

This is a question from Veritas prep and in Veritas, the correct answer is given as B.

Thank god you point that out! I thought I lost my critical reasoning abilities completely. D made no sense to me whatsoever, and especially those completely nonsensical arguments in favor of D.
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