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# Columnist: George Orwell s book 1984 has exercised much

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Columnist: George Orwell’s book 1984 has exercised much influence on a
surveyed and asked to name the one book that had the most influence on
their lives. The book chosen most often was the Bible; 1984 was second. The
answer to which one of the following questions would most help in
evaluating the columnist’s argument?

B. How many people chose books other than 1984?

C. How many people read the columnist’s newspaper?

D. How many books by George Orwell other than 1984 were chosen?

E. How many of those surveyed had actually read the books they chose?
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04 Mar 2010, 04:26
Hi, Everyone

thanks for your help! all of you!

Well, this is my opinion:

Conclusion:
George Orwell’s book 1984 has exercised much influence on a
great number of this newspaper’s readers
Facts:
One thousand readers were surveyed and asked to name the one book that had the most influence on
their lives. The book chosen most often was the Bible; 1984 was second
Assumptions?
Here, it's important to make some relationship between the readers of the newspaper and the Orwell's book......
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The answer to which one of the following questions would most help in evaluating the columnist’s argument?

C. How many people read the columnist’s newspaper? For me, this one, make this RELATIONSHIP!

what do you think guys?

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04 Mar 2010, 04:34
IMHO E.
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04 Mar 2010, 04:59
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Columnist: George Orwell’s book 1984 has exercised much influence on a
surveyed and asked to name the one book that had the most influence on
their lives. The book chosen most often was the Bible; 1984 was second. The
answer to which one of the following questions would most help in
evaluating the columnist’s argument?

A. How many books had each person surveyed read?If person read only 1984, he has no choice which book influences most. However if he read plenty of books and choose 1984, we can claim that 1984 influence much. I think this is the best answer

B. How many people chose books other than 1984? If total was 1000 surveyed, and answer tells us 100 or 900 people choose book other than 1984, I think we can evaluate the argument

C. How many people read the columnist’s newspaper? No matter how many people read newspaper. The stimulus states the book has an impact on newspaper's readers, not on all people

D. How many books by George Orwell other than 1984 were chosen? No.

E. How many of those surveyed had actually read the books they chose? The number will give us nothing new
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04 Mar 2010, 06:34
Well,

In that way, I think could be:
B. How many people chose books other than 1984? If total was 1000 surveyed, and answer tells us 100 or 900 people choose book other than 1984, I think we can evaluate the argument

BUT what happens with this: The book chosen most often was the Bible; 1984 was second ?

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29 May 2010, 11:24
My take is E.Do you mind revealing the OA? Thanks!
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29 May 2010, 20:14
The newspaper editore is saying that the book influenced the great number of readers of his newspaper, and he cites the survey with 1000 people as the back up for his argument. However, let's say his news paper has 1 mln readers, 1000 would not be even 1 % of the readership of his newspaper, thus his claim that " George Orwell’s book 1984 has exercised much influence on a great number of this newspaper’s readers" would be false.
Thus question needs to be asked how many people read his newspaper?
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02 Jun 2010, 17:10
i vote for E.
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02 Jun 2010, 18:22
+ 1 E

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24 Dec 2010, 07:00
OG 12 question. OA is B.

http://www.beatthegmat.com/george-orwel ... hington-DC
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Columnist: George Orwell’s book 1984 has exercised much influence on a
surveyed and asked to name the one book that had the most influence on
their lives. The book chosen most often was the Bible; 1984 was second. The
answer to which one of the following questions would most help in
evaluating the columnist’s argument?

B. How many people chose books other than 1984?

C. How many people read the columnist’s newspaper?

D. How many books by George Orwell other than 1984 were chosen?

E. How many of those surveyed had actually read the books they chose?

I don't think C is the answer, because the stimulus says that 1000 people were surveyed. So we need to look for an option that would question the validity of the author's conclusion based on the survey data.

The answer should be B. If out of the 1000 people, 995 said Bible,4 said 1984 and 1 opted for another book, then it doesn't make sense to conclude that 1984 was an influential book.
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25 Dec 2010, 02:52
This question comes down to B & E.

E is supposed to be the trick answer for this question. One must keep in mind that a book doesn't have to be read in its entirety (or at all) in order to be influential on people. A perfect example of this would be religious texts; without getting into particularly sensitive specifics, there are plenty of people out there who will do crazy things and citing religious doctrine written in some "holy religious text" as justification, even if they have not read said text in its entirety or have no understanding of its context.

B is the neatly "hidden" right answer for the exact reason cited by vraptor in the post above.
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08 Sep 2011, 17:01
http://www.manhattanlsat.com/forums/q24 ... t4797.html

here the question is different from what is in this post. The people who were surveyed were readers of the news paper. This information is helpful to eliminate C.
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10 Sep 2011, 01:18
looks like a tricky one..

cant decide between B and E

but will go with E
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10 Sep 2011, 06:49
Good question... Got Stumped

Though B is the OA, I still feel C can be the answer
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10 Sep 2011, 10:48
yea... very tricky one indeed... i have an inclination for E... only if people actually read the book... one can say if it has an influence on the people.... but... oa i guess is b and we have to accept that
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