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CR: History Textbooks [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2006, 10:54
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History textbooks frequently need to be revised. The reasons for this are clear: new discoveries of documents and remains, the discovery of mistaken inferences in prior histories, the discovery of previously unnoticed relationships among data, and the application of hitherto undiscovered principles of natural science all may indicate inadequacies in current history texts. Any of these considerations may require that the past be reinterpreted in a manner that is new and more illuminating.
Which one of the following can be inferred from the argument in the passage?
(A) The interpretation of historical events is affected by natural science.
(B) The past is constantly renewed because of illuminating reinterpretations.
(C) History books are outdated as soon as they are written.
(D) Natural scientists also function as historians.
(E) Historians’ mistaken inferences are caused by unnoticed relationships among data.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2006, 19:08
Should be A.

B----> Past should be more illuminating as per the problem, but in this option its the interpretation that is more illuminating.

C---> Can't be inferred directly. They need to be revised frequently but not necessary that they are outdated as soon as they are written.

D--->Out of Scope.

E---->' mistaken inferences ' and ' unnoticed relationships among data ' are two different reasons and are not related among themselves.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 02:27
Between A and B, I would go with B.

In A it says , affected by natural science. But passage says, it is affected by undiscovered principles of natural science.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 02:35
I go with A.
I believe in B, it talks about reinterpretation where as the passage talks about mistaken inferences.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 03:38
The OA is indeed A.

Remgeo, you came close to nailing the question. The answer is A, because as the passage says - the undiscovered principles of natural science indicate inadequacies in current history texts. The focus here is on natural science. A is therefore the Answer.

If you are still not convinced, please refer to this thread - http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=8770&highlight=history+textbooks+frequently+revised

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