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25 Nov 2005, 01:31
During the nineteenth century, occupational information about women that was provided by the United States censusâ€”a population count conductedeach decadeâ€” became more detailed and precise in
response to social changes. Through 1840, simple enumeration by household mirrored a home-based agricultural economy and hierarchical social order: the head of the household (presumed male or absent) was
specified by name, whereas other household members were only indicated by the total number of persons counted in various categories, including occupational categories. Like farms, most enterprises were family-run, so that the census measured economic activity as an attribute of the entire household, rather than of individuals.

It can be inferred from the passage that the 1840 United States census provided a count of which of the following?
(A) Women who worked exclusively in the home
(B) People engaged in nonfarming occupations
(C) People engaged in social movements
(D) Women engaged in family-run enterprises
(E) Men engaged in agriculture
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During the nineteenth century, occupational information about women that was provided by the United States censusâ€”a population count conducted each decadeâ€” became more detailed and precise in response to social changes. Through 1840, simple enumeration by household mirrored a home-based agricultural economy and hierarchical social order: the head of the household (presumed male or absent) was specified by name, whereas other household members were only indicated by the total number of persons counted in various categories, including occupational categories. Like farms, most enterprises were family-run, so that the census measured economic activity as an attribute of the entire household, rather than of individuals.

It can be inferred from the passage that the 1840 United States census provided a count of which of the following?

(A) Women who worked exclusively in the home
(B) People engaged in nonfarming occupations
(C) People engaged in social movements
(D) Women engaged in family-run enterprises
(E) Men engaged in agriculture

A, D are out because it infers that women were not counted.
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25 Nov 2005, 17:34
B.

census did not kept record of gender and only recorded people in various occupational catagories.
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26 Nov 2005, 05:06
I agree, it should be B
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18 Feb 2013, 20:51
joemama142000 wrote:
During the nineteenth century, occupational information about women that was provided by the United States censusâ€”a population count conductedeach decadeâ€” became more detailed and precise in
response to social changes. Through 1840, simple enumeration by household mirrored a home-based agricultural economy and hierarchical social order: the head of the household (presumed male or absent) was
specified by name, whereas other household members were only indicated by the total number of persons counted in various categories, including occupational categories. Like farms, most enterprises were family-run, so that the census measured economic activity as an attribute of the entire household, rather than of individuals.

It can be inferred from the passage that the 1840 United States census provided a count of which of the following?
(A) Women who worked exclusively in the home
(B) People engaged in nonfarming occupations
(C) People engaged in social movements
(D) Women engaged in family-run enterprises
(E) Men engaged in agriculture

Census did not analyze by gender until 1870. Hence, A, D, and E are out. We definitely did not read about people engaged in social movements during 1840 in the passage. 1840 is a simple list that reflects home based economic activity including occupational activities. B is correct.
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