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321. From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of [u]baggage so light/u] that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

(A) baggage so light
(B) baggage being so light
(C) baggage, yet being so light
(D) baggage, and so light
(E) baggage yet was so light

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Re: From the bark of the paper birch tree... [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 00:46
I think we need a kind of condradiction there (so powerful boat yet so light to be carried by a man).

So we have (C) and (E) left. (C) is out because 'being' is wrong here.
(E) stays in the same verb tense as for 1st part of sentence ('..the Menomini crafted...')


So we have only (E) to choose.

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Re: From the bark of the paper birch tree... [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 01:11
wow chose E
its correct here the last sentence refers to the tree not the baggage
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Re: From the bark of the paper birch tree... [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 11:48
From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

(A) baggage so light
(B) baggage being so light
(C) baggage, yet being so light
(D) baggage, and so light
(E) baggage yet was so light

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Re: From the bark of the paper birch tree... [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 14:03
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321. From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of [u]baggage so light/u] that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

(A) baggage so light
(B) baggage being so light
(C) baggage, yet being so light
(D) baggage, and so light
(E) baggage yet was so light

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Initially I also went for A but after reading further came to the following few notes:

- This sentence is not complete with a coordinating conjunction i.e. "yet". Yet is also required to make sentence logical: "A canoe could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage yet the canoe was so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids".
Eliminate A,B and D.

- Avoid using "being" in gmat to the possible extent. Eliminate B. Remains E.
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Re: From the bark of the paper birch tree... [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 23:38
+1 E,

Logic as given by Fistail. yet is needed to show the intended contrast in meaning in the given sentence. And "being" should be avoided in GMAT if possible.
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Re: From the bark of the paper birch tree... [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 23:44
To indicate contrast, yet is required. being is not appropriate because we need to maintain parallelism- could carry (past form) is || to was
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Re: From the bark of the paper birch tree... [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 23:58
From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of [u]baggage so light/u] that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids

Here Canoe (small boat) is referred by which in the sentence, you can portage it .. here again it is referring the Canoe not to baggage.. So yet was so light is correct answer .. E
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Re: From the bark of the paper birch tree... [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2011, 11:15
Let me break the sentence and then I will ask the qusn -

From the bark of the paper birch tree - (modifies Menomini)
Clause 1 -
the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage
Clause 2 -
yet was so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

My Qusn - Shouldnt the subject of clause 1 be subject of clause 2?

In this case - "Menomini"

Please let me know if I am wrong theoretically. I know rhetorically Canoe sounds correct.

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Re: From the bark of the paper birch tree... [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2011, 12:03
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Let me break the sentence and then I will ask the qusn -

From the bark of the paper birch tree - (modifies Menomini)
Clause 1 -
the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage
Clause 2 -
yet was so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

My Qusn - Shouldnt the subject of clause 1 be subject of clause 2?

In this case - "Menomini"

Please let me know if I am wrong theoretically. I know rhetorically Canoe sounds correct.

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In this case, the clause 2 you mentioned is also a description of the canoe Menomini built. So the statement is constructed this way-

Menomini built a canoe.

What kind of canoe? - one that was about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage yet was so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

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