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GMAT 1: 670 Q48 V34
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help needed from verbal champions [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2013, 01:46
Hi Forum Members,

Need a bit of help regarding RC.
currently i'm doing very well in CR & SC but RC as usual has been my weakness.

Earlier i use to score around 50 percent correct in RC but following new approach i'm able to nail most nail most structure questions. Here i dont read the whole passage but first sentence of each passage or 1 more sentence in purpose is not clear and also look for idea transitions.

But when i'm presented with a detail questions at the start i consume too much time as i have to do this initial reading to get a feel of the passage and then look for detail.

Questions that specially trouble me are the ones where i need to match many details with the passage. And here i get confused as to read the full passage or do the initial reading and then use POE to answers.

For example, if the passage asks for thing that the author won't agree with. I need to know 4 things that he will agree with and those may be scattered through out the passage.

As you are good in RC, Please help me to get over this difficulty. I have my GMAT in 2 weeks so i would prefer fine tuning the existing strategy or knowing where actually i'm making mistakes.

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Re: help needed from verbal champions [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2013, 01:50
Ok, here is a passage from OG:


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Archaeology as a profession faces two major prob-
lems. First, it is the poorest of the poor. Only paltry
sums are available for excavating and even less is avail-
able for publishing the results and preserving the sites
(5) once excavated. Yet archaeologists deal with priceless
objects every day. Second, there is the problem of illegal
excavation, resulting in museum-quality pieces being
sold to the highest bidder.
I would like to make an outrageous suggestion that
(10) would at one stroke provide funds for archaeology and
reduce the amount of illegal digging. I would propose
that scientific archeological expeditions and govern-
mental authorities sell excavated artifacts on the open
market. Such sales would provide substantial funds for
(15) the excavation and preservation of archaeological sites
and the publication of results. At the same time, they
would break the illegal excavator’s grip on the market,
thereby decreasing the inducement to engage in illegal
activities.
(20) You might object that professionals excavate to
acquire knowledge, not money. Moreover, ancient arti-
facts are part of our global cultural heritage, which
should be available for all to appreciate, not sold to the
highest bidder. I agree. Sell nothing that has unique

(25) artistic merit or scientific value. But, you might reply,
everything that comes our of the ground has scientific
value. Here we part company. Theoretically, you may be
correct in claiming that every artifact has potential scien-
tific value. Practically, you are wrong.
(30) I refer to the thousands of pottery vessels and ancient
lamps that are essentially duplicates of one another. In
one small excavation in Cyprus, archaeologists recently
uncovered 2,000 virtually indistinguishable small jugs in
a single courtyard, Even precious royal seal impressions
(35) known as/melekh handles have been found in abun-
dance---more than 4,000 examples so far.
The basements of museums are simply not large
enough to store the artifacts that are likely to be discov-
ered in the future. There is not enough money even to
(40) catalogue the finds; as a result, they cannot be found
again and become as inaccessible as if they had never
been discovered. Indeed, with the help of a computer,
sold artifacts could be more accessible than are the
pieces stored in bulging museum basements. Prior to
(45) sale, each could be photographed and the list of the
purchasers could be maintained on the computer A
purchaser could even be required to agree to return the
piece if it should become needed for scientific purposes.
It would be unrealistic to suggest that illegal digging
(50) would stop if artifacts were sold on the open market.
But the demand for the clandestine product would be
substantially reduced. Who would want an unmarked
pot when another was available whose provenance was
known, and that was dated stratigraphically by the
professional archaeologist who excavated it?
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Question:
The author implies that all of the following statements about duplicate artifacts are true EXCEPT:
(A) A market for such artifacts already exists.
(B) Such artifacts seldom have scientific value.
(C) There is likely to be a continuing supply of such artifacts.
(D) Museums are well supplied with examples of such artifacts.
(E) Such artifacts frequently exceed in quality those already catalogued in museum collections.
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Re: help needed from verbal champions [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2013, 15:02
I believe it's E. Each of the other choices are mentioned within the passage. A is tough to notice as it is mentioned that it's currently an illegal activity that is done by museums for the highest bidder. Only E is not mentioned as quality does not come up, especially as there is not enough money to catalogue everything.

Please let me know what other's opinion is. Thank you!
Re: help needed from verbal champions   [#permalink] 26 Jan 2013, 15:02
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