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In an experiment, two-year-old boys and their fathers made pie dough together using roling pins and other utensils. Each father-son pair used a rolling pin that was distinctively different from those used by the other father-son pairs, and each father repeated the phrase "rolling pin" each time his son used it. But when the children were asked to identify all of the rolling pins among a group of kitchen utensils that included several rolling pins, each child picked only the one that he had used.

Which one of the following inferences is most supported by the information above?

A. The children did not grasp the function of rolling pin.
B. No two children understood the name "rolling pin" to apply to the same object.
C. The children understood that all rolling pins have the same general shape.
D. Each child was able to identify correctly only the utensils that he had used.
E. The children were not able to distinguish the rolling pins they used from other rolling pins.
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06 Oct 2006, 19:56
Looks like B.
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06 Oct 2006, 20:17
Agree B.

A. The children did not grasp the function of rolling pin. - irrelevant. OUT
B. No two children understood the name "rolling pin" to apply to the same object. - Yes.Each child understood 'rolling pin' to refer to the object that only he/she used.
C. The children understood that all rolling pins have the same general shape. - Refutes the premise. OUT
D. Each child was able to identify correctly only the utensils that he had used. - restates a fact. OUT
E. The children were not able to distinguish the rolling pins they used from other rolling pins. - Refutes the premise. OUT
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06 Oct 2006, 22:26
Agree with (B) too
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06 Oct 2006, 22:44
B seems to be answer. D comes close. But "utensils" can refer to pins as well as other utensils. We are not sure whether the son could identify other utensils.
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07 Oct 2006, 01:27
ak_idc wrote:
B seems to be answer. D comes close. But "utensils" can refer to pins as well as other utensils. We are not sure whether the son could identify other utensils.

Excellent analysis ak! This CR boils down to B and D, but your explanation pinpoints why D is wrong.
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08 Oct 2006, 01:38
ak_idc wrote:
B seems to be answer. D comes close. But "utensils" can refer to pins as well as other utensils. We are not sure whether the son could identify other utensils.

This is exactly the heart of OE in the book
B is indeed the OA.

editted: hik, it's B ...a typo...so sorry

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08 Oct 2006, 10:57
Going with B...
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08 Oct 2006, 10:58
D? What the heck...
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08 Oct 2006, 21:33
It's B.
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B 2
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