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In fourteenth and the fifteenth century, many western Pueblo

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In fourteenth and the fifteenth century, many western Pueblo [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 10:33
Please attached screenshot for RC passage.

I think this is a howler from GMATPrep and the answer is wrong. Now I am not of those who question GMAC for their questionable answer choices but this one does not go well with me at all. I am taking my chances.

Experts please verify.
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Re: In fourteenth and the fifteenth century, many western Pueblo [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 17:36
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I'd have to answer E on this one. It's certainly not obvious, but the phrase "such apparently communal spaces" is the only relevant clue in the passage.

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Re: In fourteenth and the fifteenth century, many western Pueblo [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 20:24
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I'd have to answer E on this one. It's certainly not obvious, but the phrase "such apparently communal spaces" is the only relevant clue in the passage.

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Hi,

I would like to take your attention towards the parenthesized bit : large size of storage spaces located around some communal Great Kivas [underground ceremonial chambers]

It says explicitly here that these chambers were used for ceremonial purposes. Why not B is the right answer then. And there were practical uses for these chambers too when they stored in them.


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Re: In fourteenth and the fifteenth century, many western Pueblo [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2013, 09:30
Hi,

The problem seems to lie not on the first part of answer B (ceremonial function is clearly indicated in parenthesis), but on the latter part of answer B.

"They served ceremonial as well as practical functions."

The passage says "Though no direct evidence exists that such space were used for....populations could have preserved necessary extra food..."
As you can see, these two bold lines show that storage spaces could have served practical functions, but not necessarily.

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Re: In fourteenth and the fifteenth century, many western Pueblo [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2013, 16:35
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WillEconomistGMAT wrote:
I'd have to answer E on this one. It's certainly not obvious, but the phrase "such apparently communal spaces" is the only relevant clue in the passage.

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Hi,

I would like to take your attention towards the parenthesized bit : large size of storage spaces located around some communal Great Kivas [underground ceremonial chambers]

It says explicitly here that these chambers were used for ceremonial purposes. Why not B is the right answer then. And there were practical uses for these chambers too when they stored in them.


Thanks,
Vaibhav.


Notice that the storage spaces are located around the Great Kivas, and the chambers themselves, not the storage spaces, were used for ceremonial purposes.

Close, careful reading is very important on these higher difficulty-level problems.
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