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In the course of her researches, a historian recently
found two documents mentioning the same person,
Erich Schnitzler. One, dated May 3, 1739, is a
record of SchnitzlerтАЩs arrest for peddling without a
license. The second, undated, is a statement by
Schnitzler asserting that he has been peddling off
and on for 20 years.

The facts above best support which of the following
conclusions?
(A) Schnitzler started peddling around 1719.
(B) Schnitzler was arrested repeatedly for peddling.
(C) The undated document was written before 1765.
(D) The arrest record was written after the undated
document.
(E) The arrest record provides better evidence that
Schnitzler peddled than does the undated
document.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2004, 04:03
Tough one. I go with C
A) If the undated document were dated 1750, then we cannot say that Schnitzler started peddling in 1719
B) He could have been arrested only once, in 1739
C) The most conservative answer. If the documents were simply written before 1765, it would account for the fact that Schnitzler was peddling on and off for the past 20 years. Say it was dated 1730, then Schnitzler was at least peddling on in 1739. Say it was dated 1750, then again we can say that Schnitzler was at least peddling on in 1739.
D) As said in C, the document could have been written in 1750. We cannot say that it was written after the undated document for sure
E) Nothing ascertains the veracity of each document. The undated document could have been an official court order or something the like
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2004, 06:38
Agree with Paul that C is the best answer.

(A) Schnitzler started peddling around 1719.
We don't know that this is true. He might have peddled for the first time in 1739 and also arreasted in the same year.

(B) Schnitzler was arrested repeatedly for peddling.
May or may not be true.

(C) The undated document was written before 1765.
If it is true that he peddled off and on for 20 years and that he was arrested sometime in 1739, then we know that the document was probably written before 1765.

(D) The arrest record was written after the undated document.
We don't know this either. He may have made the statement a day before he was arrested.

(E) The arrest record provides better evidence that Schnitzler peddled than does the undated document.
Not necessarily. Might have been a false arrest.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2004, 08:50
C should be it.

It is possible that he was arrested and let go in 1739 and from then he might have peddled for 20 years till 1759 or he got arrested after 20 years from 1719 and never peddeled after 1739. In any case the events fall below 1765.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2004, 10:05
I think the arbitrary date of 1765 was to confuse people. It could have been 1760 just as well as 1850
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2004, 20:09
yeah toughie, but managed to select C with the same reasoning Paul used.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2004, 22:00
yes C is the answer. good work guys.
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