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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 Schnitzler’s 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 21 Oct 2004, 07:31
C it is
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 21 Oct 2004, 13:37
I prefer E,

Lets assume the undated document was written in 1964. It just misses 1939 by far 4 years.

Even I can contradict my logic here by saying that undated doesnt specify that he was peddling for exactly 20 yrs... But...

Any counter thoughts ?
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Re: CR: Peddling (its a Mindbender) [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2004, 14:26
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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 Schnitzler’s 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.


This is not an assumption question. Given the evidence above, A can be concluded no?
Record in 1739.
Been peddling for 20 years
Can't you conclude that 'he started peddling around 1719?
E seems too extreme no? we have no way to tell that one is better evidence than the other.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2004, 15:30
OA is B. :-D

I don't understand it.... Explanations appreciated.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2004, 15:58
Please double check OA. It should be C. Here is the link
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=5786
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2004, 01:46
OA is indeed C.

Thanks Paul. Sincere apologies to fellow gmatters. Was totally inadvertent...infact I was myself cracking my head open trying to justify B but to no avail....

at paul'suggestion i reopened the answer sheet and checked it again. it is C. the next q has answer B....and in the middle of the night when i was half asleep i must has mistaken it as the answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2004, 03:05
I picked C. I don't like this question, it's too confusing and doesn't involve much thought.
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In the course of her researches, a historian recently found [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2005, 12:31
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 Schnitzler’s 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.
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 19 Oct 2005, 12:53
E for me

(A) No way to find this
(B) No mention in the arg. about repeated arrests
(C) Not mentioned/suggested
D) Cannot be verified
(E) Best choice. Arrest record is a better evidence than the undated document.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2005, 12:54
C is the only one making sense.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2005, 13:07
OA is C...but how ????
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2005, 13:55
[quote="gsr"]E for me
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I am being totally careless today! C sounds perfectly logical.

He was peddling for 20 years. Definitely he was doing it in 1739. So the range is 1719 - 1759, which is before 1765!
He can't claim in 1765 that he was pedd. for 20 years (starting 1745), because he was arrested in 1739 doing that!
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2005, 13:59
A, B and E are out. C must be true either if Schnitzler was arrested before having pedding or after. D should be dissmised because we cann't conclude whether Schnitzler peddled before or after he was arrested.
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In the course of her researches, a historian recently found [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2006, 19:06
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 Schnitzler’s 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 25 Apr 2006, 19:15
Only C makes sense to me. :roll:

A------no surity about the year 1979 b'coz the statement is undated.
B------Only one arrest has happened for sure.
D------Same as A
E------Close one but C can be said for sure.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2006, 21:52
I will go with 'D'.
My reasoning.......

The second, undated, is a statement by Schnitzler asserting that he has been peddling off and on for 20 years.

This suggests that he had written this statement while he was still peddling.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2006, 00:21
zoom612 wrote:
I will go with 'D'.
My reasoning.......

The second, undated, is a statement by Schnitzler asserting that he has been peddling off and on for 20 years.

This suggests that he had written this statement while he was still peddling.


mm.. I do not think so. From the passage I can not exactly assume whether Schnitzler has written the 2nd document before or after the arrest event... He could have done it anytime...

Therefore, C answer could be the best...
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2006, 02:34
I am going with C.

If the document was written after 1766 - 20 years before that would be 1746. ie. he should have started writing in 1746. But the other document was written in 1739. So, the second document should be well before 1765.
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In the course of her researches, a historian recently found [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2006, 00:57
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 Schnitzler’s 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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