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The earliest known records of wartime activities detail the history of the use of carrier pigeons to communicate classified military information. Many people are not aware that the birds were also used extensively in the world wars of the twentieth century. Even today, their uncanny ability to fly home over great distances makes them valuable even to modern military units that need a way to deliver messages without the use of portable electronic devices whose signals can be intercepted.

The statements above, if true, best support which of the following conclusions?


The use of carrier pigeons is usually preferable to the use of portable electronic devices when a military unit needs a way to send classified military information.

The messages that carrier pigeons carry cannot be intercepted.

The use of carrier pigeons decreased once portable electronic devices became practical in warfare.

Carrier pigeons were used in warfare prior to the date of the earliest known record of wartime activity.

Carrier pigeons are still used extensively by modern military units.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2003, 04:47
C

had to choose among A, B and C
then between B and C
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Re: CR : Pigeons [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2003, 23:53
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The earliest known records of wartime activities detail the history of the use of carrier pigeons to communicate classified military information. Many people are not aware that the birds were also used extensively in the world wars of the twentieth century. Even today, their uncanny ability to fly home over great distances makes them valuable even to modern military units that need a way to deliver messages without the use of portable electronic devices whose signals can be intercepted.

The statements above, if true, best support which of the following conclusions?

The use of carrier pigeons is usually preferable to the use of portable electronic devices when a military unit needs a way to send classified military information.

The messages that carrier pigeons carry cannot be intercepted.

The use of carrier pigeons decreased once portable electronic devices became practical in warfare.

Carrier pigeons were used in warfare prior to the date of the earliest known record of wartime activity.

Carrier pigeons are still used extensively by modern military units.


The passage says that carrier pigeons are still being used today IN SPITE of the availability of modern communication and often in preference to such. Hence, C is not a conclusion that makes sense. (C night be true in fact, but it is not best supported by the passage).

However, the stimulus states that pigeon are valuable when there is a need to avoid the interception of signals, which electronic systems are prone to allow. Hence, it is implied that communications via pigeons are more secure that electronic communications. It follows that A is a valid conclusion, because it stands to reason that if pigeons are more secure, they would be preferrable for transmitting classified messages.

B is too strong. Nowhere is it implied that pigeons cannot be intercepted at all.

IMO, E is tempting, but not correct because while the passage implies that there are uses for the pigeons (such as sending classified information), it does not tell us whether such use is "extensive" or "occasional".
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Re: CR : Pigeons [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2003, 01:42
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The earliest known records of wartime activities detail the history of the use of carrier pigeons to communicate classified military information. Many people are not aware that the birds were also used extensively in the world wars of the twentieth century. Even today, their uncanny ability to fly home over great distances makes them valuable even to modern military units that need a way to deliver messages without the use of portable electronic devices whose signals can be intercepted.

The statements above, if true, best support which of the following conclusions?

The use of carrier pigeons is usually preferable to the use of portable electronic devices when a military unit needs a way to send classified military information.

The messages that carrier pigeons carry cannot be intercepted.

The use of carrier pigeons decreased once portable electronic devices became practical in warfare.

Carrier pigeons were used in warfare prior to the date of the earliest known record of wartime activity.

Carrier pigeons are still used extensively by modern military units.


The passage says that carrier pigeons are still being used today IN SPITE of the availability of modern communication and often in preference to such. Hence, C is not a conclusion that makes sense. (C night be true in fact, but it is not best supported by the passage).

However, the stimulus states that pigeon are valuable when there is a need to avoid the interception of signals, which electronic systems are prone to allow. Hence, it is implied that communications via pigeons are more secure that electronic communications. It follows that A is a valid conclusion, because it stands to reason that if pigeons are more secure, they would be preferrable for transmitting classified messages.

B is too strong. Nowhere is it implied that pigeons cannot be intercepted at all.

IMO, E is tempting, but not correct because while the passage implies that there are uses for the pigeons (such as sending classified information), it does not tell us whether such use is "extensive" or "occasional".



i chose A too.

The official answer given is D , with a detailed explanation.

to paraphrase kaplan,

Use of pigeons in warfare must precede the time the earliest known records were maintained. otherwise how could that event be recorded?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2003, 05:55
Although this is true, this is really stupid. Of course, ANY EVENT must necessarity predate its first written record; hence, the stuff in the passage does not add any support.

Grudgingly, though, after reading the passage, they are relating the earlier record of "war activity" and the use of carrier pigeons. I suppose that D is the only one that MUST be true based on the passage.

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Re: Kaplan CR The earliest known records of wartime [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2013, 09:14
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"Even today, their uncanny ability to fly home over great distances makes them valuable even to modern military units that need a way to deliver messages without the use of portable electronic devices whose signals can be intercepted."

Only answer choice that can support the conclusion is that the messages that carrier pigeons carry cannot be intercepted. I don't understand why D is the correct choice here?
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Re: Kaplan CR The earliest known records of wartime [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2013, 05:45
Hi aakrity,

This is I agree, perhaps not the clearest question.

However, you've commited a little mistake that makes it confusing...

You have said the CONCLUSION of the passage does not relate to the answer D. However that is not the question asked.... It asks whether any of the STATEMENTS support the conclusions as given in the answer choice.

That means any of the statments in the question can be used to come to a given conclusion. In this case it is the first statement that pigeons are found in the earliest records that is crucial. Then Kaplan's OE (given above) makes sense.

I hope that helps.

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