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M: It is almost impossible to find a person between the ages [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2006, 17:45
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M: It is almost impossible to find a person between the ages of 85 an 90 who primarily uses the left hand.
Q: Seventy to ninety years ago, however, children were punished for using their left hands to eat or to write and were forced to use their right hands.
Q’s response serves to counter any use by M of the evidence about 85 to 90 year olds in supports of which one of the following hypotheses?
(A) Being born right-handed confers a survival advantage.
(B) Societal attitudes toward handedness differ at different times.
(C) Forcing a person to switch from a preferred hand is harmless.
(D) Handedness is a product of both genetic predisposition and social pressures.
(E) Physical habits learned in school often persist in old age.


Please explain your reasoning.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2006, 21:17
D. will explain if I'm right.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2006, 21:45
shahnandan wrote:
D. will explain if I'm right.


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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2006, 23:17
then A shoud be it.

E is too broad.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2006, 23:29
It should be between A and E.. I like E better than A
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2006, 11:16
I would have said first D.
But if it s wrong, my understanding is following:

M says that it 's impossible to find someone who was primarly left handed. That means that all the survivors are original left handed or right handed.
If Q wants to encounter M, he has to say there are no original 80-85 old left handed =>E.

is it right?
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2006, 12:22
I am going with B
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2006, 15:19
^ E ^

Firstly I chose D. After the disapproval, I looked at the question again:

I think "children were punished for using their left hands to eat or to write and were forced to use their right hands" is the place that indicates these habits were practiced at school.

And as it's nearly impossible to find a left-handed person between 85 and 90, it means the habits practiced 70-90 years ago still show their effect.

"often" in E is || with "almost impossible" in M's argument.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2006, 15:30
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I am going with B


Me too.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2006, 17:08
I think the right answer is D.

Handedness is a product of both genetic predisposition and social pressures.
M: It is almost impossible to find a person between the ages of 85 an 90 who primarily uses the left hand.
Q: Seventy to ninety years ago, however, children were punished for using their left hands to eat or to write and were forced to use their right hands.

The evidence: "almost impossible to find a person between ages of 85 to 90 who is left handed."
If handedness was decided by both Genetic predisposition and social pressures, there would have been some people who were between 85 and 90 and left handed.
However, Q introduces the evidence that says that it is not due to Genetic predisposition but largely due to social pressures ("children were punished..").
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2006, 17:42
"A" it should be

Q’s response serves to counter any use by M of the evidence about 85 to 90 year olds in supports of which one of the following hypotheses?

The question is very tricky, it says, "What hypothesis is M supporting by saying what he says"

"M clearly means being right handed is advantageous", hence "A".

What is the OA?

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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2006, 17:45
vivek123 wrote:
"A" it should be


Vivek you are great. Could you explain it.

Guys OA is A
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2006, 16:00
I would go with E
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2006, 17:50
My choice is A. The question asks which of the options would serve best to counter M?

A says that "Being born right-handed confers a survival advantage. " but if Q is correct then it will definitely counter this since octogenarians were forced to use right hand.

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2006, 23:23
strange question))
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Re: CR - Left Hander [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2006, 22:50
gmat_crack wrote:
M: It is almost impossible to find a person between the ages of 85 an 90 who primarily uses the left hand.
Q: Seventy to ninety years ago, however, children were punished for using their left hands to eat or to write and were forced to use their right hands.
Q’s response serves to counter any use by M of the evidence about 85 to 90 year olds in supports of which one of the following hypotheses?
(A) Being born right-handed confers a survival advantage.
(B) Societal attitudes toward handedness differ at different times.
(C) Forcing a person to switch from a preferred hand is harmless.
(D) Handedness is a product of both genetic predisposition and social pressures.
(E) Physical habits learned in school often persist in old age.


Please explain your reasoning.


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A was the hypothesis for which M was giving evidence that none of the 85 to 90 years old are primarily left-handed. Simply mean that right handed people live longer than left handed.
Q countered that may be those people are left-handed but forced to use their right hand for certain activities, hence can not be called as primarily left-handed.
Re: CR - Left Hander   [#permalink] 09 Mar 2006, 22:50
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