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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.

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2003, 10:33
Is it B ?

Shouldn't children were published for using their left hands be children were punished for using their left hands.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2003, 11:23
D or E
no mention of the school, so, I guess social pressue was the factor.

D??
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Re: CR - Hypotheses [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2003, 11:57
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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.


B is best.

We want Q to defend hypo that social pressures influence handedness.

Q does not defend choice D. it would be contradictory.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2003, 03:05
The way I understood it , question is to identify M's hypothesis.

So, I believe it's A
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2003, 04:01
M infers that lefthandedness is a good reason to die young.
Q dismisses this inference by destoying the evidence (there are in fact many lefthanded old people but they were pressed to use their right hand)

D and E are the best; however, E mentions schools and so narrows the scope.

D is the answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2003, 07:01
wow..!
these one was over the head
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2003, 07:47
asandeep wrote:
Official ans : A


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 [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2003, 12:36
This was a LSAT question...LSAT questions always beat the hell out of you... :beat
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2003, 12:45
asandeep wrote:
This was a LSAT question...LSAT questions always beat the hell out of you... :beat


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 [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2003, 23:35
Yeah... LSAT is tough.
Do you have an official explanation?
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2003, 05:55
anvar wrote:
The way I understood it , question is to identify M's hypothesis.

So, I believe it's A


i think that makes sense.

smartly worded question :)
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2003, 05:57
stolyar wrote:
Yeah... LSAT is tough.
Do you have an official explanation?


i dont know whether you made the same mistake i made.

but we have to look for M's hypothesis, not Q.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2003, 09:47
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stolyar wrote:
Yeah... LSAT is tough.
Do you have an official explanation?


i dont know whether you made the same mistake i made.

but we have to look for M's hypothesis, not Q.


Yes, now I see. The lords of the words...
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