Accept my apologies. I am dead wrong on this one. My rule is correct but does not apply to this sentence.
Refer to http://www.bartleby.com/64/pages/page23.html
The only explanation I can think of is as follows
If Minnesota is only one of the few states - then how can these states have sizeble population of wolves. Then it is no longer a unique state in this aspect. So "that"
is not clear in what it refers to. It could refer to the states or just Minnesota. Generally it should modify whatever is closest to it."Where"
clearly refers to Minnesota because otherwise the sentence would use ",which still have"
Choice E does not create a confusion because of its construction.
Thanks. I also readily accepted your reasoning.
Please note that you have specified that
My rule is correct but does not apply to this sentence.
I think the rule is not correct and it will not be correct in any situation.
"One" in "one of the (plural noun)" will always take singular verb (with 's')
I think the rule you talked about it as follows:
SANAM + of + NOUN (plural) + verb (plural, without s)
SANAM + of + NOUN (singular) + verb (singular, with s)
Here S = some, A = Any, N = None, A = All, and M = Most
So Some of the students
taking the exam.......
But None of the counterfeit money has
Having said that,
I think the explanation you offered (about "that" not being clear referent) is not precise. "That" in this case always refers to Minnesota. Similarly where will always refer to Minnesota.
The only reason E is better than the other choices is it is more parallel
. Because it uses "where" in both clauses. If you watch other choices closely ther are not as parallel and clear as E.
My only contention with this question was: The un-lined portion of the sentence contains "this predator". This is singular. So the lined portion should also have singular word "[b]wolf
" and not "[b]wolves[/b]
". [/b] Because of this only I eliminated E.
Let me know what you think about this last portion.