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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detectiveâ€™s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the authorâ€™s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?
(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detectiveâ€™s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detectiveâ€™s dull companion.
(E) The detectiveâ€™s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mysteryâ€™s correct solution.
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E! It's the only choice that supports the conclusion "the authorâ€™s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution" in the passage.
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nervousgmat wrote:
E! It's the only choice that supports the conclusion "the authorâ€™s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution" in the passage.

This is not a "support the conclusion" question, rather it is a "must be true" question.

I think the answer is C
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nervousgmat wrote:
E! It's the only choice that supports the conclusion "the authorâ€™s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution" in the passage.

This is not a "support the conclusion" question, rather it is a "must be true" question.

I think the answer is C

"The authorâ€™s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Choice C states the opposite:
C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery

Therefore, C can't be right.
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nervousgmat wrote:
nervousgmat wrote:
E! It's the only choice that supports the conclusion "the authorâ€™s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution" in the passage.

This is not a "support the conclusion" question, rather it is a "must be true" question.

I think the answer is C

"The authorâ€™s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Choice C states the opposite:
C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery

Therefore, C can't be right.

This is a must be true question:

why choice C is correct:
"Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution."
The detective's companion wrongly infers the correct solution even though the clues leading to the correct solution have been presented.

Why E is wrong:

Nothing in the stimulus leads to the conclusion that the detective's companion UNCOVERS the clues..
The stimulus states "the clues are presented in the story"
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add the following to the reason why C is correct:
"gives readers a chance to solve the mystery"
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Yeah..one more C.
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add the following to the reason why C is correct:
"gives readers a chance to solve the mystery"

Aaaah! Makes sense. Thanks, CookieMonster! I have to brush up on "must be true" style questions.
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C !!
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OA is (C)
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