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Numismatist: In medieval Spain, most gold coins were minted from gold mined in West Africa, in the area that is now Senegal. The gold mined in this region was the purest known. Its gold content of 92 percent allowed coins to be minted without refining the gold, and indeed coins minted from this source of gold can be recognized because they have that gold content. The mints could refine gold and produced other kinds of coins that had much purer gold content, but the Senegalese gold was never refined.

Which one of the following inferences about gold coins minted in medieval Spain is most strongly supported by the information the numismatist gives?
(A) Coins minted from Senegalese gold all contained the same weight, as well as the same proportion of gold.
(B) The source of some refined gold from which coins were minted was unrefined gold with a gold content of less than 92 percent.
(C) Two coins could have the same monetary value even though they differed from each other in the percentage of gold they contained.
(D) No gold coins were minted that had a gold content of less than 92 percent.
(E) The only unrefined gold from which coins could be minted was Senegalese gold.


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Numismatist: In medieval Spain, most gold coins were minted from gold mined in West Africa, in the area that is now Senegal. The gold mined in this region was the purest known. Its gold content of 92 percent allowed coins to be minted without refining the gold, and indeed coins minted from this source of gold can be recognized because they have that gold content. The mints could refine gold and produced other kinds of coins that had much purer gold content, but the Senegalese gold was never refined.

Which one of the following inferences about gold coins minted in medieval Spain is most strongly supported by the information the numismatist gives?
(A) Coins minted from Senegalese gold all contained the same weight, as well as the same proportion of gold.
(B) The source of some refined gold from which coins were minted was unrefined gold with a gold content of less than 92 percent.
(C) Two coins could have the same monetary value even though they differed from each other in the percentage of gold they contained.
(D) No gold coins were minted that had a gold content of less than 92 percent.
(E) The only unrefined gold from which coins could be minted was Senegalese gold.


from the above passage:
1.In Senegale area - coin is minted without refining the gold.
In Snegeale area - coin never refined. Gold content is ( 92%).

But
Mint could refined gold to produce purest form.So these types of gold are not purest upto 92%.

let we analyze each answer
A.We don't need whether, coins made in senegale are same weight.
B.Holds good.
C.No use of monitory value
D.We could not tell definitely
E.We also could not tell it definitely.

My Ans - B)
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New post 04 May 2010, 09:39
I would pick (B) for same reasons as above.
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Numismatist: In medieval Spain, most gold coins were minted from gold mined in West Africa, in the area that is now Senegal. The gold mined in this region was the purest known. Its gold content of 92 percent allowed coins to be minted without refining the gold, and indeed coins minted from this source of gold can be recognized because they have that gold content. The mints could refine gold and produced other kinds of coins that had much purer gold content, but the Senegalese gold was never refined.

Which one of the following inferences about gold coins minted in medieval Spain is most strongly supported by the information the numismatist gives?
(A) Coins minted from Senegalese gold all contained the same weight, as well as the same proportion of gold.
(B) The source of some refined gold from which coins were minted was unrefined gold with a gold content of less than 92 percent.
(C) Two coins could have the same monetary value even though they differed from each other in the percentage of gold they contained.
(D) No gold coins were minted that had a gold content of less than 92 percent.
(E) The only unrefined gold from which coins could be minted was Senegalese gold.

I picked "E" initially and then realized the trap i got into. Its "B"

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New post 06 May 2010, 01:58
Hmm..

It's between B and E.

B is a good pick but there is support for E also - "The gold mined in this region was the purest known. Its gold content of 92 percent allowed coins to be minted without refining the gold".

Here "purest" + "without refining" goes with "only" in E.

I will go for E.
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New post 06 May 2010, 01:59
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OA is B
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New post 06 May 2010, 21:53
Hello Ravi,
Can you kindly explain what's wrong with E?
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New post 19 May 2010, 18:35
Hi Tarun,

I made the same mistake. But now I know what's wrong with E. The only reason E is wrong is that it mentioned "only" in it, whereas it is not conclusive that senegalese gold is not the only unrefined gold from which coins could be minted.
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New post 19 May 2010, 19:16
Without looking I believe the best answer is B. The source of some refined gold from which coins were minted was unrefined gold with a gold content of less than 92 percent.

This contents of this statement are not explicitly stated but they are strongly implied by the discussion of how the Sengalese gold was handled.

C. May well be true and is likely so but it is not as well supported as statement B.

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Here's my reasoning, I also was leaning towards B when I first read it:
RaviChandra wrote:
Numismatist: In medieval Spain, most gold coins were minted from gold mined in West Africa, in the area that is now Senegal. The gold mined in this region was the purest known. Its gold content of 92 percent allowed coins to be minted without refining the gold, and indeed coins minted from this source of gold can be recognized because they have that gold content. The mints could refine gold and produced other kinds of coins that had much purer gold content, but the Senegalese gold was never refined.

Which one of the following inferences about gold coins minted in medieval Spain is most strongly supported by the information the numismatist gives?
(A) Coins minted from Senegalese gold all contained the same weight, as well as the same proportion of gold. This has the word "all" which should be a flag. The passage is about medieval Spain, and this answer is talking about all coins, so it's a pretty weak inference.

(B) The source of some refined gold from which coins were minted was unrefined gold with a gold content of less than 92 percent. This is fine, as the point of the passage was distinguishing the Senegal gold from lesser gold. It's not a particularly riveting statement but it does hold. It's pretty much restating the facts put forth by the Numismatist.

(C) Two coins could have the same monetary value even though they differed from each other in the percentage of gold they contained. There is absolutely no mention of the value of the coins, it's pretty easy to toss this one out.

(D) No gold coins were minted that had a gold content of less than 92 percent. Again, the harsh "no" is a flag. The passage seems to imply that 92 percent is pretty good, inferring that lots of coins had a gold content less than 92 percent.

(E) The only unrefined gold from which coins could be minted was Senegalese gold. Another flag word: "only." This suggests that a) nowhere else in the world exists gold as pure as Senegalese gold (don't confuse "purest known" as a statement of fact) and b) that the cutoff rate is exactly 92%. The passage doesn't imply any of that.
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New post 30 May 2010, 18:56
hmm.. got it... Thanks for the explanation.
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