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One of the most vexing problems in historiography is dating [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 03:23
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One of the most vexing problems in historiography is
dating an event when the usual sources offer
conflicting chronologies of the event. Historians
should attempt to minimize the number of competing
sources, perhaps by eliminating the less credible
ones. Once this is achieved and several sources are
left, as often happens, historians may try, though on
occasion unsuccessfully, to determine independently
of the usual sources which date is more likely to be
right.
Which one of the following inferences is most
strongly supported by the information above?
(A) We have no plausible chronology of most of
the events for which attempts have been
made by historians to determine the right
date.
(B) Some of the events for which there are
conflicting chronologies and for which
attempts have been made by historians to
determine the right date cannot be dated
reliably by historians.
(C) Attaching a reliable date to any event requires
determining which of several conflicting
chronologies is most likely to be true.
(D) Determining independently of the usual
sources which of several conflicting
chronologies is more likely to be right is an
ineffective way of dating events.
(E) The soundest approach to dating an event for
which the usual sources give conflicting
chronologies is to undermine the credibility
of as many of these sources as possible.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 03:32
The passage says not all the events can be successfully dated. thus some can not be dated.

B

E is tempting though :(
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 03:50
i said B as well ...
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 05:52
Will go for 'C'
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 06:13
Only B can be inferred properly from this passage.

C and E are extreme.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 07:54
B seems a reasonably balanced choice...

Could you reveal the source of this question? Seems a pretty good quality que.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 08:49
dwivedys wrote:
B seems a reasonably balanced choice...

Could you reveal the source of this question? Seems a pretty good quality que.


OA is B..went for C first but den realized my mistake. Actually i found dis que in powerscore lsat reasoning book. found it good so wanted to share..if u want i'll post d OE 2..
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 09:12
12345678 wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
B seems a reasonably balanced choice...

Could you reveal the source of this question? Seems a pretty good quality que.


OA is B..went for C first but den realized my mistake. Actually i found dis que in powerscore lsat reasoning book. found it good so wanted to share..if u want i'll post d OE 2..


I'll ask my favorite question again for which I never got an answer - does any one have a copy of Powerscore's Sentence Correction Bible? Any news/feedback/update on it would be greatly appreciated.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 09:27
12345678 wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
B seems a reasonably balanced choice...

Could you reveal the source of this question? Seems a pretty good quality que.


OA is B..went for C first but den realized my mistake. Actually i found dis que in powerscore lsat reasoning book. found it good so wanted to share..if u want i'll post d OE 2..

Do you have OE for this?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 12:53
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This is a very challenging problem, and only about a quarter of students answer this problem correctly.
The stimulus is a fact set and offers a solution for dating an event when the usual sources offer conflicting
chronologies:
1. Minimize the number of competing sources, possibly by eliminating the less credible ones.
2. Independent of the usual sources, determine which date is more likely to be right.
Notice how the test makers throw in the word “historiography” in order to be intimidating. As usual, you
do not need to know the meaning of this word (or any unusual word) in order to continue with the
problem. The remainder of the sentence makes clear that dating an event is the point of discussion, and
you can comfortably connect the “historio” word root to “date an event” and “historians” and confidently
move on with a good idea that historiography is connected to history in some way. By definition,
historiography is the writing of history.
Answer choice (A): The stimulus discusses dates where there is conflict between sources. In no way does
the stimulus support answer choice (A).
Answer choice (B): This is the correct answer. As stated in the last sentence, historians are on occasion
unsuccessful in determining independently the date of an event. If the usual sources offered are in conflict
about the date of a particular event and an analysis independent of the usual sources fails to confirm a date,
then a date cannot be reliably determined for the event.
Answer choice (C): About one-third of all test takers choose this answer. The stimulus speaks specifically
of dating an event when the usual sources offer conflicting chronologies. The stimulus does not discuss
dating an event when there is no conflict of chronologies, and most likely many dates could be set with
certainty in the absence of any conflict. With this in mind, the language of the answer choice becomes
problematic because “attaching a reliable date to any event” would not “require determining which of
several conflicting chronologies is most likely to be true.”
Answer choice (D): The language of the answer choice is too strong in saying that an independent
determination is an ineffective way of dating events. There is simply not enough information about what
constitutes a “determination independent of the usual sources” to say it is ineffective.
Answer choice (E): This is another tricky answer, and just under a quarter of test takers incorrectly select
this answer. The answer claims that the soundest approach to dating an event is to undermine the
credibility of as many of the competing sources as possible. First, the stimulus suggests that the historian
should, perhaps, eliminate the less credible ones. No mention is made of eliminating as many as possible,
and the stimulus indicates that several remaining sources are to be expected. Second, that same section
discusses eliminating less credible sources, not undermining the credibility of those sources.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 17:37
Dwivedys- I'm not sure I have seen a copy of this floating around in the forum. I would say probably just best to buy it from amazon or something. :) --> Didn't want your question to go ignored again!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 19:08
To my opinion,

choices C, D & E are premises of stimulus.

Out of A & B - A is wrong. So B is the best answer.

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Re: CR:conflicting chronologies [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 22:44
12345678 wrote:
One of the most vexing problems in historiography is
dating an event when the usual sources offer
conflicting chronologies of the event. Historians
should attempt to minimize the number of competing
sources, perhaps by eliminating the less credible
ones. Once this is achieved and several sources are
left, as often happens, historians may try, though on
occasion unsuccessfully, to determine independently
of the usual sources which date is more likely to be
right.
Which one of the following inferences is most
strongly supported by the information above?
(A) We have no plausible chronology of most of
the events for which attempts have been
made by historians to determine the right
date.
(B) Some of the events for which there are
conflicting chronologies and for which
attempts have been made by historians to
determine the right date cannot be dated
reliably by historians.
(C) Attaching a reliable date to any event requires
determining which of several conflicting
chronologies is most likely to be true.
(D) Determining independently of the usual
sources which of several conflicting
chronologies is more likely to be right is an
ineffective way of dating events.
(E) The soundest approach to dating an event for
which the usual sources give conflicting
chronologies is to undermine the credibility
of as many of these sources as possible.


btwn B and D. I went for D. I thought B's wording was too extreme rather than D's. owell..
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Re: CR:conflicting chronologies [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 10:29
still not sure on why C is less preferable to B :?
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Re: CR:conflicting chronologies [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 10:48
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Re: CR:conflicting chronologies [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 12:19
yogesh1984 wrote:
still not sure on why C is less preferable to B :?


If I am not wrong, the OE posted by "12345678" above is taken from CR bible, authored by David M Killoran. This is one of the best explanations you can get.

What's your doubt though?
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