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# One of the most vexing problems in historiography is dating

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One of the most vexing problems in historiography is dating [#permalink]  14 May 2008, 19:15
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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.

Took so much time for this one...got confused....Help me out with the reasoning...thanks again in advance...
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  14 May 2008, 19:39
(A) We have no plausible chronology of most of the events for which attempts have been
made by historians to determine the right date. [Too Extreme in conclusion – eliminate it]

(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. [Cannot be dated – too extreme derivation – eliminate it]

(C) Attaching a reliable date to any event requires determining which of several conflicting
chronologies is most likely to be true. [We are taking about an event when the unusual sources offer .. not any event – eliminate it]

(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. [Hold it]

(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. [Soundest – too extreme – eliminate it]
Answer: D
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  14 May 2008, 19:48
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This one is cool.

Arguments in my words, In historiography there is a problem with lots of sources. So eliminate all less credible ones. This sometimes fails.

A) most is never strongly supported - Eliminate
B) Yes, sometimes this method fails - Answer
C) most is never strongly supported - Eliminate
D) Misleading answer - says its ineffective - Eliminate
E) Extreme answer - Author is no way related to it - Eliminate

Answer B
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  14 May 2008, 20:46
suyashjhawar 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.

Took so much time for this one...got confused....Help me out with the reasoning...thanks again in advance...

I choose C. It seems to be the most "supportive" out of the choices to agree with the passage.
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  14 May 2008, 20:59
I am with C on this one.
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  15 May 2008, 00:29
Real tuffie!! +1 to the poster. My answer is option B
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  15 May 2008, 12:38
One issue in H : dating an event, when "usual sources" offer conflicting chronologies of the event.
Hist: minimize competing sources remove "less" credible ones.
This forces Hist. to "try" and figure out the right date. Though they could get it wrong.

suyashjhawar 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.
>> Extreme.
(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.
>> This is never mentioned in the passage.
(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.
>> We were never told that anything is "ineffective"

(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.
>> Extreme.
Took so much time for this one...got confused....Help me out with the reasoning...thanks again in advance...
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  15 May 2008, 12:49
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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.

I can NOT elliminate B.

(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.
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  16 May 2008, 04:01
I will go with B
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  16 May 2008, 07:17
Another B +1 to the poster.
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  16 May 2008, 07:36
too good guys...too good.....Oa is B.
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  16 May 2008, 07:39
+1 mba waters and leopard for explanations.
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Re: Confused with this Cr and answers too..... [#permalink]  16 Aug 2008, 02:42
Gush, somehow I landed on B. At least my POE worked here... good question
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