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# Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderots

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Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria.

(A) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and

(B) Diderot and his friend Voltaire’s caused such a sensational scandal with their factual Encyclopedia and fictional Candide, respectively, that

(C) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that

(D) the scandal caused by Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide was so sensational

(E) a factual Encyclopedia by Diderot and the fictional Candide, by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal, which

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Maybe I'm tired, but none of the answer satisfy me! Comparisons are awkward.
Could someone give clues to find the good answer??
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09 Nov 2009, 11:30
pierrealexandre77 wrote:
Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria.

(A) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and

(B) Diderot and his friend Voltaire’s caused such a sensational scandal with their factual Encyclopedia and fictional Candide, respectively, that

(C) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that

(D) the scandal caused by Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide was so sensational

(E) a factual Encyclopedia by Diderot and the fictional Candide, by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal, which

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Maybe I'm tired, but none of the answer satisfy me! Comparisons are awkward.
Could someone give clues to find the good answer??

The first thing to consider is the modifier "Published during the late eighteenth century". What does this modify? Diderot's encyclopedia. This eliminated B,D,E
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09 Nov 2009, 11:35
Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide

I'm sorry but I think the comparison in OA is not adapted.
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09 Nov 2009, 11:49
pierrealexandre77 wrote:
Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide

I'm sorry but I think the comparison in OA is not adapted.

Nothing is being compared. All it's saying is that both were published in the late eighteen century and both men chose to embark.
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09 Nov 2009, 11:52
I understand candide is friend to encyclopedia...

I must be missing something...
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I understand candide is friend to encyclopedia...

I must be missing something...

Seems like something is wrong with the structure. It sees like it's saying his friend is Candide not Voltaire. But, out of all three, C is the best. That's not to say the question is correct.

Saw this question also in Manhattan Gmat forum and an explanation wasn't given either.
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09 Nov 2009, 12:40
C is right because "so X that Y" is idiomatic and pronoun "his" correctly refers to Diderot

"Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that"
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09 Nov 2009, 13:17
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C is right because "so X that Y" is idiomatic and pronoun "his" correctly refers to Diderot

"Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that"

I'm sorry but the sentence talks about "Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia" => A BOOK and "Voltaire’s fictional Candide" => ANOTHER BOOK

The sentences does not refer to either Diderot or Voltaire!!
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10 Nov 2009, 09:08
pierrealexandre77 wrote:
srini123 wrote:
C is right because "so X that Y" is idiomatic and pronoun "his" correctly refers to Diderot

"Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that"

I'm sorry but the sentence talks about "Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia" => A BOOK and "Voltaire’s fictional Candide" => ANOTHER BOOK

The sentences does not refer to either Diderot or Voltaire!!

pronoun can refer to possesive noun forms as in this case.

I think
Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that
is equivalent to
"the factual encyclopedia by Diderot and fictional Candide by his friend Voltaire were the the cause of a scandal so sensational that "
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10 Nov 2009, 09:49
Can anyone tell?
What is wrong with E
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12 Nov 2009, 03:07
by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal

says that scandal is caused by only Voltaire's

So C is best.
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15 Nov 2009, 23:52
HI
I also chose E, because I haven't read it till the end. Which changes the meaning.
"caused a sensational scandal, which both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria." They chose the scandal ? ))) that very differend from the
" cause of a scandal so sensational that both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria." which means therefore.

However, I totally agree that in
Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide
his friend looks awkward. But I am not native speaker, so can any gmat prof spill the light and help us?
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02 Jan 2011, 09:28
It's C-- published is correctly modifying books and correct use of that
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11 Jan 2011, 07:04
I went for E as well. Not sure how C is correct.

In c x's encyclopedia and y's encyclopia is ... that both men...

How can we use both men here as only their work is refered here.
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05 Feb 2013, 22:09
in option C - Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide ..... what is 'his' referring to ?
I understand 'C' is the best to chose among other option but isn't his is referring to wrong anecedote ?
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