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Retired GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 18:25
If someone can explain me why those are OA?

1. Because of the enormous research and development
expenditures required to survive in the electronics
industry, an industry marked by rapid innovation and
volatile demand, such firms tend to be very large.
(A) to survive
(B) of firms to survive
(C) for surviving
(D) for survival
(E) for firms’ survival

OA: B

2. Oberlin College in Ohio was a renegade institution at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept both men and women as students.
(A) at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept
(B) for the decision at its 1833 founding to accept
(C) when it was founded in 1833 for its decision to accept
(D) in deciding at its founding in 1833 to accept
(E) by deciding at its founding in 1833 on the acceptance of

OA: D


3. In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from
clusters of houses where peasants lived and
commuted to farmlands in the countryside, unlike
homesteading policies in the American West that

required residency on the land itself in order to obtain
eventual ownership.
(A) In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from
clusters of houses where peasants lived and
commuted to farmlands in the countryside, unlike
homesteading policies in the American West that
(B) In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from
clusters of houses where peasants lived and from
which they commuted to farmlands in the
countryside, but in the American West
homesteading policies
(C) Unlike feudal Europe where urban areas
developed from clusters of houses where
peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the
countryside, the American West’s homesteading
policies
(D) Unlike feudal Europe where urban areas
developed from clusters of houses where
peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the
countryside, the homesteading policies of the
American West
(E) Urban areas developed from clusters of houses
where peasants lived from which they commuted
to farmlands in the countryside in feudal Europe,
unlike the American West where homesteading
policies

OA: B
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Re: Retired GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 19:22
king06 wrote:
If someone can explain me why those are OA?

1. Because of the enormous research and development
expenditures required to survive in the electronics
industry, an industry marked by rapid innovation and
volatile demand, such firms tend to be very large.
(A) to survive
(B) of firms to survive
(C) for surviving
(D) for survival
(E) for firms’ survival

B and E only address that the firms need to survive. Others are ambiguous about this. Who needs to survive? "Required of" is idiomatically correct. E is awkward.OA: B

2. Oberlin College in Ohio was a renegade institution at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept both men and women as students.
(A) at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept
(B) for the decision at its 1833 founding to accept
(C) when it was founded in 1833 for its decision to accept
(D) in deciding at its founding in 1833 to accept
(E) by deciding at its founding in 1833 on the acceptance of

D is the right answer. Think of this example -- "He was bold in deciding to go alone". Similarly the college was renegae ...in...
OA: D


3. In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from
clusters of houses where peasants lived and
commuted to farmlands in the countryside, unlike
homesteading policies in the American West that

required residency on the land itself in order to obtain
eventual ownership.
(A) In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from
clusters of houses where peasants lived and
commuted to farmlands in the countryside, unlike
homesteading policies in the American West that
(B) In feudal Europe, urban areas developed from
clusters of houses where peasants lived and from
which they commuted to farmlands in the
countryside, but in the American West
homesteading policies
(C) Unlike feudal Europe where urban areas
developed from clusters of houses where
peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the
countryside, the American West’s homesteading
policies
(D) Unlike feudal Europe where urban areas
developed from clusters of houses where
peasants lived and commuted to farmlands in the
countryside, the homesteading policies of the
American West
(E) Urban areas developed from clusters of houses
where peasants lived from which they commuted
to farmlands in the countryside in feudal Europe,
unlike the American West where homesteading
policies
B or C would be shortlisted because the sentences correctly relate feudal europe and american West. C appears almost correct except that B has the all important "from which they commuted"...referring to the starting place of their commute as the cluster of houses. Commute requires a "from" and a "to"
OA: B
Re: Retired GMAT   [#permalink] 14 Nov 2007, 19:22
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