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Several ancient Greek texts provide accounts of people being poisoned by honey that texts suggest was made from the nectar of rhododendron or oleander plants. Honey made from such nectar can cause the effects the texts describe, but only if eaten fresh, since the honey loses its toxicity within a few weeks of being made. In Greece, rhododendrons and oleander bloom only in springtime, when they are the predominant sources of nectar.
Which of the following, if true, most strongly support the accounts of Greek texts?

A. There are no plants that Greece in ancient times that produce more nectar than rhododendrons or oleanders does.
B. In areas where neither rhododendrons nor oleanders grow, honey is never poisonous.
C. beebive’s honeycomb cannot have some sections that contain toxic honey and other sections that contain nontoxic honey
D. The incidents of honey poisoning that are related in the ancient texts occurred in the springtime or in the early summer
E. Whether the honey in a beehive is toxic depends solely on which plants were the source of that was used to make the honey.
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Re: Several ancient Greek texts provide accounts of people [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2012, 06:10
Choice D is the correct choice. It brings out the hidden assumption and strengthens the conclusion. And negating this option also weaken the conclusion or validity of text.
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Re: Several ancient Greek texts provide accounts of people being [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2013, 04:45
We are supposed to strengthen the accounts of Greek texts that people were poisoned by honey that was made from the nectar of rhododendron or oleander plants.

Possible gap in the reasoning: Honey made from such nectar can cause the effects the texts describe, but only if eaten fresh, since the honey loses its toxicity within a few weeks of being made.

Support: The honey must be eaten fresh in order to see the effects of consuming it. Hence in order to support the conclusion, it must be true that the incidents of honey poisoning occurred when rhododendrons and oleander matured.

D. The incidents of honey poisoning that are related in the ancient texts occurred in the springtime or in the early summer

Choice D does its job and hence is the best answer.
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