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Hello Everyone,

First time posting in this forum :)

I seem to have issues with this particular type of question. I wanted to get a sense of how some of you identify the "tone" of passages... I can usually narrow it down to two options (usually objective vs some kind of support), but I find it's such a gray area that I end up guessing 50/50 often. One thing I have noticed is that the correct answer is more often than not something related to "explanation or description" - usually something neutral.

I don't expect you all to read the following passage, but I have pasted it as a perfect example of the kind of issues I am having. In it, the author talks about LCD technology, and in the final paragraph, he outlines the advantages and concludes that they are considered the "best" display platform for various uses. I chose option E - qualified support, however the answer was C - objective explanation.

Any tips/tricks you guys use to nail down these tone questions would be most helpful.

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The answer choices are:
A) supportive advocacy
B) historical discussion
C) objective explanation
D) intellectual exploration (has anyone ever seen this as a correct answer?)
E) qualified support

Passage:

In the past decade, rapid technological progress and a greater demand for high-quality digital imaging have led to dramatic advances in video display technology. The dominant technology currently used in most consumer product displays is the active matrix liquid crystal diode display(LCD).

LCDs apply thin-film transistors (TFTs) of amorphous or polycrystalline silicon sandwiched between two glass plates. The TFTs supply voltage to liquid-crystal-filled cells, or pixels, between the sheets of glass. When hit with an electric charge, the liquid crystals untwist to an exact degree to filter white light generated by a lamp. This filtered light shines directly on the viewing screen or, in the case of projection televisions, is projected through a small chip that acts as a lens. LCDs that are capable of producing color images, such as in televisions and computers, reproduce colors through a process of subtraction, blocking out particular color wavelengths from the spectrum of white light until only the desired color remains. It is the variation of the intensity of light permitted to pass through the matrix of liquid crystals that enables LCD displays to present images full of gradations of different colors.

The nature and functioning of LCD displays present many advantages relative to other display technologies. The amount of power required to untwist the crystals to display images, even dark ones, is much lower than that required for analogous processes using other technologies, such as plasma. The dense array of crystals displays images from computer or other video graphics sources extremely well, with full color detail, no flicker, and no screen burn-in. Moreover, the number of pixels per square inch on an LCD display is typically higher than that for other display technologies, so LCD monitors are particularly good at displaying large amounts of data with exceptional clarity and precision. As a result, LCD TVs are considered the best display platform for video games, high definition television, movie special effects, and other graphics-intensive uses.
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Re: Struggling with this GMAT Tone question... [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 07:28
What a coincidence! Thanks!

I would still appreciate some feedback on these types of questions in general and "triggers" that you guys look for.
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Re: Struggling with this GMAT Tone question... [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 19:09
i also would have marked E..........!!!
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