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Studies have shown that elderly people who practice a religion are much more likely to die immediately after an important religious holiday period than immediately before one. Researchers have concluded that the will to live can prolong life, at least for short periods of time.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the researchers’ conclusion?

(A) Elderly people who practice a religion are less likely to die immediately before or during an important religious holiday than at any other time of the year.

(B) Elderly people who practice a religion appear to experience less anxiety at the prospect of dying than do other people.

(C) Some elderly people who do practice a religion live much longer than most elderly people who do not.

(D) Most elderly people who participate in religious holidays have different reasons for participating than young people do.

(E) Many religions have important holidays in the spring and fall, seasons with the lowest death rates for elderly people.

I am really confused between A and E
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13 Oct 2009, 12:59
A. If this is true, then it is consistent with the fact that these people would then die after the holiday, because they truly are looking forward to it. If they have the will to live, and they die after the holiday, then that will to live through the holiday should keep them alive immediate before and during the religious holiday. Then they give up the will to live another 365 days until it happens again next year.

As for E, this answer is merely correlating the seasons with many religious holidays to when people die, there is actually not a connection there in the answer, but implies as much. Answers to strengthen questions should not require another implication or assumption to be the correct answer. It's out.

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Studies have shown that elderly people who practice a religion are much more likely to die immediately after an important religious holiday period than immediately before one. Researchers have concluded that the will to live can prolong life, at least for short periods of time.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the researchers’ conclusion?

(A) Elderly people who practice a religion are less likely to die immediately before or during an important religious holiday than at any other time of the year.

(B) Elderly people who practice a religion appear to experience less anxiety at the prospect of dying than do other people.

(C) Some elderly people who do practice a religion live much longer than most elderly people who do not.

(D) Most elderly people who participate in religious holidays have different reasons for participating than young people do.

(E) Many religions have important holidays in the spring and fall, seasons with the lowest death rates for elderly people.

I am really confused between A and E

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13 Oct 2009, 13:18
I like A as well for the reason above.

Also against E - this includes ALL elderly people, not just the ones who practice religion. This is a change of scope.
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29 Apr 2011, 09:10
A is the answer from the OG as well. E generalizes to all elderly people while we are concerned with only elderly people who practice religion
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