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The symptoms that United States President Zachary Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with arsenic poisoning. Recent examination of Taylo's bones, however, revealed levels of arsenic comparable to those found in the bones of Taylor's contemporaries. These levels are much lower than the levels of arsenic that remain in the bones of arsenic poisoning victims who live for more than a day after ingesting a lethal dose of the poison.

Which of the following is most strongly supported by the statements given?

a) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with poisoning other than arsenic poisoning.

b) Taylor's death was not the result of any kind of poisoning

c) The symptoms that Taylor behan showing five days before his death were not caused by a lethal dose of arsenic.

d) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death grew more severe each day.

e) It is unusual for a person who has ingested a lethal dose of arsenic to survive for more than a decay.

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Re: CR: Please explain [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2007, 09:01
I think C is the correct answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2007, 09:55
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Victims of arsenic poisoning that live for more than one day will have high levels or arsenic in their bones. Zachary showed signes, lived for 5 more days, but levels of arsenic are low.

a) Incorrect - we only know that they are consistent with arsenic poisoning, this could be one of many types of poisoning
b) Incorrect - It was not arsenic poisoning, could have very well been other type
c) Correct - he lived for more than a day, so if it was arsenic, his levels should have been higher
d) Incorrect - out of scope, no indication that he got worse each day
e) Incorrect - last sentence indicates that this happens, not sure how often, but it does
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Re: CR: Please explain [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2007, 21:15
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The symptoms that United States President Zachary Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with arsenic poisoning. Recent examination of Taylo's bones, however, revealed levels of arsenic comparable to those found in the bones of Taylor's contemporaries. These levels are much lower than the levels of arsenic that remain in the bones of arsenic poisoning victims who live for more than a day after ingesting a lethal dose of the poison.

Which of the following is most strongly supported by the statements given?

a) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with poisoning other than arsenic poisoning.

b) Taylor's death was not the result of any kind of poisoning

c) The symptoms that Taylor behan showing five days before his death were not caused by a lethal dose of arsenic.

d) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death grew more severe each day.

e) It is unusual for a person who has ingested a lethal dose of arsenic to survive for more than a decay.

Please explain your answer


I agree with C. The passage says that arsenic level found in Taylor's bones is consistent with his contemporaries and is much lower than the lethal dose. Thus, the Tylor's symtoms 5 days before death must not be of lethal dose of arsenic.
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Re: CR: Please explain [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2007, 00:29
one more C
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2007, 00:40
OA is C
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late, but C
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