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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

A new children’s book by a prominent invertebrate expert features detailed profiles and photographs of the thousands of bee species common to North America, most of which, children are often surprised to learn, are comprised of solitary insects. The author hopes not only to expand recognition of diversity in the invertebrate world, but also to______________

(a) teach children about different kinds of bees.
(b) surprise other invertebrate experts with previously undiscovered information.
(c) convince the public that bee species should be studied in greater detail.
(d) counter the common misconception that all bees are social insects.
(e) detail what makes bees unique among other insects.

The OA is D.
It seems to me the word "all" in that answer makes it wrong. The argument says "bee species...,most of which, children are often surprised to learn, are comprised of solitary insects." We can't assume that the "common misconception that all bees..." is true. Perhaps the misconception is that many/most bees are social. Thus we are left with A, which is redundant but the only right option.
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The common misconception is that ALL bees are social. The solution to this misconception is to show that SOME bees are not social. You say, "we can't assume the common misconception that all bees" is true. The question of whether or not there is a common misconception about the sociality of bees. The question is what is the author trying to convey. We are being asked to understand the author's intent not the truth of his assertions. Unquestionably D is the best answer.

A friend told me that people often have the most problem with these questions when they know the most about the background subject. They start arguing with the author of the piece. We are trying to analyze what the author is saying.

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See this discussion: sc-prominent-invertebrate-expert-avg-difficulty-74222.html
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thank you both

i was trying to search the forum for that one before posting :oops:
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