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While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was [u]not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused [/u]to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused


Please provide justification for your choice.
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New post 27 Apr 2007, 05:23
Lets see this:

(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
---Correct.
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
---how can courage be like Rosa Parks :)
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
---again wrong comparison,doesnt fit in well with the rest of the sentence
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
---not clear who is doing the refusing-Rosa or Jackie
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused
---'as' cant be used to compare two nouns...in this case
courages of the two people.


So,the answer is A.
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(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
- Correctly compares the courage of Jackie and courage of Rosa.
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
-Compares courage of Jackie and Rosa Parks, a person.
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
-courage was like Rosa Parks ?
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
-for refusing changes the meaning.
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused
- was as that of - awkward construction.

A is concise and correct.

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New post 27 Apr 2007, 20:05
Double negatives are not technically wrong. They cancel each other out. The choices can be narrowed down but looking at the proper pronoun "that" which is only in choice A, D, E
D - wrong tense
E - as that is not idiomatic

That leaves A
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New post 28 Apr 2007, 04:18
[quote="goalsnr Can we use double negatives?[/quote]

Hi goalsnr,actually I was also looking for like in all the choices...but the thing is all the other choices have some mistake...not unlike is not wrong...the GMAT tries to persuade u to reject this because it is wordy...thats the tricky part.

Thats why its advisable to use POE in such cases.
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New post 28 Apr 2007, 05:36
[quote="vineetgupta"][quote="goalsnr Can we use double negatives?[/quote]

Hi goalsnr,actually I was also looking for like in all the choices...but the thing is all the other choices have some mistake...not unlike is not wrong...the GMAT tries to persuade u to reject this because it is wordy...thats the tricky part.

Thats why its advisable to use POE in such cases.[/quote]
Indeed, [b]OA is A[/b]

Summarizing:
-double negative are not grammatically wrong
-between two options that are grammatically correct, select the one that doesn't use the double negative (considered wordy by Gmat)

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vineetgupta wrote:
Lets see this:

(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
---Correct.
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
---how can courage be like Rosa Parks :)
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
---again wrong comparison,doesnt fit in well with the rest of the sentence
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
---not clear who is doing the refusing-Rosa or Jackie
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused
---'as' cant be used to compare two nouns...in this case
courages of the two people.


So,the answer is A.


Small clarification:
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
That is the replacement of courage.
While is the replacement of Even though.

While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, ...
Even though Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was like the courage of Rosa Parks.....
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New post 08 Aug 2007, 23:59
Wouldn't the phrase "not unlike..." be overly wordy, not to mention a double negative (which seems unnecessary)?

I guess this is an example of the best of the worst choice?
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