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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, who refused 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

This SC i found tough
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12 Oct 2008, 05:23
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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, who refused 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

This SC i found tough

the difficult part is understanding the meaning of "not unlike". I am not sure what it means. But here we are comparing JR's courage with that of RP.

I guess ... is it A ?
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12 Oct 2008, 05:42
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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, who refused 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

This SC i found tough

the difficult part is understanding the meaning of "not unlike". I am not sure what it means. But here we are comparing JR's courage with that of RP.

I guess ... is it A ?

OA is A indeed!!

But i opted for E since not unlike does not sound correct to me !!!
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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, who refused 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

This SC i found tough

Where ever you see a double negative, remove the two negatives and see what the stem is telling you.
Here the stem tells us that- "Jackie Robinson's courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was like that of Rosa Parks".
(B) compares courage with Rosa Parks.
(C) compares courage with Rosa Parks
(D) correctly uses "that", but "for refusing" is awkward contsruction
(E) courage of A was "as that of" B is an incorrect comparison/usage. To compare two noun phrases, "like" should be used and not "as".

Hence (A)
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12 Oct 2008, 08:37
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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, who refused 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

This SC i found tough

Where ever you see a double negative, remove the two negatives and see what the stem is telling you.
Here the stem tells us that- "Jackie Robinson's courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was like that of Rosa Parks".
(B) compares courage with Rosa Parks.
(C) compares courage with Rosa Parks
(D) correctly uses "that", but "for refusing" is awkward contsruction
(E) courage of A was "as that of" B is a correct comparison.
Hence (A)

I found E good !!
can u explain why Is A better than E !!!
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12 Oct 2008, 08:57
Sorry in my post.
should have been:
(E) courage of A was "as that of" B is an incorrect comparison/usage.

To compare two noun phrases, "like" should be used and not "as".
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12 Oct 2008, 09:09
leonidas wrote:
Sorry in my post.
should have been:
(E) courage of A was "as that of" B is an incorrect comparison/usage.

To compare two noun phrases, "like" should be used and not "as".

Right NOUN VS NOUN -> LIKE

ok then nothing wrong in using not unlike !!!
i will remember this
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03 Oct 2013, 09:53
i dont agree with the explanation here.. AS can be used for comparing.

the only thing is .. if we use AS to compare we should have a clause after AS. B C D make illogical comparison.
DOuble negatives are generally not accepted in english writing on in GMAT.
BUt in this case its used. and is correct.
Although i find E to be better construction. We are compareing the courage of X to that of Y.

Still confused.
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21 Nov 2013, 21:27
If "as" were to be replaced by "like" in (E), will that be a better answer than (A)?
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01 Apr 2016, 20:45
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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, who refused 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

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Not Unlike ? isn't it a little bit redundant ? hence make option A and B wrong

why we chose "Not Unlike" instead of "Like" ?
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01 Apr 2016, 20:56
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Not Unlike ? isn't it a little bit redundant ? hence make option A and B wrong

why we chose "Not Unlike" instead of "Like" ?
Not unlike is acceptable usage. It means similar (in at least some way) to. The like options have other mistakes (for example, we don't want to compare his courage with Rosa Parks). Option D could also imply that either Jackie Robinson or his courage refused to move.
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03 Apr 2016, 21:13
to show purpose of a noun, for doing is used. to show purpose of a verb/clause, to do is used.
in d, we have no noun to which for refusing can refer . this is not logic. and d is wrong
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Dear mrudulp15, Yes, if you replaced “as” with “like” in E, it would be a better answer than A. It would be shorter and less confusing. In comparisons “like” is used with nouns, pronouns and noun phrases. “As” is used in clauses or in prepositional phrases. For example, “she is like you”. “Students in X study a lot for the GMAT, as do students in Y”. “As in 2005, in 2015 the summer was warm”.
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01 Jun 2016, 09:37
Hi everyone,

Could someone please tell me what is wrong with the verb "for refusing" in option D?

Thank you so much.
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01 Jun 2016, 19:40
spriya wrote:
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, who refused 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

This SC i found tough

it is hard to eliminate choice D.

"doing" in general and "for doing' is particular is problematic for us and are tested a lot on the test because this point is basic. but grammar rules never explain this point properly.

"for refusing" in D, dose not refer to any agent/noun in the sentence. we do not know who do the action of "refusing' . meaning is unclear. D is wrong.
doing now work ad a gerund which refer to a general action , an action which is not caused by any noun/agent in the sentence.

hard point.
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