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While the average American reads only two books per year, researchers have recently concluded that by reading two books per month, people can expect their memorizing capacity to double. The most effective way for Americans to begin to read two books per month – thus increasing their memory capacity – is to support Proposition 75, which will require students to read at least two books per month beginning in 2nd grade and through their senior year of high school.

Which of the following can be most properly drawn, if the statements above are true, about future reading habits and memorization capacity?

A. If Proposition 75 passes, all teen-agers will see a significant increase in their ability to memorize for tests.
B. Individuals who read 4 books per month are going to be twice as likely to remember long lists of information as those who only read 2 books per month.
C. If one already has an above average memory but only reads 2 books per year, their ability to remember information will not be influenced by increasing their reading to 2 books per month.
D. The kids with the best memories in high schools are those who read the most books.
E. If Proposition 75 passes, responsible high school students can expect their memories to increase.
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1.The subject of the sentence is contrast...so it has to be singular...so 'has' is needed instead of 'have'..A and B out
Now contrast is in 'sales in'....and 'such sales' so option E is left.
In C and D contrast in "sales .....and Sports"...wrong comparison so C and D are out

2.Opening modifier "Riddled with..." should modify tourists instead of buildings..so A and B out
Among C,D and E...C is incorrect as -ing indicates that work is still going on...E is incorrect construction..
D is correct answer and a correct parallel construction
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09 Jul 2011, 21:37
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While the average American reads only two books per year, researchers have recently concluded that by reading two books per month, people can expect their memorizing capacity to double. The most effective way for Americans to begin to read two books per month – thus increasing their memory capacity – is to support Proposition 75, which will require students to read at least two books per month beginning in 2nd grade and through their senior year of high school.

Which of the following can be most properly drawn, if the statements above are true, about future reading habits and memorization capacity?

A. If Proposition 75 passes, all teen-agers will see a significant increase in their ability to memorize for tests.
B. Individuals who read 4 books per month are going to be twice as likely to remember long lists of information as those who only read 2 books per month.
C. If one already has an above average memory but only reads 2 books per year, their ability to remember information will not be influenced by increasing their reading to 2 books per month.
D. The kids with the best memories in high schools are those who read the most books.
E. If Proposition 75 passes, responsible high school students can expect their memories to increase.

if above facts are true then a student reaching highschool senior year should expect to increase his/her memory. Hence E correct

Its E.
The keyword is in the answer . ' Responsible' .
Though the preposition 75 states that if you follow the readin habits, your memory will increase, unless you follow it dilligently, there is no use. what if the students are not reading 2 books every month, but claim that they are?
Thus , responsible students can expect their memories to increase.
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13 Jul 2011, 06:34
E as it matches future reading habits with Proposition 75.
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14 Jul 2011, 00:02
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14 Jul 2011, 02:33
Clear E! Done in 50 sec.
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14 Jul 2011, 12:44
necessary condition to double the memory is satisfied by Proposition 75. So E.
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26 Aug 2011, 06:39
Man again marked wrong answer as D, it looks like not my day
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30 Apr 2015, 07:18
I went with E.

I decided not to go with the other choices because:
(A) I see no issue with the choice to only adress teen-agers and not 2nd graders and up. The issue I see is that A assumes teen-agers will actually follow the recommendation, which is not given.
(B) This assumes that the memory is linear, which was not stated in the passage.
(C) There was no information about this. Increasing the amount of books read could increase memory even for those who already has a higher than average memory skill.
(D) Here it's assumed that the only way to get a good memory is by reading. There might be several ways to get a good memory, whereas the passage suggests that reading two books a month is one of them.
(E) This is a modest claim which fits nicely into this question asking us to find something implied. IF X passes, responsible(assuming this means they'll follow the recommended reading directive) students can indeed, according to the idea that 2b/w => ^memory, expect their memory to increase.
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A-extreme words "all" and "will"
B-comparison of persons who read 4 books with persons who read 2 books per month is not presented in argument
C-extreme wording "will" and also does not pass "Fact test",i.e.out of the passage
D-does not pass fact test,i.e.out of the passage
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1. Sentence Correction
The sharp contrast in sales of sports memorabilia (underline starts) seen in sports in which most of the participants are male and such sales in sports in which most of the participants are female have (underline ends) demonstrated that women’s sports are still lacking dedicated fans.
A. seen in sports in which most of the participants are male and such sales in sports in which most of the participants are female have
B. seen in sports in which most of the participants are predominately male over those that are predominately female have
C. that favors sports in which most of the participants are male over sports in which most of the participants are female
D. that favors sports in which most of the participants are male over sports in which most of the participants are female has
E. seen in sports in which most of the participants are male and such sales in sports in which most of the participants are female has

2. Sentence Correction
Riddled with bullets, shattered by bombs, and hidden in alleys, (underline starts) the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, were long ignored by tourists, traveling (underline ends) instead to more well-known memorial museums.
A. the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, were long ignored by tourists, traveling
B. the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, were long ignored by tourists, who traveled
C. tourists long ignored the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, traveling
D. tourists long ignored the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, and traveled
E. tourists long ignored the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland; they depended
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1.E
2.D

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In these 2 questions with their explanations. I need the answers. Thank you sooo much.

1. Sentence Correction
The sharp contrast in sales of sports memorabilia (underline starts) seen in sports in which most of the participants are male and such sales in sports in which most of the participants are female have (underline ends) demonstrated that women’s sports are still lacking dedicated fans.
A. seen in sports in which most of the participants are male and such sales in sports in which most of the participants are female have
B. seen in sports in which most of the participants are predominately male over those that are predominately female have
C. that favors sports in which most of the participants are male over sports in which most of the participants are female
D. that favors sports in which most of the participants are male over sports in which most of the participants are female has
E. seen in sports in which most of the participants are male and such sales in sports in which most of the participants are female has

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Riddled with bullets, shattered by bombs, and hidden in alleys, (underline starts) the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, were long ignored by tourists, traveling (underline ends) instead to more well-known memorial museums.
A. the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, were long ignored by tourists, traveling
B. the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, were long ignored by tourists, who traveled
C. tourists long ignored the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, traveling
D. tourists long ignored the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland, and traveled
E. tourists long ignored the historic buildings in Lodz, Poland; they dependedgaurav22nitj
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26 Jul 2015, 03:18
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1.The subject of the sentence is contrast...so it has to be singular...so 'has' is needed instead of 'have'..A and B out
Now contrast is in 'sales in'....and 'such sales' so option E is left.
In C and D contrast in "sales .....and Sports"...wrong comparison so C and D are out

2.Opening modifier "Riddled with..." should modify tourists instead of buildings..so A and B out
Among C,D and E...C is incorrect as -ing indicates that work is still going on...E is incorrect construction..
D is correct answer and a correct parallel construction

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you have taken wrong modifier in Q 2...
what is riddled with bullets, its not tourists but the building, so only A and B are valid answers..
out of these two choices , who travelled is correct so answer should be B
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but modifier also includes hidden in alleys...tourists will be hidden in alleys..
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if above facts are true then a student reaching highschool senior year should expect to increase his/her memory. Hence E correct

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