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A 1994 biography reveals that the early years of Josephine Baker's life were so miserable they created the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family, the result was, to become a star of the jazz age.

(A) they created the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family and, the result was, to become
(B) that they created the singer's desire to flee her Missouri home and family and, as a result, to become
(C) that they created the singer's desire to flee her Missouri home and family and, the result of this, she became
(D) that they created the desire of the singer to flee her Missouri home and family, and resulted in becoming
(E) as to create the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family, resulting in her becoming
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A 1994 biography reveals that the early years of Josephine Baker's life were so miserable they created the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family, the result was, to become a star of the jazz age.


I am going with B. Here's my attempt:


(A) they created the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family and, the result was, to become
Expl: desire of the singer is wordy. It can be shortened to singer's desire without losing any meaning. A, D, and E are out!
Also, noun for doing smth is very often less good than noun to do smth. A and E have that.

(B) that they created the singer's desire to flee her Missouri home and family and, as a result, to become
Expl:No problem with that. The to become-infinitive acts as a role. Therefore the modifier as a result is fine here.
Also, the parallel structure of to flee and to become is correct.

(C) that they created the singer's desire to flee her Missouri home and family and, the result of this, she became
Expl:the result of this modifies she. But she isnt the result. C is out.

(D) that they created the desire of the singer to flee her Missouri home and family, and resulted in becoming
Expl:incorrect for the same reason as A. Also, and resulted needs an antecedent. But what is the antecedent? sounds like it is years? out!

(E) as to create the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family, resulting in her becoming
Expl:incorrect for the same reason as A.


Feel free to correct me if im wrong.
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Idiom and parallelism.
At first sight, the options need to follow idiom so X that Y'. This eliminates A and E.
Out of B C and D only B follows parallelism - to flee and to become
Hence answer is B.

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[quote="Bismarck"]A 1994 biography reveals that the early years of Josephine Baker's life were so miserable they created the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family, the result was, to become a star of the jazz age.

(A) they created the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family and, the result was, to become( so x that y is the correct idiom)
(B) that they created the singer's desire to flee her Missouri home and family and, as a result, to become( Correct)
(C) that they created the singer's desire to flee her Missouri home and family and, the result of this, she became(meaning changes)
(D) that they created the desire of the singer to flee her Missouri home and family, and resulted in becoming(early years didn't resulted rather created the desire so to become is required to maintain parallelism)
(E) as to create the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family, resulting in her becoming( so x that y is required)

I will go with choice B

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I am confused. I would think that in answer B it is not clear that "she" refers to Josephine Baker as she is not actually mentioned. Is it enough to mention her in the term "Josephine Baker's life"? I feel like the GMAT is mixing up this rule.

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Correct answer is B. Parallelism maintained to to flee and to become.
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I am confused. I would think that in answer B it is not clear that "she" refers to Josephine Baker as she is not actually mentioned. Is it enough to mention her in the term "Josephine Baker's life"? I feel like the GMAT is mixing up this rule.

Thank you for your help!


Yeah, really good question. In this case, actually the only pronoun that appears in (B) is "her" which has a clear antecedent in "Josephine Baker's" so it avoids that potential issue.
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julie123 wrote:
I am confused. I would think that in answer B it is not clear that "she" refers to Josephine Baker as she is not actually mentioned. Is it enough to mention her in the term "Josephine Baker's life"? I feel like the GMAT is mixing up this rule.

yes, you can use "Possessive pronoun" (her) instead of possessive "Josephine Baker's". It is always allowed in GMAT. There is no need to have 'she' or "Josephine Baker" in this case. So, B perfectly makes sense.
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Bismarck wrote:
A 1994 biography reveals that the early years of Josephine Baker's life were so miserable they created the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family, the result was, to become a star of the jazz age.

(A) they created the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family and, the result was, to become
(B) that they created the singer's desire to flee her Missouri home and family and, as a result, to become
(C) that they created the singer's desire to flee her Missouri home and family and, the result of this, she became
(D) that they created the desire of the singer to flee her Missouri home and family, and resulted in becoming
(E) as to create the desire of the singer for fleeing her Missouri home and family, resulting in her becoming

Hi MartyMurray, GMATNinja, VeritasPrepBrian,
From the option B, how do someone convinced that singer indicates Josephine Baker?
a bit off topic:
also, what is the difference between and and &?
What will be the problem if "home and family " is written as "home & family"?
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