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A medieval manuscript called L contains all eighteen extant tragedies by the Greek playwright Euripides. Of these, ten called the “select plays,” are accompanied in L by ancient commentaries and also appear in other medieval manuscripts; this group includes some of Euripides’ best-known works, including the Medea. The other eight, which appear only in L, are called alphabeticals, because they appear in alphabetical order , without commentary. The Electra is one of the alphabetical.

Which of the following can be reliably concluded on the basis of the Statements given?

A. Only Euripides’ best-known works are accompanied by ancient commentaries in extant medieval manuscripts.
B. The select plays are accompanied by ancient commentaries because they were the best known of Euripides’ works.
C. No commentaries were written about Euripides’ Electra in ancient times.
D. Euripides’ Medea never appears in medieval manuscripts unaccompanied by ancient commentary.
E. Euripides’ Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary in any extant medieval manuscript.
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04 Dec 2008, 16:40
botirvoy wrote:
A medieval manuscript called L contains all eighteen extant tragedies
by the Greek playwright Euripides. Of these, ten called the “select
plays,” are accompanied in L by ancient commentaries and also
appear in other medieval manuscripts; this group includes some of
Euripides’ best-known works, including the Medea. The other eight,
which appear in alphabetical order, without commentary. The Electra is
one of the alphabeticals.
Which of the following can be reliably concluded on the basis of the
Statements given?
A. Only Euripides’ best-known works are accompanied by ancient
commentaries in extant medieval manuscripts.
B. The select plays are accompanied by ancient commentaries
because they were the best known of Euripides’ works.
C. No commentaries were written about Euripides’ Electra in
ancient times.
D. Euripides’ Medea never appears in medieval manuscripts
unaccompanied by ancient commentary.
E. Euripides’ Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary
in any extant medieval manuscript.

Only, No, never are extreme words.

Left B and E

E can be concluded reliably..as we dont why the commentaries were attached to the "select 10"
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05 Dec 2008, 12:12
I think this is between B and E .... my pick is B though.

what is the OA and/or OE?
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Is there something missing from the stimulus? The second last sentence is only a sentence fragment, and NONE of the answer choices follows reliably (i.e., necessarily) from the stimulus.

A: Not necessarily true. The stimulus tells us that the select plays (which include SOME of E's best known works) are accompanied by ancient commentaries in L. It tells us nothing about what is or is not accompanied by commentaries in other manuscripts. Not only that, but it leaves open the possibility that some of the "select plays" are NOT among E's best known works, in which case A would be false.

B: There is no information at all indicating WHY the select plays were accompanied by commentaries in L, or anywhere else -- IF they were so accompanied in other manuscripts.

C: The stimulus shows that there are no commentaries about Elektra in L. This does not tell us anything about whether there are or are not commentaries about Elektra in any other mediaeval manuscripts. Even if there were not, it would still be possible that there were ancient commentaries written about Elektra which did NOT happen to be captured in any of the mediaeval manuscripts which have survived.

D: The stimulus shows that Medea is accompanied by commentary in L. This does NOT prove that every other mediaeval manuscript which contains Medea also contains an ancient commentary about Medea.

E: Partly the same analysis as C: The stimulus shows that there are no commentaries about Elektra in L. This does NOT prove that there are no commentaries about Elektra in any OTHER mediaeval manuscript.

Please check the original stimulus: If one of these answers follows logically, there must be more in it than has been posted.
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06 Dec 2008, 18:16
I agree with Grumpy...I don't think any of these answer choices fit the bill.
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26 Jan 2010, 23:24
Extremely confused on this one
None of the answers seem suitable
Kindly provide suitable explanations
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A medieval manuscript called L contains all eighteen extant tragedies
by the Greek playwright Euripides. Of these, ten called the “select
plays,” are accompanied in L by ancient commentaries and also
appear in other medieval manuscripts; this group includes some of
Euripides’ best-known works, including the Medea. The other eight,
which appear in alphabetical order, without commentary. The Electra is
one of the alphabeticals.
Which of the following can be reliably concluded on the basis of the
Statements given?
A. Only Euripides’ best-known works are accompanied by ancient
commentaries in extant medieval manuscripts. --> it is too self-assumed. The premise stated that there are Euripides' best known works that are accompanied by ancient commentaries BUT IT IS NOT NECESSARILY the "ONLY"one.
B. The select plays are accompanied by ancient commentaries
because they were the best known of Euripides’ works. --> the statement didnt say the best known of Euripides' works is the CAUSE of the select plays accompanied by ancient commentaries. (not causation)
C. No commentaries were written about Euripides’ Electra in
ancient times. --> electra is one of the alphabetical but it does not necessarily mean that there is NO commentaries written about it.
D. Euripides’ Medea never appears in medieval manuscripts
unaccompanied by ancient commentary. --> again too conclusive, there might or might not be in other manuscript.
E. Euripides’ Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary
in any extant medieval manuscript. --> in these 18 extant medieval manuscript, E's Electra not accompanied by a commentary (correct)

My ans is E.
there are eighteen extant tragedies
- ten called the “select
plays,” are accompanied in L by ancient commentaries and also
appear in other medieval manuscripts; this group includes some of
Euripides’ best-known works, including the Medea.
- The other eight,which appear in alphabetical order, without commentary. The Electra is
one of the alphabeticals.

What is the OA?
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02 Oct 2013, 07:02
In the above poster, I am not too comfortable with the generalization that happened from Script L to any other Medieval Script.

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01 Jun 2014, 10:43
In the mock I was confused between (C) and (E).

What is the problem with (C).

The other eight,which appear in alphabetical order, without commentary. The Electra isone of the alphabeticals.
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OA is E.
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C is wrong cause it strongly says no commentaries were written at all. However, we are taking about only the extant manuscripts. It is possible that the commentaries were written, but somehow the manuscripts are lost or not found.
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OA is E.
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C is wrong cause it strongly says no commentaries were written at all. However, we are taking about only the extant manuscripts. It is possible that the commentaries were written, but somehow the manuscripts are lost or not found.

Then what does below sentence taken from the stimulus says,

The other eight,which appear in alphabetical order, without commentary. The Electra is one of the alphabeticals.

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ConnectTheDots wrote:
OA is E.
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C is wrong cause it strongly says no commentaries were written at all. However, we are taking about only the extant manuscripts. It is possible that the commentaries were written, but somehow the manuscripts are lost or not found.

Then what does below sentence taken from the stimulus says,

The other eight,which appear in alphabetical order, without commentary. The Electra is one of the alphabeticals.

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That statement says Electra doesn't have commentary in the manuscript called 'L'. It doesn't say there were no commentary written for Electra in general.
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ConnectTheDots wrote:
TGC wrote:
ConnectTheDots wrote:
OA is E.
Source: GMAT Prep EP

C is wrong cause it strongly says no commentaries were written at all. However, we are taking about only the extant manuscripts. It is possible that the commentaries were written, but somehow the manuscripts are lost or not found.

Then what does below sentence taken from the stimulus says,

The other eight,which appear in alphabetical order, without commentary. The Electra is one of the alphabeticals.

Rgds,
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That statement says Electra doesn't have commentary in the manuscript called 'L'. It doesn't say there were no commentary written for Electra in general.

Reading carefully you can see that the argument says that"the other eight, which appear only in L...". This clarify.
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L - Medieval manuscript - L contains 18 extant tragedies.
10 -> have ancient commentaries in L and they appear in other medieval manuscripts -> one of them is Medea.
Other 8 -> Doesn't contain any ancient commentary in L and also doesn't appear in other medieval manuscripts.-> One of them is Electra.

A. Only Euripides’ best-known works are accompanied by ancient commentaries in extant medieval manuscripts - Cannot be inferred as best known work can be in other 8.
B. The select plays are accompanied by ancient commentaries because they were the best known of Euripides’ works - Cannot be inferred as nothing is said why they are called "select plays"
C. No commentaries were written about Euripides’ Electra in ancient times - Cannot be inferred as Electra is not found in other medieval manuscripts. There might be commentaries written else where and not found yet. No is a strong word here.
D. Euripides’ Medea never appears in medieval manuscripts unaccompanied by ancient commentary - Medea has ancient commentary in L. The passage doesn't say about other medieval manuscripts
E. Euripides’ Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary in any extant medieval manuscript. - Can be inferred as Electra is not even mentioned in other ancient manuscripts.
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31 Aug 2015, 06:02
The question posted here has missed some part of the argument...
Here is the full question and official answer "clicked" correctly..
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22 Apr 2016, 05:26
seofah wrote:
A medieval manuscript called L contains all eighteen extant tragedies
by the Greek playwright Euripides. Of these, ten called the “select
plays,” are accompanied in L by ancient commentaries and also
appear in other medieval manuscripts; this group includes some of
Euripides’ best-known works, including the Medea. The other eight,
which appear in alphabetical order, without commentary. The Electra is
one of the alphabeticals.
Which of the following can be reliably concluded on the basis of the
Statements given?
A. Only Euripides’ best-known works are accompanied by ancient
commentaries in extant medieval manuscripts.
B. The select plays are accompanied by ancient commentaries
because they were the best known of Euripides’ works.
C. No commentaries were written about Euripides’ Electra in
ancient times.
D. Euripides’ Medea never appears in medieval manuscripts
unaccompanied by ancient commentary.
E. Euripides’ Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary
in any extant medieval manuscript.

The argument didn't talk about other extant medieval manuscripts.
We dont know if L is the only extant medieval manuscript or NOT.
So how can we reliably conclude that Euripides' Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary
in any extant medieval manuscript
?

It is clear that Euripides' Electra has no commentary in manuscript L whcih is a medieval extant manuscript

Did the argument suggest anywhere that manuscript L is the only extant medieval manuscript?

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Nez wrote:
seofah wrote:
A medieval manuscript called L contains all eighteen extant tragedies
by the Greek playwright Euripides. Of these, ten called the “select
plays,” are accompanied in L by ancient commentaries and also
appear in other medieval manuscripts; this group includes some of
Euripides’ best-known works, including the Medea.The other eight,
which appear in alphabetical order, without commentary.
The Electra is
one of the alphabeticals.
Which of the following can be reliably concluded on the basis of the
Statements given?
A. Only Euripides’ best-known works are accompanied by ancient
commentaries in extant medieval manuscripts.
B. The select plays are accompanied by ancient commentaries
because they were the best known of Euripides’ works.
C. No commentaries were written about Euripides’ Electra in
ancient times.
D. Euripides’ Medea never appears in medieval manuscripts
unaccompanied by ancient commentary.
E. Euripides’ Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary
in any extant medieval manuscript.

The argument didn't talk about other extant medieval manuscripts.
We dont know if L is the only extant medieval manuscript or NOT.
So how can we reliably conclude that Euripides' Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary
in any extant medieval manuscript
?

It is clear that Euripides' Electra has no commentary in manuscript L whcih is a medieval extant manuscript

Did the argument suggest anywhere that manuscript L is the only extant medieval manuscript?

I'll appreciate your appropriate responses with kudoses.
hi great chetan2u.

Hi,
E cannot be the answer in the way the Q has been written..
the highlighted portion is not grammatically or logically correct, so I read the thread above..
It seems this has been reproduced with errors and misses out on an important aspect that can relate to correct choice..
please see the post above yours, which carries an image..
the correct Q is written there and the line is actually
" the other 8, which are only in L, are called alphabeticals, because they appear in alphabetical order , without commentary.

Yeah, it is surprising that many have found the answer to be E, without this vital information..

It is not a strengthener or weakener, where we can assume to reach OA as the one in CLIMATE Q of GMATPREP, we saw yesterday.
This is a conclusion Q and has to be only on what is given in the argument..
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E.

A. Only Euripides’ best-known works are accompanied by ancient commentaries in extant medieval manuscripts. -- As per argument, some of the best known works
B. The select plays are accompanied by ancient commentaries because they were the best known of Euripides’ works. -- Cannot be deduced from the argument.
C. No commentaries were written about Euripides’ Electra in ancient times. -- Cannot be deduced from the argument.
D. Euripides’ Medea never appears in medieval manuscripts unaccompanied by ancient commentary. -- It appears in other manuscripts but no mention if with/without any commentary.
E. Euripides’ Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary in any extant medieval manuscript. -- appears only in L and part of group which has no commentary.
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16 Apr 2017, 04:49
POE . IMO its E.
What i did.
I saw stimulus too complicated to comprehend. since its must be true type. checking answers to eliminate
A - ONLY - extreme eliminate .
B- Best known ? = checked through the parah - found no comparisions. - extreme - eliminate
C- No new in ancient times- Out of scope
D - Never appears - Extreme
E- left out . - answer
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