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Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills

(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills

(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West

(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills.

(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
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Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.
(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills.
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills

The meaning of the original sentence has a contrast - Films of AW depicts Coyotes as solitary animals, but in reality coyotes live in stable groups.
Lets split and see
1. Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, Dependent Clause
2. in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups. Independent clause.
3. that occupy the same territory for long periods. - Here that refers to groups. Dependent clause.

Here all dependent clauses are connected properly with IC with the help of "," and "that" (acts as subject for the 3rd clause).
All SV pairs are in agreement.
ing-modifier correctly modifying animals.
these refers to coyotes, no pronoun error
Meaning is clear

Now comes POE:
(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills. Correct as it is.
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills. The subject of the action is missing. We don't know who is doing the action of "depict". Moreover a passive construction & Unidiomatic expression "depicted to be".
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West. The subject of the action is missing. We don't know who is doing the action of "depict"
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills. as-if changes the meaning and" , ing modifier" tends to modify the preceding clause
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills. Usage of and changes meaning, unidiomatic usage :depicted to be"
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I am a little confused about the subject in the first half of the sentence. If the subject is "films", then the second half of the sentence is referring to the coyotes. I think the tricky part of this question is the first sentence can start with either films or coyotes. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills - depicted as, not depicted to be
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West - on tops of distant hills in films is ambiguous - films depicted coyotes howling in films
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - wrong placement of the comma, mournfully howling animals is now describing solitary
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - depicted as, not depicted to be
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Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.
(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills.
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills

It is better to think "..films depict X as something, in reality these(X) live in...... "

Moreover, in C coyotes are depicted where? In films about American West. But this choice keeps a big gap between these two parts.
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I am a little confused about the subject in the first half of the sentence. If the subject is "films", then the second half of the sentence is referring to the coyotes. I think the tricky part of this question is the first sentence can start with either films or coyotes. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills - depicted as, not depicted to be
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West - on tops of distant hills in films is ambiguous - films depicted coyotes howling in films
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - wrong placement of the comma, mournfully howling animals is now describing solitary
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills - depicted as, not depicted to be

Why Not 'B' is it some idiom which says "Depcited as not Depicted to be" from the sentence it reflect that "In films .... parallel to in Reality" is this will not work.
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Why Not 'B' is it some idiom which says "Depcited as not Depicted to be" from the sentence it reflect that "In films .... parallel to in Reality" is this will not work.

You are right. Depicted As is the correct idiom for the GMAT. I don't think Depicted To Be is an idiom tested by the GMAT.
So only use depicted as in the GMAT.
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The main confusion is between option A and Option C.

Below is my understanding.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
- It clearly says that films are the ones which depict coyotes as animals howling on distant hills

(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West
- It illogically says that coyotes are depicted as XYZ..on tops of hills in films

Therefore, the option C has a very different meaning, which clearly help Option A outweigh option C .

Hope I was clear in explaining.
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Hi Experts,
In this question , i am confused with option C. Can you please tell me why my reasoning is wrong,
In second IC , we have "these gregarious creature as a subject" so in first clause we should have " coyotes " as the subject but instead we have films as the subject
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Hi Experts,
In this question , i am confused with option C. Can you please tell me why my reasoning is wrong,
In second IC , we have "these gregarious creature as a subject" so in first clause we should have " coyotes " as the subject but instead we have films as the subject

I'm not quite sure that I understand your question, but I'll give it a shot!

Are you suggesting that in a sentence with two clauses, the subjects of the two clauses must match? If so, that certainly isn't true. There's absolutely nothing with having two different subjects of two different clauses in the same sentence.

As others have mentioned above, there are all sorts of other problems with (C). For starters, the phrase "coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films..." seems to be saying that the coyotes actually howl in the films themselves. And that's not the point: the sentence is trying to say that the films depict the coyotes as howling mournfully in general -- not that the coyotes actually howl in the films. And there's no good reason to use passive voice in (C) when there's a better, more active alternative in (A).

I hope this helps!
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