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Although oft-maligned in modern culture, the pigeon once stood not

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Although oft-maligned in modern culture, the pigeon once stood not only for speed and reliability but also for grace and beauty. Darwin himself became a pigeon fancier after beginning to work with the humble Columbia livia , discovering them to be more fascinating than he had formerly believed. During the Victorian age, in fact, raising show pigeons was a popular hobby, with new breeds continuously arising as amateur (and not-so-amateur) ornithologists crossed animals in the hopes of creating ever more fantastic creatures. One of the most sought-after varieties was known as the Almond Tumbler, a name presumably derived form the color of the birds combined with the distinctive flight style. Over the course of many generations, this bird was so manipulated as to have a beak so small as to prevent the adult birds from feeding their offspring. And yet, it was wildly popular drawing high prices at auctions and high prices at competitions.

How then did an animal once so well-loved come to be so loathed? As recently as World War II, the military used pigeons to carry messages but today, many people would kick a pigeon before they would feed one. Perhaps it is just a problem of population density, a lack of esteem for that which is ubiquitous. Pigeons have become our constant urban companions and, as such, have been transformed from symbols of peace, plenty, and prosperity, to representatives of disease and decay.

1. The primary purpose of this passage is to

(A) convince the reader of the nobility of the pigeon, based on its history as a symbol of virtue
(B) dissuade the reader from mistreating a once-majestic animal that has fallen from favor
(C) rebut claims that the pigeon carries disease any more frequently than do other domestic animals
(D) promote a renewal of pigeon fancying and a resurgence of breeds such as the Almond Tumbler
(E) suggest that there might be more to the story of some urban wildlife than is commonly known


2. The case of the Almond Tumbler is most analogous to which of the following?

(A) a strain of wheat that can be grown in plentiful quantities but loses much of its nutritional value in the process
(B) Arabian horses that are able to run at phenomenal speeds due to centuries of careful breeding designed to enhance those physical attributes
(C) vitamins that were purported to provide all of the necessary nutrients but have since been found not to be very effective
(D) the dachshund, a popular breed of dog that is nonetheless prone to severe back problems, due to weaknesses exacerbated by targeted breeding
(E) the wild rock doves that are most commonly found nesting in the faces of cliffs far from human habitation


3. The passage suggests that

(A) pigeons were once known for flying with celerity
(B) the Almond Tumbler was the most beautiful breed of pigeon
(C) Darwin was infatuated with his fancy pigeons
(D) modern pigeons are dirtier than the fancy pigeons of yore
(E) only scientists should breed new kinds of animals

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Can someone explain the answers to these I was stuck between answer choices and got all three wrong. I choose A, B, D but the answers are E D A i narrowed down to these two choices and choose the wrong one all three times.
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Can someone explain the answers to these I was stuck between answer choices and got all three wrong. I choose A, B, D but the answers are E D A i narrowed down to these two choices and choose the wrong one all three times.


Hi spatel2,

Question 1:
(A) convince the reader of the nobility of the pigeon, based on its history as a symbol of virtue
(B) dissuade the reader from mistreating a once-majestic animal that has fallen from favor
(C) rebut claims that the pigeon carries disease any more frequently than do other domestic animals
(D) promote a renewal of pigeon fancying and a resurgence of breeds such as the Almond Tumbler
(E) suggest that there might be more to the story of some urban wildlife than is commonly known - the author does not take any stance. The passage is descriptive - it simply talks about how pigeons were seen in the past and gives one reason to explain why this the opinion has changed.

2. The case of the Almond Tumbler is most analogous to which of the following?
(A) a strain of wheat that can be grown in plentiful quantities but loses much of its nutritional value in the process
(B) Arabian horses that are able to run at phenomenal speeds due to centuries of careful breeding designed to enhance those physical attributes
(C) vitamins that were purported to provide all of the necessary nutrients but have since been found not to be very effective
(D) the dachshund, a popular breed of dog that is nonetheless prone to severe back problems, due to weaknesses exacerbated by targeted breeding - the last part of this answer mentions breeding. Like Almond Tumbler, this dog has become prone to back problems (a disadvantage). As a result of manipulations, the bird was nearly unable to feed it's offspring (also a disadvantage).
(E) the wild rock doves that are most commonly found nesting in the faces of cliffs far from human habitation

3. The passage suggests that
(A) pigeons were once known for flying with celerity - the first sentence of the passage.
(B) the Almond Tumbler was the most beautiful breed of pigeon - beauty wasn't discussed.
(C) Darwin was infatuated with his fancy pigeons - too strong.
(D) modern pigeons are dirtier than the fancy pigeons of yore - such comparison isn't given.
(E) only scientists should breed new kinds of animals - too strong and it's not mention who should or should not do that.

I hope this will help. Feel free to point to my mistakes made in the explanations above. Thanks
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