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An exceptional student who mastered calculus at age six and studied particle physics at age ten, Nora Brodkey's astute scientific mind was vital to the creation of quontronics in the 1970s, when she discovered the fluctuating waves present in deep space.

a) Nora Brodkey's astute scientific mind was
b) it was the astute scientific mind of Nora Brodkey that was
c) Nora Brodkey was the woman whose astute scientific mind was
d) Nora Brodkey was the astute scientific mind
e) the astute scientific mind of Nora Brodkey was

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An exceptional student who mastered calculus at age six and studied particle physics at age ten, Nora Brodkey's astute scientific mind was vital to the creation of quontronics in the 1970s, when she discovered the fluctuating waves present in deep space.

An exceptional student is noun phrase so we should expect noun that answers "who is an exceptional student". Therefore A, B and E out.

Consider option D, adjective vital is in awkward position since "..., Nora Brodkey was the astute scientific mind vital to the creation of quontronics... " has wrong structure. In additions, you cannot say he/she is something. "The astute scientific mind" should imply the characteristic of Nora Brodkey since he/she is person, not scientific mind

Hence, C correct.

But you meant OA is C?

a) Nora Brodkey's astute scientific mind was


b) it was the astute scientific mind of Nora Brodkey that was


c) Nora Brodkey was the woman whose astute scientific mind was



d) Nora Brodkey was the astute scientific mind


e) the astute scientific mind of Nora Brodkey was
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How is it D?

How can Nora Bodley be the mind? Am I missing something here?

Akash do you have the OE? Or at least why they say C is incorrect?

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How is it D?

How can Nora Bodley be the mind? Am I missing something here?

Akash do you have the OE? Or at least why they say C is incorrect?


Hello monarkmunshi - I think D is the correct answer and below is the reason for the same.

c) Nora Brodkey was the woman whose astute scientific mind was

As per above answer choice, it seems as if - Nora's mind was vital - to the creation of quontronics which is illogical - ideally if we have to credit scientific accolades we credit it to a person and not to a person's mind.

d) Nora Brodkey was the astute scientific mind

D - D correctly says Nora Brodkey - was vital - to the creation of quontronics

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An exceptional student who mastered calculus at age six and studied particle physics at age ten, Nora Brodkey's astute scientific mind was vital to the creation of quontronics in the 1970s, when she discovered the fluctuating waves present in deep space.

a) Nora Brodkey's astute scientific mind was
b) it was the astute scientific mind of Nora Brodkey that was
c) Nora Brodkey was the woman whose astute scientific mind was
d) Nora Brodkey was the astute scientific mind
e) the astute scientific mind of Nora Brodkey was



When a sentence begins with a modifying phrase, check to ensure that the phrase modifies its intended subject. In this case, Nora Brodkey's... mind cannot be referred to as an exceptional student, so eliminate choices A, B, and E which incorrectly do so. Now, down to two nearly identical choices, look for redundancies. The phrase the woman whose is rendered redundant by the appearance of the pronoun she in the final clause of the non-underlined portion. Eliminate choice C and select choice D which accurately and succinctly identifies Nora Brodkey as both an exceptional student and the astute scientific mind.
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Sorry for the late reply, OA is C.

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Sorry for the late reply, OA is C.

Experts can you please help on this question. The OA looks debatable.

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Sorry for the late reply, OA is C.

Hello - @akashbolster - Thanks - Could you please help us with the source and official explanation from that source?
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I got this question while giving Princeton Review Exams. The Official Explanation is "Nora Brodkey is not the the astute scientific mind" That's why the answer is C. I rejected "C" because of its wordiness, but later I realized how stupid was I am.

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akashbolster wrote:
I got this question while giving Princeton Review Exams. The Official Explanation is "Nora Brodkey is not the the astute scientific mind" That's why the answer is C. I rejected "C" because of its wordiness, but later I realized how stupid was I am.


Got it - I think OE was incorrectly updated by as D, I will update the OA to C. Though this question is debatable, if possible do post complete OE for this question (if you have) for the benefit of others.
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