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An obscure novel from the thirteenth century has been attributed to Author X, although whether she was the sole author of the long work is often disputed. The year of completion has also been disputed but should be accepted as 1221, because in this year Author X wrote a diary entry about her joy at having completed the work. In this diary entry she also mentions a specific character who appears only in the last chapter of the book. While doubts may remain about certain aspects of the book's authorship, there is no doubt about its chronology.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?

A. In several diary entries in the year 1220, Author X mentioned that she was lonely working on the obscure novel but that it was almost complete.
B. For record-keeping purposes, Author X had a court scribe copy her diary, so a second copy of her diary verifies the authenticity of her entry about the obscure novel in 1221.
C. No writers other than Author X wrote interior portions now accepted as part of the obscure novel after Author X had finished her portion in 1221.
D. Early in 1222, a political coup took place that would have made life so turbulent for Author X that it would have been virtually impossible for her to continue to edit and add to the obscure novel.
E. The last chapter of the book was the last one Author X wrote.
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mike please help me explain why the answer is not B?
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An obscure novel from the thirteenth century has been attributed to Author X, although whether she was the sole author of the long work is often disputed. The year of completion has also been disputed but should be accepted as 1221, because in this year Author X wrote a diary entry about her joy at having completed the work. In this diary entry she also mentions a specific character who appears only in the last chapter of the book. While doubts may remain about certain aspects of the book's authorship, there is no doubt about its chronology.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?

A. In several diary entries in the year 1220, Author X mentioned that she was lonely working on the obscure novel but that it was almost complete.
B. For record-keeping purposes, Author X had a court scribe copy her diary, so a second copy of her diary verifies the authenticity of her entry about the obscure novel in 1221.
C. No writers other than Author X wrote interior portions now accepted as part of the obscure novel after Author X had finished her portion in 1221.
D. Early in 1222, a political coup took place that would have made life so turbulent for Author X that it would have been virtually impossible for her to continue to edit and add to the obscure novel.
E. The last chapter of the book was the last one Author X wrote.

Answer is C
Here is the reason
In the argument it is given that "In this diary entry she also mentions a specific character who appears only in the last chapter of the book" and this event took place in 1221 .So if there is no other writer wrote portion after she finished writing the last chapter or so .It make the argument more valid the author X must have completed the book in that year itself.
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mike please help me explain why the answer is not B?


Let me try.

The argument says that
- An obscure novel from the thirteenth century has been attributed to Author X ( Conclusion)
- The year of completion of the book is 1221 ( this has been accepted) .
- The author mentions a specific character in her diary that appears in the last chapter of the book.
Now inspite of all these information the sole author of the long work is often disputed.
The question asks Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?


We need to find that extra information that will make the conclusion strong.

A. In several diary entries in the year 1220, Author X mentioned that she was lonely working on the obscure novel but that it was almost complete.
- We already know the year of completion. So this doesn't help us.

B. For record-keeping purposes, Author X had a court scribe copy her diary, so a second copy of her diary verifies the authenticity of her entry about the obscure novel in 1221.
- It says the second diary is just a copy of the first one. So, there is no new information that may strikeout the dispute. In any case, we still do not know what is written in the 2nd copy.

C. No writers other than Author X wrote interior portions now accepted as part of the obscure novel after Author X had finished her portion in 1221.
- This is the solid evidence that can prove that the Author X is the sole writer of the obscure novel. Till 1221 the author hasn't yet finished the novel. And so no one could duplicate the writings before 1221.

D. Early in 1222, a political coup took place that would have made life so turbulent for Author X that it would have been virtually impossible for her to continue to edit and add to the obscure novel.
- This actually tells us that the author could not write after 1221. But this doesn't help us, because the author had already finished writing his novel before 1222.

E. The last chapter of the book was the last one Author X wrote.
- This adds no new information .
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I believe that the argument speaks about chronology and not the authorship. It explicitly states that there is doubt regarding authorship but chronology is clear. Hence, we should find an option proving that the work was completed in 1221 and not one which is trying to prove that the author is indeed X.

Only 'C' is adding more info onto this. It says no other author has mentioned about this work after 1221, hence the novel was completed in 1221.

All the other options throw more light onto the fact that Author X wrote the diary. They don't provide any new info other than which provided already in the argument to show that the novel was completed in 1221 itself. Hence option C is the answer.
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An obscure novel from the thirteenth century has been attributed to Author X, although whether she was the sole author of the long work is often disputed. The year of completion has also been disputed but should be accepted as 1221, because in this year Author X wrote a diary entry about her joy at having completed the work. In this diary entry she also mentions a specific character who appears only in the last chapter of the book. While doubts may remain about certain aspects of the book's authorship, there is no doubt about its chronology.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?

A. In several diary entries in the year 1220, Author X mentioned that she was lonely working on the obscure novel but that it was almost complete.
B. For record-keeping purposes, Author X had a court scribe copy her diary, so a second copy of her diary verifies the authenticity of her entry about the obscure novel in 1221.
C. No writers other than Author X wrote interior portions now accepted as part of the obscure novel after Author X had finished her portion in 1221.
D. Early in 1222, a political coup took place that would have made life so turbulent for Author X that it would have been virtually impossible for her to continue to edit and add to the obscure novel.
E. The last chapter of the book was the last one Author X wrote.


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Reading the question: The conclusion is that the year of completion of this book was 1221. If no flaw is obvious, we jump to the answer choices and apply the negation test.

Logical proof: choice (A) a weak strengthener, but when we negate it, the argument could still hold. It's not unusually material to the argument whether or not Author X wrote such diary entries. Same with (B); it strengthens the argument, but is not required. Choice (C) is different; if we negate (C), the argument blows up. In such a case, there were writers other than Author X who later wrote interior portions of the book, after 1221, so the year of completion wasn't 1221. (C) is in. (D) is quite similar to (A) and (B). (E) strengthens as well, but the argument doesn't break if (E) is false.

The correct answer is (C).
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