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At the end of the nineteenth century, a rising interest in Native Amer

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The official explanation to the 2nd question is weird. The passage state clearly that "editors often decided what elements were significant to the field research on a given tribe", that is the interviewers were omit some information intentionally. The official guide even state in his explanation to the the 6nd that "the editors introduced bias with their choices about what was important...it is reasonable to infer that, to eliminate bias, those choices must be eliminated". Nevertheless the official explanation to the 2nd question states the opposite: "the ethnologists did not purposely exclude an item from their studies". This is not a contradiction in the reasoning? I understand why option C can be a valid answer but i found no reason to eliminate option D.

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The official explanation to the 2nd question is weird. The passage state clearly that "editors often decided what elements were significant to the field research on a given tribe", that is the interviewers were omit some information intentionally. The official guide even state in his explanation to the the 6nd that "the editors introduced bias with their choices about what was important...it is reasonable to infer that, to eliminate bias, those choices must be eliminated". Nevertheless the official explanation to the 2nd question states the opposite: "the ethnologists did not purposely exclude an item from their studies". This is not a contradiction in the reasoning? I understand why option C can be a valid answer but i found no reason to eliminate option D.

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A chef purposely excludes the special ingredient from the recipe of his prizewinning dessert

The reason why D can not be the answer is because Chef know his prizewinning dessert and he known what to excludes because he invented the dessert .
No on the other hand passage says that researchers may exclude some events from life stories of Native American which native american people consider important.
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In fact the passage state that researchers may exclude some events from life stories of Native American which native american people consider important: "Editors often decided what elements were significant to the field research on a given tribe. Native Americans recognized that the essence of their lives could not be communicated in English and that events that they thought significant were often deemed unimportant by their interviewers"

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Can someone explain why B is preferred over C for Q6 -

6. It can be inferred from the passage that a characteristic of the ethnological research on Native Americans conducted during the nineteenth century was the use of which of the following?

(A) Investigators familiar with the culture under study
(B) A language other than the informant???s for recording life stories
(C) Life stories as the ethnologist???s primary source of information
(D) Complete transcriptions of informants??? descriptions of tribal beliefs
(E) Stringent guidelines for the preservation of cultural data

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Can someone explain why B is preferred over C for Q6 -

6. It can be inferred from the passage that a characteristic of the ethnological research on Native Americans conducted during the nineteenth century was the use of which of the following?

(A) Investigators familiar with the culture under study
(B) A language other than the informant???s for recording life stories
(C) Life stories as the ethnologist???s primary source of information
(D) Complete transcriptions of informants??? descriptions of tribal beliefs
(E) Stringent guidelines for the preservation of cultural data

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(C) Life stories as the ethnologist’s primary source of information

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[ethnologists] were after linguistic or anthropological data that would supplement their own field observations, and they believed that the personal stories, even of a single individual, could increase their understanding of the cultures that they had been observing from without.

The ethnologists wanted to use the personal stories to supplement their own field observations. We cannot accurately infer that the ethnologists wanted to use life stories as their primary source of information. Thus, (C) can be eliminated.

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(B) A language other than the informant’s for recording life stories

As for choice (B), we are told that "Native Americans recognized that the essence of their lives could not be communicated in English." This implies that English must have been used to record at least some of the Native Americans' life stories. We can infer that English was not the language of the Native Americans (the informants), so choice (B) is the best answer.
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