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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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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's descriptions of tribal beliefs
(E) Stringent guidelines for the preservation of cultural data


Can anyone please tell me the meaning of the question? What does it ask for? And how does C make sense?
I had no idea about this one :(
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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's descriptions of tribal beliefs
(E) Stringent guidelines for the preservation of cultural data


Can anyone please tell me the meaning of the question? What does it ask for? And how does C make sense?
I had no idea about this one :(



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Could anyone can help me and other user answer this question? I don't understand the question and why B is the correct answer?
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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's descriptions of tribal beliefs
(E) Stringent guidelines for the preservation of cultural data


Can anyone please tell me the meaning of the question? What does it ask for? And how does C make sense?
I had no idea about this one :(



Hi all,

Could anyone can help me and other user answer this question? I don't understand the question and why B is the correct answer?

In the 19th century, there was a rising interest in Native American customs and cultures. This interest prompted ethnologists, scientists studying the Native Americans, to begin recording personal life stories of Native Americans. These stories would supposedly supplement other field research pertaining to Native Americans.

In other words, the scientists had already observed the Native Americans ("field observations" are just observations made in a natural environment/setting/habitat) prior to this rise in interest. We can infer that these observations were largely impersonal... imagine the scientists just having a look around and observing how the Native Americans lived. But in the 19th century, the scientists wanted to SUPPLEMENT these impersonal observations with life stories of the Native Americans. Surely such personal stories would add to the scientists' understanding of the Native Americans and their way of life.

As for question 6, we are looking for a characteristic of that 19th century research. Based on the information in the passage, which of the following can be inferred about that research (i.e. the recording of life stories of Native Americans)?

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(A) Investigators familiar with the culture under study

The investigators were actually criticized for NOT being very in-touch with the cultures under study: "investigators rarely spent enough time with the tribes they were observing". The investigators may have been trying to record personal stories, but they were not necessarily familiar with the Native American cultures while they did so. Eliminate (A).

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

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, if not most, of the Native Americans' life stories. We can infer that English was not the language of the Native Americans (the informants), so choice (B) looks good.

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

Refer to the following portion: "[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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(D) Complete transcriptions of informants’ descriptions of tribal beliefs

There is nothing in the passage indicating that the ethnologists had COMPLETE transcriptions. In fact, we are told that as the stories were recorded, "much was inevitably lost". Thus, (D) can be eliminated.

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(E) Stringent guidelines for the preservation of cultural data

The passage does not mention anything about stringent (strict) guidelines for the recording of the stories or for preservation of cultural data in general. Eliminate (E).

Choice (B) is the best answer.
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