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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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New post 27 Feb 2018, 17:54
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Anyone help me why the answer to the main idea question Q. 5 is C - critique a methodology. I mean here ethnologist want to study the native americans because of two reasons stated and they discussed how the study would help them.

Please explain why C is the best answer


First, what is the meaning of main idea question? it is summary of all paragraphs. What you are concluding is just first para, in rest two para author is criticizing this approach, mentioned in first para. even the third para look like the author's opinion.

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Hello GMATNinja,
Could you please elaborate on the question and answer of question number 6 of the above passage

"38. 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"

Thank you.
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Hello GMATNinja,
Could you please elaborate on the question and answer of question number 6 of the above passage

"38. 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"

Thank you.

ronak25, refer to this post for an explanation of question #6 (38).

siddharthfrancis wrote:
Please explain why tha answer to the 34th question is C and the answer to question 38 is B ??

siddharthfrancis, see if these two posts help with Question 34:


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It can be inferred from the passage that the author would be most likely to agree
with which of the following statements about the usefulness of life stories as a
source of ethnographic information?
(A) They can be a source of information about how people in a culture view the world.
(B) They are most useful as a source of linguistic information.
(C) They require editing and interpretation before they can be useful.
(D) They are most useful as a source of information about ancestry.
(E) They provide incidental information rather than significant insights into a way
of life.

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Please throw light on the "primary purpose" question.

The author at last concludes that autobiographies still remain a useful tool for research. Then how main idea is to "critique a methodology" ?

Is the primary purpose question different from author's viewpoint/purpose?
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2. Which of the following is most similar to the actions of nineteenth-century ethnologists in their editing of the life stories of Native Americans?

(A) A witness in a jury trial invokes the Fifth Amendment in order to avoid relating personally incriminating evidence.
(B) A stockbroker refuses to divulge the source of her information on the possible future increase in a stock’s value.
(C) A sports announcer describes the action in a team sport with which he is unfamiliar.
(D) A chef purposely excludes the special ingredient from the recipe of his prizewinning dessert.
(E) A politician fails to mention in a campaign speech the similarities in the positions held by her opponent for political office and by herself.



Which lines should I refer to answer this question?? "Editors often decided what elements were significant to the field research on a given tribe."I used this line and chose option D.Please explain how C is right and how do I eliminate other options??
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2. Which of the following is most similar to the actions of nineteenth-century ethnologists in their editing of the life stories of Native Americans?

(A) A witness in a jury trial invokes the Fifth Amendment in order to avoid relating personally incriminating evidence.
(B) A stockbroker refuses to divulge the source of her information on the possible future increase in a stock’s value.
(C) A sports announcer describes the action in a team sport with which he is unfamiliar.
(D) A chef purposely excludes the special ingredient from the recipe of his prizewinning dessert.
(E) A politician fails to mention in a campaign speech the similarities in the positions held by her opponent for political office and by herself.



Which lines should I refer to answer this question?? "Editors often decided what elements were significant to the field research on a given tribe."I used this line and chose option D.Please explain how C is right and how do I eliminate other options??

Maybe check out this post, and see if it helps?
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Information in the passage suggests that which of the following may be a possible way to eliminate bias in the editing of life stories?

(A) Basing all inferences made about the culture on an ethnological theory
(B) Eliminating all of the emotion laden information reported by the informant
(C) Translating the informant’s words into the researcher’s language
(D) Reducing the number of questions and carefully specifying the content of the questions that the investigator can ask the informant
(E) Reporting all of the information that the informant provides regardless of the investigator’s personal opinion about its intrinsic value


anyone could help comfirm?
the options about emotion bias (B&E) are wrong because emotion bias is the Paul Radin's view, not the author's views, not the passage's, right?
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can anyone throw some light on 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?
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At the end of the nineteenth century, a rising interest in Native American customs and an increasing desire to understand Native American culture prompted ethnologists to begin recording the life stories of Native American.
doesn't it means that after 19th century those ethnologists begin recording the life stories? why Q6 OA is B? It is unacceptable. Because during 19th century, no ethnologist record lifestory.GMATNinja
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Some federally recognized tribes are confederacies of more than one tribe. Historically, the State of California formed rancherias and Nevada formed Indian Colonies. Multi-ethnic entities were formed by the U.S. federal government or by treaty with the U.S. government for the purpose of being assigned to reservations. For example, 19 tribes that existed in 1872 combined at that time to form the Colville Confederated Tribes, which is now the single federally recognized tribe, Colville Indian Reservation in Washington state.
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If I understand correctly, this was a question from an official guide. How can we call it an autobiography when the life stories of the subject individuals were not autobiographically written? To be clear, I'm suggesting that it should have been called biographies. This misleading conception plus a grammar error in the first sentence calls into question the strategy of the GMAC in formulating passages such as these. The idea here is that the GMAC should be the shining example of proper written English and clear communication skills, especially when it comes to testing for astute comprehension of it.

The reader could have been misled to believe the main purpose of the passage is an argument between the use of biographies written by ethnologists and autobiographies themselves. The bit about language use is also misleading, as the author could be referring to any language, even the one he or she speaks (in this case English), of spiritual transcendent ideas that lack words to describe. This can be supported by the statement in the last paragraph about not speaking the names of dead relatives.

This is something to contemplate when faced with testing one's "reading comprehension" skills from an apparent authority qualified to test in this subject for business graduate candidates up to and including leading business schools. As an English native speaker I also have sympathy for those who use English as a second language in negotiating passages such as this particular one given the observances heretofore described. Since I support the GMAC cause I hope that in the future passages such as these will be quality controlled for a more fair judgment of test-takers' actual abilities.
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2. Which of the following is most similar to the actions of nineteenth-century ethnologists in their editing of the life stories of Native Americans?

I am unable to understand how (C) is the correct answer choice.

The question talks about the "editing of the life stories" so shouldn't we look at the 3rd para "Editors often decided what elements were significant to the field research on a given tribe. "

Thus, we can infer that the editors decided what elements to use and what to discard

thus (D) A chef purposely excludes the special ingredient from the recipe of his prizewinning dessert.
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GMATNinja I went through that post but I'm still not 100% sure with the understanding

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2. Which of the following is most similar to the actions of nineteenth-century ethnologists in their editing of the life stories of Native Americans?

I am unable to understand how (C) is the correct answer choice.

The question talks about the "editing of the life stories" so shouldn't we look at the 3rd para "Editors often decided what elements were significant to the field research on a given tribe. "

Thus, we can infer that the editors decided what elements to use and what to discard

thus (D) A chef purposely excludes the special ingredient from the recipe of his prizewinning dessert.


Note these sentences in the passage
"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."

Editors decided what was important and what wasn't even though they were not familiar with the Native American culture.
Also, what Native Americans considered important, interviewers often considered unimportant.

Basically, interviewers and editors are taking calls about something with which they are not familiar. Mind you, they are not purposely excluding important events. They are excluding them because they don't deem them to be important. This is a gap in knowledge, not a case of malicious intent.

(C) A sports announcer describes the action in a team sport with which he is unfamiliar.

Correct. The announcer is not familiar with the sport but takes calls on what to say about the action.

(D) A chef purposely excludes the special ingredient from the recipe of his prizewinning dessert.

Here, the chef purposely excludes a special ingredient so that others may not get the exact recipe.

Answer (C)
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