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Online test bank question number : RC00423-01 ~ RC00423-04

Carotenoids, a family of natural pigments, form an important part of the colorful signals used by many animals. Animals acquire carotenoids either directly (from the plants and algae that produce them) or indirectly (by eating insects) and store them in a variety of tissues. Studies of several animal species have shown that when choosing mates, females prefer males with brighter carotenoid-based coloration. Owens and Olson hypothesize that the presence of carotenoids, as signaled by coloration, would be meaningful in the context of mate selection if carotenoids were either rare or required for health. The conventional view is that carotenoids are meaningful because they are rare: healthier males can forage for more of the pigments than can their inferior counterparts. Although this may be true, there is growing evidence that carotenoids are meaningful also because they are required: they are used by the immune system and for detoxification processes that are important for maintaining health. It may be that males can use scarce carotenoids either for immune defense and detoxification or for attracting females. Males that are more susceptible to disease and parasites will have to use their carotenoids to boost their immune systems, whereas males that are genetically resistant will use fewer carotenoids for fighting disease and will advertise this by using the pigments for flashy display instead.


RC00423-01
1. According to the “conventional view” referred to in line 13 of the passage, brighter carotenoid-based coloration in certain species suggests that an individual

(A) lives in a habitat rich in carotenoid-bearing plants and insects
(B) has efficient detoxification processes
(C) has a superior immune system
(D) possesses superior foraging capacity
(E) is currently capable of reproducing



RC00423-02
2. The idea that carotenoid-based coloration is significant partly because carotenoids are required for health suggests that a lack of bright coloration in a male is most likely to indicate which of the following?

(A) Inefficient detoxification processes
(B) Immunity to parasite infestation
(C) Low genetic resistance to disease
(D) Lack of interest in mating
(E) Lack of carotenoid-storing tissues



RC00423-03
3. The passage suggests that relatively bright carotenoid-based coloration is a signal of which of the following characteristics in males of certain animal species?

(A) Readiness for mating behavior
(B) Ability to fight
(C) Particular feeding preferences
(D) Recovery from parasite infestation
(E) Fitness as a mate



RC00423-04
4. The passage implies which of the following about the insects from which animals acquire carotenoids?

(A) They do not produce carotenoids themselves.
(B) They use carotenoids primarily for coloration.
(C) They maintain constant levels of carotenoids in their tissues.
(D) They are unable to use carotenoids to boost their immune system.
(E) They are available in greater abundance than are carotenoid-bearing plants.



RC00423-05
5. Information in the passage suggests that which of the following is true of carotenoids that a male animal uses for detoxification processes?

(A) They were not acquired directly from plants and algae.
(B) They cannot be replenished through foraging.
(C) They cannot be used simultaneously to brighten coloration.
(D) They do not affect the animal's susceptibility to parasites.
(E) They increase the chances that the animal will be selected as a mate.



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Question 5 is the hardest one imo:

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5. Information in the passage suggests that which of the following is true of carotenoids that a male animal uses for detoxification processes?

(A) They were not acquired directly from plants and algae. carotenoids can be acquired from plants or insects and we don't have any info about whether there are different uses of the carotenoids from both sources
(B) They cannot be replenished through foraging. If animals use the sources mentioned above they can replenish carotenoids
(C) They cannot be used simultaneously to brighten coloration. This is mentioned in the passage. "It may be that males can use scarce carotenoids either for immune defense and detoxification or for attracting females". Yes, it says maybe, but it is the best out of all answers.
(D) They do not affect the animal's susceptibility to parasites. Carotenoids can be used to bolster the immune system, hence this answer is incorrect
(E) They increase the chances that the animal will be selected as a mate. It actually weakens the chances because carotenoids used for detoxification can't be used to increase brightness, leadiing to a higher chance of mating
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Please comment on explanations, as I managed only to complete reading comprehension in 11:11.
Passage Analysis:
Tone: Explains / Descriptive
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Describe carotenoids usage in animals - 2 schools of thoughts [go the same way].

1. Inference:
The conventional view is that carotenoids are meaningful because they are rare: healthier males can forage for more of the pigments than can their inferior counterparts.
ANS: D possesses superior foraging capacity : healthier males can forage for more of the pigments than can their inferior counterparts.

2. Inference:
Although this may be true, there is growing evidence that carotenoids are meaningful also because they are required: they are used by the immune system and for detoxification processes that are important for maintaining health.
Males that are more susceptible to disease and parasites will have to use their carotenoids to boost their immune systems, whereas males that are genetically resistant will use fewer carotenoids for fighting disease and will advertise this by using the pigments for flashy display instead.
ANS: C Low genetic resistance to disease : males that are genetically resistant will use fewer carotenoids for fighting disease and will advertise this by using the pigments for flashy display instead.

3. Inference
Studies of several animal species have shown that when choosing mates, females prefer males with brighter carotenoid-based coloration.
ANS: E Fitness as a mate : Studies of several animal species have shown that when choosing mates, females prefer males with brighter carotenoid-based coloration.

4. Inference
Animals acquire carotenoids either directly (from the plants and algae that produce them) or indirectly (by eating insects) and store them in a variety of tissues.
ANS: A They do not produce carotenoids themselves (obtain via POE + insect = animal, therefore if these animals / insects obtained carotenoids from plants / insects, therefore these animals / insects cannot themselves produce carotenoids) - Experts please help on Q4

5. Inference
It may be that males can use scarce carotenoids either for immune defense and detoxification or for attracting females.
ANS: C They cannot be used simultaneously to brighten coloration : Because of the word OR

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HI GMATNinja , mikemcgarry , egmat , sayantanc2k, RonPurewal , DmitryFarber , MagooshExpert (Carolyn), ccooley , GMATNinjaTwo , SarahPurewal , EMPOWERgmatVerbal

Here is the relavent part but how to infer?

Animals acquire carotenoids either directly (from the plants and algae that produce them) or indirectly (by eating insects) and store them in a variety of tissues.

4. The passage implies which of the following about the insects from which animals acquire carotenoids?

(A) They do not produce carotenoids themselves.
(B) They use carotenoids primarily for coloration.
(C) They maintain constant levels of carotenoids in their tissues.
(D) They are unable to use carotenoids to boost their immune system.
(E) They are available in greater abundance than are carotenoid-bearing plants.
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HI GMATNinja , mikemcgarry , egmat , sayantanc2k, RonPurewal , DmitryFarber , MagooshExpert (Carolyn), ccooley , GMATNinjaTwo , SarahPurewal , EMPOWERgmatVerbal

Here is the relavent part but how to infer?

Animals acquire carotenoids either directly (from the plants and algae that produce them) or indirectly (by eating insects) and store them in a variety of tissues.

4. The passage implies which of the following about the insects from which animals acquire carotenoids?

(A) They do not produce carotenoids themselves.
(B) They use carotenoids primarily for coloration.
(C) They maintain constant levels of carotenoids in their tissues.
(D) They are unable to use carotenoids to boost their immune system.
(E) They are available in greater abundance than are carotenoid-bearing plants.



I was thinking the same thing, but took clue from the information from within the brackets. Acquire directly (....that produce them) or indirectly (..eating insects). Infered that plants can produce them (animal consuming the plants that DIRECTLY produce carotenoids) and insects cannot produce carotenoids (animals acquiring carotenoids from insects, which in turn might be eating those plants, hence INDIRECTLY).

Await expert's view though.
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In Q4 I don't understand how it is infered that the insects don't produce carotenoids themselves ?
There are 2 ways as mentioned in 2nd line via plants and animals does it mean that the animals acquired from plants
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Can you please explain in q4 how it is inferred ?
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NandishSS wrote:
HI GMATNinja , mikemcgarry , egmat , sayantanc2k, RonPurewal , DmitryFarber , MagooshExpert (Carolyn), ccooley , GMATNinjaTwo , SarahPurewal , EMPOWERgmatVerbal

Here is the relavent part but how to infer?

Animals acquire carotenoids either directly (from the plants and algae that produce them) or indirectly (by eating insects) and store them in a variety of tissues.

4. The passage implies which of the following about the insects from which animals acquire carotenoids?

(A) They do not produce carotenoids themselves.
(B) They use carotenoids primarily for coloration.
(C) They maintain constant levels of carotenoids in their tissues.
(D) They are unable to use carotenoids to boost their immune system.
(E) They are available in greater abundance than are carotenoid-bearing plants.


Hi NandishSS

Though not an expert, I selected A as the answer based on the below

Quote:
Animals acquire carotenoids either directly (from the plants and algae that produce them) or indirectly (by eating insects) and store them in a variety of tissues.


This may mean that insects acquire the cartenoids by feeding on plants or algae that produce them.So, insects do not produce themselves.

IMO Option A is the best which captures this.

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Can you please explain in q4 how it is inferred ?


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The answer lies in the following lines

"Animals acquire carotenoids either directly (from the plants and algae that produce them) or indirectly (by eating insects) and store them in a variety of tissues. "

Now what can we infer about the insects ?

Animals either acquire carotenoids from plant or by eating insects. These insects which come under the classification of animals again must have acquired carotenoids through plants or by eating some other insects. Hence these insects didnot produce the carotenoids themselves and that is what option A states.
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NandishSS wrote:
HI GMATNinja , mikemcgarry , egmat , sayantanc2k, RonPurewal , DmitryFarber , MagooshExpert (Carolyn), ccooley , GMATNinjaTwo , SarahPurewal , EMPOWERgmatVerbal

Here is the relavent part but how to infer?

Animals acquire carotenoids either directly (from the plants and algae that produce them) or indirectly (by eating insects) and store them in a variety of tissues.

4. The passage implies which of the following about the insects from which animals acquire carotenoids?

(A) They do not produce carotenoids themselves.
(B) They use carotenoids primarily for coloration.
(C) They maintain constant levels of carotenoids in their tissues.
(D) They are unable to use carotenoids to boost their immune system.
(E) They are available in greater abundance than are carotenoid-bearing plants.


The passage states that animals acquire through insects indirectly which means that insects acquire from somewhere else. Only A above says this.
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Can someone pls explain how option "E" is correct for Question 3
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Can someone pls explain how option "E" is correct for Question 3


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"Studies of several animal species have shown that when choosing mates, females prefer males with brighter carotenoid-based coloration"

"Males that are genetically resistant will use fewer carotenoids for fighting disease and will advertise this by using the pigments for flashy display instead."

From the above 2 lines in the paragraph, inferring option E is not difficult.
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In Q2 I am confused between A and C. In Q3 I feel A should be the correct answer.

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