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# Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient Roman

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Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient Roman medical treatise , is undated but contains clues to when it was produced. Its first 80 pages are by a single copyist, but the remaining 20 pages are by three different copyists, which indicates some significant disruption. Since a letter in handwriting identified as that of the fourth copyist mentions a plague that killed many people in Florence in 1148, Codex Berinensis was probably produced in that year.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the hypothesis that Codex Berinensis was produced in 1148?

(A) Other than Codex Berinensis, there are no known samples of the handwriting of the first three copyists.
(B) According to the account by the fourth copyist, the plague went on for 10 months.
(C) A scribe would be able to copy a page of text the size and style of Codex Berinensis in a day.
(D) There was only one outbreak of plague in Florence in the 1100s.
(E) The number of pages of Codex Berinensis produced by a single scribe becomes smaller with each successive change of copyist.

Originally posted by gurpreet07 on 02 Dec 2009, 13:06.
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vannbj, in this exercise we are not asked to find the truth, but just to find the option that most strongly supports the hypothesis. Even if the hypothesis is wrong, it doesn't matter because we need to find the evidence that will support it. If the question was: from the following, which one is true? Then it will be a problem because none is true. But the question is which one most strongly support the hypothesis, and out of those, the best is D.
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02 Dec 2009, 18:58
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gurpreet07 wrote:
Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient
Roman medical treatise, is undated but contains clues
to when it was produced. Its first 80 pages are by a
single copyist, but the remaining 20 pages are by
three different copyists, which indicates some
significant disruption. Since a letter in handwriting
identified as that of the fourth copyist mentions a
plague that killed many people in Florence in 1148,
Codex Berinensis was probably produced in that year.

Codex Berinensis was probably produced in 1148.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports
the hypothesis that Codex Berinensis was produced
in 1148?
(A) Other than Codex Berinensis, there are no
known samples of the handwriting of the first
three copyists.
How does it matter if CB was produced in 1148, Rejected

(B) According to the account by the fourth copyist,
the plague went on for 10 months.
If the plague went on for 10 days, it does not affect if CB was produced in 1948

(C) A scribe would be able to copy a page of text
the size and style of Codex Berinensis in a day.
In a day it does not provide support for CB being produced in 1148
(D) There was only one outbreak of plague in
Florence in the 1100s.
This is correct I arrived by elimination. This is inline with the plague occurance and significant interruption due to it.
(E) The number of pages of Codex Berinensis
produced by a single scribe becomes smaller
smaller it does not affect our proposal that the CB was produced in 1148
with each successive change of copyist
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02 Dec 2009, 23:57
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vibhaj wrote:
D

gurpreet07 wrote:
Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient
Roman medical treatise, is undated but contains clues
to when it was produced. Its first 80 pages are by a
single copyist, but the remaining 20 pages are by
three different copyists, which indicates some
significant disruption. Since a letter in handwriting
identified as that of the fourth copyist mentions a
plague that killed many people in Florence in 1148,
Codex Berinensis was probably produced in that year.

Codex Berinensis was probably produced in 1148.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports
the hypothesis that Codex Berinensis was produced
in 1148?
(A) Other than Codex Berinensis, there are no
known samples of the handwriting of the first
three copyists.
How does it matter if CB was produced in 1148, Rejected

(B) According to the account by the fourth copyist,
the plague went on for 10 months.
If the plague went on for 10 days, it does not affect if CB was produced in 1948

(C) A scribe would be able to copy a page of text
the size and style of Codex Berinensis in a day.
In a day it does not provide support for CB being produced in 1148
(D) There was only one outbreak of plague in
Florence in the 1100s.
This is correct I arrived by elimination. This is inline with the plague occurance and significant interruption due to it.
(E) The number of pages of Codex Berinensis
produced by a single scribe becomes smaller
smaller it does not affect our proposal that the CB was produced in 1148
with each successive change of copyist

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How can we assume that the disruption was due to the plague? Also how does the occurrence of the letter in 1148 relate to the timing of the treatise? Even if there was one 1 outbreak in the 1100’s couldn’t the fourth copyist have produced them 60 years apart? I’m not trying to just be contrary but I have to ask since I didn’t make those leaps to get to D as the OA. But I do see how every other answer is wrong. When I read this I said to myself, “Wait. None of them are right.”
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17 Jul 2010, 04:58
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vannbj wrote:
How can we assume that the disruption was due to the plague? Also how does the occurrence of the letter in 1148 relate to the timing of the treatise? Even if there was one 1 outbreak in the 1100’s couldn’t the fourth copyist have produced them 60 years apart? I’m not trying to just be contrary but I have to ask since I didn’t make those leaps to get to D as the OA. But I do see how every other answer is wrong. When I read this I said to myself, “Wait. None of them are right.”

I developed the same logic as you did. None of them are right.

Can someone help？
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17 Jul 2010, 07:56
Thanks Jasonlu1981, I'm glad that I'm not crazy.
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17 Jul 2010, 17:39
I picked D, but I reached it using the same process of elimination that vibhaj did...
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19 Jul 2010, 04:53
not my day all CR's are going worng
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Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient Roman medical treatise, is undated but contains clues to when it was produced. Its first 80 pages are by a single copyist, but the remaining 20 pages are by three different copyists, which indicates some significant disruption. Since a letter in handwriting identified as that of the fourth copyist mentions a plague that killed many people in Florence in 1148, Codex Berinensis was probably produced
in that year. Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the hypothesis that Codex Berinensis was produced in 1148?

(A) Other than Codex Berinensis, there are no known samples of the handwriting of the first three copyists.
(B) According to the account by the fourth copyist, the plague went on for 10 months.
(C) A scribe would be able to copy a page of text the size and style of Codex Berinensis in a day.
(D) There was only one outbreak of plague in Florence in the 1100s.
(E) The number of pages of Codex Berinensis produced by a single scribe becomes smaller with each
successive change of copyist.

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Hi,

I don get how E is the correct answer. Can someone explain?
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12 Aug 2010, 10:29
I have seen this CR earlier. The OA is D.
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Oops, gave u the wrong oA. Sorry. But I would not make that post if I did not want to get some solid explanation on it. So, please provide your reasoning if u can and if this question has been discussed befro, let me know the link.

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So, please provide your reasoning if u can and if this question has been discussed befro, let me know the link.

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D it is.

The premise is that:

A book is written by 4 people, the 1st 80 pages by A, the last 20 pages by B, C, D.
D mention a plague in 1148 that killed many ppl.

Conclusion:
The book is written in 1148.

Why would the last 20 pages need 3 people to write whereas the first 80 pages by 1? May be because the plague kill the first 3 guys? That sounds like what the Arguments lead us to.

What if there are another plague in 1146 or 1147 that kill the first 3? Then we cannot conclude that 1148 is the year. Therefore D acts as the "defender assumption" and wipe out all other possibility, 1148 is the only year in 100 years (1100s) that had the plague, and surely they don't wait for 100 years to write the next 20 pages
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D looks correct to me. coz d eliminates all other possibilities.
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15 Aug 2010, 17:06
this is question from OG12 - correct answer is definitely D - it provides evidence for the exact year.
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09 Sep 2010, 03:17
I am for D.
It's discussed here in detail:
codex-berinensis-a-florentine-copy-of-an-ancient-87532.html?hilit=Codex%20Berinensis#p658524
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D it is ,though i dont understand why the GMAT test makers use stupid names like codex berenensis . kind of difficult to pronounce this
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A defender argument,seeking external reasoning for strengthening the conclusion.D justifies the purpose.
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The answer is clearly D. I took nearly 4 minutes over it, but that was because I didn't want to get it wrong and read and re-read the passage.

Here is my critical reasoning!:
1. Other than Codex Berinensis, there are no known samples of the handwriting of the first three copyists. How would this matter?
2. According to the account by the fourth copyist, the plague went on for 10 months. This may help. But nonetheless, it doesn't point to a particular period specifically.
3. A scribe would be able to copy a page of text the size and style of Codex Berinensis in a day. No reason why this would point to 1148
4. There was only one outbreak of plague in Florence in the 1100s.If there were more, wouldn't be able to pin-point the year. Therefore this is my pick.
5. The number of pages of Codex Berinensis produced by a single scribe becomes smaller with each successive change of copyist.Needless to say, this is really worthless information.
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