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# Commonplace items sometimes play surprising roles in world

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Commonplace items sometimes play surprising roles in world development. For example, though most people today associate nutmeg with simple baked goods, this common spice once altered the course of political history. For centuries, the nutmeg tree grew only in the Banda Islands, a small chain in the southwest Pacific. Locals harvested the aromatic nuts of the tree and sold them to traders. Eventually these nuts, from which the spice is made, ended up as a luxury item in the European market, via Venetian spice merchants. Eager to establish a monopoly over this valuable spice, the Dutch attacked the Bandas, subjugating the native people in a mostly successful attempt to control the nutmeg trade.

However, one island in the Banda chain remained in the hands of the British and was the object of much conflict between the Netherlands and England. After many battles, the British offered to cede control of the island in exchange for New Amsterdam, a Dutch outpost on the east coast of North America. At the time, the Dutch, inveterate traders, were more interested in the spice trade than in the mercantile value of New Amsterdam and so accepted the offer. In 1667, the Treaty of Breda gave the Dutch complete control of the Banda Islands, and thus of the nutmeg trade, and gave the British New Amsterdam, which they promptly renamed New York.
1. Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the claim that New Amsterdam would have remained a Dutch possession if not for the conflict over nutmeg?

A. Attempts to cultivate nutmeg trees outside of the Banda Islands had failed.
B. Few people lived in New Amsterdam before it was ceded to the British.
C. The British controlled trade in other valuable spices, such as cloves.
D. New Amsterdam served as a trading center for furs exported to Europe.
E. The Netherlands controlled no North American territories other than New Amsterdam.

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D

2. The second paragraph performs which of the following functions in the passage?
A It offers specific information to complete the logic of the author's claims.
B It summarizes and evaluates the evidence given thus far.
C It presents the author's main point to explain a unique situation.
D It cites a particular case to demonstrate the importance of historical change.
E It discusses the necessary outcome of the author's assertions.

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A

3. In the passage, the author is primarily interested in

A. tracing the history of a major city
B. discussing the role of spices in world development
C. offering a specific example to support a general claim
D. arguing for continued research into political history
E. presenting an innovative view of a commonplace item

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C

4. In the passage, the author is primarily interested in

A. tracing the history of a major city
B. discussing the role of spices in world development
C. offering a specific example to support a general claim
D. arguing for continued research into political history
E. presenting an innovative view of a commonplace item

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C

[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #1 OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #2 OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #3 OA
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20 Oct 2010, 13:30
C. As Dutch were primarily interested in trading than mercantile value.
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23 Oct 2010, 03:13
2 right out of 3 ... but Interesting passage ... especially if true !
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29 Oct 2010, 08:09
D
If they know the mercantile value then Dutch would accepted the offer. so "D" is the answer.
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04 Nov 2010, 07:08
nravi549 wrote:
Hurray - Got all 3 correct
Nice post

u've nailed it this time...

Tip: Pace up with RC (vis-a-vis practice to closely understand flow of events). It will help!

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06 Nov 2010, 10:40
Sorry I don't understand why the first is D, I don't see and also infer anything about furs......the most logic for me is C.

If you can explain it would be nice . thanks
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This passage is about the prospects of business, some good business value product and how some countries wanted to possess business of nutmeg (a prospective business value product). So, the whole motivation was to get hold on anything which was a good business prospect.

"New Amsterdam served as a trading center for furs exported to Europe."

Now, if suppose Amsterdam were a trading center for furs. It would have commercial value(business prospect). So, Dutch would not have just given the island to British without showing any resilience. There would have wanted to keep Amsterdam for its commercial value.

Hence, its D.

Hope, it helps!

Option D is right D.
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07 Nov 2010, 06:20
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Carcass,

This passage is about the prospects of business, some good business value product and how some countries wanted to possess business of nutmeg (a prospective business value product). So, the whole motivation was to get hold on anything which was a good business prospect.

"New Amsterdam served as a trading center for furs exported to Europe."

Now, if suppose Amsterdam were a trading center for furs. It would have commercial value(business prospect). So, Dutch would not have just given the island to British without showing any resilience. There would have wanted to keep Amsterdam for its commercial value.

Hence, its D.

Hope, it helps!

Option D is right D.

from now is more clear.......than before. under this outlook

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07 Nov 2010, 07:00
I am glad it helped you some way. In order to know such fine relations in real time comes with some practice. There is some thinking involved from reader's prospective. You can assume many more things, but you have to assume only right relations to get to correct answer.
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07 Nov 2010, 07:55
yup

Perhaps the first rule that I'm learning by studying for GMAT, is : handle with care.......but isn't impossible. everybody can do it......

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09 Nov 2010, 08:22
Got all right and within 6 minutes.

But always lose on RC when it comes to a full lenght CAT
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11 Nov 2010, 03:42
Nice passage. Got 3/3. The ones that pin me down are the ones related to space and biology.
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12 Nov 2010, 20:12
6 minutes and i got this one wrong

In the passage, the author is primarily interested in

A. tracing the history of a major city
B. discussing the role of spices in world development
C. offering a specific example to support a general claim
D. arguing for continued research into political history
E. presenting an innovative view of a commonplace item

I thought it was E remembering the first line of the passage
but It was C
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11 May 2014, 04:50
what is the answer of the 1st question?
from the above discussed posts ,it seems like D is the correct option,but the spoiler says A.
plz help !
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4:30 mins. Q1 wrong.
Answer to Q1 is indeed D.
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/nut ... t7573.html
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The answer to the 1st question is option D, but the OA stated is A. Can somebody please correct it?
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20 Jan 2015, 05:55
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The answer to the 1st question is option D, but the OA stated is A. Can somebody please correct it?

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03 Feb 2015, 02:53
2/3 .
Time : 5.5 min

Always 1 or 2 is getting wrong for all passages including the tougher ones.

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