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Critic: To be a literary classic a book must reveal something signific

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Critic: To be a literary classic a book must reveal something significant about the human condition. Furthermore, nothing that is unworthy of serious study reveals anything significant about the human condition.

If the critic's statements are true, which one of the following must also be true?


(A) Any book worthy of serious study is a literary classic.

(B) A book is a literary classic only if it is worthy of serious study.

(C) There are no literary classics worthy of serious study.

(D) Some books worthy of serious study do not reveal anything significant about the human condition.

(E) Some books that reveal something significant about the human condition are not literary classics.


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This question is testing the concept of If P, then Q.

If P, then Q also means ~Q --> ~P.

Now, let's discuss the question.

If Literary Classic , then reveal human condition. --(1)

If Unworthy of serious study, then not reveal human condition. --(2)

Let's open the second statement using If P, then Q rule. I mean lets make it ~Q --> ~P

=> reveal human condition --> Worthy of serious study. -- (3)

Let's combine statement (1) and (3) now.

Literary Classic --> reveal human condition --> Worthy of serious study.

This is what option B is doing, hence the correct answer.

(A) Any book worthy of serious study is a literary classic. --> It is reverse statement. We know that If P, then Q doesn't mean if Q, then P. Hence, incorrect.

(B) A book is a literary classic only if it is worthy of serious study.

(C) There are no literary classics worthy of serious study. --> Come on. This is obviously out. This is against to what has been given.

(D) Some books worthy of serious study do not reveal anything significant about the human condition. --> Same as A. If ~Q, then P.

(E) Some books that reveal something significant about the human condition are not literary classics. --> Again, same as A. If Q, then P.
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This question is testing the concept of If P, then Q.

If P, then Q also means ~Q --> ~P.

Now, let's discuss the question.

If Literary Classic , then reveal human condition. --(1)

If Unworthy of serious study, then not reveal human condition. --(2)

Let's open the second statement using If P, then Q rule. I mean lets make it ~Q --> ~P

=> reveal human condition --> Worthy of serious study. -- (3)

Let's combine statement (1) and (3) now.

Literary Classic --> reveal human condition --> Worthy of serious study.

This is what option B is doing, hence the correct answer.

(A) Any book worthy of serious study is a literary classic. --> It is reverse statement. We know that If P, then Q doesn't mean if Q, then P. Hence, incorrect.

(B) A book is a literary classic only if it is worthy of serious study.

(C) There are no literary classics worthy of serious study. --> Come on. This is obviously out. This is against to what has been given.

(D) Some books worthy of serious study do not reveal anything significant about the human condition. --> Same as A. If ~Q, then P.

(E) Some books that reveal something significant about the human condition are not literary classics. --> Again, same as A. If Q, then P.


Can you suggest something to read to practice and understand more of these conversions?
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New post 21 Jul 2017, 04:07
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Can you suggest something to read to practice and understand more of these conversions?


I donot know any source. But here is something that I have explained.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/if-shero-win ... l#p1859519

Only these three scenarios are tested on GMAT. So, I have explained all three in the above post.

More information on this thread: https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-sufficient ... 50740.html
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