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Dr. Sheila Porter plans to run an experiment using nursing

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Dr. Sheila Porter plans to run an experiment using nursing students. Each student will be shown either a pleasant nature film or a disturbing horror film. Each student will be observed by someone who—looking only at the student’s facial expressions—must ascertain which film is being shown. Students shown the horror movie are told to hide their feelings in order to convince the observer that they are watching a pleasant film. Dr. Porter hypothesizes that all the students in the experiment who are convincing will be among the best at working with patients. The hypothesis will be tested by comparing the convincing students and unconvincing students in terms of their performance with patents.

Which one of the following incidents best illustrates Dr. Porter’s hypothesis?

(A) Niles, the most convincing student in the experiment, later went on to become a physician.
(B) After graduating, Yoshiro, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, helped care for Bram, a patient at a hospital. Bram recovered from his operation.
(C) After graduating, Kim, a nursing student in the experiment who watched the nature film, was removed from the staff of a hospital for unacceptable performance in patient care.
(D) Daria, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, later received “A’s” in those classes in which working with patients in a teaching hospital was the sole basis of her grades.
(E) Marite, a nursing student who was not convincing in the experiment, later quit nursing school.

Why is B wrong?
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16 Jun 2009, 11:06
A,B,D,E ...all support the hypothesis but D supports the most because "working with patients" was the sole basis of the grades

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D is the best. I agree
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Hypothesis : all the students in the experiment who are convincing will be among the best at working with patients.
B) After graduating, Yoshiro, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, helped care for Bram, a patient at a hospital. Bram recovered from his operation.
Does not show the superior performance as mentioned by the hypothesis. There is no relative reference to which student is compared and hence is not the best illustration.

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(D) Daria, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, later received “A’s” in those classes in which working with patients in a teaching hospital was the sole basis of her grades.
Shows that student is an out performer (grade "A's", comparison and superiority is shown as mentioned by hypothesis when working with patients)
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i agree with D. If we can count getting A's as being among the best, then this point illustrates that those who were able to 'fake it' during the study did actual turn out to be very good in working with patients.

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18 Jun 2009, 10:36
thanks ..
OA:D .
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D is the best. I agree
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Hypothesis : all the students in the experiment who are convincing will be among the best at working with patients.
B) After graduating, Yoshiro, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, helped care for Bram, a patient at a hospital. Bram recovered from his operation.
Does not show the superior performance as mentioned by the hypothesis. There is no relative reference to which student is compared and hence is not the best illustration.

whereas
(D) Daria, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, later received “A’s” in those classes in which working with patients in a teaching hospital was the sole basis of her grades.
Shows that student is an out performer (grade "A's", comparison and superiority is shown as mentioned by hypothesis when working with patients)

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21 Jun 2009, 13:10
B does not shows any superior performance by the student..So I'll choose D...
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04 May 2010, 20:29
B just says that Yoshiro worked with a patient, but did not establish whether he/she was good or bad. Answer D shows that Daria was convincing AND good at working with patients, thus supporting the arguments.

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04 May 2010, 22:36
I chose D bcos the passage is all about nursing the patients.

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04 May 2010, 23:09
Ans: D only statement support argument
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05 May 2010, 10:24
agree with (D).

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06 May 2010, 03:27
B is wrong because though the patient treated by yoshuro recovered, It does not mean whether Yoshuro was good with other patients as well.

D is a more comprehensive answer
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06 May 2010, 15:36
Dr. Sheila Porter plans to run an experiment using nursing students. Each student will be shown either a pleasant nature film or a disturbing horror film. Each student will be observed by someone who—looking only at the student’s facial expressions—must ascertain which film is being shown. Students shown the horror movie are told to hide their feelings in order to convince the observer that they are watching a pleasant film. Dr. Porter hypothesizes that all the students in the experiment who are convincing will be among the best at working with patients. The hypothesis will be tested by comparing the convincing students and unconvincing students in terms of their performance with patents.

Which one of the following incidents best illustrates Dr. Porter’s hypothesis?

(A) Niles, the most convincing student in the experiment, later went on to become a physician.--> [highlight]Supports but not convincingly as Dealing with patients in not stated directly[/highlight]
(B) After graduating, Yoshiro, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, helped care for Bram, a patient at a hospital. Bram recovered from his operation.--> [highlight]Supports but not convincingly as caring for BRAM cannot be treated as a generalization.[/highlight]
(C) After graduating, Kim, a nursing student in the experiment who watched the nature film, was removed from the staff of a hospital for unacceptable performance in patient care.-->[highlight]It talks about the nature film, which ofcourse was the more subtle to facial expressions.[/highlight]
(D) Daria, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, later received “A’s” in those classes in which working with patients in a teaching hospital was the sole basis of her grades.--> [highlight]BEST OPTION[/highlight]
(E) Marite, a nursing student who was not convincing in the experiment, later quit nursing school.-->[highlight] baseless[/highlight]

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07 May 2010, 00:03
i will go with [size=150]D[/size] as it further strengthen the author hypothesis.

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07 May 2010, 03:05
One comes down to B and D.

I believe D is perfect because its more general and not specific to a single patient. Only one patient as in B cannot justify the group as a whole. So I went for D.
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20 May 2010, 08:37
Fight between B and D. B is out because B doesn't clearly say about the nursing student performance with her patient. D makes up the gap.
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06 Sep 2010, 07:03
Its D.

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06 Sep 2010, 07:58
It's D.
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06 May 2011, 06:16
simply D
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06 May 2011, 06:59
This came in as GMAT question of the day to me - I was confused between B and D initially, but i think D makes more sense (esp with words 'working with patients').

I love love love this question. Just wondering what is the source of it. It really tests your skills.

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06 May 2011, 07:43
Thin line between B and D.
D rules.
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