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Due to extreme poverty in Italy during the time period between 1870 and 1930, almost 4 1/2 million Italians—most of whom were farmers—immigrated to the United States. The wave from Italy reached its height in the 10-year span between 1920 and 1930, when Italians comprised 12% of the total number of immigrants admitted to the United States. The majority of these Italian immigrants were from Southern Italy and Sicily, and upon their arrival, they settled along the East Coast, with the heaviest concentrations in cities such as New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, though some made the arduous trip across the country to settle in Northern California.

The statements above, if true, support which of the following?


A. The American descendants of those early Italian immigrants outnumber the current population of Italy.

B. Many American farmers today are descendants of Italians.

C. The strong Euro dollar has contributed to the sharp decline in Italian immigrants.

D. An Italian immigrant to America today is still likely to be from Southern Italy or Sicily.

E. At the turn of the 19th century, the southern portion of Italy was the country's prominent agricultural region.

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A. The American descendants of those early Italian immigrants outnumber the current population of Italy. Not necessarily plus we have no info about the current population in Italy

B. Many American farmers today are descendants of Italians. We are not sure if the Italian descendants still pursue farming in the US.

C. The strong Euro dollar has contributed to the sharp decline in Italian immigrants. Irrelevant

D. An Italian immigrant to America today is still likely to be from Southern Italy or Sicily. Not necessarily they can migrate from other regions as well.

E. At the turn of the 19th century, the southern portion of Italy was the country's prominent agricultural region.
True since it says the most of the immigrant were farmers and majority were from Sicily and the southern Italy region hence we can deduce the Southern portion was country's prominent agricultural region.
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Why E is correct?

The statement states that most of 4.2 million Italian immigrants to USA, the majority of whom were from Southern Italy, are farmers.

And the statement in choice E states that
"southern portion of Italy was the country's prominent agricultural region"

I think that the southern part of Italy need not be the country's prominent agricultural region

What if those most of 4.2 million from southern part of Italy accounted for a little proportion of the whole farmer population in Italy, let's say, for example, there were over 100 million farmers in Italy.

If this is the case, southern portion of Italy might not be the country's prominent agricultural region.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Why E is correct?

The statement states that most of 4.2 million Italian immigrants to USA, the majority of whom were from Southern Italy, are farmers.

And the statement in choice E states that
"southern portion of Italy was the country's prominent agricultural region"

I think that the southern part of Italy need not be the country's prominent agricultural region

What if those most of 4.2 million from southern part of Italy accounted for a little proportion of the whole farmer population in Italy, let's say, for example, there were over 100 million farmers in Italy.

If this is the case, southern portion of Italy might not be the country's prominent agricultural region.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Thank you.


So this is my take on this question


The statements above, if true, support which of the following?


A. The American descendants of those early Italian immigrants outnumber the current population of Italy.
Explanation: Current population of Italy is not given. Hence we cannot make any assumptions here. - Incorrect

B. Many American farmers today are descendants of Italians.
Explanation: Many American farmers - Cannot conclude either due to same reason as A. - Incorrect

C. The strong Euro dollar has contributed to the sharp decline in Italian immigrants.
Explanation: Euro Dollar - Out of scope

D. An Italian immigrant to America today is still likely to be from Southern Italy or Sicily.
Explanation: Out of scope because we should not be bothered about present Italian immigrants.

E. At the turn of the 19th century, the southern portion of Italy was the country's prominent agricultural region.
Explanation: This is by far the best option among all. Hence correct

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Due to extreme poverty in Italy during the time period between 1870 and 1930, almost 4 1/2 million Italians—most of whom were farmers—immigrated to the United States. The wave from Italy reached its height in the 10-year span between 1920 and 1930, when Italians comprised 12% of the total number of immigrants admitted to the United States. The majority of these Italian immigrants were from Southern Italy and Sicily, and upon their arrival, they settled along the East Coast, with the heaviest concentrations in cities such as New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, though some made the arduous trip across the country to settle in Northern California.

The statements above, if true, support which of the following?


A. The American descendants of those early Italian immigrants outnumber the current population of Italy.

B. Many American farmers today are descendants of Italians.

C. The strong Euro dollar has contributed to the sharp decline in Italian immigrants.

D. An Italian immigrant to America today is still likely to be from Southern Italy or Sicily.

E. At the turn of the 19th century, the southern portion of Italy was the country's prominent agricultural region.



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If, as the passage states, that the majority of the Italians that immigrated to the U.S. between 1870 and 1930 were farmers from the south or Sicily, it strongly implies the region of Italy from which they immigrated was primarily agricultural. (E) is correct. It is very possible that (A) is a true statement, but there would need to be current Italian population figures included in the passage to support it-there is not. (C) is also probably true, but the passage doesn't specifically state there was a sharp decline in Italian immigrants, so the statement has no support. The fact that the heaviest concentration of Italians settled in cities contradicts choice (B); from this information, it is safe to assume that upon arriving in America, most of the immigrants probably never farmed for a living again. (D) is completely out of scope.
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