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# Each Native American cultural expression, be it dance, art, archite

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Each Native American cultural expression, be it dance, art, architecture or humor, must be viewed within the specific cultural context from which it originates. Because cultural expressions dramatize the shared values and experiences of a people, a cultural outsider may find it difficult to integrate those expressions into his own cultural framework. This problem has plagued European Americans' relationship with Native Americans for centuries, and despite mainstream America's honest and well-meaning proclamations of tolerance and goodwill, many European Americans do not see that Native American cultural values and assumptions are distinctive from their own.

Similarly, a famous Navajo joke cannot be understood by an outsider without taking into consideration the Navajo view of the natural order and human society. In a joke well-known to the Navajo people, four men are asked whether they dreamed the night before. Only the last one answers in the affirmative: "I dreamed I was sitting on four hatching birds, and three weren't mine; only one was mine." This joke is funny because it contradicts several Navajo cultural assumptions: a human is acting like a bird, a man is in the role of a woman and something heavy is sitting on delicate objects. To understand the end of the joke, one must comprehend Navajo ideas of parentage. Since the Navajo trace lineage through the female line, the notion of expressing concerns over paternity seems laughable.

Which of the following is most similar to the relationship between plants and the basket making process according to some basket makers?

A. spectators and a sports event
B. a supermarket customer and food production
D. voters and an election
E. a court reporter and a trial

What does the passage suggest about the Klamaths' attitude towards plants?

A. The Klamaths' attitudes towards plants is a defining feature of their culture.
B. The Klamath believe that plants have some characteristics in common with humans.
C. They believe that offering thanks to the plants helps them to create better baskets.
D. They believe that basket making upsets the natural balance between plants and humans.
E. They believe that plants need to be appeased.

Answer Choice B. The Klamath believe that plants, just like humans, deserve respect and thanks for their active efforts. To Klamath basket makers, the idea of a basket as a song that has become visible is rooted in the nature of songs and in the basket makers' relationship to the materials used in the basket's creation.

What is one function of the first paragraph?

A. The first paragraph offers an interpretation of Native American cultural expressions, examples of which are given in the second and third paragraphs.
B. The first paragraph presents an argument about viewing Native American cultural expressions which is refuted in the second and third paragraph.
C. The first paragraph provides a theory about viewing Native American cultural expressions necessary to interpret the second and third paragraphs.
D. The first paragraph explains why only insiders can understand Native American cultural expressions.
E. The first paragraph provides a method of viewing Native American culture that the second and third paragraphs employ.

Answer Choice E: The first paragraph describes the way in which the author thinks Native American cultural expressions should be viewed and the second and third paragraphs present Native American cultural expressions in that way.

What may be inferred about Navajo culture and beliefs?

A. Animals have an important role in Navajo humor.
B. The Navajo have a patriarchal conception of gender roles.
C. The Navajo use humor to question their cultural assumptions.
D. The Navajo believe in a clear-cut and well-defined natural order.
E. The Navajo believe that humans and animals sometimes behave in a similar manner.

Answer D: Since the Navajo trace lineage through the female line, the notion of expressing concerns over paternity seems laughable.

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Originally posted by reto on 26 Sep 2015, 11:32.
Last edited by broall on 09 Sep 2018, 20:14, edited 2 times in total.
Edited explanation for Q4 and Q2.
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24 Oct 2015, 03:33
Incorrect header to the passage.. Also I believe that given answers are incorrect. I got C, A, C B.

Reto - Could you explain why you have different answer choices

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24 Oct 2015, 03:58
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Incorrect header to the passage.. Also I believe that given answers are incorrect. I got C, A, C B.

Reto - Could you explain why you have different answer choices

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You may also google for the other answers, I am attending my exam tomorrow sorry
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26 Oct 2015, 09:51
Hi,
the explanation provided for the last question doesn't seem right. I also got answer D but the question is asking about Navajo not Klamath right?

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What may be inferred about Navajo culture and beliefs?

A. Animals have an important role in Navajo humor.
B. The Navajo have a patriarchal conception of gender roles.
C. The Navajo use humor to question their cultural assumptions.
D. The Navajo believe in a clear-cut and well-defined natural order.
E. The Navajo believe that humans and animals sometimes behave in a similar manner.
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27 Oct 2015, 11:12
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Each Native American cultural expression, be it dance, art, architecture or humor, must be viewed within the specific cultural context from which it originates. Because cultural expressions dramatize the shared values and experiences of a people, a cultural outsider may find it difficult to integrate those expressions into his own cultural framework. This problem has plagued European Americans' relationship with Native Americans for centuries, and despite mainstream America's honest and well-meaning proclamations of tolerance and goodwill, many European Americans do not see that Native American cultural values and assumptions are distinctive from their own.

Similarly, a famous Navajo joke cannot be understood by an outsider without taking into consideration the Navajo view of the natural order and human society. In a joke well-known to the Navajo people, four men are asked whether they dreamed the night before. Only the last one answers in the affirmative: "I dreamed I was sitting on four hatching birds, and three weren't mine; only one was mine." This joke is funny because it contradicts several Navajo cultural assumptions: a human is acting like a bird, a man is in the role of a woman and something heavy is sitting on delicate objects. To understand the end of the joke, one must comprehend Navajo ideas of parentage. Since the Navajo trace lineage through the female line, the notion of expressing concerns over paternity seems laughable.

Which of the following is most similar to the relationship between plants and the basket making process according to some basket makers?

A. spectators and a sports event
B. a supermarket customer and food production
D. voters and an election
E. a court reporter and a trial

What does the passage suggest about the Klamaths' attitude towards plants?

A. The Klamaths' attitudes towards plants is a defining feature of their culture.
B. The Klamath believe that plants have some characteristics in common with humans.
C. They believe that offering thanks to the plants helps them to create better baskets.
D. They believe that basket making upsets the natural balance between plants and humans.
E. They believe that plants need to be appeased.

Answer Choice B. The Klamath believe that plants, just like humans, deserve respect and thanks for their active efforts.

What is one function of the first paragraph?

A. The first paragraph offers an interpretation of Native American cultural expressions, examples of which are given in the second and third paragraphs.
B. The first paragraph presents an argument about viewing Native American cultural expressions which is refuted in the second and third paragraph.
C. The first paragraph provides a theory about viewing Native American cultural expressions necessary to interpret the second and third paragraphs.
D. The first paragraph explains why only insiders can understand Native American cultural expressions.
E. The first paragraph provides a method of viewing Native American culture that the second and third paragraphs employ.

Answer Choice E: The first paragraph describes the way in which the author thinks Native American cultural expressions should be viewed and the second and third paragraphs present Native American cultural expressions in that way.

What may be inferred about Navajo culture and beliefs?

A. Animals have an important role in Navajo humor.
B. The Navajo have a patriarchal conception of gender roles.
C. The Navajo use humor to question their cultural assumptions.
D. The Navajo believe in a clear-cut and well-defined natural order.
E. The Navajo believe that humans and animals sometimes behave in a similar manner.

Answer D: The Klamath believe that plants, just like humans, deserve respect and thanks for their active efforts.

Can someone please post the explanations?
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27 Oct 2015, 20:32
can someone please explain the fourth question?
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16 Dec 2015, 11:53
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every answer i chose was incorrect......
apparently i am writing GMAT tomorrow.....
what a boost to confidence ....
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17 Jan 2016, 01:21
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Hi,
the explanation provided for the last question doesn't seem right. I also got answer D but the question is asking about Navajo not Klamath right?

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What may be inferred about Navajo culture and beliefs?

A. Animals have an important role in Navajo humor.
B. The Navajo have a patriarchal conception of gender roles.
C. The Navajo use humor to question their cultural assumptions.
D. The Navajo believe in a clear-cut and well-defined natural order.
E. The Navajo believe that humans and animals sometimes behave in a similar manner.

the official answer is B, not D. It is said in above comments
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06 Mar 2016, 09:00
I got all the answers wrong!!! Puzzled:S
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Edited OEs for Q2 and Q4. Need help in Q1, any inputs?
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01 Aug 2016, 11:53
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Edited OEs for Q2 and Q4. Need help in Q1, any inputs?

Hi JarvisR,

Taken around 10 mins ( 9:25) and I got D,C,E,B and 2nd and 4th are wrong..

Giving my notes on Q1...Plants help or participate to get the basket creation. I felt that one is helping to get the output i.e. plants to basket..Similarly Voters participate in elections...something like input and output relation..

I hope you understand...
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25 Jun 2018, 01:31
Got all wrong .

Can anyone share explanation of the answers ?

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27 Jun 2018, 23:00
adkikani - you should try solving this passage.

GMATNinja - Looks like everyone over here got the answers wrong. Can you share your thoughts on this? Our answers and OA don't match
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28 Jun 2018, 05:26
All wrong. Very unconvincing OAs.
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adkikani - you should try solving this passage.

GMATNinja - Looks like everyone over here got the answers wrong. Can you share your thoughts on this? Our answers and OA don't match

I'll repeat my usual line: the GMAT spends between \$1500 and \$3000 developing each individual question, and even the best test-prep companies can't compete with that. And especially in verbal, even really great test-prep companies can miss the mark really, really badly.

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pikolo2510 wrote:
adkikani - you should try solving this passage.

GMATNinja - Looks like everyone over here got the answers wrong. Can you share your thoughts on this? Our answers and OA don't match

I'll repeat my usual line: the GMAT spends between \$1500 and \$3000 developing each individual question, and even the best test-prep companies can't compete with that. And especially in verbal, even really great test-prep companies can miss the mark really, really badly.

In general, I don't spend time breaking down non-official verbal questions, but there are some smart people on this thread with serious doubts about the quality of the questions. So I'd be willing to bet that your time would be better spent on a nice, official question somewhere. Maybe some nice LSATs, if you've exhausted the official GMAT questions...?

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02 Jul 2018, 10:01
Here is my take on it:

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Which of the following is most similar to the relationship between plants and the basket making process according to some basket makers?

A. spectators and a sports event
B. a supermarket customer and food production
D. voters and an election
E. a court reporter and a trial

The passage clearly says [code single]the plants which supplied the basket's raw materials[/code]; hence, I would choose C as _wheat_ is the raw material for making bread just like _plant's_ (material) is the raw material for making basket.

A. spectators are not a raw material to a sports event

B. super market customers are not raw materials to food production

C. Yes, wheat is a raw material to bread (assume wheat bread?)

D. Same as A and B. OE says this is the answer. Voters are not raw materials to an election, the candidates are. Voters simply decide on the outcome of the election. Let's talk politics...

E. Same as A and B

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What does the passage suggest about the Klamaths' attitude towards plants?

A. The Klamaths' attitudes towards plants is a defining feature of their culture.
B. The Klamath believe that plants have some characteristics in common with humans.
C. They believe that offering thanks to the plants helps them to create better baskets.
D. They believe that basket making upsets the natural balance between plants and humans.
E. They believe that plants need to be appeased.

Poor question, but I agree with official answer as B mainly because nothing in the passage agrees with A, C, D, or E. Many people seem to have chosen A as the answer. Where does it say that the plants are a defining feature of their culture? Through POE, B is the only answer that makes sense.

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What is one function of the first paragraph?

A. The first paragraph offers an interpretation of Native American cultural expressions, examples of which are given in the second and third paragraphs.
B. The first paragraph presents an argument about viewing Native American cultural expressions which is refuted in the second and third paragraph.
C. The first paragraph provides a theory about viewing Native American cultural expressions necessary to interpret the second and third paragraphs.
D. The first paragraph explains why only insiders can understand Native American cultural expressions.
E. The first paragraph provides a method of viewing Native American culture that the second and third paragraphs employ.

First paragraph states that cultural expression must be viewed in a specific context and that one cannot intervene European American culture with Native American culture as outsiders will not understand the cultural expressions.

That said:

A. No, it's not an interpretation

B. Nothing is refuted

C. First paragraph is not a theory, but an opinion or fact. Also, it's not necessary to understand 2nd and 3rd paragraphs

D. Only is too strong, also not supported by the passage

E. Yes, this makes sense

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What may be inferred about Navajo culture and beliefs?

A. Animals have an important role in Navajo humor.
B. The Navajo have a patriarchal conception of gender roles.
C. The Navajo use humor to question their cultural assumptions.
D. The Navajo believe in a clear-cut and well-defined natural order.
E. The Navajo believe that humans and animals sometimes behave in a similar manner.

I don't think the question maker understands how to write inference questions. The concept totally differs from GMAT. Anyhow:

A. Nope. Nothing says this

B. Opposite. Patriarchal means coming from the male side, not the female side

C. Question? Who said they are questioning their culture?

D. May be, though not clear

E. Nothing says this

Given that I have a strong disagreement with A, B, C, and E, I will go with D, though I think the choices are very poor and not "clear-cut"
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