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Which of the following most logically completes the passage below?

Heavy rains during Centralia’s corn planting season prevented some farmers there from planting corn. It is now the planting season for soybeans, another of Centralia’s principal crops, and those fields originally intended for corn are dry enough for planting. Nonetheless, even though soybean prices are unusually high at present, the farmers will leave most of these fields empty rather than plant them with soybeans, since ‗‗‗‗‗‗.

(A) the extensive rains have led to an increase in the price of corn

(B) some Centralian farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season

(C) chemicals that were used to prepare the fields for corn planting would stunt the growth of soybeans

(D) the majority of Centralia’s corn farmers were able to plant corn as they had intended, despite the wet planting season

(E) many Centralian farmers grow both corn and soybeans

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Originally posted by jade3 on 05 Nov 2009, 21:00.
Last edited by hazelnut on 19 Oct 2017, 04:30, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 05 Nov 2009, 21:43
My guess is C. But I’m not absolutely certain either…

A. the extensive rains have led to an increase in the price of corn
Increase in the price of corn does not explain why they intend to leave the fields empty, than plant corn.
B. some Centralian farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season
The financial loss does not explain why they would leave the fields empty than plant something to recover some losses.
C. chemicals that were used to prepare the fields for corn planting would stunt the growth of soybeans
If the above reason is true, this provides a reason not to plant soybeans
D. the majority of Centralia’s corn farmers were able to plant corn as they had intended, despite the wet planting season
This could be true, but doesn’t seem to fit logically because the beginning says farmers were prevented from planting corn.
E. many Centralian farmers grow both corn and soybeans
Doesn’t explain why they won’t plant the soybeans.
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jade3 wrote:
Which of the following most logically completes the passage below?

Heavy rains during Centralia’s corn planting season prevented some farmers there from planting corn. It is now the planting season for soybeans, another of Centralia’s principal crops, and those fields originally intended for corn are dry enough for planting. Nonetheless, even though soybean prices are unusually high at present, the farmers will leave most of these fields empty rather than plant them with soybeans, since ‗‗‗‗‗‗.

A. the extensive rains have led to an increase in the price of corn
B. some Centralian farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season
C. chemicals that were used to prepare the fields for corn planting would stunt the growth of soybeans
D. the majority of Centralia’s corn farmers were able to plant corn as they had intended, despite the wet planting season
E. many Centralian farmers grow both corn and soybeans

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Clearly C for me.

A. Price of corn irrelevan to soybeans
B. Spring season has finished. It's not related to soybean season
C. Right! Because chemical can cause stunt in soybean growth, farmers will fail with this crop
D. Irrelevant
E. Irrelevant
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Which of the following most logically completes the passage below?

Heavy rains during Centralia’s corn planting season prevented some farmers there from planting corn. It is now the planting season for soybeans, another of Centralia’s principal crops, and those fields originally intended for corn are dry enough for planting. Nonetheless, even though soybean prices are unusually high at present, the farmers will leave most of these fields empty rather than plant them with soybeans, since ‗‗‗‗‗‗.

A. the extensive rains have led to an increase in the price of corn
B. some Centralian farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season
C. chemicals that were used to prepare the fields for corn planting would stunt the growth of soybeans
D. the majority of Centralia’s corn farmers were able to plant corn as they had intended, despite the wet planting season
E. many Centralian farmers grow both corn and soybeans

A - repeats info mentioned in the argument without giving any plausible reason
B - expectations of serious financial losses should not deter farmers to plant nothing.
C- good reason for not planting soybeans atleast. They could maybe plant something else.
D - out of scope
E - out of scope
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Chemical is a new topic that gets introduced in point [c] which is why it could also be a bit out of scope. Can somebody explain why not option A?
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Chemical is a new topic that gets introduced in point [c] which is why it could also be a bit out of scope. Can somebody explain why not option A?

Can't be A. A can only explain why they might plant corn. We are required to find, why they will leave fields empty than plant soya.. translation: why not soya? ...argument does not want to know: "why corn"?

B can be a bit close, but 'some' and 'anticipation' makes it weaker than C.
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Choice C provides a reason why farmers won't plant soybeans. Despite the high prices for that crop, farmers might not be able to capitalize on the opportunity due to chemicals.
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Which of the following most logically completes the passage below?

Heavy rains during Centralia’s corn planting season prevented some farmers there from planting corn. It is now the planting season for soybeans, another of Centralia’s principal crops, and those fields originally intended for corn are dry enough for planting. Nonetheless, even though soybean prices are unusually high at present, the farmers will leave most of these fields empty rather than plant them with soybeans, since ‗‗‗‗‗‗.

A. the extensive rains have led to an increase in the price of corn
B. some Centralian farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season
C. chemicals that were used to prepare the fields for corn planting would stunt the growth of soybeans
D. the majority of Centralia’s corn farmers were able to plant corn as they had intended, despite the wet planting season
E. many Centralian farmers grow both corn and soybeans

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Dear Mike Mc Garry Sir,

Please verify if my understanding is correct for discarding answer choice D.

In the argument there is a trigger word "some" that means there were farmers who were able to plant their desired crop. Some can be 2%, 10%, 23% etc out of total number of farmers as an entire sample space, but the question is dealing only with the farmers who were not able to plant the corn. In other words question ask why empty fields of some farmers will remain empty?

Nonetheless, even though soybean prices are unusually high at present, the farmers will leave most of these fields empty rather than plant them with soybeans, since ‗‗‗‗‗‗.

As such the above option D is completely out of scope as it is discussing the fact that majority of farmers were able to plant corn, but our concern is not those who were able to plant rather those "some" farmers who were not able to plant and we have to find the reason why these "some" farmers will leave the field empty. D is completely answering a different question and thus needs to be kicked out.


B. some Centralian farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season
If Some farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season then this is one another positive reason to encourage them to plant soybean. This 180 degree to what is needed, Right Sir?
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Which of the following most logically completes the passage below?

Heavy rains during Centralia’s corn planting season prevented some farmers there from planting corn. It is now the planting season for soybeans, another of Centralia’s principal crops, and those fields originally intended for corn are dry enough for planting. Nonetheless, even though soybean prices are unusually high at present, the farmers will leave most of these fields empty rather than plant them with soybeans, since ‗‗‗‗‗‗.

A. the extensive rains have led to an increase in the price of corn
B. some Centralian farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season
C. chemicals that were used to prepare the fields for corn planting would stunt the growth of soybeans
D. the majority of Centralia’s corn farmers were able to plant corn as they had intended, despite the wet planting season
E. many Centralian farmers grow both corn and soybeans

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Dear Mike Mc Garry Sir,

Please verify if my understanding is correct for discarding answer choice D.

In the argument there is a trigger word "some" that means there were farmers who were able to plant their desired crop. Some can be 2%, 10%, 23% etc out of total number of farmers as an entire sample space, but the question is dealing only with the farmers who were not able to plant the corn. In other words question ask why empty fields of some farmers will remain empty?

Nonetheless, even though soybean prices are unusually high at present, the farmers will leave most of these fields empty rather than plant them with soybeans, since ‗‗‗‗‗‗.

As such the above option D is completely out of scope as it is discussing the fact that majority of farmers were able to plant corn, but our concern is not those who were able to plant rather those "some" farmers who were not able to plant and we have to find the reason why these "some" farmers will leave the field empty. D is completely answering a different question and thus needs to be kicked out.


B. some Centralian farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season
If Some farmers anticipate serious financial losses due to the extremely wet spring planting season then this is one another positive reason to encourage them to plant soybean. This 180 degree to what is needed, Right Sir?

Dear crunchboss,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

Yes, I agree with what you have said. The primary purpose of the blank is to explain why most of the unused fields will remain empty. Choice (D) focuses on the folks who planted the corn, and this tells us nothing about why the folks who didn't aren't going to use their fields. Choice (B) would only make the problem worse: If farmers are anticipating financial troubles anyway, they are NOT going to do something to exacerbate their problems.

Yes, (C) is the only choice that actually explains why the fields were left empty.

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What exactly is option E doing to the argument? I can't get to assess its effect when applied in the blank. Would anyone like to comment?
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