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# History textbooks frequently need to be revised. The reasons

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History textbooks frequently need to be revised. The reasons for this are clear: new discoveries of documents and remains, the discovery of mistaken inferences in prior histories, the discovery of previously unnoticed relationships among data, and the application of hitherto undiscovered principles of natural science all may indicate inadequacies in current history texts. Any of these considerations may require that the past be reinterpreted in a manner that is new and more illuminating.
Which one of the following can be inferred from the argument in the passage?
(A) The interpretation of historical events is affected by natural science.
(B) The past is constantly renewed because of illuminating reinterpretations.
(C) History books are outdated as soon as they are written.
(D) Natural scientists also function as historians.
(E) Historians’ mistaken inferences are caused by unnoticed relationships among data.

Can u please explain?

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OA. A

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21 Jun 2009, 07:20
tkarthi4u wrote:
History textbooks frequently need to be revised. The reasons for this are clear: new discoveries of documents and remains, the discovery of mistaken inferences in prior histories, the discovery of previously unnoticed relationships among data, and the application of hitherto undiscovered principles of natural science all may indicate inadequacies in current history texts. Any of these considerations may require that the past be reinterpreted in a manner that is new and more illuminating.
Which one of the following can be inferred from the argument in the passage?
(A) The interpretation of historical events is affected by natural science.
(B) The past is constantly renewed because of illuminating reinterpretations. absurd
(C) History books are outdated as soon as they are written. Extreme
(D) Natural scientists also function as historians. Extreme
(E) Historians’ mistaken inferences are caused by unnoticed relationships among data. Combines two different events. not necessary

Can u please explain?

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23 Jun 2009, 12:03
tkarthi4u wrote:
History textbooks frequently need to be revised. The reasons for this are clear: new discoveries of documents and remains, the discovery of mistaken inferences in prior histories, the discovery of previously unnoticed relationships among data, and the application of hitherto undiscovered principles of natural science all may indicate inadequacies in current history texts. Any of these considerations may require that the past be reinterpreted in a manner that is new and more illuminating.
Which one of the following can be inferred from the argument in the passage?
(A) The interpretation of historical events is affected by natural science.
(B) The past is constantly renewed because of illuminating reinterpretations.
(C) History books are outdated as soon as they are written.
(D) Natural scientists also function as historians.
(E) Historians’ mistaken inferences are caused by unnoticed relationships among data.

Can u please explain?

On these types of must be true questions, I usually go for the weakest argument, which in this case is (A). The original info says "application of hitherto undiscovered principles of natural science all may indicate inadequacies in current history texts." To Indicate inadequacies can also be more generally described as "to affect", (A) is a statement that can't be wrong according to the info.

B - We don't know how often historical reinterpretations occur, so we can't say its "constantly" renewed.
C - We don't know how often they go out of date either, there is no specific time frame of occurrence given in the original info.
D - They might, but we don't know. We just know their principles are applied to history, we don't know who is applying those principles.
E - I think the original info would suggest that mistaken references are also caused by other factors (i.e. inadequate scientific knowledge).

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