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# In colonial Connecticut between 1670 and 1719, women

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17 May 2012, 15:39
In colonial Connecticut between
1670 and 1719, women participated
in one of every six civil cases, the
vast majority of which were debt-
(5) related. Women’s participation
dropped to one in ten cases after
1719, and to one in twenty by the
1770’s. however, as Cornelia
Hughes Dayton notes in Women
(10) Before the Bar: Gender, Law,
and Society in Connecticut,
1639-1789, these statistics are
somewhat deceptive: in fact,
both the absolute numbers and
(15) the percentage of adult women
participating in civil cases grew
century, but the legal activity of
men also increased dramatically,
(20) and at a much faster rate. Single,
married, and widowed women
continued to pursue their own and
their husbands’ debtors through
legal action much as they had
(25) done in the previous century, but
despite this continuity, their place
in the legal system shifted
dramatically. Men’s commercial
interests and credit networks
(30) became increasingly far-flung,
owing in part to the ability of
creditors to buy and sell promissory
notes (legal promises to
pay debts). At the same time,
(35) women’s networks of credit and
debt remained primarily local and
personal. Dayton contends that,
although still performing crucial
economic services in their
(40) communities—services that
contributed to the commercialization
of the colonial economy—women
remained for the most part outside
the new economic and legal culture
of the eighteenth century.
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Q25
The passage is primarily concerned with
A. reporting an author’s view of a phenomenon
B. disputing the reasons usually given for an
unexpected change
C. evaluating the conclusions reached by an
author
D. assessing the impact of certain legal
decisions.
E. defending a controversial point of view
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Q26
According to the passage, compared with women
in eighteenth-century Connecticut, men were
A. more likely to rely on credit and go into debt
B. more likely to pursue their families’ debtors
C. more likely to participate in economic transactions
outside their own communities
D. less likely to perform economic services
in their own communities.
E. less likely to participate in civil cases that
were not debt-related.
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Q27
The passage suggests that which of the following
best compares the economic concerns of women
with those of men toward the close of the eighteenth
Century in colonial Connecticut?
(A)Both men and women had more economic
responsibilities at the end of the century
century.
less varied by the end of the century;
more varied.
(C)Women’s economic activities at the end of
the century were similar to their activities
at the beginning; men’s economic activities
changed considerably.
(D)Women’s economic concerns at the end of
the century were primarily familial; men’s
economic concerns were primarily political.
(E)Women’s economic concerns at the end of
the century were primarily personal; men’s
economic needs were primarily familial.
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17 May 2012, 15:48
OA is CCB.

I am confused with the first question.

I initially picked A but feel like C could be the answer as well.
"These statistics are somewhat deceptive" in the line 12 is the conclusion reached by the author, and after this conclusion, the author evealuate whether the conclusion is true. --> This is my understanding that makes C the answer.

However, "these statistics are somewhat" also could be an view of the phenomenon mentioned before, and after "thses statistics are somewhat" could be seen as explanation tht elaborates the author's view.

I read through other people's reasoning but still confused which one is correct.
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05 Jun 2012, 18:18
Correct answer for Q27 is C
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05 Jun 2012, 19:31
I have 25A, 26C and 27C.

I also completed the passage in under 5 mins.
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12 Jun 2012, 15:31
Not sure what the OA's are....but I got AAB......???
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20 Jun 2012, 17:14
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02 Jul 2012, 07:54
akhilright wrote:

can someone explain why am I wrong!!!??
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11 Apr 2016, 09:50
I think Q27 should be A. Here is why:

the passage presented two views, and the question obviously is asking for the author's view.

In the middle of the passage, the author said: "both the absolute number and the percentage of adult women participating in civil cases grew steadily throughout the eighteenth century", indicating women's economic activities had increased in the period. what did not change was the geographic (or scope, if you wish) part. Women's economic and civil case activities were limited in communities. but the frequency of the activities had increased.
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