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In colonial Connecticut between 1670 and 1719, women participated in one of every six civil cases, the vast majority of which were debt 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 Before the Bar: Gender, Law, and Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789, these statistics are somewhat deceptive: in fact, both the absolute numbers and the percentage of adult women participating in civil cases grew steadily throughout the eighteenth century, but the legal activity of men also increased dramatically, 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 done in the previous century, but despite this continuity, their place in the legal system shifted dramatically. Men’s commercial interests and credit networks 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, women’s networks of credit and debt remained primarily local and personal. Dayton contends that, although still performing crucial economic services in their 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.

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

[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

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.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

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
(B)Women’s economic activities had become less varied by the end of the century;
men’s economic activities had become 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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C

[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #1 OA
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23 Mar 2010, 14:02
Q25. A
This passage explains a phonemenon and then reports an author’s view of the phenomenon.

Q26.A
I am not 100% sure of this answer. But reached to this option after reading the passage "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)"

Q27.C
concluded this answer from "but the legal activity of men also increased dramatically,
(20) and at a much faster rate"
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24 Mar 2010, 03:47
Q25. A
This passage explains a phonemenon and then reports an author’s view of the phenomenon.

Am partly stuck here. True, the passage referred to an author (however, as Cornelia
Hughes Dayton notes...these statistics are
somewhat deceptive: ), but went further (in fact,
both the absolute numbers and...) to give further insights.

What do you think?

Q26.A
I am not 100% sure of this answer. But reached to this option after reading the passage "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)"

Men's commercial interests and credit networks (economic activities) became increasingly far-flung - distant/remote locations. Do you think option A is still correct?

Q27.C
concluded this answer from "but the legal activity of men also increased dramatically,
(20) and at a much faster rate"

Yup, i got the clue from "at a much faster rate"
I dont have a problem with your choice on this.
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24 Mar 2010, 04:05
IMO:
Q25
B. disputing the reasons usually given for an
unexpected change = using words in paragraphs 5 and 10 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Q26

C. more likely to participate in economic transactions
outside their own communities - paragraph 30...men far-flung into transactions

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Q27
(D)Women’s economic concerns at the end of
the century were primarily familial; men’s
economic concerns were primarily political. = using last paragraph..women remained outside...
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24 Mar 2010, 04:21
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Yup, i got the clue from "at a much faster rate"
I dont have a problem with your choice on this.

The faster rate is about the legal activity and not the economic activity. When it comes to economic activity, women were family oriented, but men did a lot more things. IMO D is the correct ans
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25 Mar 2010, 11:50
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gmatbull wrote:

Yup, i got the clue from "at a much faster rate"
I dont have a problem with your choice on this.

The faster rate is about the legal activity and not the economic activity. When it comes to economic activity, women were family oriented, but men did a lot more things. IMO D is the correct ans

U are right, but D is not the OA.
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25 The passage is primarily concerned with
A[color=#00FF40]. reporting an author’s view of a phenomenon Bingo...... Only one theory presented and explained. Neither supported by the passage nor criticised.[/color]
B. disputing the reasons usually given for an
unexpected change (Is there any other reason given? No. Only one reason is eexplained thru out)
C. evaluating the conclusions reached by an
author (Is the passage trying to have an opinion abt the authors POV? No. It just mentions the name of the author and her ideologies and runs with it)
D. assessing the impact of certain legal
decisions. (Out of scope)
E. defending a controversial point of view (No other POV mentioned, so theres no question of defending or evaluating other opinion)

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 ( Where is it mentioned that MOST men would do this. Some will, but how many wont? So OOS)
B. more likely to pursue their families’ debtors (Exact opposite of what the author is trying to say)
[color=#00FF00]C. more likely to participate in economic transactions
outside their own communities
Bingo........As is clear from lines 27 to 37, women got involved with personal transactions and men with transactions outside their community)
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D. less likely to perform economic services
in their own communities. (Women are more likely to do this does not mean that men are less likely to do the same thing, according the passage. Might be true, might be not, not the best answer)
E. less likely to participate in civil cases that
were not debt-related. (Whhhhhaaaaa!!!!!! Totally OOS)
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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. (True, but not the best answer, coz its not the primary reason why we are reading this passage)
less varied by the end of the century;
more varied. (Womens activities were same, NOT less. So I striked it out)
(C[color=#00FF40])Women’s economic activities at the end of
the century were similar to their activities
at the beginning; men’s economic activities
changed considerably.
.... Right on the mark. Women were doing personal thing in the beginning and kept doing the same during the end of the century too. Men, on the other hand, grew up!!!!!..lol)
[/color](D)Women’s economic concerns at the end of
the century were primarily familial; men’s
economic concerns were primarily political. (Where does it say political!!!!)
(E)Women’s economic concerns at the end of
the century were primarily personal; men’s
economic needs were primarily familial (Men's -> Primarily familial!!!!! No shit..... Just wrong...)

Whats the OA BTW?
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15 Apr 2010, 12:41
IMO, ans should be:

25. C -> Author draws the following conlusion "these statistics are
somewhat deceptive" and provides evidences in the following statements to support his conclusion. In the end he mentions Cornila's theory and sounds concurring with her.
26. C - > Men’s commercial interests and credit networks (30) became increasingly far-flung,......, while women’s networks of credit and
debt remained primarily local andpersonal.
27. B - > This was easy.
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20 Apr 2010, 06:31
25. A
26. C
27. C
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29 Apr 2010, 05:48
gonna try this
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A
C
C

as well explained by HELLRAISER...please share OA
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30 Apr 2010, 05:04
I checked OAs at other sites and they are as follows:

the OAs are 25-C, 26-C, 27-B
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This is an official passage. Please reformat the passage for further practice.
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xyztroy said that OAs are C, C, B. Most people, who commented over here, have significant variation from OAs. So either difficulty level is not medium or OAs provided are not actually OAs
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xyztroy said that OAs are C, C, B. Most people, who commented over here, have significant variation from OAs. So either difficulty level is not medium or OAs provided are not actually OAs

The OA is A, C, C. This is a passage from GMAT Exam Pack 2.
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xyztroy said that OAs are C, C, B. Most people, who commented over here, have significant variation from OAs. So either difficulty level is not medium or OAs provided are not actually OAs

The OA is A, C, C. This is a passage from GMAT Exam Pack 2.

I will be surprised if I see this in exam pack 2 as this question is from powerprep (Old GMAT from ETS.). Can you please paste a snapshot?
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tronghieu1987 wrote:
rohitmanglik wrote:

xyztroy said that OAs are C, C, B. Most people, who commented over here, have significant variation from OAs. So either difficulty level is not medium or OAs provided are not actually OAs

The OA is A, C, C. This is a passage from GMAT Exam Pack 2.

I will be surprised if I see this in exam pack 2 as this question is from powerprep (Old GMAT from ETS.). Can you please paste a snapshot?

Here it is!
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04 Aug 2016, 23:40
Interesting passage , took 3 minutes to read and 8 minutes in total .

-The author introduces a phenomenon that occurred between 1670 and 1719
- The author then provides an author’s view on the phenomenon

1. A

2. “Men’s commercial interests and credit networks became increasingly far-flung"
The above suggests that men started to participate in economic transactions outside their communities. Hence option (C ).

3. “both the absolute numbers and the percentage of adult women participating in civil cases grew steadily throughout the eighteenth century, but the legal activity of men also increased dramatically, and at a much faster rate"
Option (C ) is a word justification of the above and is hence correct.
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