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In terrestrial environments, gravity places special demands

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New post 30 Sep 2018, 19:08
AjiteshArun did a nice job clearing up the issues on questions #4 and #6, but it looks like there's plenty of pain on question #8. So here's that one again:

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In the passage, the author is primarily concerned with doing which of the following?

(A) Explaining adaptations that enable the terrestrial snake to cope with the effects of gravitational pressure on its circulatory system
(B) Comparing the circulatory system of the sea snake with that of the terrestrial snake
(C) Explaining why the circulatory system of the terrestrial snake is different from that of the sea snake
(D) Pointing out features of the terrestrial snake's cardiovascular system that make it superior to that of the sea snake
(E) Explaining how the sea snake is able to neutralize the effects of gravitational pressure on its circulatory system

Conquistador22 wrote:
For this question, I got confused between A & C. I choose E but OA is A.

Official Guide says " The passage is more concerned with how the system of two snakes are different, rather than why, in order to identify how terrestrial snakes have adapted to gravity's influence.

But passage has below line "That many terrestrial snakes in similar spatial orientations do not experience this kind of circulatory failure suggests that certain adaptations enable them to regulate blood pressure more effectively in those orientations."

It does talk about "why"

Can some expert throw some light on this evolutionary process :!:
PS. I mean expert in RC and not expert in evolutionary process :lol: . Just kidding everyone is welcome to share their views

bpdulog wrote:
I was also down to A & C and chose C over A. I'm still not sure why C is wrong?

gmatretest wrote:
I do not understand the rationale behind the answer for Q8 (primary concern, General question).

In my opinion, both A and B are considered partial. A fails to mention sea snakes (which constitutes the whole 2nd paragraph) while B does not state gravity.
Why does OG prefer A than B, considering both are equally flawed?

As with all "primarily concerned" questions, we should establish the overall purpose of the passage. This is different from seeking an answer choice that seems to add up individual pieces of the passage. So why did the author write this thing?

  • The author wrote paragraph 1 to introduce the adaptations that terrestrial snakes have made in response to the demands of gravity.
  • The author wrote paragraph 2 to explain how gravity on land leads to circulatory failure, by comparing the circulation and blood pressure of terrestrial snakes to sea snakes
  • The author wrote paragraph 3 to illustrate the specific circulation-aiding adaptations of terrestrial snakes, by describing different examples of these adaptations.

When we follow the author's purpose from paragraph to paragraph, we see that the author wrote this passage to explain how the adaptations of terrestrial snakes help those snakes circulate blood -- and consequently, survive -- in terrestrial environments.

Remember that in these question types, wrong answer choices will often distract us by stating something that's probably true, and maybe very important to the passage. That's not the same thing as stating why the author wrote the passage as a whole.

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(A) Explaining adaptations that enable the terrestrial snake to cope with the effects of gravitational pressure on its circulatory system

This looks good! It fits our understanding of the author's purpose (to explain adaptations of terrestrial snakes), and doesn't add any erroneous details regarding what that explanation says. Let's keep (A) around and review our other choices.

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(B) Comparing the circulatory system of the sea snake with that of the terrestrial snake

This is more like a description of what the author is doing in paragraph 2 (and doesn't really get at the purpose of that paragraph, either). Eliminate (B).

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(C) Explaining why the circulatory system of the terrestrial snake is different from that of the sea snake

This is misleading. Sure, the author explains why the circulatory system differs (gravity works differently in water than on land). But when the author sat down and decided that it was necessary to write this passage, was she thinking, "I have to tell everyone why the circulatory systems of these two snakes are different"?

Not exactly. Choice (C) makes it seem like the author's main purpose is the comparison of two classes of snake. In fact, the author is primarily concerned with explaining how the terrestrial snake adapts to terrestrial gravity. The sea snake only appears as an example to show the particular demands of terrestrial gravity, and how terrestrial adaptations help terrestrial snakes meet those demands. That's why we eliminate (C).

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(D) Pointing out features of the terrestrial snake's cardiovascular system that make it superior to that of the sea snake

The author isn't making a judgment on which snake's cardiovascular system is better or worse than the other. Eliminate (D).

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(E) Explaining how the sea snake is able to neutralize the effects of gravitational pressure on its circulatory system

This is totally off-track. The author's focus is the terrestrial snake, and how the terrestrial snake neutralizes these effects in terrestrial environments. Eliminate (E).

This is why (A) remains the best answer. We do see something that seems true in every other answer choice, but we can eliminate choices (B), (C), (D), and (E) because none of them express the overall purpose of the passage.

I hope this helps!
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Took 14 mins, but got all correct.
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