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# In the industrialized nations, the last century has witness

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In the industrialized nations, the last century has witnessed a shortening of the average workday from twelve hours or longer to less than eight hours. Mindful of this enormous increase in leisure time over the past century, many people assume that the same trend has obtained throughout history, and that, therefore, prehistoric humans must have labored incessantly for their very survival.
We cannot, of course, directly test this assumption. However, a study of primitive peoples of today suggests a different conclusion. The Mbuti of central Africa, for instance, spend only a few hours each day in hunting, gathering, and tending to other economic necessities. The rest of their time is spent as they choose. The implication is that the short workday is not peculiar to industrialized societies. Rather, both the extended workday of 1880 and the shorter workday of today are products of different stages of the continuing process of industrialization.

Which of the following inferences about industrialization is best supported by the passage above?
(A) People in advanced industrialized societies have more leisure time than those in nonindustrialized societies.
(B) An average workday of twelve hours or more is peculiar to economies in the early stages of industrialization.
(C) Industrialization involves a trade-off between tedious, monotonous jobs and the benefits of increased leisure.
(D) It is likely that the extended workday of an industrializing country will eventually be shortened.
(E) As industrialization progresses, people tend to look for self-fulfillment in leisure rather than work.

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17 Jul 2006, 21:29
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17 Jul 2006, 21:29
Straight D......
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17 Jul 2006, 21:38
Only B and D stand.

Will go with D

B makes too specific statement. Maybe the 12 hr workday is present in the middle stages of industrialization phase.
D correctly generalizes its statement in stating that a long workday may be shortened in the future. This is directly based on the last sentnce of the passage.
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17 Jul 2006, 21:40
OA = D. Good job guys. I chose B
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17 Jul 2006, 22:03
A bit late. I chose B but overlooked that it is very specific. Thanks for the explanation guys. Reading your explanations is changing my thought process while handling questions.
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18 Jul 2006, 05:25
the most clear answear seems to be B
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18 Jul 2006, 05:29
as usual I make stupid mistakes.... I read up to question B that seemed correct and then quicky overlooging the other and as usual got cought ....
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18 Jul 2006, 08:14
D is the only possible choice... B is proven wrong in the argument
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19 Jul 2006, 02:19
I went with B, but I guess D is better.
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11 Sep 2013, 21:53
Hello Mailtheguru,

The correct answer of the question is D. I have little bit knowledge about Textile Industry in India which also comes under Industrialization and I am sure about the answer.
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