GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 19 Oct 2019, 12:46

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Senior Manager
Joined: 02 Oct 2009
Posts: 381
GMAT 1: 530 Q47 V17
GMAT 2: 710 Q50 V36
In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

21 Sep 2015, 04:05
1
9
00:00

Difficulty:

75% (hard)

Question Stats:

50% (01:32) correct 50% (01:46) wrong based on 344 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts museum in Washington were closed due to excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised its humidity to such levels so that artificats were beginning to show damage and employees were falling ill due to heat exhaustion.

A)due to excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised its humidity to such levels so that artifacts were beginning to show damage
B)due to excessive heat from a faulty cooling system,thereby raising its humidity to levels such that artifacts were beginning to show damage
C)because of a faulty cooling system causing excessive heat, which raised their humidity to such levels that artifacts began to show damage
D)because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised its humidity to such levels that artifacts were beginning to show damage
E)because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised their humidity to such levels that artifacts were beginning to show damage
Senior Manager
Joined: 05 Apr 2015
Posts: 361
Re: In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

21 Sep 2015, 04:16
2
1
Hi,

"the galleries were closed".... why? the reason follows... So "because of" is correct... and not "due to" A and B are out.

humidity of galleries.. hence "their" is correct... D is out..

Between C and E... in E... excessive heat caused by ... what? faulty cooling system.. hence caused by is correct.

Hence E is correct.

Regards,
Dom.
Intern
Joined: 07 Aug 2015
Posts: 19
Concentration: Healthcare, Marketing
GMAT 1: 770 Q50 V45
Re: In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

24 Sep 2015, 13:19
Option E does not imply a wrong causality?
"because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system" suggests than excessive head was caused by cooling system itself, which doesn't make sense!
Manager
Joined: 13 Jun 2012
Posts: 199
Location: United States
WE: Supply Chain Management (Computer Hardware)
Re: In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

24 Sep 2015, 17:20
Intern
Joined: 22 Sep 2015
Posts: 1
Re: In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

26 Sep 2015, 11:27
One needs to decide between c and E. the answer is E because the last sentence must be parallel were beginning to show.... and employees were falling...
EMPOWERgmat Instructor
Joined: 23 Feb 2015
Posts: 569
In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

04 Oct 2015, 20:54
1
2
In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts museum in Washington were closed due to excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised its humidity to such levels so that artifacts were beginning to show damage and employees were falling ill due to heat exhaustion.

A)due to excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system, which raised its humidity to such levels so that artifacts were beginning to show damage
B)due to excessive heat from a faulty cooling system, thereby raising its humidity to levels such that artifacts were beginning to show damage
C)because of a faulty cooling system causing excessive heat, which raised their humidity to such levels that artifacts began to show damage
D)because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system, which raised its humidity to such levels that artifacts were beginning to show damage
E)because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system, which raised their humidity to such levels that artifacts were beginning to show damage
Uncertain Source Questions
As a general rule, it's a good idea to be EXTREMELY cautious with questions labeled as Source: Other (please specify). Sometimes these questions suffer from errata, or test aspects not covered on the official exam. This in no way serves as any sort of a slight to the original poster here, RaviChandra, but just a strongly recommended general best practice.

The Apparent Source Question (OG15, Q8; OG16 Q30)
This question is actually remarkably (suspiciously) similar to the legendary chambers OG question:
(in-late-1997-the-chambers-inside-the-pyramid-of-the-pharaoh-85840.html#p643388)

In late 1997, the chambers inside the pyramid of the Pharaoh Menkaure at Giza were closed to visitors for cleaning and repair due to moisture exhaled by tourists, which raised its humidity to such levels so that salt from the stone was crystallizing and fungus was growing on the walls.

(A) due to moisture exhaled by tourists, which raised its humidity to such levels so that salt from the stone was crystallizing
(B) due to moisture that tourists had exhaled, thereby raising its humidity to such levels that salt from the stone would crystallize
(C) because tourists were exhaling moisture, which had raised the humidity within them to levels such that salt from the stone would crystallize
(D) because of moisture that was exhaled by tourists raising the humidity within them to levels so high as to make the salt from the stone crystallize
(E) because moisture exhaled by tourists had raised the humidity within them to such levels that salt from the stone was crystallizing

Let's begin by focusing our attention on the official question first:

Error Types: Parallelism, The Ws

The differences in the options between Crystallizing and Crystallize give us a clue. The right form could only be dictated by putting that word in parallel form with something else in the sentence.

After reading the full sentence carefully, check out that it says Crystallizing and fungus was Growing. BUT also notice that the "was growing" is outside of the underlined area. Which of the two variations, Crystallizing and Crystallize would have to be right? Crystallizing. Throw out B C and D. Once more we can toss 3 options in one swoop!

Compare A and E. Notice the WHICH in A. We can use the "What Is?" test to help us out here. What would Which be describing here? The Tourists. But is it the tourists raising the humidity level, or the moisture the tourists breathe? The latter. That means we can also get rid of A. E is our winner.

The Clone
Now to the clone. This question does one thing that official questions will never do. The last three words of the options are all the same. In official questions, the underlined portion only extends to precisely parts of the sentence that involve differences.

In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts museum in Washington were closed due to excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised its humidity to such levels so that artifacts were beginning to show damage and employees were falling ill due to heat exhaustion.

A)due to excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system, which raised its humidity to such levels so that artifacts were beginning to show damage
B)due to excessive heat from a faulty cooling system, thereby raising its humidity to levels such that artifacts were beginning to show damage
C)because of a faulty cooling system causing excessive heat, which raised their humidity to such levels that artifacts began to show damage
D)because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system, which raised its humidity to such levels that artifacts were beginning to show damage
E)because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system, which raised their humidity to such levels that artifacts were beginning to show damage

Getting down to E is as simple as this:

1) Parallelism (just like in the official source question): beginning || falling Dump C
2) Pronoun agreement in number: The subject is THE GALLERIES (plural). See the distinction in the options between ITS/THEIR? Which ones can we get rid of? A, B, D.

Only E is left.

Again save uncertain source questions as a last resort only. There are plenty of high-quality questions from the official test writers, and test prep companies.
_________________
"Students study. GMAT assassins train."

The Course Used By GMAT Club Moderators To Earn 750+

souvik101990 Score: 760 Q50 V42 ★★★★★
ENGRTOMBA2018 Score: 750 Q49 V44 ★★★★★
Manager
Status: Manager to Damager!
Affiliations: MBA
Joined: 22 May 2014
Posts: 56
Location: United States
Re: In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2016, 07:00
According to the choice E, faulty cooling system raised humidity levels up... It doesn't make sense.
Actual meaning should be --> the excessive heat raises humidity levels up.

I think this is bad question.... Stick to official guide questions..
Board of Directors
Status: QA & VA Forum Moderator
Joined: 11 Jun 2011
Posts: 4774
Location: India
GPA: 3.5
Re: In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2016, 11:48
RaviChandra wrote:
In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts museum in Washington were closed due to excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised its humidity to such levels so that artificats were beginning to show damage and employees were falling ill due to heat exhaustion.

A)due to excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised its humidity to such levels so that artifacts were beginning to show damage
B)due to excessive heat from a faulty cooling system,thereby raising its humidity to levels such that artifacts were beginning to show damage
C)because of a faulty cooling system causing excessive heat, which raised their humidity to such levels that artifacts began to show damage
D)because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised its humidity to such levels that artifacts were beginning to show damage
E)because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system,which raised their humidity to such levels that artifacts were beginning to show damage

In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts museum in Washington were closed because of excessive heat caused by a faulty cooling system, which raised their humidity to such levels that artifacts were beginning to show damage and employees were falling ill due to heat exhaustion.

IMHO (E) for correct S-V and Pronoun usage...
_________________
Thanks and Regards

Abhishek....

PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES FOR POSTING IN QA AND VA FORUM AND USE SEARCH FUNCTION BEFORE POSTING NEW QUESTIONS

How to use Search Function in GMAT Club | Rules for Posting in QA forum | Writing Mathematical Formulas |Rules for Posting in VA forum | Request Expert's Reply ( VA Forum Only )
Intern
Joined: 12 Aug 2017
Posts: 17
Location: India
GMAT 1: 680 Q50 V35
Re: In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Dec 2018, 21:38
I read this very valuable post which says that the usage of 'due to' can only be correct if 'due to' can be replaced by 'caused by' in the sentence. If the sentence after the replacement does not sound correct, 'due to' is wrong.

With this 3 choices are eliminated and between D and E, choose E as SV agree.
Re: In the Summer of 1990, the galleries of the fine arts   [#permalink] 18 Dec 2018, 21:38
Display posts from previous: Sort by