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Q1. In 49 BCE, Gaius Julius Caesar, one of the most powerful generals in the Republic, shocked his supporters, enemies, and rivals by crossing the Rubicon river into Italy, leading towards Rome the nearly 4,000 soldiers who were regarded as his most loyal troops. A) leading towards Rome the nearly 4,000 soldiers who were regarded as B) leading towards Rome nearly the 4,000 soldiers regarded C) and led towards Rome nearly 4,000 soldiers, who were regarded D) and led towards Rome nearly 4,000 soldiers who were regarded as E) and he led towards Rome the more than 4,000 soldiers who were regarded Difficulty - Hard

A

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Q2. The teacher sympathized with the students who were forced to attend classes on Sundays, stating that if he was in charge, he would declare every Saturday and Sunday as holidays. (A) if he was in charge, he would declare every Saturday and Sunday as holidays (B) if he were in charge, he would declare every Saturday and Sunday as holidays (C) he would declare every Saturday and Sunday as holidays if he was in charge (D) if he were in charge, he would declare every Saturday and Sunday holidays (E) every Saturday and Sunday would be holidays if he was in charge Difficulty - Hard

D

Q1. A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future.

(A) that it will, or could,

(B) that it would, or could,

(C) it will be or could

(D) believe that it will be or could

(E) think the Middle East would or could

Difficulty - Hard

Q1. Among the world’s famous volcanic mountains are Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted in 1944, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones.

A. are Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted in 1944, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones

B. are Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 1944 in Italy, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones

C. is the Italian Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 1944, along with the three extinct cones of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

D. are Mount Vesuvius in Italy and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; the former erupted in 1944 whereas the latter has three extinct cones.

E. are the erupting Italian Mount Vesuvius of 1994 and the three-coned extinct Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

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Q2. A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future.

(A) that it will, or could,

(B) that it would, or could,

(C) it will be or could

(D) believe that it will be or could

(E) think the Middle East would or could

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Q2. A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future.

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Q1. Among the world’s famous volcanic mountains are Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted in 1944, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones. A. are Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted in 1944, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones B. are Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 1944 in Italy, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones C. is the Italian Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 1944, along with the three extinct cones of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania D. are Mount Vesuvius in Italy and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; the former erupted in 1944 whereas the latter has three extinct cones. E. are the erupting Italian Mount Vesuvius of 1994 and the three-coned extinct Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Difficulty - Hard

A - (1) Modifier issue - which refers to Italy because it is far away from the noun Mt. Vesuvius, (2) Pronoun issue - it’s could refer to Mt. Kilimanjaro or Tanzania, ambiguous. Incorrect.

B - (1) SV issue - Verb are should join two nouns with and ".... and ...." but as well as is used to connect two nouns so the two nouns are still a singular noun. Incorrect.

C - (1) SV - Subject verb agreement correct, (2) Meaning issue - Because of along with - meaning comes out as if Mt. V errupted along with Mt. kk. Incorrect.

D - (1) SV agreement - correct, the former...latter structure - correct

E - (1) SV - correctly used SV, (2) Meaning issue - the sentence reads "the famous volcanic mountain is erupting Italian mountain" - as if the Mt. V is in perpetual state of eruption. Distorted meaning. Incorrect.

Therefore, option D is the correct answer.
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Q2. A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future. (A) that it will, or could, (B) that it would, or could, (C) it will be or could (D) believe that it will be or could (E) think the Middle East would or could Difficulty - Hard

Key decision makers:
(1) Parallelism - To make see...but...() parallel we need a verb after but. In this case, only option D and E have a verb in the beginning therefore Option A, B & C are incorrect.

D - (1) Parallelism 1 - Believe is parallel to see as verb to verb, (2) Parallelism 2 - the non underlined part has "become" that fits could - could become - to make a parallel statement ".....or could become" we need "will be" not just will. (2) Meaning - Here the reason to say will or could is to show difference in certainty - it will be (more certain) or it could become (less certain). This sentence is not describing something hypothetical, it is describing something uncertain. Therefore, using simple past tense is correct. Use of could is not contested because all options have it. So we shouldn’t get confused into thinking of subjunctive or conditional mood.

E - (1) Parallelism 1 - Correct structure - see one thing but think another, (2) Parallelism 2 - By using would, the sentence is essentially talking about a hypothetical outcome. Here, the outcome is uncertain but not hypothetical. Therefore, would is incorrect.

Therefore, option D is the correct answer.
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Q1. Among the world’s famous volcanic mountains are Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted in 1944, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones. A. are Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted in 1944, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones B. are Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 1944 in Italy, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones C. is the Italian Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 1944, along with the three extinct cones of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania D. are Mount Vesuvius in Italy and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; the former erupted in 1944 whereas the latter has three extinct cones. E. are the erupting Italian Mount Vesuvius of 1994 and the three-coned extinct Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Difficulty - Hard

D

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Q2. A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future. (A) that it will, or could, (B) that it would, or could, (C) it will be or could (D) believe that it will be or could (E) think the Middle East would or could Difficulty - Hard

D
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Q1. Among the world’s famous volcanic mountains are Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted in 1944, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones. A. are Mount Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted in 1944, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones B. are Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 1944 in Italy, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with its three extinct cones C. is the Italian Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 1944, along with the three extinct cones of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania D. are Mount Vesuvius in Italy and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; the former erupted in 1944 whereas the latter has three extinct cones. E. are the erupting Italian Mount Vesuvius of 1994 and the three-coned extinct Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Difficulty - Hard

D

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Q2. A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future. (A) that it will, or could, (B) that it would, or could, (C) it will be or could (D) believe that it will be or could (E) think the Middle East would or could Difficulty - Hard

D

SC Questions July - 22 :

Q1. Liverpool has slowly emerged from its post-industrial decline as a newly thriving city with a population of over five hundred thousand and more investors interested in large urban renewal projects than would have been thought possible twenty years ago.

a) of over five hundred thousand and more

b) of more than five hundred thousand and of more

c) more than five hundred thousand and greater

d) greater than five hundred thousand and greater

e) of more than five hundred thousand, with

Difficulty - Hard

Q2. In the years after he left the White House, Richard Nixon strove to burnish his image for history more assiduously than did any former president.

A) more assiduously than did any former president

B) more assiduously than any other former president

C) with an assiduousness unmatched by any former president

D) with more assiduousness than did any other former president

E) more assiduously in comparison to any former president

Difficulty - Hard
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Has to have ’any other former president’ as he forms part of same group now. A cannot be the answer
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anubhuti9 wrote:
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E cannot be the answer as no word is used to designate the increase in number of investors than thought previously.
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Has to have ’any other former president’ as he forms part of same group now. A cannot be the answer

If we remove the prepositional phrases the the sentence remains that "Richard Nixon(RN) strove more assiduously than did any former president". So we are comparing the efforts that RN did to any other former president did. So by this logic while we are doing comparison wont we have to compare the efforts done by RN to efforts done by others?

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If we remove the prepositional phrases the the sentence remains that "Richard Nixon(RN) strove more assiduously than did any former president". So we are comparing the efforts that RN did to any other former president did. So by this logic while we are doing comparison wont we have to compare the efforts done by RN to efforts done by others?

Thank found where I was wrong. Answer should be B.
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Q1. Ramirez: The film industry claims that pirated DVDs, which are usually cheaper than legitimate DVDs and become available well before a film’s official DVD release date, adversely affect its bottom line. But the industry should note what the spread of piracy indicates: consumers want lower prices and faster DVD releases. Lowering prices of DVDs and releasing them sooner would mitigate piracy’s negative effect on film industry profits. The argument above relies on which of the following assumptions? A. Releasing legitimate DVDs earlier would not cause any reduction in the revenue the film industry receives from the films’ theatrical release. B. Some people who would otherwise purchase pirated DVDs would be willing to purchase legitimate DVDs if they were less expensive and released earlier than they are now. C. The film industry will in the future be able to produce DVDs more cheaply than is currently the case. D. Some current sellers of pirated DVDs would likely discontinue their businesses if legitimate DVDs were released faster and priced lower. E. Current purchasers of pirated DVDs are aware that those DVDs are not authorized by the film industry. Difficulty - Hard

B

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Q2. Mr. Ice sells ice cream for \$1 each. Mr. Freeze sells a different ice cream for \$3 each. On one Sunday, at the end of the day’s business, Mr Ice had sold three times as many ice creams as Mr Freeze. Interestingly, they had both also made the same amount of profit for that day. Which of the following can be inferred from the above statements? (A) The total cost incurred by Mr Freeze for that day was three times that incurred by Mr Ice. (B) Mr Ice’s ice cream is more popular than Mr. Freeze’s ice cream. (C) The total cost incurred by Mr Ice for that day was three times that incurred by Mr. Freeze. (D) Mr Freeze’s ice cream sells in smaller numbers because of its higher selling price. (E) Both Mr Ice and Mr Freeze incurred the same costs for that day Difficulty - Hard

E

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Q1. In the nation of Pelmenia, 20% of 18-year-olds are left-handed, while just 10% of 45-year-olds and 2% of 70-year-olds are left-handed. But the percentage of children born left-handed has never changed in Pelmenia, nor have societal attitudes toward left-handedness.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the variation in left-handedness among Pelmenians?

A) The number of children born each year in Pelmenia has steadily increased over the past seventy years.

B) In Pelmenia, left-handers are no more likely to perish in accidents than right-handers.

C) In Pelmenia, ambidexterity is not considered a desirable attribute.

D) In Pelmenia, women have a significantly lower life expectancy than men, and women are also more likely to be born left-handed.

E) As Pelmenians age, they become less likely to participate in surveys regarding handedness or hand dominance.

Difficulty - Hard

Q2. One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities is to increase the speed at which traffic moves in the heart of the city. This can be accomplished by raising the tolls on the tunnels and bridges connecting the city with other communities. This will discourage auto traffic into the city and will encourage people to use public transportation instead.

Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?

(A) Nearly all of the traffic in the center of the city is commerical traffic which will continue despite the toll increases

(B) Some people now driving alone into the city would choose to car pool with each other rather than use public transportation

(C) Any temporary improvement in traffic flow would be lost because the improvement itself would attract more cars

(D) The numbers of commuters who would be deterred by the toll increases would be insignificant

(E) The public transportation system is not able to handle any significant increase in the number of commuters using the system

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Q2. One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities is to increase the speed at which traffic moves in the heart of the city. This can be accomplished by raising the tolls on the tunnels and bridges connecting the city with other communities. This will discourage auto traffic into the city and will encourage people to use public transportation instead. Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above? (A) Nearly all of the traffic in the center of the city is commerical traffic which will continue despite the toll increases (B) Some people now driving alone into the city would choose to car pool with each other rather than use public transportation (C) Any temporary improvement in traffic flow would be lost because the improvement itself would attract more cars (D) The numbers of commuters who would be deterred by the toll increases would be insignificant (E) The public transportation system is not able to handle any significant increase in the number of commuters using the system Difficulty - Hard

A, Waiting for the masters to explain 😊
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Q1. Liverpool has slowly emerged from its post-industrial decline as a newly thriving city with a population of over five hundred thousand and more investors interested in large urban renewal projects than would have been thought possible twenty years ago. a) of over five hundred thousand and more b) of more than five hundred thousand and of more c) more than five hundred thousand and greater d) greater than five hundred thousand and greater e) of more than five hundred thousand, with Difficulty - Hard

A

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Q2. In the years after he left the White House, Richard Nixon strove to burnish his image for history more assiduously than did any former president. A) more assiduously than did any former president B) more assiduously than any other former president C) with an assiduousness unmatched by any former president D) with more assiduousness than did any other former president E) more assiduously in comparison to any former president Difficulty - Hard

B

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Q1. Heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved from the previous year, only look less appetizing than their round and red supermarket cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are more flavorful.

(A) cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are

(B) cousins, often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although

(C) cousins, often green and striped, or they have plenty of bumps and bruises, although they are

(D) cousins; they are often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although

(E) cousins; they are often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but they are

Difficulty - Hard

Q2. Even though it was not illegal for the bank to share its customers’ personal and financial information with an outside marketing company in return for a commission on sales, the state’s attorney general accused the bank of engaging in deceptive business practices by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep records private.

(A) by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep

(B) by its failure of honoring its promise to its customers to keep

(C) in its failing to honor its promise to its customers of keeping

(D) because of its failure in honoring its promise to its customers in keeping

(E) because of its failure to honor its promise to its customers of keeping

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Q1. In the nation of Pelmenia, 20% of 18-year-olds are left-handed, while just 10% of 45-year-olds and 2% of 70-year-olds are left-handed. But the percentage of children born left-handed has never changed in Pelmenia, nor have societal attitudes toward left-handedness. Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the variation in left-handedness among Pelmenians? A) The number of children born each year in Pelmenia has steadily increased over the past seventy years. B) In Pelmenia, left-handers are no more likely to perish in accidents than right-handers. C) In Pelmenia, ambidexterity is not considered a desirable attribute. D) In Pelmenia, women have a significantly lower life expectancy than men, and women are also more likely to be born left-handed. E) As Pelmenians age, they become less likely to participate in surveys regarding handedness or hand dominance. Difficulty - Hard

D

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Q1. Heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved from the previous year, only look less appetizing than their round and red supermarket cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are more flavorful. (A) cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are (B) cousins, often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although (C) cousins, often green and striped, or they have plenty of bumps and bruises, although they are (D) cousins; they are often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although (E) cousins; they are often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but they are Difficulty - Hard

B

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Q2. Even though it was not illegal for the bank to share its customers’ personal and financial information with an outside marketing company in return for a commission on sales, the state’s attorney general accused the bank of engaging in deceptive business practices by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep records private. (A) by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep (B) by its failure of honoring its promise to its customers to keep (C) in its failing to honor its promise to its customers of keeping (D) because of its failure in honoring its promise to its customers in keeping (E) because of its failure to honor its promise to its customers of keeping Difficulty - Hard

A

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Q1. In the nation of Pelmenia, 20% of 18-year-olds are left-handed, while just 10% of 45-year-olds and 2% of 70-year-olds are left-handed. But the percentage of children born left-handed has never changed in Pelmenia, nor have societal attitudes toward left-handedness. Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the variation in left-handedness among Pelmenians? A) The number of children born each year in Pelmenia has steadily increased over the past seventy years. B) In Pelmenia, left-handers are no more likely to perish in accidents than right-handers. C) In Pelmenia, ambidexterity is not considered a desirable attribute. D) In Pelmenia, women have a significantly lower life expectancy than men, and women are also more likely to be born left-handed. E) As Pelmenians age, they become less likely to participate in surveys regarding handedness or hand dominance. Difficulty - Hard

D

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Q2. One way for reducing commuting time for those who work in the cities is to increase the speed at which traffic moves in the heart of the city. This can be accomplished by raising the tolls on the tunnels and bridges connecting the city with other communities. This will discourage auto traffic into the city and will encourage people to use public transportation instead. Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above? (A) Nearly all of the traffic in the center of the city is commerical traffic which will continue despite the toll increases (B) Some people now driving alone into the city would choose to car pool with each other rather than use public transportation (C) Any temporary improvement in traffic flow would be lost because the improvement itself would attract more cars (D) The numbers of commuters who would be deterred by the toll increases would be insignificant (E) The public transportation system is not able to handle any significant increase in the number of commuters using the system Difficulty - Hard

B

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Q1. The owner of a four-storey commercial building discovered termites in the building’s first and second floors and called an exterminator. The exterminator pumped gas directly into the walls on both the first and second floors. Due to the exterminator’s work, the termites on those floors were killed quickly.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the validity of the explanation for the speed with which the termites were killed?

(A) The third floor had no termite infestation

(B) Even though the exterminator did not pump gas into the walls of the fourth story, the termites there died as quickly as they did on the first and second stories.

(C) The speed with which termites are killed increases as the concentration of exterminator’s gas increases.

(D) The speed with which the exterminator’s gas kills termites drops off sharply as the gas dissipates throughout the building’s walls.

(E) The exterminator’s gas pumping system works efficiently even when pumping gas into both the first and second stories of the building simultaneously.

Difficulty - Hard

Q2. For years, Pleasanton was a commuter community to industries in Middleburg. The close of several factories in Middleburg has set in motion a wave of mortgage defaults: citizens of Pleasanton are foreclosing on their houses in significant numbers. Many of the mortgages were held by local banks, and these adversely affected banks have been under pressure from their boards to offset the banks’ losses. One principal means to recoup these losses is for the banks to raise interest rates, including mortgage rates. If those owning property Pleasanton continue to default on their mortgages, then the mortgage rates offered by these banks will continue to rise.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the conclusion that mortgage rates in Pleasanton will continue to increase?

A. Mortgage rates in Middleburg have been steadily increasing over the past year and analysts expect them to continue increasing for some time.

B. Many prospective homebuyers in the Pleasanton area, deterred by increased mortgage rates, have decided to purchase homes in other areas.

C. Many current homeowners in Pleasanton, in reaction to increased interest rates, have put their homes on the market and are looking for homes in other areas.

D. Many local businesses in Pleasanton, who were dependent on local residents employed in Middleburg, have been unable to pay the mortgage on the business properties they own.

E. There are so few houses in Pleasanton that the banks cannot realize an economy of scale, making mortgage rates unrealistic for most potential homeowners.

Difficulty - Hard
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