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# Less than 10 percent of the world`s people, and of the participants in

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Less than 10 percent of the world`s people, and of the participants in combat sports worldwide, are left-handed. However, a majority of top-level competitors in combat sports worldwide are left-handed.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to resolve the discrepancy presented in the passage?

A. Left-handedness is more common in primitive cultures with high rates of death by violence than in other primitive cultures.

B. Among top-level competitors in many non-combat sports, such as tennis and baseball, left-handedness is also much more common than in the general population.

C. In many cultures, children are discouraged from performing tasks with their left hands, even if the left hand is their dominant hand.

D. Because left-handedness is so rare, opponents of left-handed fighters are ill equipped to handle the positions and angles from which those fighters attack.

E. A significant number of left-handed competitors in combat sports have trained under coaches who have forced them to fight from right-handed positions and angles.

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17 Aug 2018, 10:37
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Less than 10 percent of the world`s people, and of the participants in combat sports worldwide, are left-handed. However, a majority of top-level competitors in combat sports worldwide are left-handed.

Although left -handed player are only 10 %, they form a large part of top players. Clearly the left handed people are on average better than right handed player

Which of the following, if true, most helps to resolve the discrepancy presented in the passage?

A. Left-handedness is more common in primitive cultures with high rates of death by violence than in other primitive cultures.
Totally out of scope

B. Among top-level competitors in many non-combat sports, such as tennis and baseball, left-handedness is also much more common than in the general population.
out of scope. We are looking at higher number of top players

C. In many cultures, children are discouraged from performing tasks with their left hands, even if the left hand is their dominant hand.
again, it does not effect the argument

D. Because left-handedness is so rare, opponents of left-handed fighters are ill equipped to handle the positions and angles from which those fighters attack.
Correct.. this tells us that left handed players have an advantage in which the opponents are I'll equipped.

E. A significant number of left-handed competitors in combat sports have trained under coaches who have forced them to fight from right-handed positions and angles.
just tells us that they have experienced playing with right handed player but so will right handed player gain experience

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Less than 10 percent of the world`s people, and of the participants in combat sports worldwide, are left-handed. However, a majority of top-level competitors in combat sports worldwide are left-handed.

A. Left-handedness is more common in primitive cultures with high rates of death by violence than in other primitive cultures. - Out of scope

B. Among top-level competitors in many non-combat sports, such as tennis and baseball, left-handedness is also much more common than in the general population. - Irrelevant - we are not concerned about non-combat sports

C. In many cultures, children are discouraged from performing tasks with their left hands, even if the left hand is their dominant hand. - Irrelevant

D. Because left-handedness is so rare, opponents of left-handed fighters are ill-equipped to handle the positions and angles from which those fighters attack. - Correct - so most people don't have experience of playing against a southpaw

E. A significant number of left-handed competitors in combat sports have trained under coaches who have forced them to fight from right-handed positions and angles. - Irrelevant - if this was not case, then there would have been more left-handed competitors in combat sports

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25 Mar 2019, 04:36
OFFICIAL EXPLANATION FROM MANHATTAN

(A)While the phenomenon described in this answer choice very likely arises from the same factors that cause the discrepancy in the passage, it does nothing to explain the reason for that discrepancy.

(B)Non-combat sports are outside the scope of the passage, which is concerned only with combat sports.

(C)No reasonably direct relationship exists between this discouragement and the preponderance of left-handers among top fighters.

(D) Correct
This choice describes a situation that affords left-handed fighters a systematic advantage over their right-handed counterparts. If left-handed fighters are at an advantage, then there should be a greater proportion of them among high-level combatants.

(E)If this statement is true, then the left-handers who have trained under such coaches are at a relative disadvantage. This situation actually makes the information in the passage even more incongruous.
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