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Life in an urban center, with daily experiences of subways, crowded sidewalks and dense living, provides countless opportunities for social contact and connection. Exurban life, by contrast, exists in the openness of freeways and one-acre lots, exhibiting little that would suggest social commonality. Yet studies show that people who live in exurbia consistently rate their feeling of connectedness to their community as strong whereas urban dwellers more frequently express feelings of isolation.

Which of the following, if true, contributes most to an explanation of the difference in the reported feelings of connectedness between urban and exurban dwellers?

a-The cost of living in exurbia is significantly lower than that in urban areas.

b-Rates of attendance at houses of worship are much higher in exurban areas than in urban ones.

c-Exurban school districts often spend more per capita on their students than do those in urban areas.

d-The rate of violent crime is much lower in exurban areas than in urban ones.

e-Many people who live in exurbia moved there from urban areas.
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Good question.

The answer choice needs to explain difference in the perception of connectedness between urban and rural people.


a-The cost of living in exurbia is significantly lower than that in urban areas. - there is no discussion about cost of living

b-Rates of attendance at houses of worship are much higher in exurban areas than in urban ones. - if rates of attendance is higher that means people are getting chance to become social with people

c-Exurban school districts often spend more per capita on their students than do those in urban areas. - OOScope

d-The rate of violent crime is much lower in exurban areas than in urban ones. - nothing about crime, OOS

e-Many people who live in exurbia moved there from urban areas - even though many people move from urban to rural , this still does not prove that they moved because they were feeling less connected in urban areas and that is the reason they moved

The only two contenders to me were options B and E , after some analysis I can conclude B as clear winner
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B - the rate of attendance is high means more people are joining..hence there is more feeling of connectedness.
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New post 10 Nov 2010, 11:31
Narrowed down to B and E.
B - As rate of attendance is higher, more conncectedness.
E -doesnt make sense.
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Hey all,

With questions that ask you to explain a discrepancy or some kind of disconnect, the real key is to rephrase the question in very clear and specific terms. Here, for example, the question is:

"Which of the following, if true, contributes most to an explanation of the difference in the reported feelings of connectedness between urban and exurban dwellers?"

The real question that you should be asking yourself when you look through the answer choices, however, is:

"Which of the following, if true, contributes most to why exurbanites feel more connected to each other than urbanites?"

Once you've rephrased this (and all other "explain the discrepancy") question to be more specific, it's easier to get to the right answer. B is really the only one that works, as E really doesn't explain WHY exurbanites feel more connected.
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I looked this up. OA is
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Weird question.

aman1213 wrote:
Life in an urban center, with daily experiences of subways, crowded sidewalks and dense living, provides countless opportunities for social contact and connection. Exurban life, by contrast, exists in the openness of freeways and one-acre lots, exhibiting little that would suggest social commonality. Yet studies show that people who live in exurbia consistently rate their feeling of connectedness to their community as strong whereas urban dwellers more frequently express feelings of isolation.

Which of the following, if true, contributes most to an explanation of the difference in the reported feelings of connectedness between urban and exurban dwellers?

a-The cost of living in exurbia is significantly lower than that in urban areas.

b-Rates of attendance at houses of worship are much higher in exurban areas than in urban ones.

c-Exurban school districts often spend more per capita on their students than do those in urban areas.

d-The rate of violent crime is much lower in exurban areas than in urban ones.

e-Many people who live in exurbia moved there from urban areas.
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B - the rate of attendance is high means more people are joining..hence there is more feeling of connectedness.


Yeah my answer is also B...
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New post 21 Dec 2010, 08:22
Good explanation
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B--I think its easy
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IMO B.

High rate of attendance ---> higher number of people joining----> Higher feeling of connectedness.
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Life in an urban center, with daily experiences of subways, crowded sidewalks and dense living, provides countless opportunities for social contact and connection. Exurban life, by contrast, exists in the openness of freeways and one-acre lots, exhibiting little that would suggest social commonality. Yet studies show that people who live in exurbia consistently rate their feeling of connectedness to their community as strong whereas urban dwellers more frequently express feelings of isolation.

Which of the following, if true, contributes most to an explanation of the difference in the reported feelings of connectedness between urban and exurban dwellers?

a-The cost of living in exurbia is significantly lower than that in urban areas.

b-Rates of attendance at houses of worship are much higher in exurban areas than in urban ones.

c-Exurban school districts often spend more per capita on their students than do those in urban areas.

d-The rate of violent crime is much lower in exurban areas than in urban ones.

e-Many people who live in exurbia moved there from urban areas.


The doubt about B is .. it tells just about attendance, it is not written that attendance in worship house can make you feel connected. and just by coming in contact with each other is the reason then people in urban areas also come in contact with each other.
I would tend toward E because if people who are currently live in Exurban areas are from urban areas then they can feel the difference and hence we can find the reason.

Honestly saying B and E both don't make any sense, but if we are bringing some foreign element then why just be partial about B, let's try the same for E as well :|

Please correct me if I am wrong :)
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I am not really convinced with the answer here. If the attendance at the houses of worship is much higher in exurban areas than in urban areas, we cannot necessarily say that the feeling of connectedness will be more in exurban areas. Even when there are more people, you cannot guarantee more contact among them. The answer choice looks too far-fetched.

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urban connectedness vs exurban connectedness --> LINK?

Pre-thinking: Social relationships - there are less in urban compared to exurban. Sure, there can be more people in either area, but how these people communicate with each other is key.

This is why we're able to quickly eliminate A,C,D,E.

B is the correct answer.
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Despite the fact that urban dwellers live close together and exurban dwellers live farther apart, the exurban dwellers report feelings of connectedness while urban dwellers report feelings of isolation. The question then asks which choice best accounts for this discrepancy.

Choice B is the only choice that provides a potential reason for the relative connectedness of exurban dwellers. It offers the possibility that because rates of attendance at houses of worship is higher in exurban areas, perhaps exurban dwellers find through these organizations a sense of community lacking in urban areas, where people perhaps do not have ongoing social contacts despite their
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a-The cost of living in exurbia is significantly lower than that in urban areas.
the cost of living does not have any impact on the addressing the question.

b-Rates of attendance at houses of worship are much higher in exurban areas than in urban ones.
the rates of attendance at the house of worship higher in the exurban areas sugget that the people in that area are more experiencing the feeling of connected more than those in the urban area.

c-Exurban school districts often spend more per capita on their students than do those in urban areas.
the expenditure on school does not garnetee anything.

d-The rate of violent crime is much lower in exurban areas than in urban ones.
The crime is not discussed in the argument and does not contribute to address the question.

e-Many people who live in exurbia moved there from urban areas.
the answer choice does not provide any relevance
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The argument explains 2 contrasting situations; The first statement explains how, the urban areas unlike the exurban should logically be more socially inclusive.However, the studies point out to just the opposite.

The logical answer to the given question stem would be one that could explain the contrast highlighted.
Option B is the only choice which clearly highlights the given situation.
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Easy one
b-Rates of attendance at houses of worship are much higher in exurban areas than in urban ones.
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Answer b is correct because attending houses of worship gives the people from exurbia the sense of togetherness, whereas the people living in the urban center meet a lot of strangers in everyday life but do not experience the feeling of connectedness to their community.

Other answer choices are irrelevant.
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