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# Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which

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Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione

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Updated on: 11 Feb 2019, 00:11
Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione

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Marco Polo’s travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

From the current sentence structure is is little bit difficult to understand intended meaning of the sentence.
What took him over 17 years? The book? The travel? Took what? We need some action verb / infinitive to complete "took complete"

So let's see other answer choices to find out intended meaning of the sentence.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years

(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(without pronoun "him", seems "which" modidies "Il Milione", but this is illogical, book cannot take 17 years to travel, also we need some action verb / infinitive to complete "took complete")

(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
("which" again modifies "Il Milione", but "Il Milione" cannot take 17 years, take what? we need some action verb / infinitive to complete "took complete")

(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione
("which having taken" is incorrect, it implies that Polo having taken 17 years travelled around the world...)

(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
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Marco Polo's travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years.

(A) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years
(B) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took over seventeen years to travel
(C) travels, which took Polo over seventeen years to complete, are documented in his book, Il Milione
(D) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took the explorer over seventeen years
(E) travels, which having taken him over seventeen years, are documented in the book, Il Milione

One possible choice:
F) travels are documented in his book, Il Milione, which took him over seventeen years to write

My question: I think, this question is history based about Marco Polo's life. If test takers' think in F that "it took 17 yrs to write the book Il Milione, then what's the wrong with the test takers' thinking? I mean: is it necessary to know history to solve the SC in GMAT? Thanks__
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