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On May first, in order to reduce the number of overdue books, a children’s library instituted a policy of forgiving fines and giving bookmarks to children returning all of their overdue books. On July first there were twice as many overdue books as there had been on May first, although a record number of books had been returned during the interim.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the apparent inconsistency in the results of the library’s policy?

(A) The librarians did not keep accurate records of how many children took advantage of the grace period, and some of the children returning overdue books did not return all of their overdue books.

(B) Although the grace period enticed some children to return all of their overdue books, it did not convince all of the children with overdue books to return all of their books.

(C) The bookmarks became popular among the children, so in order to collect the bookmarks, many children borrowed many more books than they usually did and kept them past their due date.

(D) The children were allowed to borrow a maximum of five books for a two-week period, and hence each child could keep a maximum of fifteen books beyond their due date within a two-month period.

(E) Although the library forgave overdue fines during the grace period, the amount previously charged the children was minimal; hence, the forgiveness of the fines did not provide enough incentive for them to return their overdue books.


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In this case, the question is asking what could be the reason that there were MORE overdue books as of July 1 than as of May1 (when the library forgave the fines for overdue books).

Answer choice C explains this paradox by positing that the forgiveness of the fines lead children to return their overdue books BUT ALSO to checkout many more books in order to get the bookmarks also being offered. This scenario is the only one that explains why there would be MORE overdue books.
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On May first, in order to reduce the number of overdue books, a children’s library instituted a policy of forgiving fines and giving bookmarks to children returning all of their overdue books. On July first there were twice as many overdue books as there had been on May first, although a record number of books had been returned
during the interim.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the apparent inconsistency in the results of the library’s policy?


(A) The librarians did not keep accurate records of how many children took advantage of the grace period, and some of the children returning overdue books did not return all of their overdue books.

(B) Although the grace period enticed some children to return all of their overdue books, it did not convince all of the children with overdue books to return all of their books.

(C) The bookmarks became popular among the children, so in order to collect the bookmarks, many children borrowed many more books than they usually did and kept them past their due date.

(D) The children were allowed to borrow a maximum of five books for a two-week period, and hence each child could keep a maximum of fifteen books beyond their due date within a two-month period.

(E) Although the library forgave overdue fines during the grace period, the amount previously charged the children was minimal; hence, the forgiveness of the fines did not provide enough incentive for them to return their overdue books.
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On May first, in order to reduce the number of overdue books, a children’s library instituted a policy of forgiving fines and giving bookmarks to children returning all of their overdue books. On July first there were twice as many overdue books as there had been on May first, although a record number of books had been returned
during the interim.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the apparent inconsistency in the results of the library’s policy?

(A) The librarians did not keep accurate records of how many children took advantage of the grace period, and some of the children returning overdue books did not return all of their overdue books.

(B) Although the grace period enticed some children to return all of their overdue books, it did not convince all of the children with overdue books to return all of their books.

(C) The bookmarks became popular among the children, so in order to collect the bookmarks, many children borrowed many more books than they usually did and kept them past their due date.

(D) The children were allowed to borrow a maximum of five books for a two-week period, and hence each child could keep a maximum of fifteen books beyond their due date within a two-month period.

(E) Although the library forgave overdue fines during the grace period, the amount previously charged the children was minimal; hence, the forgiveness of the fines did not provide enough incentive for them to return their overdue books.


Hi,

Lets see what PARA tells us--


there were x books due to be returned. School forgive fine and gave bookmark to all who had overkept and now returning the books.
However, inspite of record books returned, the number of overdue books moved up to 2x..

Inference--
Something has happened in that month, may itself, which has resulted in this..

lets see the choices--



(A) The librarians did not keep accurate records of how many children took advantage of the grace period, and some of the children returning overdue books did not return all of their overdue books.
this does not give reasons as to why has the nnumber due had more than doubled

(B) Although the grace period enticed some children to return all of their overdue books, it did not convince all of the children with overdue books to return all of their books.
Again the overdue number should not have douobled still

(C) The bookmarks became popular among the children, so in order to collect the bookmarks, many children borrowed many more books than they usually did and kept them past their due date.
CORRECT. this tells us that in MAY ITSELF, lot of students took books and kept them for a longer period so as to earn bookmarks, knowing there is no fine in overkeeping

(D) The children were allowed to borrow a maximum of five books for a two-week period, and hence each child could keep a maximum of fifteen books beyond their due date within a two-month period.
Out of context

(E) Although the library forgave overdue fines during the grace period, the amount previously charged the children was minimal; hence, the forgiveness of the fines did not provide enough incentive for them to return their overdue books.[/quote]
The info in Q says there was a RECORD number of books returned and even if there was no incentive, there was no reason to the number doubling

ans C
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Only "C" explains how the policy gave the children a motive to check out and return more books while also allowing them to keep more of the books past the due dates.
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C is the best answer
I am confused between choice C and E but at the end i got C as E is not explaining why there are increase in the overdue books even after providing so may benefits to the students .
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Step 1: Read the Question Stem:-- Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the apparent inconsistency in the results of the library’s policy?-----> Identify the gap in logic - i.e. Paradox Question

Analysis of Stimulus:-
1) On May first, in order to reduce the number of overdue books, ----->Goal is make people return overdue books.
2) a children’s library instituted a policy of forgiving fines and -----> Benefit for people, i.e. incentive to return overdue books
3) giving bookmarks to children returning all of their overdue books. ----> also a freebee - bookmark
4) On July first there were twice as many overdue books as there had been on May first, -----> Now the problem seems to have intensified rather than getting resolved, i.e. the library has more number of overdue books
5) although a record number of books had been returned during the interim.----->Surprisingly books were returned.

Pre-thinking:- How in the world this could happen? The library wanted the books back. They have got their books back, i.e. A RECORD NUMBER. Still the number of overdue books have increased to twice as many overdue books as there had been on May first.-------------> A library NOT ONLY receive books, it also ISSUES books. What if the number of books issued > than the number of books which were returned? This could be a possibility or something else...lets check the answer choices:-


Look what Option (C) says ----> "The bookmarks became popular among the children, so in order to collect the bookmarks, [color=#ff0000]many children borrowed many more books than they usually did and kept them past their due date". ----> BINGO!![/color]
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