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07 Nov 2007, 16:23
In theory, Papua New Guinea could be a substantial
exporter of tropical crops. In actuality, it is not. The
reason is that 97 percent of all land is owned by clans
and cannot be bought or sold by individuals, and thus
the kinds of realignment of properties that would be
necessary to achieve maximum production for export
have been impossible to achieve.

The answer to which of the following questions
would be most relevant to evaluating the adequacy of
the explanation given above?

(A) Who owns the 3 percent of the land in Papua
New Guinea that is not owned by clans?

(B) What percentage of Papua New Guinea’s current
production of tropical crops is consumed within
the country?

(C) How much longer is land ownership by clans
expected to remain the prevailing cultural pattern
in Papua New Guinea?

(D) Which of the tropical crops currently grown in
Papua New Guinea could be exported if there
were a surplus for export?

(E) How does Papua New Guinea’s current
production capacity for tropical crops compare
with the maximum capacity that property
realignment would make possible?

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07 Nov 2007, 17:53
Ravshonbek wrote:
In theory, Papua New Guinea could be a substantial exporter of tropical crops. In actuality, it is not. The reason is that 97 percent of all land is owned by clans and cannot be bought or sold by individuals, and thus the kinds of realignment of properties that would be necessary to achieve maximum production for export have been impossible to achieve.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most relevant to evaluating the adequacy of the explanation given above?

(A) Who owns the 3 percent of the land in Papua New Guinea that is not owned by clans?

(B) What percentage of Papua New Guinea’s current production of tropical crops is consumed within the country?

(C) How much longer is land ownership by clans expected to remain the prevailing cultural pattern in Papua New Guinea?

(D) Which of the tropical crops currently grown in Papua New Guinea could be exported if there were a surplus for export?

(E) How does Papua New Guinea’s current production capacity for tropical crops compare with the maximum capacity that property realignment would make possible?

I am close to B and C but go with (B). if we know by certainty that "a given percentage of Papua New Guinea’s current production of tropical crops is consumed within the country" then only it makes sense to talk about realingment of properties.

if 100% is consumed within the country, then there is no reason talk about it. if it is 10 or 20 or 50 or 80, then it is reasonable to talk about alingment of properties.

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07 Nov 2007, 18:41
papua new gunea can be ( theoretically ), but not the substantial exporter of the tropical crops.

Reason: 97% of all land is owned by clans and thus realignment of properties is needed to achieve maximum production for exports.

IN order to evaluate the adequacy of the explanation above, we should be able to answer the following:

Why maximum production can not be achieved by clans or why will it be really feasible for the individuals to achieve the maximum production is realignment of property is done.

"E" should the choice! What is the OA?

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07 Nov 2007, 18:56
hm , picked E here

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07 Nov 2007, 19:10
pmenon wrote:
hm , picked E here

I'll also go for E.
B & C may be relevant but E offers the most accurate explanation on what would be production capacity before and after re-alignment.

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07 Nov 2007, 21:34
LM wrote:
papua new gunea can be ( theoretically ), but not the substantial exporter of the tropical crops.

Reason: 97% of all land is owned by clans and thus realignment of properties is needed to achieve maximum production for exports.

IN order to evaluate the adequacy of the explanation above, we should be able to answer the following:

Why maximum production can not be achieved by clans or why will it be really feasible for the individuals to achieve the maximum production is realignment of property is done.

"E" should the choice! What is the OA?

I'll go with (C) here.

(E) How does Papua New Guinea’s current production capacity for tropical crops compare with the maximum capacity that property realignment would make possible?

E says how does the current capacity compare with the maximum capacity?
It doesn't mean how it can be improved.

Whereas in (C)
(C) How much longer is land ownership by clans expected to remain the prevailing cultural pattern in Papua New Guinea?

If the clans lose ownership soon.........production can be increased.

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07 Nov 2007, 21:35
What is the source of these questions? "Paper??"

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08 Nov 2007, 10:11
I think I missed it as E sounds more logical and convincing.

what is OA?

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08 Nov 2007, 12:58
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(E) How does Papua New Guinea’s current production capacity for tropical crops compare with the maximum capacity that property
realignment would make possible?

I am going with E. There would be no point in making any change if the current production capacity is already 80% or 90% of the maximum possible capacity. The argument would fall flat on its face in this scenario.

But if the current capacity if say 20% or 30% of the maximum possible capacity then the argument holds.

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08 Nov 2007, 14:18
high guys, E is the OA thanks

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