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# Parallelism Issue

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13 Nov 2011, 18:46
So dogged were Frances Perkins’ investigations of the garment industry, and her lobbying for wage and hour reform was persistent, Alfred E. Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt recruited Perkins to work within the government, rather than as a social worker.
A. and her lobbying for wage and hour reform was persistent,
B. and lobbying for wage and hour reform was persistent, so that
C. her lobbying for wage and hour reform persistent, that
D. lobbying for wage and hour reform was so persistent,
E. so persistent her lobbying for wage and hour reform, that

I have one doubt in the correct answer choice E. Correct explanation says that we need to maintain parallelism between "So dogged were Frances Perkins’ investigations of the garment industry" and the underlined portion of the sentence.

Below are my doubts:
a) In parallelism the items in parallel list are connected using "and" .As it is a list of two things, isn't "and" required to connect the list to main parallelism?
b) isn't "so persistent her lobbying for wage and hour reform" missing a verb in option E?

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13 Nov 2011, 22:43
Hi sungoal, you asked me to take a look at this problem, but I will confess this is a tricky one. What's the source on it?
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14 Nov 2011, 11:03
This is an official GMATPrep Problem.

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14 Nov 2011, 19:08
sungoal wrote:
This is an official GMATPrep Problem.
So it's reliable then

Whenever you see an obscure idiomatic construction (on this one is correct, but obscure), elimination is the best strategy. We can immediately narrow it down to choices (C) and (E) because the word 'so,' when used to indicate the degree of extremity, should be accompanied by 'that' (or 'as to,' but that's not an option). And (C) clearly breaks parallelism because the phrase set off by commas doesn't have the word 'so'

So, awkward through it is, (E) must be correct. In this case, even though we're missing the verb which makes it sound awkward, (E) is the only answer choice that has two parallel 'so [descriptor] that [consequence] construction, so it's the best answer choice available.
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