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Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria.
(A) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and
(B) Diderot and his friend Voltaire’s caused such a sensational scandal with their factual Encyclopedia and fictional Candide, respectively, that
(C) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that
(D) the scandal caused by Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide was so sensational
(E) a factual Encyclopedia by Diderot and the fictional Candide, by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal, which
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19 Sep 2008, 07:49
vivektripathi wrote:
Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria.
(A) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and
(B) Diderot and his friend Voltaire’s caused such a sensational scandal with their factual Encyclopedia and fictional Candide, respectively, that
(C) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that
(D) the scandal caused by Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide was so sensational
(E) a factual Encyclopedia by Diderot and the fictional Candide, by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal, which

AND should be C. Only A and C left due to "Published...". C is better than A...
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19 Sep 2008, 08:11
IMO "E"
i know its passive form but still in think that makes the most
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19 Sep 2008, 08:14
E is wrong.

its ending with "which"...the underlying part, then starts with "and"...
>>> which and both men..
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vivektripathi wrote:
Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria.
(A) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and
(B) Diderot and his friend Voltaire’s caused such a sensational scandal with their factual Encyclopedia and fictional Candide, respectively, that
(C) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that
(D) the scandal caused by Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide was so sensational
(E) a factual Encyclopedia by Diderot and the fictional Candide, by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal, which

Answer is E. There is problem with the question. 'And' should have been underlined, that Vivek does in option A.

Option B: Diderot cant be published.
Option D: The scandal want published but it was encyclopedia that was published.
Option A & D: pronoun referance problem. His refer to Diderot, but Diderot appears only as possesive noun. Diderot isn't mentioned in the option rather its the encycolpedia written by him that is mentioned.

E corrects the pronoun reference problem.
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23 Sep 2008, 13:59
jatinrai your point is valid but "which both men......" is so awkward
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23 Sep 2008, 14:01
(A) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and
(B) Diderot and his friend Voltaire’s caused such a sensational scandal with their factual Encyclopedia and fictional Candide, respectively, that
(C) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that
(D) the scandal caused by Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide was so sensational
(E) a factual Encyclopedia by Diderot and the fictional Candide, by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal, which

What follows the comma should be "Diderot's factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire's fictional Candide"
since these are "Published during the late eighteenth century". Eliminate B and D. Modifier issue.

A: "such a sensational scandal" is wrong. "and" at the end doesn't convey the correct meaning that the scandal was so sensational that both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacation"

E: "which" refers to scandal. they didn't chose scandal to embark on vacation.

C: Uses the correct Idiom. So X that Y and also expresses the meaning clearly. CORRECT. IMO.
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23 Sep 2008, 14:10
Can someone clarify what is "his" referring to in C?
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I'm definitely going with C, and "his" is referring to Diderot.
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23 Sep 2008, 22:44
Yes, you people are right. I chose E but now I tink its C, for the simple reason that, E, although logically may be correct but, doesn't makes any sense when fitted in the complete sentence. In all possibilities, scandal wan't chosen by the two men.
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24 Sep 2008, 06:05
i would go with C,
but your underlining is not correct.
check the underline!
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24 Sep 2008, 07:17
Grammatically, all of them are WRONG. You can't say : "were" and "cause" together. It should be "causes" and not "cause". However, in the given format that we have, C seems to be the best answer because it also lends meaning to the whole sentence. There was so much problem aroused by their publications "that" they chose to go on an extended vacation.
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25 Sep 2008, 10:58
spriya wrote:
vivektripathi wrote:
Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria.
(A) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and -> this is
awkward ,and seems incorrect
(B) Diderot and his friend Voltaire’s caused such a sensational scandal with their factual Encyclopedia and fictional Candide, respectively, that -> published and diderot dont go together
(C) Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that ->so that right usage !!!IMO
(D) the scandal caused by Diderot’s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaire’s fictional Candide was so sensational -> that is missing so that is correct idiom
(E) a factual Encyclopedia by Diderot and the fictional Candide, by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal, which -> which is incorrect

Bingo...OA is C. +1 for your explaination
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16 Dec 2010, 02:31
Initially I thought it is C but then I notice that 'both men' does not have a clear antecedent in the sentence. Thus I chose E since the ambiguity is solved there. I thought that the 'which' logically modified the scandal (describes the scandal). I know the answer is C but I still think C is wrong since only the possessive form is there.
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16 Dec 2010, 07:04
I'm going to have to go with C.

It is the only one that doesn't seem awkward
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29 Dec 2010, 13:16
both comments above me - you do not help a lot.
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30 Dec 2010, 11:15
What is the source of this question ?
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09 Jan 2011, 17:04
don't see any best/perfect ans here...
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23 Mar 2011, 01:39
Should n't were the cause in C be "were the causes" .Please clarify
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