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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

In a survey of 5,000 divorced men, two-thirds admitted that their infidelity played at least a small role in the decision to dissolve the marriage. However, the survey may under report the percentage of men who have committed such an act of dishonesty, because ______________.

(A) some people who will commit one dishonest act might not object to further dishonesty on a survey
(B) some generally honest people taking the survey might have claimed on the survey to be have performed dishonest acts
(C) some people who claimed on the survey to behave at least a little dishonestly at some point may be very dishonest
(D) some people who claimed on the survey to behave dishonest may have been answering honestly
(E) some married men probably behave at least a little dishonestly
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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

In a survey of 5,000 divorced men, two-thirds admitted that their infidelity played at least a small role in the decision to dissolve the marriage. However, the survey may under report the percentage of men who have committed such an act of dishonesty, because ______________.

paraphrase: under reporting is possible if some people are not reporting there dishonest acts on the survey.

(A) some people who will commit one dishonest act might not object to further dishonesty on a survey-- Matches the paraphrase,where a dishonest man might confirm to further acts of dishonesty on the survey.

(B) some generally honest people taking the survey might have claimed on the survey to be have performed dishonest acts -- should actually increase the number of people reporting their acts of dishonesty on the survey. POE.

(C) some people who claimed on the survey to behave at least a little dishonestly at some point may be very dishonest -- POE
(D) some people who claimed on the survey to behave dishonest may have been answering honestly POE
(E) some married men probably behave at least a little dishonestly POE


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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

In a survey of 5,000 divorced men, two-thirds admitted that their infidelity played at least a small role in the decision to dissolve the marriage. However, the survey may under report the percentage of men who have committed such an act of dishonesty, because ______________.

(A) some people who will commit one dishonest act might not object to further dishonesty on a survey
A dishonest husband may lie in the survey that he was never dishonest with his wife, thus bringing down the actual count of dishonest husbands.. Correct.

(B) some generally honest people taking the survey might have claimed on the survey to be have performed dishonest acts
This would increase the number of dishonest husbands and the survey would result in an OVER-report rather than UNDER-report.

(C) some people who claimed on the survey to behave at least a little dishonestly at some point may be very dishonest
The survey didn't mention anything about the degree of dishonesty.

(D) some people who claimed on the survey to behave dishonest may have been answering honestly
Good. This means that the dishonest husbands told the truth about their dishonesty in the survey. This may be a reason for under-report, but the statement uses the word "MAY"(may have been answering honestly). Not affirmative.

(E) some married men probably behave at least a little dishonestly.
This is a general opinion.
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A liar may lie again , choice A says so.

Answer - A.
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Phew... A it is.... Tough question...Took 5 minutes for me to figure out....
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Clear answer option A as all other choices are either opposite or are out of scope

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Easy peasy A


Explanation:- First of all notice how the stimulus have a hard mathematical number. "5000" men that were surveyed. But then you will notice that the answer choice has no hard mathematical number. For us it will be easy to think that 6000 men too the survey takers. This will help us in getting a nice wholesome :lol: figure when divided by two third.

2/3 of 6000 are cheaters= 4000 cheaters
4000 people accept cheating when surveyed.
The survey says this number of 4000 is less than the real number of cheaters. Meaning 4600 people cheated.
4600-4000=600 {why are these 600 people lying and not accepting that they are cheaters}
We have to figure why 600 people are not accepting their cheating and infidelity


(A) some people who will commit one dishonest act might not object to further dishonesty on a survey
correct:- these 600 people have already committed infidelity, so it is not a big deal for them to lie on a survey.

(B) some generally honest people taking the survey might have claimed on the survey to be have performed dishonest acts
Wrong:- if honest people say that they are cheaters than the survey should more more cheaters.

(C) some people who claimed on the survey to behave at least a little dishonestly at some point may be very dishonest
Wrong:- Dishonesty will be recorded as dishonesty in the survey. A little or a great deal of dishonesty doesn't matter.

(D) some people who claimed on the survey to behave dishonest may have been answering honestly
Wrong:- It says some people cheated and accepted. we have to find people who cheated and then lied on the survey.

(E) some married men probably behave at least a little dishonestly
Wrong:- we are not talking about married men here. The survey takers were divorced man. This question addresses a different subset of men. hence out of scope

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Why A and not E?

According to the passage, "the survey may under report the percentage of men (and not divorced men!) who have committed such an act of dishonesty", which means that the survey may have covered only a subset of these men (E) (=divorced men only and not all men: married+ divorced) OR that some men lied in the survey (A).

Therefore, how to choose between these two questions?

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Why A and not E?

According to the passage, "the survey may under report the percentage of men (and not divorced men!) who have committed such an act of dishonesty", which means that the survey may have covered only a subset of these men (E) (=divorced men only and not all men: married+ divorced) OR that some men lied in the survey (A).

Therefore, how to choose between these two questions?

Thanks for your help



Hi Lina,

I think you misunderstood the question stem. "may under report the percentage of men who have committed such an act of dishonesty" does not mean not divorced men. The stem clearly states that the survey was of only 5000 divorced men.

Only Option A agrees with the logic that one dishonest person can always be dishonest again. Simper way: once a cheater always a cheater :)

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