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# Selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month

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Selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month, the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006 was an instant hit, helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president.

(A) Selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month, the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006 was an instant hit, helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president

(B) The publication in 2006 of The Audacity of Hope was an instant hit: in its first month it sold two hundred thousand copies and it helped establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president

(C) Helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president was the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006, which as an instant hit: it sold two hundred thousand copies in its first month

(D) The Audacity of Hope was an instant hit: it helped establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president, selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month and published in 2006

(E) The Audacity of Hope, published in 2006, was an instant hit: in its first month, it sold two hundred thousand copies and helped establish its author, Barack Obama, as a viable candidate for president

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(A) Selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month, the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006 was an instant hit, helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president.
1) "Selling...publication". Do you want to "sell" the "publication" or the book "The Audacity of Hope"
2) "helping" a verb+ing modifier incorrectly modifies the clause "the publication...instant hit"

(B) The publication in 2006 of The Audacity of Hope was an instant hit: in its first month it sold two hundred thousand copies and it helped establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president.
1) "it" incorrectly refers to "the publication". It should be "The Audacity of Hope"
2) "in 2006" is an essential modifier and should modify "The Audacity of Hope" and not "The publication"

(C) Helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president was the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006, which as an instant hit: it sold two hundred thousand copies in its first month.
1) "which" is a noun modifier, and it incorrectly modifies "2006"
2) colon ":" is used to exemplify whatever was said in the fragment previous to ":". However, "it sold..." does not fit as an example to "Helping...hit"

(D) The Audacity of Hope was an instant hit: it helped establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president, selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month and published in 2006.
1) "and published" must modify "The Audacity of Hope", nothing else.
2) "it helped...president" is not exemplifying the fragment before "The Audacity of Hope". Example of "instant hit" is exemplified by the fragment "selling two hundred copies" but unfortunately this choice places it too far away from ":".

(E) The Audacity of Hope, published in 2006, was an instant hit: in its first month, it sold two hundred thousand copies and helped establish its author, Barack Obama, as a viable candidate for president.
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How does one get the inkling from the stimulus that Obama was the author of the Audacity of Hope as newly mentioned inE?
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24 May 2017, 22:51
daagh wrote:
How does one get the inkling from the stimulus that Obama was the author of the Audacity of Hope as newly mentioned inE?

Sir ,
unless he is an american or a bookworm, No one can.
I have seen such SC questions in the forum.
For example, Unless someone sees movie Godfather one doesn't know that the town is actually famous for the film. One question was based on this knowledge.
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You should see the logical problems with choice A: “the publication of” the book didn’t sell 200,000 copies – the book itself did. So A is incorrect. And because choices B and C make the same mistake, they’re eliminated, also. Choice D is on the right track until “…and published in 2006”. That portion needs a verb in front of it (“was published” or “had been published”), and without that is just a sentence fragment. Choice E commits none of these errors, and is therefore the correct answer.

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02 Aug 2017, 13:59
daagh wrote:
How does one get the inkling from the stimulus that Obama was the author of the Audacity of Hope as newly mentioned inE?

Daagh Sir, could you kindly explain why B is wrong ?
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Selected E) as well. However, I'm still a bit puzzled of the modifier "in its first month"... doesn't the use of this modifier also modify the clause that Obama became an viable candidate and is therefore a change in meaning?

Of course all the others are still wrong but I'd be happy if someone could help out :)
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31 Oct 2017, 23:56
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Selected E) as well. However, I'm still a bit puzzled of the modifier "in its first month"... doesn't the use of this modifier also modify the clause that Obama became an viable candidate and is therefore a change in meaning?

Of course all the others are still wrong but I'd be happy if someone could help out

Yes, that is another problem of this question.
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02 Dec 2017, 18:53
Definitely correct choice changes in the meaning of the sentence. How come one knows that Barack was the author of the book ? mikemcgarry GMATNinja Do you guys think this kind of confusion GMAC will create ?
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Definitely correct choice changes in the meaning of the sentence. How come one knows that Barack was the author of the book ? mikemcgarry GMATNinja Do you guys think this kind of confusion GMAC will create ?

Nope, you'll never see this type of confusion on an actual GMAT question. I'm in agreement with daagh above -- it's awfully weird that (E) suddenly mentions that Obama was the author, when that fact wasn't mentioned in any other answer choices.

Don't lose too much sleep over this one, friends...
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Correct answer E. This is not an OG or GMAC question. It is written by Veritas Prep, I believe. I don't think we need to worry about knowing if Obama was the author of Audacity of Hope here.

(A) Selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month, the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006 was an instant hit, helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president.

A is wrong because the modifier "Selling 200,000 copies in its first month", should be used for the book not the publication.

(B) The publication in 2006 of The Audacity of Hope was an instant hit: in its first month it sold two hundred thousand copies and it helped establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president.

The publication cannot be an instant it. only the book can be an instant hit. out

(C) Helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president was the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006, which as an instant hit: it sold two hundred thousand copies in its first month.

here which as an instant hot should modify 2006, but is actually intended for the book. Wrong

(D) The Audacity of Hope was an instant hit: it helped establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president, selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month and published in 2006.

selling 200,000 copies in first month and published in 2006 incorrectly modifies candidate. Wrong

(E) The Audacity of Hope, published in 2006, was an instant hit: in its first month, it sold two hundred thousand copies and helped establish its author, Barack Obama, as a viable candidate for president.

This is grammatically correct and logically meaningful. Even if the fact presented here was a piece of fiction, there is nothing wrong.
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Selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month, the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006 was an instant hit, helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president.

(A) Selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month, the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006 was an instant hit, helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president

(B) The publication in 2006 of The Audacity of Hope was an instant hit: in its first month it sold two hundred thousand copies and it helped establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president

(C) Helping to establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president was the publication of The Audacity of Hope in 2006, which as an instant hit: it sold two hundred thousand copies in its first month

(D) The Audacity of Hope was an instant hit: it helped establish Barack Obama as a viable candidate for president, selling two hundred thousand copies in its first month and published in 2006

(E) The Audacity of Hope, published in 2006, was an instant hit: in its first month, it sold two hundred thousand copies and helped establish its author, Barack Obama, as a viable candidate for president

I'll add my voice to this discussion of the question from NeverGiveUp- Arpit.

While I agree with KungFuGmat that, from a grammatical & logical perspective, only (E) could be the answer, I also agree with my brilliant colleague GMATNinja in that I don't believe the GMAT would do this to us. All the factual information needed in a GMAT SC is given in the prompt. We are not left to make additional factual deductions based on the the only answer that could be correct from a grammatical point of view. I generally have great respect for the Veritas questions, but I believe the prompt of this one needs an appositive phrase specifying that President Obama is the author: that particular factoid cannot be left for the OA only.

I hope this helps.
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