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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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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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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

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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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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