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Some archaeologists claim that the tablets found at Ebla could force

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GMAT Paper Test (Test Code 55), 1996

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Some archaeologists claim that the tablets found at Ebla could force a revision of current theories on the origins of Judaism and Christianity, alter many scriptural interpretations, make all current Bible translations obsolete, and scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy.

(A) scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy

(B) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be required of scholars

(C) require that scholars are to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy

(D) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be a scholarly requirement

(E) require scholars to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy
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19 Jun 2007, 11:55
E for parallelism.

C is gud for paralalelism but not concise and unidiomatic.

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19 Jun 2007, 12:04
Some archaeologists claim that the tablets found at Ebla could force a revision of current theories on the origins of Judaism and Christianity, alter many scriptural interpretations, make all current Bible translations obsolete, and scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy.

(E) require scholars to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy

...that the tablets found at Ebla could force..., alter..., make..., and (+verb).. (E) best answer, (C) is wordy! idiom is credit with! cheers
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19 Jun 2007, 12:05
bmwhype2 wrote:
977. Some archaeologists claim that the tablets found at Ebla could force a revision of current theories on the origins of Judaism and Christianity, alter many scriptural interpretations, make all current Bible translations obsolete, and scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy.

(A) scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy ---> not || - should start with verb, doesn't make sense at all - could force...., alter.....,make....., and scholars...?
(B) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be required of scholars ---> not || - should start with "require" , doesn't make sense either
(C) require that scholars are to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy ---> not ||, 1st 6 words are akward construction
(D) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be a scholarly requirement ---> not || - should start with "require" , doesn't make sense either
(E) require scholars to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy ----> Correct - is ||, idiomatic

Please explain why an asnwer is wrong.

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08 Sep 2007, 22:36
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bmwhype2 wrote:
977. Some archaeologists claim that the tablets found at Ebla could force a revision of current theories on the origins of Judaism and Christianity, alter many scriptural interpretations, make all current Bible translations obsolete, and scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy.

(A) scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy ---> not || - should start with verb, doesn't make sense at all - could force...., alter.....,make....., and scholars...?
(B) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be required of scholars ---> not || - should start with "require" , doesn't make sense either
(C) require that scholars are to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy ---> not ||, 1st 6 words are akward construction
(D) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be a scholarly requirement ---> not || - should start with "require" , doesn't make sense either
(E) require scholars to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy ----> Correct - is ||, idiomatic

Please explain why an asnwer is wrong.

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18 Sep 2007, 01:38
I read in one of the Manhattan Review guides that command verbs like require need "that" after them.

So I choose C or E.

Any thoughts?
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18 Sep 2007, 08:23
tgalligan wrote:
I read in one of the Manhattan Review guides that command verbs like require need "that" after them.

So I choose C or E.

Any thoughts?

Some archaeologists claim that the tablets found at Ebla could force a revision of current theories on the origins of Judaism and Christianity, alter many scriptural interpretations, make all current Bible translations obsolete, and scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy.

What if and wasn't there. Would option A still be wrong?
I mean, why not we can treat and scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy.
this as a seperate clause without complying to the requirements of parallelism?
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18 Sep 2007, 21:21
bmwhype2 wrote:
977. Some archaeologists claim that the tablets found at Ebla could force a revision of current theories on the origins of Judaism and Christianity, alter many scriptural interpretations, make all current Bible translations obsolete, and scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy.

(A) scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy
(B) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be required of scholars
(C) require that scholars are to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy
(D) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be a scholarly requirement
(E) require scholars to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy

Please explain why an asnwer is wrong.

I say E.

Follow ||ism: could "force", alter, make, and scholars?/crediting? No

require? yes.

Now btwn C and E. since that is not used in the original "could force" I dont see why we should use it here. are to is unnessicary "to credit" is just fine and less wordy.
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19 Sep 2007, 08:32
bmwhype2 wrote:
977. Some archaeologists claim that the tablets found at Ebla could force a revision of current theories on the origins of Judaism and Christianity, alter many scriptural interpretations, make all current Bible translations obsolete, and scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy.

(A) scholars may be required to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy
(B) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be required of scholars
(C) require that scholars are to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy
(D) crediting the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy may be a scholarly requirement
(E) require scholars to credit the Old Testament with greater historical accuracy

Please explain why an asnwer is wrong.

I pick E straight off the bat. '....could force, alter, make and require...'
Parallelism is maintained by E
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19 Sep 2007, 08:34
tgalligan wrote:
I read in one of the Manhattan Review guides that command verbs like require need "that" after them.

So I choose C or E.

Any thoughts?

I would say that don't make that a rule of thumb; it depends on the context of the rest of the sentence. In this case, we are not using 'require' as a command verb, we are simply stating a requirement
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01 Oct 2007, 05:09
E looks alright, but I am not sure how we can remove the uncertainty part mentioned in the original sentence "scholars may be required"....

Any thoughts!!!!
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11 Nov 2015, 02:17
A,B, D --- not parallel

between C & E

C - it's wordy but contains obvious error ---->subjunctive command
''require'' is a bossy verb. If used with ''that'' construction ---then the construction requires subjunctive verb (i.e. infinitive form of credit without ''to'')

...... requires that scholars (are to) credit ......

E- parallel, concise, error-free
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