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# The book surpasses all expectations. It goes beyond describing the str

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The book surpasses all expectations. It goes beyond describing the struggle for survival in the valley; it opens to the Western readers hitherto unknown harsh realities of abject poverty and utter negligence by the local government on key issues such as education, healthcare, and terrorism. Clearly, the book indicates that _________.

Which of the following best completes the passage?

A. life in the valley is tougher than previously thought
B. it is time Western readers knew about life in the valley
C. books are capable of spreading awareness about certain geographies ignored by other media
D. government should focus on providing education and healthcare, and countering terrorism
E. the valley government is unfair to its citizens

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19 Jul 2018, 21:49
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The book surpasses all expectations. It goes beyond describing the struggle for survival in the valley; it opens to the Western readers hitherto unknown harsh realities of abject poverty and utter negligence by the local government on key issues such as education, healthcare, and terrorism. Clearly, the book indicates that _________.

Which of the following best completes the passage?

A. life in the valley is tougher than previously thought
B. it is time Western readers knew about life in the valley
C. books are capable of spreading awareness about certain geographies ignored by other media
D. government should focus on providing education and healthcare, and countering terrorism
E. the valley government is unfair to its citizens

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How A is correct. It adds "previously thought" since nothing is mentioned about "previously thought".
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20 Jul 2018, 07:22
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The book surpasses all expectations. It goes beyond describing the struggle for survival in the valley; it opens to the Western readers hitherto unknown harsh realities of abject poverty and utter negligence by the local government on key issues such as education, healthcare, and terrorism. Clearly, the book indicates that _________.

Which of the following best completes the passage?

A. life in the valley is tougher than previously thought
B. it is time Western readers knew about life in the valley
C. books are capable of spreading awareness about certain geographies ignored by other media
D. government should focus on providing education and healthcare, and countering terrorism
E. the valley government is unfair to its citizens

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20 Jul 2018, 22:29
Would like to see the reasoning of those 38% who marked the Answer as A.Waiting for OE.
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Guys, Hope it will be helpful. Do give me your thoughts or raise doubts.

Premise:
describing content of the book. it opens to the Western readers hitherto unknown harsh realities of abject poverty and utter negligence by the local government on key issues such as education, healthcare, and terrorism.

Conclusion:
It goes beyond describing the struggle for survival in the valley

Pre-thinking:
We need to complete the passage and tell what is absolutely indicated by the book. One of the following choice would be absolutely correct.

B. it is time Western readers knew about life in the valley --- we don't know if something such as this is mentioned. is it the time that is why book is written. to wide choice to predict.
C. books are capable of spreading awareness about certain geographies ignored by other media --- Surely book is about the valley, but that does not mean it ignored rest of the geographies.
E. the valley government is unfair to its citizens --- this choice is too wide. unfair can has many meanings. that too in what area. in certain area gov may be fair, but not mentioned in this abstract.

Tricky choices:
D. government should focus on providing education and healthcare, and countering terrorism --- So my question is, from any possible way, one can say that book indicated that gov should do anything at all. Showing some atrocities/negligence does not mean one want to give an indication for focus. Moreover may be many more issues needed gov focus.

A. life in the valley is tougher than previously thought --- So I was left with choice A, but it took me some time to give a verdict. Clearly it not a fav choice but its the best answer. So key work is 'unknown'. This word indicates that readers don't know about few harsh realities and book indicated them in this direction. these few are indicated as education and healthcare, and countering terrorism.
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Originally posted by aragonn on 21 Jul 2018, 19:24.
Last edited by aragonn on 22 Jul 2018, 01:32, edited 1 time in total.
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21 Jul 2018, 21:22
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Just to add onto some previous posts:

The "surpasses all expectations" line suggests that the readers got more than they thought they would. As the book concentrates on highlighting the difficulties in the valley, expectations being surpassed points to the "tougher than previously thought" in option A.
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22 Jul 2018, 01:23
How is A right?
How do we know about 'previously thought'?
I would go for D in this case.
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22 Jul 2018, 01:26
Micky1005 wrote:
How is A right?
How do we know about 'previously thought'?
I would go for D in this case.

I have explained it in above post. Please go through that. Please raise any specific doubt.
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22 Jul 2018, 07:19
aragonn wrote:
Micky1005 wrote:
How is A right?
How do we know about 'previously thought'?
I would go for D in this case.

I have explained it in above post. Please go through that. Please raise any specific doubt.

I don't think that the OA is correct "life in the valley is tougher than previously thought". Since it is not mentioned by whom it was thought, this should be absolute true for everyone, including people who live in the volley, neighboring countries, or non-Western world. We are told about Western world readers only: "it opens to the Western readers hitherto unknown harsh realities".

The issue can be solved if "by Western world readers" will be added. Otherwise yet non-perfect B sounds stronger.
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22 Jul 2018, 09:44
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prashant6923 Harshgmat kunalcvrce

Guys, Hope it will be helpful. Do give me your thoughts or raise doubts.

Premise:
describing content of the book. it opens to the Western readers hitherto unknown harsh realities of abject poverty and utter negligence by the local government on key issues such as education, healthcare, and terrorism.

Conclusion:
It goes beyond describing the struggle for survival in the valley

Pre-thinking:
We need to complete the passage and tell what is absolutely indicated by the book. One of the following choice would be absolutely correct.

B. it is time Western readers knew about life in the valley --- we don't know if something such as this is mentioned. is it the time that is why book is written. to wide choice to predict.
C. books are capable of spreading awareness about certain geographies ignored by other media --- Surely book is about the valley, but that does not mean it ignored rest of the geographies.
E. the valley government is unfair to its citizens --- this choice is too wide. unfair can has many meanings. that too in what area. in certain area gov may be fair, but not mentioned in this abstract.

Tricky choices:
D. government should focus on providing education and healthcare, and countering terrorism --- So my question is, from any possible way, one can say that book indicated that gov should do anything at all. Showing some atrocities/negligence does not mean one want to give an indication for focus. Moreover may be many more issues needed gov focus.

A. life in the valley is tougher than previously thought --- So I was left with choice A, but it took me some time to give a verdict. Clearly it not a fav choice but its the best answer. So key work is 'unknown'. This word indicates that readers don't know about few harsh realities and book indicated them in this direction. these few are indicated as education and healthcare, and countering terrorism.

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Thanks for OE mate...

You are right key here is words -
unknown harsh realities

So A). life in the valley is tougher than previously thought

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22 Jul 2018, 18:12
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aragonn wrote:
Micky1005 wrote:
How is A right?
How do we know about 'previously thought'?
I would go for D in this case.

I have explained it in above post. Please go through that. Please raise any specific doubt.

I don't think that the OA is correct "life in the valley is tougher than previously thought". Since it is not mentioned by whom it was thought, this should be absolute true for everyone, including people who live in the volley, neighboring countries, or non-Western world. We are told about Western world readers only: "it opens to the Western readers hitherto unknown harsh realities".

The issue can be solved if "by Western world readers" will be added. Otherwise yet non-perfect B sounds stronger.

I think you are thinking too much. this abstract is about book and audience is reader. A book can open up to reader only.
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