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The Ixazyiquo tribe are believed to be one of the few remaining tribes

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The Ixazyiquo tribe are believed to be one of the few remaining tribes in the country of Malugiato to have never had any contact with the Lamandians, settlers who arrived in Malugiain during the last hundred years. Using satellite imagery, a team of anthropologists determined that the Ixazyiquo land is covered with thriving banana plantations. The anthropologists conclude that the Ixazyiquo tribe has in fact had direct contact with the Lamandians.

Which of the following, if true, would best support the anthropologists` conclusion?


A. The Ixazyiquo have had extensive contact with the Wamalami, who have had direct contact with the Lamandians.
B. There is no standard shape to the Ixazyiquobanana plantations, which have taken on a form that best fits the soil conditions.
C. Bananas are found in many parts of Malugiabut are not indigenous to the country.
D. Maintaining banana plantations requires sophisticated knowledge that only the Lamadians possess.
E. The Ixazyiquo are a hunter-gather society, which travel over vast areas of land to hunt.

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Question Type: Strengthen

Anthropologist's conclusion: Ixazyiquo tribe had direct contact with the Lamandians

A. The Ixazyiquo have had extensive contact with the Wamalami, who have had direct contact with the Lamandians. - Weakens.

B. There is no standard shape to the Ixazyiquobanana plantations, which have taken on a form that best fits the soil conditions. - Irrelevant.

C. Bananas are found in many parts of Malugiabut are not indigenous to the country. - Malugiabut is not even discussed.

D. Maintaining banana plantations requires sophisticated knowledge that only the Lamadians possess. - Correct.

E. The Ixazyiquo are a hunter-gather society, which travel over vast areas of land to hunt. - Doesn't establish the contact with Lamandians.

Answer: D
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The Ixazyiquo tribe are believed to be one of the few remaining tribes in the country of Malugiato to have never had any contact with the Lamandians, settlers who arrived in Malugiain during the last hundred years. Using satellite imagery, a team of anthropologists determined that the Ixazyiquo land is covered with thriving banana plantations. The anthropologists conclude that the Ixazyiquo tribe has in fact had direct contact with the Lamandians.

Which of the following, if true, would best support the anthropologists` conclusion?


A. The Ixazyiquo have had extensive contact with the Wamalami, who have had direct contact with the Lamandians.
B. There is no standard shape to the Ixazyiquobanana plantations, which have taken on a form that best fits the soil conditions.
C. Bananas are found in many parts of Malugiabut are not indigenous to the country.
D. Maintaining banana plantations requires sophisticated knowledge that only the Lamadians possess.
E. The Ixazyiquo are a hunter-gather society, which travel over vast areas of land to hunt.


Ixazyiquo - No contact with Lamandians yet they have thriving banana plantations.
Lamandians - arrived during the last hundred years.
The anthropologists conclude that the Ixazyiquo tribe has in fact had direct contact with the Lamandians.

So, A gap exists between the 2 premises, only (D) bridges that gap efficiently, by stating that Banana plantation requires specialized knowledge which Lamandians posessed , thus the conclusion that the Ixazyiquo tribe had direct contact with the Lamandians holds true.
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Bunuel wrote:
The Ixazyiquo tribe are believed to be one of the few remaining tribes in the country of Malugiato to have never had any contact with the Lamandians, settlers who arrived in Malugiain during the last hundred years. Using satellite imagery, a team of anthropologists determined that the Ixazyiquo land is covered with thriving banana plantations. The anthropologists conclude that the Ixazyiquo tribe has in fact had direct contact with the Lamandians.

Which of the following, if true, would best support the anthropologists` conclusion?


A. The Ixazyiquo have had extensive contact with the Wamalami, who have had direct contact with the Lamandians.
B. There is no standard shape to the Ixazyiquobanana plantations, which have taken on a form that best fits the soil conditions.
C. Bananas are found in many parts of Malugiabut are not indigenous to the country.
D. Maintaining banana plantations requires sophisticated knowledge that only the Lamadians possess.
E. The Ixazyiquo are a hunter-gather society, which travel over vast areas of land to hunt.


C and D both are close but arguments says "thriving banana plantations" means they are cultivating plantations !
Hence, sophisticated knowledge is must.
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Premise #1 – Ixy perhaps never had contact with the Lamadians

Premise #2 – Ixy have thriving banana plantations

Conclusion: Ixy have actually had contact with Lamandians.

(A) Just because the Ixy have had contact with a tribe that has had contact with the Lamandians does not mean that the Ixy have had contact with the Lamandians.

(B) The information on the shape of the Ixy banana plantations does not relate back to the question: have the two tribes ever had contact?

(C) The fact that the bananas are not indigenous does not tell us anything about the Ixy. and Lamandians.

(D) We know that the Ixy. have thriving banana populations. Since only the Lamadians possess this information it is very likely that the Ixy. have had direct contact. This is not a 100% slam-dunk answer, but out of the five answer choice it best strengthens the anthropologist’s claim.

(E) That the Ixy. travel to find their food does not mean they have come in contact with the Lamadians.
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Premise # 1: I tribe has had no contact with L tribe
Premise # 2: I tribe's land is covered with thriving banana plantation
Conclusion: I tribe has had contact with L tribe.

Logic: I tribe has had contact with L tribe because I tribe's land is covered with thriving banana plantation. Per this logic, the existence of banana plantation is made possible by contact of the two tribes. Correct answer choice should be in this direction.

Answer: D
We have been told by the author that the banana plantation is thriving. Hence, we can infer that the plantation must be covering great deal of land and must be requiring special skills, knowledge and resources to make it thriving/flourishing. On this line we can think that L tribe offers one of the skills, knowledge or resource to I tribe and helps I tribe to make the plantation thriving. This is turns requires both tribes to come in contact with each other.
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