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# The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic

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Re: The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic [#permalink]
This is a question of proverb and parallel comparison.
Between C and D, D is the right choice. D clearly states similar meaning as previous statement.

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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic material inherited from the parents or the nurturing and environment provided by the parents is a perennial subject of debate. While no one would deny that environment and upbringing play some limited, superficial role, the genetic traits the child inherits provide the basic blueprint for who, and what, the child becomes. After all, if one plants tomatoes, _______.

A: one must tend them carefully, in order to gather good vegetables
B: one had better choose the variety and location with equal care
C: one will eventually get tomatoes, but not necessarily good tomatoes
D: one must expect tomatoes to grow, not cucumbers or daffodils
E: one must be sure to tend them well, regardless of the quality of the seeds used

I chose the answer C, since its more related to the line 'genetic traits the child inherits provide the basic blueprint for who, and what, the child becomes'. Could anybody explain why is OA better than that.

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Re: The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic [#permalink]
If one plants tomatoes obviously one will get tomatoes but the variety or quality depends on environment

If parent has got trait, child will get the same, but how that trait is developed is based on environment.

But the answer choice of if one plants tomatoes , one will get tomatoes not cabbages is wrong. Because if parents has traits the kid will not get other trait cannot be concluded

A -> B is what is given, but not A-> Not B is incorrect.

Even if I parallel trait with tomatoes, traits from parents will go to children but it never said other traits will not come which is called her as cabbages.

Need please some one correct by thought and how my understanding is wrong.
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A: one must tend them carefully, in order to gather good vegetables
B: one had better choose the variety and location with equal care
C: one will eventually get tomatoes, but not necessarily good tomatoes
D: one must expect tomatoes to grow, not cucumbers or daffodils
E: one must be sure to tend them well, regardless of the quality of the seeds used
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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic material inherited from the parents or the nurturing and environment provided by the parents is a perennial subject of debate. While no one would deny that environment and upbringing play some limited, superficial role, the genetic traits the child inherits provide the basic blueprint for who, and what, the child becomes. After all, if one plants tomatoes, _______.

A: one must tend them carefully, in order to gather good vegetables
B: one had better choose the variety and location with equal care
C: one will eventually get tomatoes, but not necessarily good tomatoes
D: one must expect tomatoes to grow, not cucumbers or daffodils
E: one must be sure to tend them well, regardless of the quality of the seeds used

I chose the answer C, since its more related to the line 'genetic traits the child inherits provide the basic blueprint for who, and what, the child becomes'. Could anybody explain why is OA better than that.

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What this question is basically stating is that the personality of a child raises the question of the whole nature vs nurture debate. This question supports the nature argument, so which of these answer choices supports the fact that a tomato's development is the result of genetics? The difference between C and D is that D is saying that the tomato will inevitably become a tomato because of nature.

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Re: The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic [#permalink]
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The basic reasoning is that when you plant tomatoes you will get tomatoes after they grow and give harvest .
You can not not expect some other fruit to come out of seeds of tomatoes other than tomatoes .
We are not dealing with the quality of tomatoes so C is wrong

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Re: The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic [#permalink]
Which of the following best completes the passage below?

The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic material inherited from the parents or the nurturing and environment provided by the parents is a perennial subject of debate. While no one would deny that environment and upbringing play some limited, superficial role, the genetic traits the child inherits provide the basic blueprint for who, and what, the child becomes. After all, if one plants tomatoes, _______.

A: one must tend them carefully, in order to gather good vegetables
B: one had better choose the variety and location with equal care
C: one will eventually get tomatoes, but not necessarily good tomatoes
D: one must expect tomatoes to grow, not cucumbers or daffodils
E: one must be sure to tend them well, regardless of the quality of the seeds used

I chose the answer C, since its more related to the line 'genetic traits the child inherits provide the basic blueprint for who, and what, the child becomes'. Could anybody explain why is OA better than that.

Hi nightblade354

Kindly move the highlighted part into spoiler and change the tag to complete the passage.

Thanks!
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Re: The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic [#permalink]
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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic material inherited from the parents or the nurturing and environment provided by the parents is a perennial subject of debate. While no one would deny that environment and upbringing play some limited, superficial role, the genetic traits the child inherits provide the basic blueprint for who, and what, the child becomes. After all, if one plants tomatoes, _______.

A: one must tend them carefully, in order to gather good vegetables
B: one had better choose the variety and location with equal care
C: one will eventually get tomatoes, but not necessarily good tomatoes
D: one must expect tomatoes to grow, not cucumbers or daffodils
E: one must be sure to tend them well, regardless of the quality of the seeds used

I chose the answer C, since its more related to the line 'genetic traits the child inherits provide the basic blueprint for who, and what, the child becomes'. Could anybody explain why is OA better than that.

Hi nightblade354

Kindly move the highlighted part into spoiler and change the tag to complete the passage.

Thanks!

All set. You should be good to go.

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Re: The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic [#permalink]
the genetic traits the child inherits provide the basic blueprint for who, and what, the child becomes. After all, if one plants tomatoes, _______.

The answer to this question lies in the sentence preceding the sentence with the blank: Genetic traits (the input) = blueprint of who the child becomes (the output, which is strictly controlled by the input).

Only (D) matches the tomato analogy drawn with the same ''input-output'' relation as described above.

D: one must expect tomatoes to grow, not cucumbers or daffodils

planting tomatoes (the input) = only tomatoes will grow (the output, which is strictly controlled by the input).

Therefore, (D) is the right answer choice.

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Re: The question of whether a child's personality is the result of genetic [#permalink]
If option C said that “they could be either good or bad tomatoes”, then option C could also be correct.
Since C mentions only one side, it has to be rejected as the argument has to be balanced.

Am I making sense here? That is how I interpreted option C.
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