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The symptoms that United States President Zachary Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with arsenic poisoning. Recent examination of Taylo's bones, however, revealed levels of arsenic comparable to those found in the bones of Taylor's contemporaries. These levels are much lower than the levels of arsenic that remain in the bones of arsenic poisoning victims who live for more than a day after ingesting a lethal dose of the poison.

Which of the following is most strongly supported by the statements given?

a) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with poisoning other than arsenic poisoning.

b) Taylor's death was not the result of any kind of poisoning

c) The symptoms that Taylor behan showing five days before his death were not caused by a lethal dose of arsenic.

d) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death grew more severe each day.

e) It is unusual for a person who has ingested a lethal dose of arsenic to survive for more than a decay.

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I think C is the correct answer.
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Victims of arsenic poisoning that live for more than one day will have high levels or arsenic in their bones. Zachary showed signes, lived for 5 more days, but levels of arsenic are low.

a) Incorrect - we only know that they are consistent with arsenic poisoning, this could be one of many types of poisoning
b) Incorrect - It was not arsenic poisoning, could have very well been other type
c) Correct - he lived for more than a day, so if it was arsenic, his levels should have been higher
d) Incorrect - out of scope, no indication that he got worse each day
e) Incorrect - last sentence indicates that this happens, not sure how often, but it does
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The symptoms that United States President Zachary Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with arsenic poisoning. Recent examination of Taylo's bones, however, revealed levels of arsenic comparable to those found in the bones of Taylor's contemporaries. These levels are much lower than the levels of arsenic that remain in the bones of arsenic poisoning victims who live for more than a day after ingesting a lethal dose of the poison.

Which of the following is most strongly supported by the statements given?

a) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with poisoning other than arsenic poisoning.

b) Taylor's death was not the result of any kind of poisoning

c) The symptoms that Taylor behan showing five days before his death were not caused by a lethal dose of arsenic.

d) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death grew more severe each day.

e) It is unusual for a person who has ingested a lethal dose of arsenic to survive for more than a decay.

Please explain your answer


I agree with C. The passage says that arsenic level found in Taylor's bones is consistent with his contemporaries and is much lower than the lethal dose. Thus, the Tylor's symtoms 5 days before death must not be of lethal dose of arsenic.
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The symptoms that United States President Zachary Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with arsenic poisoning. Recent examination of Taylo's bones, however, revealed levels of arsenic comparable to those found in the bones of Taylor's contemporaries. These levels are much lower than the levels of arsenic that remain in the bones of arsenic poisoning victims who live for more than a day after ingesting a lethal dose of the poison.

Which of the following is most strongly supported by the statements given?



1. Taylor’s Symptoms 5days before - consistent with arsenic poison
2. but bone examination says level of arsenic found was comparable to his contemporaries.
3. these levels < < < levels of arsenic victims (live >1 day after lethal dose)

We need see which of the following can be proven with this given info:

(A) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with poisoning other than arsenic poisoning.
Symptoms ARE CONSISTENT with poisoning other than arsenic poisoning --- Very strong statement. This is a fact, something that you cannot challange. But this fact cannot be even proven from the given info. Incorrect!

(B) Taylor's death was not the result of any kind of poisoning.
Again a FACT. There could be or could not be a poision similar or dissimilar in many aspect to arsenic poision, that became reason for his death. We cannot surely say what B says.

(C) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death were not caused by a lethal dose of arsenic. – correct.
Point 3 above proves it. If levels were much less than victims of lethal dose than such a dose was not the reason for his death. What we can proof from the given information in the argument can be said strongly.

(D) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death grew more severe each day.
symptoms grew more severe each day – There is no mention of growth of symptoms in argument. Author only cites the consistency of symptoms.

(E) It is unusual for a person who has ingested a lethal dose of arsenic to survive for more than a day.
Argument says - “victims who live for more than a day after ingesting a lethal dose of the poison”. There can be 10% or 90% WHO LIVE FOR MORE THAN A DAY, we cannot whether this usual or not.
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The symptoms that United States President Zachary Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with arsenic poisoning. Recent examination of Taylo's bones, however, revealed levels of arsenic comparable to those found in the bones of Taylor's contemporaries. These levels are much lower than the levels of arsenic that remain in the bones of arsenic poisoning victims who live for more than a day after ingesting a lethal dose of the poison.

Type - Inference
-Symptoms exhibited by President 5 days before death are consistent with arsenic poisoning
-levels of arsenic found in President's bones are comparable to contemporaries , much lower than poisoning victim who has lived for more than a day afer a lethal dose

Which of the following is most strongly supported by the statements given?

a) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with poisoning other than arsenic poisoning. Incorrect - may be arsenic poisoning but the dose may not be lethal

b) Taylor's death was not the result of any kind of poisoning . Incorrect

c) The symptoms that Taylor behan showing five days before his death were not caused by a lethal dose of arsenic. Correct answer

d) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death grew more severe each day. Out of scope

e) It is unusual for a person who has ingested a lethal dose of arsenic to survive for more than a decay. relevant but goes beyond the scope as we don't know percentage of victims who survive more than a day after poisoning .

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