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# The symptoms that US president Zachary Taylor began showing

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The symptoms that US president Zachary Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with arsenic poisoning. Recent examinations of Taylorâ€™s bones, however, revealed levels of arsenic comparable to those found in the bones of Taylorâ€™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 does 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) Taylorâ€™s death was not the result of arsenic poisoning
(C) The symptoms that Taylor began 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 love for more than a day
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10 Oct 2005, 08:16
go B go...
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10 Oct 2005, 08:45
C should be it
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10 Oct 2005, 11:51
C for me
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10 Oct 2005, 15:35
I go with C

He showed symptoms of arsenic poisoning but the level of poison in his bones was much lower than in those who consumed a lethal dose.
So, he may have consumed arsenic but definitely not a lethal dose
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11 Oct 2005, 02:59
I will go with B.
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11 Oct 2005, 06:56
B is a trap answer. It goes way too far making such an extreme conclusion. Z. Taylor could have died from trace amounts of arsenic poisoning over a prolonged period of time.

My choice is C.
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11 Oct 2005, 07:02
Going with C.

The last sentence helps us by asying that the levels are lower when compared to someone who has ingested a lethal dose.

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The symptoms that US president Zachary Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with arsenic poisoning. Recent examinations of Taylorâ€™s bones, however, revealed levels of arsenic comparable to those found in the bones of Taylorâ€™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 does 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) Taylorâ€™s death was not the result of arsenic poisoning
(C) The symptoms that Taylor began 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 love for more than a day
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11 Oct 2005, 07:27
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The symptoms that US president Zachary Taylor began showing five days before his death are consistent with arsenic poisoning. Recent examinations of Taylorâ€™s bones, however, revealed levels of arsenic comparable to those found in the bones of Taylorâ€™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 does of the poison.

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

A, D and E are out.

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(B) Taylorâ€™s death was not the result of arsenic poisoning
(C) The symptoms that Taylor began showing five days before his death were not caused by a lethal dose of arsenic

Two evidences can be inferred from the passage:

1.The symptoms five days before his death were consistent with arsenic poisoning.
2.The president didn't die because of a lethal dose of poison.

Therefore, between B and C I choose C. The fist evidence is not sound with B. If an evidence is that the symphoms are that arsenic poisining is very likely, the conclusion can not be that Taylor's death wasn't because of arsenic poisining. C is compatible with both evidences.

Therefore, the best answer is C.
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11 Oct 2005, 14:20
I will go with C
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11 Oct 2005, 14:32
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12 Oct 2005, 11:58
OA is C.

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10 Jun 2011, 23:34
From my source, B is "Taylor's death was not the result of any kind of poisoning". So it becomes easier. I choose C.
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12 Jan 2014, 16:07
Answer (c) is very controversial in my view. The fact that Zachary Taylor hasn't ingested a "lethal" dose of arsenic does not rule out arsenic poising. He might just got a smaller dose, but still got poised.

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16 Feb 2014, 23:39
B or C..
bt B sounds very strong so C is the OA
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16 Mar 2016, 11:29
My answer was "D". I am not able to understand the explanation.
"C" can be the answer, but why "D" is wrong.
Because of the lethal dose of arsenic, contemporaries can live for more than one day, and it means by having lethal dose they can live for five days also(because 5>1). US president is showing lower levels of poison before five days. Hence, he can live for days more than his contemporaries since level of poison is low in him.
According to me, because level of poison is increasing everyday he died after 5days. If the level had been static, he would have lived more.
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16 Mar 2016, 12:56
Miliya23,

Its an inference type question and so its very important that we do not go outside the scope of given passage. No where in passage its given that his level of poisoning increased. So we cannot assume or deduce that.

option C talks about lethal dose of arsenic and its symptoms. This option is consistent with the conclusion given in the passage.

Hope that clears the doubt.
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