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# The wild mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct

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The wild mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica
are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from
domestication on the island 8,000 years ago. They
therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of
what some early domesticated sheep looked like,
before the deliberate selective breeding that
produced modern domesticated sheep began.

The argument above makes which of the following
assumptions?
(A) The domesticated sheep of 8,000 years ago were
quite dissimilar from the wild sheep of the
time.
(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that
escaped from domestication at about the
same time as the forebears of the mouflon.
(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descen-
dants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago.
(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore-
bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domes-
ticated sheep are to theirs.
(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in
the last 8,000 years

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17 Jul 2004, 00:21
going with C (will provide the ex. pressed for time right now!)
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17 Jul 2004, 01:48
Vithal, read the question carefully. C is refuting the fact stated in the question. It cannot be correct.. you have to find the assumption.
When I took the test, i got it right .but still iam unable to explain to myself why the choice is correct. I basically did by POE..but i want to know the reasoning behind it.
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17 Jul 2004, 02:20
D.

A,E are easily out.
B - stem says they look like "some early" domesticated sheep, this leaves room for the possibilty of differrent breed exitisng.
C - is wrong becuase modern sheep are not direct descendants of the escaped,are also due to selctive breeding.

(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their forebears of 8,000 years ago than modern domesticated sheep are to theirs.

The sentence "..with a picture of what some early domesticated sheep looked like, before the deliberate selective breeding that produced modern domesticated sheep began." tells M' are more similar to the 8k-old ones than to the modern ones.

However I see D more as an inferrence than assumption, it does not say anything new.But then, I see all other are wrong.So I will go with D.

Eager to see OA.
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17 Jul 2004, 02:46
I go with B. The author assumes that they are the only breed that escaped. Had their been any other breed that escaped, then their analysis will be on incorrect basis.

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17 Jul 2004, 03:06
carsen,
why would the argument be incorrect if there exitised another breed? Can you eloberate?
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17 Jul 2004, 03:11
The orginal statement has this line in it ....

They therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of
what some early domesticated sheep looked like,
before the deliberate selective breeding that
produced modern domesticated sheep began.

In this THEY refers to the escaped sheep. If there were other breed that escaped, the archogst wud be getting a picture though, but the specimen would be incorrect. The author assumes, that their were no other sheep breed that escaped and their analysis in getting the picture is correct.
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17 Jul 2004, 03:31
The original statement says they look like "some early" sheeps.It does not say they look like "early" sheeps.So, it could mean there are "some other early" sheeps that could look completely differrent.
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17 Jul 2004, 04:35
I would like to go with (A).

Negate the argument, "domesticated sheep were similar to the wild sheep of the time" Then in this case, archealogists won't be able to distinguish between domesticated and wild sheep of that time and hence the argument falls apart.
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17 Jul 2004, 08:00
D for me.

The basic assumption is that these escaped sheep have not changed as much as the modern domesticated sheep have in the 8000 years. D is the closest in representing this assumption.

Am I right? OA?
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17 Jul 2004, 08:11
This looks a causal argument. And hence I go with B.
If we deny B, there are other breeds too which can give a picture of
what some early domesticated sheep looked like. And the argument falls apart.

D is a close contestant though the word 'than' spoils it. I donot think there is any comparison between the similarities of Mouflon sheep to fore-
bears of 8,000 years ago and those of modern domes-
ticated sheep to theirs.

Thus B stands tall till the OA appears.

crackgmat750 wrote:
The wild mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica
are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from
domestication on the island 8,000 years ago. They
therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of
what some early domesticated sheep looked like,
before the deliberate selective breeding that
produced modern domesticated sheep began.

The argument above makes which of the following
assumptions?
(A) The domesticated sheep of 8,000 years ago were
quite dissimilar from the wild sheep of the
time.
(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that
escaped from domestication at about the
same time as the forebears of the mouflon.
(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descen-
dants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago.
(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore-
bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domes-
ticated sheep are to theirs.
(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in
the last 8,000 years

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17 Jul 2004, 11:00
(A) --> this is a good one, made me think but, yes, this is what all the premise is all about. The domesticated sheep needs to dissimilar to make it a point of study for arch. not an assumption.
(B) --> one breed or the other, we are concerned about one particular (mouflon) and that we will get from the new generation's study.
(C) --> ture, we know this
(E) --> I reluctantly left this one. climate may or may not have effect.

(D) -->arch. chose mouflon b/c it is more similar to its forbearers, and will make a good choice to study. This way arch. will know how the descendants used to be like

D for me.
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17 Jul 2004, 12:33
Good show guys.
OA is D.
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19 Jul 2004, 10:03
Sorry I am a late comer but got it D without looking at the discussion.
19 Jul 2004, 10:03
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