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# There is a new cell-phone ring tone that can't be heard by most people

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New Project RC Butler 2019 - Practice 2 RC Passages Everyday
Passage # 311, Date : 05-Sep-2019
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There is a new cell-phone ring tone that can't be heard by most people over the age of twenty, according to an NPR report. The tone is derived from something called the Mosquito, a device invented by a Welsh security firm for the noble purpose of driving hooligans, yobs, scamps, ne'er-do-wells, scapegraces, ruffians, tosspots, and bravos away from places where grownups are attempting to ply an honest trade. The device emits a seventeen-kilohertz buzz, a pitch that is too high for older ears to register but, as we learn from additional reporting by the Times, is "ear-splitting" for younger people. A person or persons unknown have produced a copy of the Mosquito buzz for use as a cell-phone ring tone, evidently with the idea that it will enable students to receive notification of new text messages while sitting in class, without the knowledge of the teacher.

The Times, in a welcome but highly uncharacteristic embrace of anarchy, celebrated this development as an ingenious guerrilla tactic in youth's eternal war against adult authority-"a bit of techno-jujitsu," as the paper put it. But it's not entirely clear which side is the winner here. When you hear the tone, it apparently sets your teeth on edge, which means that, if the entire class suddenly grimaces, it's a good bet that one of the students just got a text message. (Which probably says "sup." Youth, as George Bernard Shaw correctly observed, is wasted on the young.) Anyway, what was wrong with "vibrate only"?

1. The primary purpose of the passage is to:

A. Criticize the obsession of today's youth with technology.
B. Encourage media outlets to support this new cell phone ring tone.
C. Describe the technical specs of this new ring tone.
D. Encourage further rebellion amongst today's youth.
E. Introduce a new ilk of technology and initiate a discussion of its true efficacy.

2. Why is it important to note the "highly uncharacteristic embrace of anarchy" by the Times?

A. The deviation from the norm of the publication calls even more attention to the new technology by piquing readers' attention.
B. Such a prevalent publication's encouragement of anarchy could be perceived by the government as a serious threat.
C. It suggests that it is being used ironically by the Times to actually express disapproval.
D. It is likely an advertising ploy by the maker of the ring tone to gain sales.
E. Older adults need to be worried about the increasingly aggressive tactics of youth.

3. What is the author trying to convey by describing young people as "hooligans, yobs, scamps, ne'er-do-wells, scapegraces, ruffians, tosspots, and bravos"?

A. The opinion that, whatever name you call them by, young people will continue to disturb business transactions.
B. An insulting tone implying the ignorance of youth.
C. That all young people can be generalized into one of these descriptive groups.
D. A sense of criticism on the part of older adults who feel patronizing toward young people.
E. Support for embracing jargon when communicating between people of a different generation

Originally posted by shridhar786 on 04 Sep 2019, 22:36.
Last edited by SajjadAhmad on 15 Oct 2019, 23:08, edited 2 times in total.
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07 Sep 2019, 21:28
can someone please explain question 2?
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18 Sep 2019, 13:43
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can someone please explain question 2?

Hello,

A. The deviation from the norm of the publication calls even more attention to the new technology by piquing readers' attention.
Deviation from the norm is exactly highly uncharacteristic embrace of anarchy that is written on the passage.

B. Such a prevalent publication's encouragement of anarchy could be perceived by the government as a serious threat.
Gov has nothing to do with it, OUT OF SCOPE

C. It suggests that it is being used ironically by the Times to actually express disapproval.
There is no irony, the Times wrote the article seriously. No proof of irony.

D. It is likely an advertising ploy by the maker of the ring tone to gain sales.
Out of Scope, nothing to do with maker of the ring tone.

E. Older adults need to be worried about the increasingly aggressive tactics of youth.
Out of scope as well.
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08 Oct 2019, 20:36
Can any one explain me Q3?
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26 Mar 2020, 17:56

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26 Mar 2020, 23:39
Explanation

3. What is the author trying to convey by describing young people as "hooligans, yobs, scamps, ne'er-do-wells, scapegraces, ruffians, tosspots, and bravos"?

Difficulty Level: 700

Explanation

Related text in the passage is:

A device invented by a Welsh security firm for the noble purpose of driving hooligans, yobs, scamps, ne'er-do-wells, scapegraces, ruffians, tosspots, and bravos away from places where grownups are attempting to ply an honest trade.

The Times, in a welcome but highly uncharacteristic embrace of anarchy, celebrated this development as an ingenious guerrilla tactic in youth's eternal war against adult authority-"a bit of techno-jujitsu,"

(A) After reading the complete passage one can easily know that A is easy elimination because it is not related to the sense of the passage.

(B) Yes it looks like an insulting tone but insulting to whom? students or elders? "Ignorance of youth" is also not supported by the passage which make this option wrong.

(C) This was a close one, this is true in generic terms but is not favoring the passage's tone.

(D) This one could be the most probable answer and is the correct answer, if you read the related pieces of texts above you will conclude the same.

(E) Same as (A) not related to the sense of the passage.

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09 May 2020, 00:00
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Hi everyone,
Got all correct in 7:30 minutes, including 2:55 minute to read and 4:35 minutes to answer the questions.

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P1

in paragraph one the author presents a new sound intended to be heard just by young people. Then the author proceeds by presenting 2 usages: for the grownups not to be disturbed by young people, and for young people to receive text messages in class without the professor knowing.

Purpose: to present a new sound and its usages

P2

Here the author claims that one of the intended usage of the sound might not efficiently work.

Purpose: to claim that one of the usage might backfire

Main point

To present a new sound, its usages and the drawback of one usage.

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1. The primary purpose of the passage is to:

Pre-thinking

Main point question

To present a new sound, its usages and the drawback of one usage.

A. Criticize the obsession of today's youth with technology.
B. Encourage media outlets to support this new cell phone ring tone.
C. Describe the technical specs of this new ring tone.
D. Encourage further rebellion amongst today's youth.
E. Introduce a new ilk of technology and initiate a discussion of its true efficacy. In line with pre-thinking

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2. Why is it important to note the "highly uncharacteristic embrace of anarchy" by the Times?

Pre-thinking

function question

Let's evaluate the options

A. The deviation from the norm of the publication calls even more attention to the new technology by piquing readers' attention. there is no reason to eliminate this option so far.
B. Such a prevalent publication's encouragement of anarchy could be perceived by the government as a serious threat. government is not mentioned and this option is out of scope
C. It suggests that it is being used ironically by the Times to actually express disapproval. we have no element to infer this option
D. It is likely an advertising ploy by the maker of the ring tone to gain sales. too extreme and out of scope
E. Older adults need to be worried about the increasingly aggressive tactics of youth. again we do not have elements to infer this option, which is also out of scope

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3. What is the author trying to convey by describing young people as "hooligans, yobs, scamps, ne'er-do-wells, scapegraces, ruffians, tosspots, and bravos"?

Pre-thinking

Function question

Well, all of these terms are quite insulting.

A. The opinion that, whatever name you call them by, young people will continue to disturb business transactions. too extreme. Plus we don't know if young people will persevere in disturbing business transactions

B. An insulting tone implying the ignorance of youth. quite close to pre-thinking but i would say that this option falls into the category of half correct-half wrong. There is no element that we can use to claim that young people are ignorant. They may be lazy, good to do nothing and so on but nothing that points at their knowledge can be seen in the passage

C. That all young people can be generalized into one of these descriptive groups. too extreme
D. A sense of criticism on the part of older adults who feel patronizing toward young people. correct. And for those who don't know the meaning of patronizing: to speak to or behave towards someone as if they are stupid or not important

E. Support for embracing jargon when communicating between people of a different generation incorrect

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