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New post 19 Aug 2017, 18:33
no wonder i cant get through the third question as E
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The official answer is ADE.
Why 1-A is correct? The question refers to that part
In addition, the distinction between pheromones and odorants— chemicals that are consciously detected
as odors---can be blurry, and some researchers classify pheromones as a type of odorant

So according to these researchers, pheromenes are perceived consiously.

Why 3-E is correct (very tricky, I first got it wrong): The OA for 3 is C not E
The primary purpose of the passage is to
A. compare and contrast the ways in which the vomeronasal organ and the main olfactory systern
process chemicals. << too specific for the main purpose
B. summarize the debate over the role the vomeronasal organ plays in odor perception << too narrow for the main purpose AND the main topic is pheromones, not VNO
C. present some of the issues involved in the debate over what constitutes a pheromone << nice shell game, GMAT! Actually, it is stated in the beginning of the text that pheromens are a type of chemicals. That is it. The rest of the passage is how pheremones are processed and reacted by bodies.
D. propose a new definition of pheromones based on recent research << no new definitions are discussed
E. argue that pheromones should be classified as a type of odorant << not the best answer, but the only one left and it is the correct answer
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Took 7 mins , including 3 mins to read the passage . All Correct
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GMATNinja, Could you help with question 1?
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GMATNinja, Could you help with question 1?

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1. It can be inferred from the passage that in classifying pheromones as a type of odorant, the researchers referred to the highlighted text posit that

(A) pheromones are perceived consciously
(B) most pheromones are processed by the VNO
(C) most chemical signals processed by the VNO are pheromones
(D) Pheromone perception does not occur exclusively between members of the same species.
(E) pheromones do not always elicit a specific behavioral or physiological response

Let's break down the given information:

  • We are told that "some researchers classify pheromones as a type of odorant."
  • Odorants are chemicals that are consciously detected as odors.
  • Thus, those researchers must believe that pheromones are consciously detected (or perceived) as odors.

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(A) pheromones are perceived consciously

This matches the given information exactly! Keep (A).

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(B) most pheromones are processed by the VNO

This is evidence that pheromone responses may NOT involve conscious odor perception. This contradicts the views of the highlighted researchers, so eliminate (B).

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(C) most chemical signals processed by the VNO are pheromones

We don't know whether this is even true based on the information in the passage. Eliminate (C).

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(D) Pheromone perception does not occur exclusively between members of the same species.

This idea is not discussed in the passage, so eliminate (D).

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(E) pheromones do not always elicit a specific behavioral or physiological response

We are told that most researchers (including the highlighted researchers) agree that pheromones are "chemicals released by one individual of a species which, when detected by another individual of the same species, elicit a specific behavioral or physiological response." So the highlighted researchers would NOT agree with choice (E). Eliminate this one.

(A) is the best choice.
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