GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 21 Nov 2018, 00:01

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

## Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in November
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
Open Detailed Calendar
• ### All GMAT Club Tests are Free and open on November 22nd in celebration of Thanksgiving Day!

November 22, 2018

November 22, 2018

10:00 PM PST

11:00 PM PST

Mark your calendars - All GMAT Club Tests are free and open November 22nd to celebrate Thanksgiving Day! Access will be available from 0:01 AM to 11:59 PM, Pacific Time (USA)
• ### Free lesson on number properties

November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

10:00 PM PST

11:00 PM PST

Practice the one most important Quant section - Integer properties, and rapidly improve your skills.

# Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century,

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 01 Apr 2006
Posts: 167

### Show Tags

Updated on: 02 Sep 2017, 01:12
5
27
00:00

Difficulty:

55% (hard)

Question Stats:

60% (01:22) correct 40% (01:30) wrong based on 1522 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation.

(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with

(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and

(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about

(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward

(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of

Originally posted by jjhko on 05 Apr 2009, 09:50.
Last edited by hazelnut on 02 Sep 2017, 01:12, edited 3 times in total.
Reformatted the question.
Manager
Joined: 24 Feb 2007
Posts: 198
Location: nj

### Show Tags

05 Apr 2009, 19:40
1
B , imo

in such X as Y and Z - idiomatic
Senior Manager
Joined: 12 Mar 2009
Posts: 282

### Show Tags

09 Apr 2009, 04:19
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with - areas such as is required
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about - areas such as is required
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward - those does not make sense
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of - areas such as is required
Intern
Joined: 01 May 2009
Posts: 36

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2009, 09:39
1
Hmm, good explanation ppl.

I did the same question in GMATPrep and chose D.

It appeared a logical choice, but as mentioned in the postings, "those" is wrong right?

Is it because "those" lacks an antecedent? Because "those" can refer to attitudes or areas, right?

Please confirm if this is correct.

Thanks alot.
Senior Manager
Joined: 25 Jul 2009
Posts: 266

### Show Tags

03 Aug 2009, 11:19
Why you assume the word attitude should be placed before relative merits of competition and cooperation ?
Manager
Joined: 08 Jun 2009
Posts: 55

### Show Tags

09 Aug 2009, 00:36
jjhko wrote:
Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of

IMO B: anyway not sure whether we need a comma after "families" so that it clearly separates "merits" out of the chain of " children and families"?
Intern
Joined: 25 Jul 2009
Posts: 20
Location: Lahore, Pakistan
Schools: going to Melbourne Business School

### Show Tags

06 Mar 2010, 11:36
As a thumb rule, I will ALWAYS ALWAYS treat the pronouns (those, they, it) with suspicion.
I have encountered a no. of GMAT practice problems testing the same thing. (as in choice D)

thanks guys.,..
SVP
Joined: 14 Apr 2009
Posts: 2274
Location: New York, NY

### Show Tags

15 Dec 2010, 11:07
Some notes on this question as some students are focusing on small idiomatic issues when they miss what is really being tested in this question.
http://www.gmatpill.com/practice-questi ... ar-errors/
Manager
Joined: 03 Aug 2010
Posts: 98
GMAT Date: 08-08-2011

### Show Tags

27 Jul 2011, 09:49
helped shape public opinion...

I thought B was wrong because of the two conjugated verbs next to each other. I thought that it had to be helped $$TO$$ shape public opinion.

Does anyone else see this as a flaw with answer choice B?
Senior Manager
Joined: 24 Mar 2011
Posts: 367
Location: Texas

### Show Tags

27 Jul 2011, 11:08
in B, dont we need comma after families?
Manager
Status: Appearing for GMAT
Joined: 23 May 2011
Posts: 100
Location: United States (NJ)
Concentration: Finance, General Management
GPA: 3.5
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

27 Jul 2011, 13:48
2
kjumbala wrote:
jjhko wrote:
Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of

IMO B: anyway not sure whether we need a comma after "families" so that it clearly separates "merits" out of the chain of " children and families"?

agdimple333 wrote:
in B, dont we need comma after families?

Hi kjumbala and agdimple333,
Your doubt is genuine. This is because of idiom "such X as Y and Z".
so here X=fundamentally important areas
Y= attitudes toward children and families
Z= relative merits of competition and cooperation

I hope my explanation helped, if indeed please give me kudos.
---------------------------------------------------------

Here one more idiom is used wrongly:
Correct idiom is "opinion on" , which is only used in A. If anyone wants to advise on this

_________________

"Giving kudos" is a decent way to say "Thanks" and motivate contributors. Please use them, it won't cost you anything.
Thanks Rphardu

Manager
Status: GMAT BATTLE - WIN OR DIE
Joined: 02 May 2011
Posts: 121
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
GMAT Date: 12-22-2011
GPA: 3.81
WE: General Management (Hospitality and Tourism)

### Show Tags

28 Jul 2011, 07:20
"such as" is more prefferable when present exampls than "like"
so eliminate A,C and E

D no clear refference for thoes

B is correct

jjhko wrote:
Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with relative merits of competition and cooperation
(A) shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
(B) shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
(C) to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
(D) the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
(E) the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of
Retired Moderator
Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 4526
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)

### Show Tags

28 Jul 2011, 08:43
2
1. Excepting B and D all others uses like for denoting examples. Drop them ruthlessly. .
2. D – ‘helped the shaping’, ‘opinion for’ are unidiomatic. ‘Helped (to) shape’ and ‘opinion in’ are correct idioms. So tick B and go to the next question.
_________________

you can know a lot about something and not really understand it."-- a quote
No one knows this better than a GMAT student does.
Narendran +9198845 44509

Intern
Status: Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is
Joined: 10 Nov 2010
Posts: 26
WE 1: IT Consultant (6Yr)

### Show Tags

02 Oct 2012, 08:08
1
kingb wrote:
Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with the relative merits of competition and cooperation.

A. shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with

1)the sentence is trying to introduce an example here so such as should be used
2)Also along with the relative merits of competition and cooperation is acting as a modifier modifying public opinion on fundamentally important areas which is incorrect.

B. shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
This option is correct

C. to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
Same reason as A

D. the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
1)helped the shaping of is unclear (as per my thinking)
2)Pronoun those does not have antecedent

E. the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of
1)helped the shaping of is unclear (as per my thinking)
2)Pronoun those does not have antecedent
3)Such as should be used to introduce example
Manager
Joined: 11 Jul 2009
Posts: 126
WE: Design (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

02 Oct 2012, 09:09
usually like is used for comparison (nouns, noun phrases) and such as used to give examples...
now A,C.E use like and B.D use such as....
This sentence says "Margaret Mead helped shape public opinion on areas"....followed by examples of those areas....so such as suits here...
In D those doesnot have antecedent also i feel helped the shaping is awkward....helped shape is better construction....so only one left is B.
so eliminate all the options that do not contain such as....we are left with B and D....
_________________

Kaustubh

Manager
Joined: 03 Dec 2012
Posts: 222

### Show Tags

30 Nov 2013, 01:59
Clear B. I was a bit skeptical about the use of and in the last part but the rest of the sentences were clearly out of contention.
Manager
Joined: 28 Jan 2015
Posts: 80
Location: India
Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GPA: 3.7
WE: Information Technology (Internet and New Media)

### Show Tags

24 Nov 2016, 21:51
I think ans should be C. "
helped to shape.........."seems correct. though it has like which is not acceptable in GMAT to give example...
Why the OA is B ...Only for Such as...
Director
Joined: 26 Aug 2016
Posts: 629
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
GMAT 1: 690 Q50 V33
GMAT 2: 700 Q50 V33
GMAT 3: 730 Q51 V38
GPA: 4
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)

### Show Tags

06 Jan 2017, 22:06
Direct B - parallelism - attitude towards and relative merits of and such as for examples .
Retired Moderator
Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 4526
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)

### Show Tags

18 Jan 2017, 08:54
Top Contributor
1. Dear Chemerical71: Will you kindly mark the underlining to make it easier to read and respond.

2.Let's first get rid of choices A, C and E for using like to denote examples. Such ... as is the correct idiom to use. Now between B and D:

D is wrong on a few counts as below.
A. Helped the shaping of' is inferior to the bare infinitive 'helped (to)shape'.
B. 'For' fundamentally important areas - is a wrong idiom; 'in' fundamentally important areas is a better one.
C. In a list, when there are two items only it is not necessary to put a serial comma between the first and second items.
D . The difference between ' such important areas as' and "important areas such as':
When we say ' such important areas as' A and B, we mean that the cited A and B are the only two important areas. When we say, -important areas such as A and B ', we mean that there many more than those A and B. In this case, both facts could be true and hence, this split does not make a critical difference IMO.
B, sans these pitfalls, is the clear winner. Beautiful question. Kudos to the poster.
_________________

you can know a lot about something and not really understand it."-- a quote
No one knows this better than a GMAT student does.
Narendran +9198845 44509

Board of Directors
Joined: 17 Jul 2014
Posts: 2645
Location: United States (IL)
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 650 Q49 V30
GPA: 3.92
WE: General Management (Transportation)

### Show Tags

19 Jan 2017, 15:20
kingb wrote:
Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with the relative merits of competition and cooperation.

A. shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
B. shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
C. to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
D. the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
E. the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of

like for examples is incorrect. A, C and E are right away eliminated.
in C, also -> unknown what function it has here - and is more appropriate.
D - those - what it refers to? areas? attitudes? since it's ambiguous, it can be eliminated.

B stands!
Re: Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, &nbs [#permalink] 19 Jan 2017, 15:20

Go to page    1   2    Next  [ 23 posts ]

Display posts from previous: Sort by