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# Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame s

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Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s innovative study relies not on the
records of White slave owners but on the records of the salves themselves, especially the
70 or so autobiographies and memoirs that have been preserved.

A. that of earlier words on slavery, Blassingame’s
B. that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
C. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
D. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s
E. the earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his

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08 Nov 2008, 19:35
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Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s innovative study relies not on the
records of White slave owners but on the records of the salves themselves, especially the
70 or so autobiographies and memoirs that have been preserved.

A. that of earlier words on slavery, Blassingame’s
B. that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
C. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
D. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s
E. the earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his

'that of' is redundant here.
Also, this is a case of dangling modifiers.
'Unlike earlier works on slavery' should modify Blassingame's work and not Blassingame himself.

D here.
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10 Nov 2008, 15:24
thats what !! i marked and should be true - D

but the OA was mentioned as A

it doesn't make much sense though....

D shub be right !!
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10 Nov 2008, 20:12
I chose B but can see A as a good solution as well as 'That puts emphasis on earlier work' and that is important point that author is trying to compare against .

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Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s innovative study relies not on the
records of White slave owners but on the records of the salves themselves, especially the
70 or so autobiographies and memoirs that have been preserved.

A. that of earlier words on slavery, Blassingame’s
B. that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
C. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
D. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s
E. the earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
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10 Nov 2008, 20:43
I chose B but can see A as a good solution as well as 'That puts emphasis on earlier work' and that is important point that author is trying to compare against .

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Unlike that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s innovative study relies not on the
records of White slave owners but on the records of the salves themselves, especially the
70 or so autobiographies and memoirs that have been preserved.

A. that of earlier words on slavery, Blassingame’s
B. that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
C. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
D. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’s
E. the earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his
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11 Nov 2008, 10:35
Something is wrong with the source if the official answer is A; it has to be D, and this one isn't even difficult.

A comparison using "like" or "unlike" must compare things that are logically comparable. The second part of the sentence clearly establishes that we are comparing something to "Blassingame's innovative study". So the complement of "unlike" must be a study or scholarly work, or a group of such things. In other words, it must be "earlier works on slavery", which is D.

Choice A compares Blassingame's study to "that of" earlier works -- i.e., some undefined characteristic of earlier works. This is not a logical comparison. The pronoun "that" does not even have any antecedent to refer to, which is another error.

Choice B compares the undefined "that of" to Blassingame. Again, this is not logical. If the sentence is comparing something to Blassingame, it has to compare the AUTHORS to Blassingame -- not whatever "that" is.

Choices C and E both compare "earlier works" to Blassingame. Again wrong: We can compare works/studies to each other, and authors to each other, but not works to authors.
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11 Nov 2008, 14:49
this was from the GMAT-TESTS available online ..
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11 Nov 2008, 15:26
Went straight to D. Can't be bothered with other choices, even with A!
Basically, "OA" is wrong.
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11 Nov 2008, 19:13
Here comparison is between study not between works.
So that is required in the first clause to be compared to the second clause.
B compares study with Blassingame. So A is the right answer.

A. that of earlier words on slavery, Blassingame’srightly compares study with study
B. that of earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in his here study is compared with Blassingame
C. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in hishere work is compared with Blassingame
D. earlier works on slavery, Blassingame’sworks compared with study
E. the earlier works on slavery, Blassingame in hisworks compared with Blassingame
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