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# When bees build a new hive composed of hexagonal honeycomb “rooms,”

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When bees build a new hive composed of hexagonal honeycomb “rooms,” they must build precisely the correct number of rooms to house the population of bees that will immediately inhabit the new hive. If there were too few rooms, some younger bees would be displaced and would freeze or starve outside the hive. If there were too many rooms, some bees would instinctively fight to the death to conquer the extra space.

Which of the following conclusions can correctly be inferred from the paragraph above?

A. From the bees' hive-building behavior, one could theoretically determine the correct number of rooms to be built for a particular colony of bees.
B. Trees on which hives are built have no properties that can affect the number of rooms of the hive built on them.
C. Bees learn how many rooms can be built in a hive from experience.
D. Building too many rooms in the hive would kill bees more quickly than building too few.
E. Builder bees determine the number of rooms to be built by the chemical scent of individual resident bees.

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21 Dec 2017, 09:13
Hi,
Can somebody explain why D is ruled out? Is it because the rate of killing is out of scope?
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21 Dec 2017, 09:52
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ichocolatefish: Option D gives you comparison between 2 situations. Only the possibility of the 2 situations is mentioned in the prompt. There is no comparison between the two.
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19 Jan 2018, 17:00
ichocolatefish wrote:
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Can somebody explain why D is ruled out? Is it because the rate of killing is out of scope?

I was stuck between A and D however I don't think D properly "concludes" the paragraphs arguments.
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18 Mar 2019, 17:43
May I have a more detailed explanation? Didn't understand the logic behind A.
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18 Mar 2019, 20:26
Hi,

Can anyone explain why C is ruled out here, A & C infers the same logic.

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19 Mar 2019, 03:27
Sahitani wrote:
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Can anyone explain why C is ruled out here, A & C infers the same logic.

I think the problem is with the word can, whereas the problem talks about how many should be built.
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06 Apr 2019, 10:55
The first sentence says that " When the bees build new hive , composed of rooms , they must build precisely the correct number of rooms to house the population of bees." The phrase " correct number of rooms" is important here.
Hence option A can be inferred. It also says that from the bees' hive building behaviour , the correct number of rooms can be determined.
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06 Apr 2019, 12:25
When bees build a new hive composed of hexagonal honeycomb “rooms,” they must build precisely the correct number of rooms to house the population of bees that will immediately inhabit the new hive. If there were too few rooms, some younger bees would be displaced and would freeze or starve outside the hive. If there were too many rooms, some bees would instinctively fight to the death to conquer the extra space.

Which of the following conclusions can correctly be inferred from the paragraph above?

A. From the bees' hive-building behavior, one could theoretically determine the correct number of rooms to be built for a particular colony of bees.
We can derive some kind of formula for the number of rooms given the population of bees and number of bees in a room.

B. Trees on which hives are built have no properties that can affect the number of rooms of the hive built on them.
Out of scope , bees hive can be built on other places

C. Bees learn how many rooms can be built in a hive from experience.
Difficult to eliminate but as compare to option A but option A looks better.Moreover nothing in stems to infer option C

D. Building too many rooms in the hive would kill bees more quickly than building too few.
Rate of Killing is not discussed in the stem.

E. Builder bees determine the number of rooms to be built by the chemical scent of individual resident bees.
No mention of Builder fees in the stem -out of scope.
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