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While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused

This SC i found tough
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12 Oct 2008, 06:23
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While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused

This SC i found tough

the difficult part is understanding the meaning of "not unlike". I am not sure what it means. But here we are comparing JR's courage with that of RP.

I guess ... is it A ?
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12 Oct 2008, 06:42
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While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused

This SC i found tough

the difficult part is understanding the meaning of "not unlike". I am not sure what it means. But here we are comparing JR's courage with that of RP.

I guess ... is it A ?

OA is A indeed!!

But i opted for E since not unlike does not sound correct to me !!!
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While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused

This SC i found tough

Where ever you see a double negative, remove the two negatives and see what the stem is telling you.
Here the stem tells us that- "Jackie Robinson's courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was like that of Rosa Parks".
(B) compares courage with Rosa Parks.
(C) compares courage with Rosa Parks
(D) correctly uses "that", but "for refusing" is awkward contsruction
(E) courage of A was "as that of" B is an incorrect comparison/usage. To compare two noun phrases, "like" should be used and not "as".

Hence (A)
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12 Oct 2008, 09:37
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While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused

This SC i found tough

Where ever you see a double negative, remove the two negatives and see what the stem is telling you.
Here the stem tells us that- "Jackie Robinson's courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was like that of Rosa Parks".
(B) compares courage with Rosa Parks.
(C) compares courage with Rosa Parks
(D) correctly uses "that", but "for refusing" is awkward contsruction
(E) courage of A was "as that of" B is a correct comparison.
Hence (A)

I found E good !!
can u explain why Is A better than E !!!
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12 Oct 2008, 09:57
Sorry in my post.
should have been:
(E) courage of A was "as that of" B is an incorrect comparison/usage.

To compare two noun phrases, "like" should be used and not "as".
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12 Oct 2008, 10:09
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Sorry in my post.
should have been:
(E) courage of A was "as that of" B is an incorrect comparison/usage.

To compare two noun phrases, "like" should be used and not "as".

Right NOUN VS NOUN -> LIKE

ok then nothing wrong in using not unlike !!!
i will remember this
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back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused

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Though unusual for using a double negative such as 'not unlike' to denote a positive factor “like”, A is the best of the choices as all others fault on various counts;
B and C are comparing courage to Rosa Parks
D, uses a gerund ‘for refusing’ and muddles up the meaning by not making clear who exactly did not move to the back of the bus, whether Jackie or Rosa
E uses as for comparing nouns
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18 Mar 2011, 00:25
its weird to see "not unlike", but I suppose you should treat it as it's opposite "like"...otherwise it sounds good.

My first choice was D...however, "for refusing" is awkward and "who refused" perfectly described Rosa Parks....so outside of the double negative A is correct

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18 Mar 2011, 19:32
+1 A

In D, could we understand that the courage is refusing?
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While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical
threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the
back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused

Hi Daag,
I understand D is wrong coz it changes the meaning. In this sentence for refusing to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama is a prepositional phrase. Prep phrase can either act as adverbial modifier or adjectival modifier so In this sentence can't we assume that it modifies the subject Jackie Robinson rather than Rosa I dont understand why you think its ambiguous.
for e.g
Though the study is not large, with results that can be generalized, it provides a successful framework that could be used by other pharmacies to develop similar programs.

with results that can be generalized modifies the study. Am I missing sth... Please clarify

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IMO, an adjectival modifier that modifies a subject noun must be placed either before the noun it modifies and set off with commas or at least be closer than another potential contender. In D, as you may see, the prepositional phrase is far removed from the subject and more importantly tacked on to Rosa without being set off by a comma, implying that the refusal is an essential feature of Rosa Parks. Can therefore the prep. phrase go out of the way to modify the subject? I think a genuine modifier should be above such infringements

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Though the study is not large, with results that can be generalized, it provides a successful framework that could be used by other pharmacies to develop similar programs

The difference between this quote and the text is that, in the text, there are two contenders for the modifier while in the quote, there is only one study, which doesn’t give any room for ambiguity. To put things more explicitly, let me slightly alter the context of the content and see what happens

Quote:
Though the study is not as large as another study conducted by a rival firm with results that can be generalized, it provides a successful framework that could be used by other pharmacies to develop similar programs

Now with an intrusion by another study and with the prepositional modifier unset-off from the intruder, which is study is more eligible to be modified?
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03 Oct 2013, 10:53
i dont agree with the explanation here.. AS can be used for comparing.

the only thing is .. if we use AS to compare we should have a clause after AS. B C D make illogical comparison.
DOuble negatives are generally not accepted in english writing on in GMAT.
BUt in this case its used. and is correct.
Although i find E to be better construction. We are compareing the courage of X to that of Y.

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If "as" were to be replaced by "like" in (E), will that be a better answer than (A)?

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While Jackie Robinson was a Brooklyn Dodger, his courage in the face of physical threats and verbal attacks was not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
(A) not unlike that of Rosa Parks, who refused
(B) not unlike Rosa Parks, who refused
(C) like Rosa Parks and her refusal
(D) like that of Rosa Parks for refusing
(E) as that of Rosa Parks, who refused

This SC i found tough

Not Unlike ? isn't it a little bit redundant ? hence make option A and B wrong

why we chose "Not Unlike" instead of "Like" ?

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Not Unlike ? isn't it a little bit redundant ? hence make option A and B wrong

why we chose "Not Unlike" instead of "Like" ?
Not unlike is acceptable usage. It means similar (in at least some way) to. The like options have other mistakes (for example, we don't want to compare his courage with Rosa Parks). Option D could also imply that either Jackie Robinson or his courage refused to move.
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