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White tigers are neither a species nor a subspecies, but appear as a result of a recessive trait that rarely occurs in the wild. In the 1950s many zoos deliberately and indiscriminately bred white tigers, but more recently, concerns about the desirability of preserving a trait that presumably hinders tigers` to survive in the wild, and recognition that inbreeding could lead to genetic defects, have caused most zoos to such practices. However, some zoo managers argue that the popularity of white tigers provides income important to the survival of zoo sponsored scientific and conservation programs. They also point out that most of the white tigers captured in the wild were adults, proving that their coloration does not hinder their survival ability.

Opponents of white-tiger breeding programs argue that white tigers are merely Indian tigers-a subspecies well represented in both zoos and the wild-and that zoos should focus their tiger management efforts on preserving subspecies whose existence is threatened, thus preventing the Chinese and Indochinese tiger subspecies from joining the Javan, Balinese, and Caspian subspecies in extinction. Alternatively, zoos could mingle the subspecies and manage all tigers in captivity as one species. Although subspecies differences would be lost, this strategy would be advantageous because fewer animals would be necessary to maintain the genetic diversity of tigers in captivity, making scarce zoo resources available for housing other endangered felines.

Q1 The passage suggests that, compared with other tiger subspecies, the Indian tiger is

A less threatened by extinction
B less readily bred in captivity less
C likely to survive in the wild
D more likely to be bred indiscriminately
E more popular with 200 visitors


Q2 The "Opponents of white-tiger breeding programs" mentioned in the highlighted text advocate that zoos use their resources to

A promote public awareness of environmental threats to tiger habitats
B allow zoos to house enough tigers to ensure genetic diversity among Indian tigers
C study ways to increase the survival rates of white tigers in the wild
D investigate ways of maintaining the white tigers already in zoos
E preserve tiger subspecies that may be endangered


Q3 The author of the passage suggests that if all tigers in captivity were managed as one species, then zoos would be able to

A use their resources to preserve a variety of other felines
B increase public interest in tigers and thus attract more visitors and income
C provide better habitats for tigers than they currently do
D prevent the extinction of existing tiger subspecies
E continue breeding white tigers


Q4 Which of the following best describes the function of the last sentence in the first paragraph of the passage (see highlighted text)?

A To emphasize the importance of white tigers as source of zoo income
B To point out the advantages to white tigers of living in the wild
C To provide evidence counter to an argument against the breeding of white tigers
D To suggest that white tigers living in the wild are less to face extinction than tigers fiving in zoos
E To suggest that white tigers are not endangered


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Admins or Experts...I have faced an issue while posting this RC in the forum. Couldn't align the Options and the Questions . It would great if anyone can help or suggest on this.. Thanks in Advance.
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White tigers are neither a species nor a subspecies, but appear as a result of a recessive trait that rarely occurs in the wild. In the 1950s many zoos deliberately and indiscriminately bred white tigers, but more recently, concerns about the desirability of preserving a trait that presumably hinders tigers` to survive in the wild, and recognition that inbreeding could lead to genetic defects, have caused most zoos to such practices. However, some zoo managers argue that the popularity of white tigers provides income important to the survival of zoo sponsored scientific and conservation programs. They also point out that most of the white tigers captured in the wild were adults, proving that their coloration does not hinder their survival ability.

Opponents of white-tiger breeding programs argue that white tigers are merely Indian tigers-a subspecies well represented in both zoos and the wild-and that zoos should focus their tiger management efforts on preserving subspecies whose existence is threatened, thus preventing the Chinese and Indochinese tiger subspecies from joining the Javan, Balinese, and Caspian subspecies in extinction. Alternatively, zoos could mingle the subspecies and manage all tigers in captivity as one species. Although subspecies differences would be lost, this strategy would be advantageous because fewer animals would be necessary to maintain the genetic diversity of tigers in captivity, making scarce zoo resources available for housing other endangered felines.
Q1 The passage suggests that, compared with other tiger subspecies, the Indian tiger is

A less threatened by extinction
B less readily bred in captivity less
C likely to survive in the wild
D more likely to be bred indiscriminately
E more popular with 200 visitors


Q2 The "Opponents of white-tiger breeding programs" mentioned in the highlighted text advocate that zoos use their resources to

A promote public awareness of environmental threats to tiger habitats
B allow zoos to house enough tigers to ensure genetic diversity among Indian tigers
C study ways to increase the survival rates of white tigers in the wild
D investigate ways of maintaining the white tigers already in zoos
E preserve tiger subspecies that may be endangered


Q3 The author of the passage suggests that if all tigers in captivity were managed as one species, then zoos would be able to

A use their resources to preserve a variety of other felines
B increase public interest in tigers and thus attract more visitors and income
C provide better habitats for tigers than they currently do
D prevent the extinction of existing tiger subspecies
E continue breeding white tigers


Q4 Which of the following best describes the function of the last sentence in the first paragraph of the passage (see highlighted text)?

A To emphasize the importance of white tigers as source of zoo income
B To point out the advantages to white tigers of living in the wild
C To provide evidence counter to an argument against the breeding of white tigers
D To suggest that white tigers living in the wild are less to face extinction than tigers fiving in zoos
E To suggest that white tigers are not endangered




thanks for posting Tridhipal :) answered all questions corretly, let me know if you have any questions :)
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Hi dave13 Please explain Q4 why not the answer is Option E?
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gmatexam439 sir Your inputs please on last question
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Hi dave13 Please explain Q4 why not the answer is Option E?



vasuca10 hi there :)


the first para of the passage BRIEFLY: many zoos deliberately and indiscriminately bred white tigers. this practice raised concern that doing so will endanger the tigers` surving skills in the wilde jungle :) BUT zoo managers claim that it is is not true by providing evidence - and this evidence is that they caught adult tigers in the wild - which means that tigers surving skills were not impared by deliberate and indiscriminate breeding. Hence highlighted potion provides evidence counter to an argument against the breeding of white tigers.



E is not correct, because they are NOT suggesting, BUT they are providing E V I D E N C E :)




'White tigers are neither a species nor a subspecies, but appear as a result of a recessive trait that rarely occurs in the wild. In the 1950s many zoos deliberately and indiscriminately bred white tigers, but more recently, concerns about the desirability of preserving a trait that presumably hinders tigers` to survive in the wild, and recognition that inbreeding could lead to genetic defects, have caused most zoos to such practices. However, some zoo managers argue that the popularity of white tigers provides income important to the survival of zoo sponsored scientific and conservation programs. They also point out that most of the white tigers captured in the wild were adults, proving that their coloration does not hinder their survival ability."


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Q4 Which of the following best describes the function of the last sentence in the first paragraph of the passage (see highlighted text)?

A To emphasize the importance of white tigers as source of zoo income
B To point out the advantages to white tigers of living in the wild
C To provide evidence counter to an argument against the breeding of white tigers
D To suggest that white tigers living in the wild are less to face extinction than tigers fiving in zoos
E To suggest that white tigers are not endangered


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In the 1950s many zoos deliberately and indiscriminately bred white tigers,

Zoos deliberately bred white tigers earlier (no reason is given for older times) BUT now they breed because of 2 reasons:
1. concerns about the desirability of preserving a trait that presumably hinders tigers` to survive in the wild -- according to the zoo officials "being white" causes the tigers to NOT survive in the wild
2. recognition that inbreeding could lead to genetic defects -- interbreeding could cause genetic defects so they want to confine them

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However,

Remember that the 'Tone' is changing.

Quote:
some zoo managers argue that

1. the popularity of white tigers provides income -- A new reason for keeping white tigers in zoo
2. most of the white tigers captured in the wild were adults, proving that their coloration does not hinder their survival ability -- they are contradicting the point #1 above. That means we can they are contradicting the previously mentioned reasons for keeping tigers in zoo -- interbreeding one.

Thus C is out answer.


SOLVING BY POE

Q4 Which of the following best describes the function of the last sentence in the first paragraph of the passage (see highlighted text)?

A To emphasize the importance of white tigers as source of zoo income - This is one of the reasons for keeping white tigers in zoo. The highlighted text is NOT related to this
B To point out the advantages to white tigers of living in the wild - The text is not an advantage. It is just a statement that "the captured white tigers are adults SO THEY CAN SURVIVE".
C To provide evidence counter to an argument against the breeding of white tigers - Looks good. Hold
D To suggest that white tigers living in the wild are less to face extinction than tigers fiving in zoos - There is no such comparison
E To suggest that white tigers are not endangered - point about "endangered" is in para #2. The last line refutes an assumption present in the 1st para itself.

Hence, answer must be C
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Thanks dave13 and gmatexam439 sir for the detailed explanation :-)
Crystal clear now......
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I think the difficulty of the passage and its questions are rather in the sub-600 level category...

Maybe a moderator could adjust the tag:)
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could anyone explain the first question? I cannot see specifically any word "Indian" in the first para.
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faltan - Please refer following lines in P2.

white tigers are merely Indian tigers-a subspecies well represented in both zoos and the wild-and that zoos should focus their tiger management efforts on preserving subspecies whose existence is threatened.
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