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New post 05 Feb 2014, 22:27
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I literally understood very little of what was written in the passage.
I attempted this passage in 21 minutes and I was expecting that I might get 1 or 2 correct because the RC didn't go well.
But, to my surprise when I checked the answers I got the first 7 correct and last 2 incorrect.

My answers are: A,B,C,E,B,C,B,E,B
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What you think that happened to me. I got "ONLY" 2 correct ,though thought it would have been 4 or 5.
Extremely disappointed..... :oops:

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Criticizes how America focuses not enough on interdependence and too much on competition. (2nd para)

So answer of 1st question is A.
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1-> A: I used POE here. None of the other options sounded right. All the other options were either partially or completely out of scope.
2-> B: None of the answers looked right to me. I chose property because it was the only one which looked as possible answer. "settled possessiveness" -> seems like something that talks about settling -> hence property.
3-> C: Since only a judge can act as a strong referee for the country.
4-> E: POE
5-> B:POE
6-> C: Its the only option that talks about movement and something that can be halted. Similar to the US economic system which is always on the move but can be brought to a halt if required, a treadmill keeps moving and is also something that can stop.
7-> B: POE. All others are OOS.
8 ->C: 1st 2 statements arent spoken about at all.
9-> D: A-> OOS. B-> Undermining of the US economic structure isnt spoken about in the passage. Not sure about C. E is absolutely not right according to the passage.
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i just loved this RC.....
got 7/9 correct....
took 19 mins though....
is it too much for this rc?
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All correct , only one wrong :)
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2. According to the passage, “Old World” values were based on
(A) ability
(B) property
(C) family connections
(D) guild hierarchies
(E) education

explain please why A correct OA.
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2. According to the passage, “Old World” values were based on
(A) ability
(B) property
(C) family connections
(D) guild hierarchies
(E) education

explain please why A correct OA.


Correct answer is B not A.
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6. Which of the following metaphors could the author most appropriately use to summarize his own assessment of the American economic system (lines 35-60)?
(A) A windmill
(B) A waterfall
(C) A treadmill
(D) A gyroscope
(E) A bellows

OA is treadmill. I found it difficult to decide between windmill and treadmill.

Could you please provide an explanation. Thanks.
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only 4th question was wrong.
That inference question - 7th Q - done through POE - Option A is opposite answer :) rest all options are dumb except for B- So i marked B.
Need explanation for 4th and 7th questions . ty
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In question 2, could you please explain how "property" can be the answer, from which sentences, we can conclude this.

For question 4, could you please explain the meaning of first few lines of second para as in first line of it, it has been written as " reform has left america sterile" but after few lines, it has been mentioned as " america seems not to honor the stability".so got confused between positive and negative trend, what to choose and how to choose?
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In question 2, could you please explain how "property" can be the answer, from which sentences, we can conclude this.

For question 4, could you please explain the meaning of first few lines of second para as in first line of it, it has been written as " reform has left america sterile" but after few lines, it has been mentioned as " america seems not to honor the stability".so got confused between positive and negative trend, what to choose and how to choose?


Fascination with this ideal has made Americans defy the “Old World” categories of settled possessiveness versus unsettling deprivation, the cupidity of retention versus the cupidity of seizure, a “status quo” defended or attacked. The United States, it was believed, had no status quo ante. Our only “station” was the turning of a stationary wheel, spinning faster and faster. We did not base our system on property but opportunity

The above answers your query about 2nd question - as far as 4th question is concerned even am in doubt. I got it wrong.
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For question 4, could you please explain the meaning of first few lines of second para as in first line of it, it has been written as " reform has left america sterile" but after few lines, it has been mentioned as " america seems not to honor the stability".so got confused between positive and negative trend, what to choose and how to choose?


The author is trying to say that reform in America has been sterile (ie unproductive) because there was never any attempt to change the fundamental system that had taken hold in America, a system that the author compares to a race. There may have been attempts to modify or improve the rules of the race, but there was never an "attempt to call off the race" entirely. In other words, changing the rules of the race (ie modifying the existing system) would not result in significant change or reform; in order to achieve real, substantial change, there would have to be an attempt to call off the race (ie embrace an entirely different system). The latter would constitute "fundamental" reform, whereas the former constitutes only superficial reform; thus, "reform" is placed in quotes to assert that the changes to the rules of the race have resulted in superficial reform but not fundamental reform.
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Can someone please tell me how can we tag this RC as sub 600 level?

I didn't even get a single word of this passage. I realized a similar passage came on my last official GMAT.

Are these really sub 600? :o

I started my RC prep today and this 1st passage has demotivated me completely. :(

Please someone help me completely decode this passage.
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Hello abhimahna,

I think you will start ignoring my posts from today :P , since I have been asking for so much help lately with my advanced studies.

Coming back to the passage at hand. I don't really understand how this passage "criticises the inflexibility of American economic mythology".

--In the first para, the author introduces "maximum freedom" and "openness".
--The very next line states that : "Fascination with this ideal has made Americans defy the “Old World”". --> This means that americans are indeed interested in change. ---Another line that supports this thinking is "We did not base our system on property but opportunity—which meant we based it not on stability but on mobility".
--Another supportive evidence: "But Americans imagined a condition in which speculators, self-makers, runners are always using the new opportunities given by our land".

--In the second para, author calls "reform" futile, but still states that "There is no attempt to call off the race. Since our only stability is change, America seems not to honor the quiet work that achieves social interdependence and stability"
--The people are ashamed of their past but still he states that "in the Wonderland race we must all run".

In short what I understood from the passage is that the author is mainly talking about the old vs new thoughts. I don't really understand how the main point of passage is the criticism of American mythology. That's is just discussed in the second passage for a few lines. But, passage as a whole is talking about the old vs new school of thoughts.

Could you please point out the holes in my understanding because I am clearly missing the point here.

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I found the language of the passage really complex and highly convoluted. The more questions I answered, I feel the less I actually understood the passage. I request someone to summarize the passage with special emphasis on question 7 and 9.
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I found the language of the passage really complex and highly convoluted. The more questions I answered, I feel the less I actually understood the passage. I request someone to summarize the passage with special emphasis on question 7 and 9.

As described in the Ultimate RC Guide for Beginners, it helps to get engaged and think about the PURPOSE of each paragraph. You might not understand all of the details in the first paragraph, but force yourself to think about WHY it is there. What is the author trying to accomplish?

I might not get everything the author says, but I see that he/she is comparing two drastically different things. The "Old World" economics are described by words/phrases such as settled possessiveness, cupidity of retention, a 'status quo' defended, property, haves and have-nots, non-starters, stability, and authority. Meanwhile, the "liberal idea of the economic market" in America is described with words/phrases such as unsettling deprivation, cupidity of seizure, 'status quo' attacked, a wheel spinning faster and faster, opportunity (not property), and mobility (not stability), with speculators/self-starters/runners being economic leaders and agents of change.

These comparisons are not all clear to me, but instead of trying to muscle my way through the facts (the what), let me think about the purpose (the why) of the first paragraph. The author is clearly trying to compare the "settled" and "stable" state of "Old World" economics to the instability and hectic nature of the free enterprise system in America. In other words, the first paragraph compares the highly-regulated and manipulated race of the Old World to the hectic and scrambled race of the free enterprise system.

The purpose of the second paragraph is to explain how things like reform, serving others, and helping those in need have been hindered because America can't let go of the "race". American legends glorify the race and those that run it but not those who quietly keep the system working and create social interdependence and stability. I might not understand all of the details of the second paragraph, but I see that the author is explaining problems with America's economic "racing".

Next, ask yourself, "What was the purpose of the entire passage?" Again, the point is to get engaged and think about what you are reading. Trying to think about WHY everything is there is more important than understanding all of the details.

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For question 3, why C is a better answer over E?

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A really amazing read, didn't even feel like a RC till I did the questions :P.
got 5/9 (TERRIBLE) I agree, but I got why my answers were wrong except for this one:

According to the passage, “Old World” values were based on
(A) ability
(B) property--> The only word which cues to this is 'settled possessiveness' and I don't understand how it is property - it can also mean hierarchy 'cause you 'possess' it. Would love an expert opinion on this
(C) family connections
(D) guild hierarchies
(E) education
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See if that helps you tackle questions 7 and 9!

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Hi GMATNinja,

7. It can be inferred from the passage that Woodrow Wilson’s ideas about the economic market
(A) encouraged those who “make the system work” (lines 45-46)
(B) perpetuated traditional legends about America
(C) revealed the prejudices of a man born wealthy
(D) foreshadowed the stock market crash of 1929
(E) began a tradition of presidential proclamations on economics

Initially i picked C for Q7, but in the second passage:

"....There is no pride in being an employee (Wilson asked for a return to the time when everyone was an employer).... "
hence the Ans
(B) perpetuated traditional legends about America.

Please let me know if my reasoning is correct.

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