# As it is presented in the passage, the approach to history taken by mainstream U.S. historians of the late nineteenth...

Lisa on November 15, 2017

LLinear Game 1 Question 5

I am very confused on question 5. I think the explanation given is good when you already understand but not when you are first applying. I need this re-explained.

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Mehran on November 24, 2017

Sure. What is confusing you here?

on August 18, 2020

Why did you use the hypothetical from question 3 to answer question 5? How did you know to use that hypothetical as opposed to any other one that was created?

on November 10, 2020

Hi friends, here's what I can gather from this type of question.

- When it is asking "what is the maximum number of slots that can separate two variables from one another" as Question 5 is asking, it is like asking "what is the farthest they can be from one another".

- In Question 3, it just so happened that that was the question and that S, one of the two variables asked about in question 5, was already placed in a hypothetical being the farthest it could be from H. In that hypothetical S and N were separated by at least 4 other variables. This helps us eliminate answer choices 1, 2 and 3 (it shows us that S and N can validly be separated by at least 4 variables already). That's why using that hypothetical made sense - it was the same question and concerned a common variable (S).

However, since H has no restrictions and Question 5 is asking how far apart S and N can be from one another (ie. how many letters maximum can separate them), N and H can be switched, thereby confirming that S and N can be separated by 5 slots, which is the maximum, with S being in slot 1 and N, in slot 7.

I hope this was helpful and made sense, and @Mehran please correct me if I'm wrong. Thank you!