Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main point of the passage?

on May 10, 2018

Please explain

Please explain the difference between B and D.

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Mehran on May 21, 2018

Hi @a42, thanks for your post.

Answer choice (D) (the correct answer) states that "the New Urbanists hold that suburban sprawl has a corrosive effect on community life, and as an alternative they advocate development modeled on small urban neighborhoods." This is an accurate statement of the main point of the passage (see, e.g., lines 8-9 - decline of civil life and civility - and lines 36-45 - the New Urbanists' proposed alternative kind of development).

Answer choice (B) is too narrow - it's not just that suburban sprawl "inhibits social interaction among people of diverse economic circumstances," although that is textually supported (lines 21-23). In addition to economic segregation, the passage discusses traffic, antisocial competition for road space, etc. Also, there is no textual support for the part of answer choice (B) that says that the New Urbanists "advocate specific reforms of zoning laws." The part of the passage that discusses the New Urbanists preferred form of development is in lines 36-45, but that section does not mention any specific zoning law reforms.

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