The author of the passage expresses uncertainty with regard to which one of the following?

Cameron on April 16 at 05:49PM

Choice A

I understand why D is supported, but it appears to me that A is supported as well. The passage states "one cannot assume that an increase in the proportion of Mexican Americans born in the United States necessarily resulted in an increase in the ethnic Mexican population's political activism." Does that not support choice A?

2 Replies

Ravi on April 16 at 06:49PM

@candace,

Happy to help.

(A) says, "whether or not one can assume that the increase in the
number of Mexican Americans born in the United States led to an
increase in Mexican American political activism"

This answer is quite tricky. However, the problem with this answer
choice is that the author of the passage does not actually express
uncertainty about whether or not one can assume that an increase in
the number of Mexican Americans born in the United States led to an
increase in political activity among Mexican Americans. Rather, what
the author says is that since we do not possess a strong understanding
of how variables (such as the rates of immigration, naturalization,
bilingualism, and other variations in the ethnic consciousnesses)
affect the level of political involvement of Mexican Americans, we
cannot assume that an increase in the number of Mexican Americans
spurred an increase in political activity (lines 52-60). In stating
this, the author of the passage isn't uncertain when she says that we
cannot conclude that an increase in Mexican Americans led to an
increase in political activity. This is why we can get rid of (A).

Does this make sense? Let us know if you have any more questions!

Cameron on April 16 at 07:01PM

Yes, that makes sense. Thank you for your help.