Winston: The rules for awarding Nobel Prizes stipulate that no more than three people can share the same prize. Nobel...

Deke on June 29, 2019

I'm guessing my problem here

i picked B but the answer was E, in point of agreement questions, should i be looking for the "Simplest" point of agreement. or how should i be looking at this differently?

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Ravi on June 29, 2019


Happy to help. In point of agreement questions, there is one answer
choice that highlights something that both speakers agree upon. The
other answers will all have faults for one reason or another,
including inaccurately representing points of agreement.

This is a very tricky question. Let's look at (B) and (E).

(B) says, "the rules that govern the awarding of Nobel Prizes in
scientific disciplines should be different from the rules for other
Nobel Prizes"

The problem with (B) is that Winston and Sanjay only discuss
scientific disciplines, so we do not know what their thoughts on other
disciplines are. This is tempting, but we simply don't have enough
information to know if they agree on this, so it's out.

(E) says, "Nobel Prizes are inaccurate indicators of scientists'
contributions to their disciplines"

Both Winston and Sanjay mention scientists who can make large
contributions to their disciplines even if they cannot receive a Nobel
Prize. They both believe that Nobel Prizes can't be used to validate
or invalidate a scientist's contributions to a particular field
because if this were the case, then it would lead to believing that
many scientists didn't have major contributions to their fields when
they actually did. Thus, (E) is the correct answer choice.

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