Which one of the following most accurately describes a relationship between the two passages?

Samuel on July 22 at 04:00PM

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Explain why incorrect answers are wrong and why correct ones as right please

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Ravi on July 22 at 06:03PM

@SamBaucom,

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(A) says, "Passage A discusses and rejects a position that is put
forth in passage B."

Although it's true that both passages reject the smell hypothesis,
passage A does not reject any position that's posited by passage B.
They both reject the same hypothesis, so (A) is out.

(B) says, "Passage A gives several examples of a phenomenon for which
passage B gives only one example."

(B) has the relationship between the two passages backwards. Passage A
only discusses one phenomenon, bee communication, while passage B
discusses two phenomena (bees and primates). Thus, (B) is out.

(C) says, "Passage A is concerned in its entirety with a phenomenon
that passage B discusses in support of a more general thesis."

Passage A is more specific than passage B because it only discusses
bees. Passage B only uses bees to support its broader claim that some
animals communicate symbolically. With this, (C) makes a lot of sense,
as A is solely concerned with B communication, whereas B only uses bee
communication to support its bigger claim. Thus, (C) is the correct
answer choice.

(D) says, "Passage A proposes a scientific explanation for a
phenomenon that passage B argues cannot be plausibly explained."

Passage B believes that bee communication has a plausible explanation
in that bee communication is a type of symbolic communication. For
this reason, (D) is incorrect.

(E) says, "Passage A provides a historical account of the origins of a
phenomenon that is the primary concern of passage B."

(E) is close, but it's not quite there. Passage A does in fact trace
the development of human knowledge about bee communication, but the
problem is that bees are not the primary concern of passage B. Rather,
bees' communication is used as an example to support the larger claim
that some animals symbolically communicate. Thus, (E) is incorrect.

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