Which one of the following can be most reasonably inferred from the information in the passage?

jing jing on April 10, 2020

I picked correct answer D first and then changed to incorrect answer choice E

Hi For this question, I picked correct answer choice D first and then changed to incorrect answer choice E. My reasoning for the wrong switch was that the studies seem to suggest that the traditional grounds for allowing/disallowing leading question interrogation is called into question because it is ineffective and the studies call for more efficient grounds for allowing/disallowing leading questions. Answer D I ditched because it says inaccuracy of testimony are due to other factors from the increase susceptible to leading questions and there seem to be no "other factors". It was the phrase "Due to other factors" that made me wrongly switch from D to E. Could somebody please clarify the phrase "other factors" in correct answer D and why is D correct versus E wrong? Thank you. I felt so stupid after the switch from correct to wrong answer. However, I wasn't confident in my selection initially so I need some clarifications on D being correct.

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Annie on April 11, 2020

Hi,

(D) is correct because it can be inferred from the passage. The clearest support for this comes in the last paragraph. We are told that the less recollection one has of an event, the more likely that "suggested" information will become part of the memory. This means that leading questions can be very effective in altering ones memory of events that you have a vague memory of. Answer D reflects this.

(E) is incorrect because it cannot be inferred by the passage. We are told that leading questions can be excluded because they can lead to unreliable testimony (lines 1-5). Then, the rest of the passage confirms why/how leading questions can lead to unreliable testimony. So, the traditional reasons for excluding such questions are being supported not called into question.

jing jing on April 11, 2020

Thank you. I think from your answer, we can assume the phrase "due to other factors" in D is referring to less recollection one has of an event. As a result of this "other factor", namely less recollection of the event, the more likely that "suggested" information will become part of the memory. Am I interpreting your solution correct? Please let me know if I am off track. Thank you

on May 20, 2021

I have the same question. How does the phrase “due to certain other factors” fit in the sentence to be interpreted as the same as if it weren't included in the sentence?