Toddlers are not being malicious when they bite people. For example, a child may want a toy, and feel that the perso...

Joseph on April 20, 2016

What A and not E?

Hello, I am not sure why A is correct and not E? Insight is appreciated! Thanks.

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Mehran on April 21, 2016

@Joseph let's take a closer look.

The stimulus here is a set of facts and the question stem states, "The situation as described above most closely conforms to which one of the following generalizations?"

This is effectively a Must Be True question, so we are looking for a generalization that is directly supported by the information in the stimulus.

Let's take a look at (A), "Biting people is sometimes a way for toddlers to try to solve problems."

This is directly supported by the information in the stimulus, i.e. "For example, a child may want a toy, and feel that the person he or she bites is preventing him or her from having it."

Now, let's take a look at (E), "Resorting to biting people is in some cases an effective way for toddlers to get what they want."

The problem with (E) is that we are not given any information as to whether this strategy of biting is effective, i.e. does biting result in the child getting the toy?

Since this is not directly supported by the information in the stimulus, (E) can be eliminated.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.