A person reading a new book for pleasure is like a tourist traveling to a new place. The reader reads, just as the to...

Kim on August 18, 2014

Please Explain

Why is "B" correct?

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Melody on August 23, 2014

Our conclusion is: "it is better to read fewer books and spend more time on each rather than to quickly read as many as one can, just as it is better to travel to fewer places and spend more time in each rather than to spend a small amount of time in many different places."

Why? We are presented with an analogy: a person reading a new book for pleasure is like a tourist traveling to a new place. They both read and travel respectively in order to enlarge understanding, as opposed to simply acquiring information.

So, the reason why reading a new book and traveling to a new place is similar is that they are both done in order to enlarge understanding. Thus, in order to strengthen the argument, we must have a reason why spending more time on each book and/or traveling to fewer places helps us achieve our goal of enlarging our understanding.

Answer choice (B) states: "Tourists gain much more understanding of a place once they have spent several days at that place than they do in their first few days there." Therefore, spending more time in each new place as opposed to spending a small amount of time in many different places will actually help enlarge our understanding. And since reading a new book is similar to traveling to a new place, so, too, is it better to read fewer books and spend more time on each rather than to quickly read as many as one can.

Hope that was helpful! Please let us know if you have any other questions.