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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote Life on Mars This topic has 2 expert replies and 5 member replies Life on Mars Source: MGMAT RC Guide 4th Ed, Page: 119 Passage is in image The author's stance on the possibility of life on Mars can best be described as A: Optimistic B: Disinterested C: Skeptical D: Simplistic E: Cynical OA: B Author does not have -ve feeling. So, I can eliminate C and E. I did not find much explanation on source. I could not understand OA. Last edited by akhpad on Fri May 28, 2010 4:06 am; edited 3 times in total Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 12 May 2009 Posted: 10 messages Target GMAT Score: 720 Is the answer A? Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 15 Dec 2009 Posted: 66 messages Upvotes: 9 Test Date: 19-Aug-2010 Target GMAT Score: 720+ GMAT Score: 730 It can not be B, C and E as auther does not show negative attitude towards the possiblity of life on Mars. Between A (optimistic) and D (Simplistic), D sounds logical. It is mentioned in the second para that some scientists believe that presence of water can be definitely answered by some theory. Other scientists oppose this view. Mars rovers opportunity and spirit have discovered geological evidence of past water activity. The last sentence says that these findings (of presence of water on mars) substantially bolster claims that there was once life on mars. This is simplistic (overly simplified) veiw of author, which is not yet proven. In authror's opinion, presence of water means presence of life, which is overly simplified view (without considering other factors). Hence, my take is 'D'. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 27 Jul 2009 Posted: 305 messages Upvotes: 10 Uninterested -- Not interested Disinterested -- Impartial, unbiased. Now think again regarding the OA. _________________ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Shawshank Redemtion -- Hope is still alive ... Legendary Member Joined 08 Oct 2009 Posted: 544 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 31 By saying person is simplistic, we mean that the person does not take into consideration complexities and various aspects of something while arriving at the conclusion... But this is not what author has done...Author did consider many complexities and aspects... So D is gone.. You eliminate C n E.. The author is neutral and not optimistic... That makes the answer as B.. I too got this one wrong when i solved this passsage.. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 16 Dec 2009 Posted: 227 messages Upvotes: 3 Test Date: 12th Aug, 2010 Target GMAT Score: 700+ akhp77 wrote: Source: MGMAT Passage is in image The author's stance on the possibility of life on Mars can best be described as A: Optimistic B: Disinterested C: Skeptical D: Simplistic E: Cynical OA: B Author does not have -ve feeling. So, I can eliminate C and E. I did not find much explanation on source. I could not understand OA. IMO A. How can it be B as the author in the end tries to say that there is substantial evidence for possibility of life. GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 03 Mar 2008 Posted: 3380 messages Followed by: 1500 members Upvotes: 2256 GMAT Score: 800 hi -- we have actually deactivated this question from our CATs, since one of our latest research project has revealed that no known OFFICIAL problem has ever asked explicitly for the tone of a passage. there have been questions that have referred obliquely to the tone of a passage -- such as "the tone of the passage suggests that the author feels a certain way" -- but no question has ever asked for an adjective that describes the tone of the passage, as this one does. so, for now, the short answer is "you don't have to worry about questions like this". _________________ Ron has been teaching various standardized tests for 20 years. -- Pueden hacerle preguntas a Ron en castellano Potete chiedere domande a Ron in italiano On peut poser des questions Ã Ron en franÃ§ais Voit esittÃ¤Ã¤ kysymyksiÃ¤ Ron:lle myÃ¶s suomeksi -- Quand on se sent bien dans un vÃªtement, tout peut arriver. Un bon vÃªtement, c'est un passeport pour le bonheur. Yves Saint-Laurent -- Learn more about ron Free Manhattan Prep online events - The first class of every online Manhattan Prep course is free. Classes start every week. GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 27 Dec 2006 Posted: 2228 messages Followed by: 687 members Upvotes: 639 GMAT Score: 780 Just FYI - this one is not from our CATs. It's printed in the RC strategy guide. Questions will occasionally ask about the author's attitude toward some specific thing but, as Ron said, the more simplistic "tone" question with a single adjective as an answer is not a great representation of the GMAT at this point in time. I do want to make sure, though, that people know the definition of the word "disinterested," as that word could possibly show up on the real test. Shawshank nailed it, up above. Disinterested and uninterested do not mean the same thing. _________________ Please note: I do not use the Private Messaging system! 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