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The brief survey, published under the title The Work of Nat

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The brief survey, published under the title The Work of Nature: How the Diversity of Life Sustains Us, is surprisingly (i)________. Indeed it makes several longer treatments of the effects of lost biodiversity seem (ii)________.




Blank (i)Blank (ii)
distortedredundant
objectivepithy
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In this question, it is hard to select an answer for either blank in isolation. The “brief survey,” like any survey, could in fact be surprisingly “distorted,” “objective,” or “comprehensive.” The contrast in the following sentence with “longer treatments” suggests that the brevity of the survey is important. Of the three choices, only “comprehensive” is particularly unexpected of a brief survey. Provisionally accepting “comprehensive” makes it easier to analyze the second blank. If the short survey is surprisingly comprehensive, then longer treatments may not convey any useful additional information, making them “redundant.” Longer works are unlikely to seem “pithy” in comparison to shorter ones, and “premature” makes little sense in this context. Reading the sentence again with “comprehensive” and “redundant” filling the blanks confirms that these two choices result in a coherent whole.

C and D are the answers
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Re: The brief survey, published under the title The Work of Nat [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2018, 02:18
Can someone comment the use of objective in the first blank? If we are using the term brief summary, it surely could be objective too and even so contrast with redundant. Could someone comment?
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Re: The brief survey, published under the title The Work of Nat [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2018, 11:28
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Objective could be, sure, for a survey. However, The survey is brief, which means it is comprehensive. It provides all the necessary information.

On the other side, even though is clear, in providing longer assessments, then it becomes redundant.

Hope now is more clear to you.

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A major clue for the first blank is the text "brief" to describe the survey. we know that the survey is short. It is "surprising" that the survey is [blank 1], given the fact that the survey is brief or very short.it would be surprising that a short report gives enough information so the best matches that idea is "comprehensive."

In the first sentence, we learn that the short report is very complete. We want to contrast that to "longer" texts on the same topic. If a shorter text is able to fully explain a topic, then a longer text on the same topic may seem more than what we actually need or "redundant."
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Re: The brief survey, published under the title The Work of Nat [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2018, 04:48
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The brief survey, published under the title The Work of Nature: How the Diversity of Life Sustains Us, is surprisingly (i)________. Indeed it makes several longer treatments of the effects of lost biodiversity seem (ii)________.

The "brief" survey is described as being surprisingly ___________.

The word surprisingly implies the unexpected, so comprehensive is the correct choice, since one does not expect a brief survey to be comprehensive.

A brief survey can be distorted or objective, nothing unexpected about it.

Now this comprehensive survey makes several longer treatments seem __________. What word can we fill in the blank? Since this survey is comprehensive - it can only make the other longer surveys seem redundant.Especially since, the other options do not make sense.

The longer surveys cannot be pithy because there is no evidence for the language or style of writing. Pithy means "of language or style that is terse and vigorously expressive.

It is not clear how the latest longer surveys make the earlier ones premature. There is no evidence for the same.
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Re: The brief survey, published under the title The Work of Nat [#permalink] New post 06 May 2020, 06:59
redundant makes sense
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