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The Dewey decimal system provided the first standardized, e

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The Dewey decimal system provided the first standardized, easily understood method of classifying the items in a library’s collection. Classification, in combination with the process of cataloging, meant that patrons could easily identify and locate for themselves items that had a certain title, were written by a certain author, or related to a given subject. Because the system was adopted at most libraries, patrons who learned the system could use it at any library.

Based on the information in the passage, it can be inferred that, prior to the implementation of the Dewey decimal system,

A libraries were generally small enough that no classification system was needed.
B libraries refused to make public the systems they used to classify books.
C patrons may have relied heavily on library staff to identify and locate the materials they sought.
D more people worked as librarians than after its use became widespread.
E library patrons were never able to understand the order in which books were shelved.
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Re: The Dewey decimal system provided the first standardized, e [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2018, 10:38
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is answer C?
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Re: The Dewey decimal system provided the first standardized, e [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2018, 02:05
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Yes. It is C.
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Re: The Dewey decimal system provided the first standardized, e [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2018, 15:18
what about d?it seems plausible too.pls explain.
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Re: The Dewey decimal system provided the first standardized, e [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2018, 08:35
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Because D is completely out of scope.

It talks about jobs in a library but the argument talks about HOW to find books on the shelves

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Re: The Dewey decimal system provided the first standardized, e [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2018, 02:40
Why Not Option B ?
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Re: The Dewey decimal system provided the first standardized, e [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2018, 02:59
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Yiddo_Bhushan wrote:
Why Not Option B ?

It is nowhere mentioned / no hints about, that libraries refused the public, the systems they used.
It is totally out of scope. It is always better not to bring outside knowledge into GRE passages.
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Re: The Dewey decimal system provided the first standardized, e [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2018, 10:16
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The answer is C because the passage mentions "cataloging, meant that patrons could easily identify and locate for themselves items that had a certain title,"
This could mean that previously patrons couldn't easily identify the items. Thus relying on someone for catologing
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