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Challenge Question #2: Win a Free Magoosh Account

Answer this question, and you could win a free Magoosh account. :) Every month, we’ll have a new challenge question. You can see past challenges here.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Submit an answer and explanation in the comments of this post by 2PM PST on Thursday, May 1st.

2. I will pick the comment with the best explanation, and this person will win a free account!

3. Comments will remain hidden until we release the answer and the winner, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up immediately–we’ll still see it!

This post will be updated with the answer on Thursday, after the winner is announced. Good luck!

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Update, 5/1/2014: Congrats to our winner, Kristen! 🙂 

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About Rachel Wisuri

Rachel helps eager students find out about Magoosh. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a super helpful double major in History and French. In her free time she can be found eating peanut butter, drinking five cups of tea per day, and playing with cats.


4 Responses to “Challenge Question #2: Win a Free Magoosh Account”

  1. Siddhanth Patel says:

    For the following question, answer number 4 is correct.

    Question: Franchisers are very fond of quoting small business administration statics that show that as much as 65 percent of all new businesses fail within the five first years of operation.

    To start, lets start by crossing out bad choices and picking the best one. So to begin, the first choice: “that show that as much as 65 percent of all new businesses fail withing the five first years of operation.” It sounds alright, right? Well look closer. See where it says, “the five first years?” It does not sound right, does it?

    The second choice is incorrect, because it uses the word, “failing,” instead of “fail.”

    The third choice is also incorrect, because the word “shows” does not make sense, after the word, “statistics.” For example, does this make sense, “statistics show*s*.” No, right?

    The fifth choice is also incorrect, because it states, “which within the first five years of operation show that as many as 65 percent of all new businesses fail.” This phrase changes the meaning of the given sentence.

    The original meaning: Statistics show that as much as 65 percent of all new businesses fail within the five first years of operation.

    The fifth choice meaning: Statistics which within the first five years of operation show that as many as 65 percent of all new businesses fail.

    Don’t these two meanings sound different? Therefore, the fifth choice, is incorrect.

    Finally, we are left with answer number 4: “that show that as many as 65 percent of all new businesses fail within the first five years of operation.” The word, “many” replaces “much” while the words, “first five” replaces “five first.”

    It is much easier than you think. Reading each question carefully and crossing wrong answers out and picking the best choice is a great strategy for multiple choice questions. All you need is time and patience! 🙂

  2. Yana Miladinova says:

    Answer D) that show that as many as 65 percent of all new businesses fail within the first five years of operation

  3. Kristen says:

    Choice D (the fourth option) would be correct. The correct answer needs ¨as many as,¨ not ¨as much as¨ because it is a countable item (a percentage). ¨As much as¨ is for noncountable items, so A and C are eliminated (choice C also has the added error of ¨shows¨ when the subject is ¨statistics¨ and therefore needs ¨show¨). Then we are left with choices B, D and E. Between B and D we see the primary difference is between ¨five first operating years¨ and ¨first five years of operation,¨ respectively. There was no need to change the original sentence as it changes the meaning, so we stick with option D. Now we are left with D and E: E changes the meaning of what the statistics are showing.

    • Rachel Wisuri Rachel says:

      Hey Kristen! You’re our winner. Congrats! I’ll email you with instructions to set up your free account. 🙂

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