How to solve GMAT Reading Comprehension assumption questions

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					GMAT Reading comprehension assumption question is another RC Question
type that is tough to crack.The assumption questions normally mentions
According to the passage the assumption that " ....." . Here the
assumption might be a term or a phrase,which can be crystalized by
reading the entire passage or just one or two paragraphs.


  The best strategies to follow are the following :      1) Find out
whether the assumption question requires us to read the entire passage or
just a few paragraphs.      The question itself gives us the hint to read
the entire passage or one or two paragraphs      2) As in inference
question do not use personal assumption to crack the question       3) Do
not contradict the main idea      Now let's apply the strategy for the
following:      P1) Although Victor Turner's writings have proved
fruitful for fields beyond anthropology, his definition of ritual is
overly restrictive. Ritual, he says, is -œprescribed formal behavior for
occasions not given over to technological routine, having reference to
beliefs in mystical beings or powers.-• -œTechnological routine-• refers
to the means by which a social group provides for its material needs.
Turner's differentiating ritual from technology helps us recognize that
festivals and celebrations may have little purpose other than play, but
it obscures the practical aims, such as making crops grow or healing
patients, of other rituals. Further, Turner's definition implies a
necessary relationship between ritual and mystical beliefs. However, not
all rituals are religious; some religions have no reference to mystical
beings; and individuals may be required only to participate in, not
necessarily believe in, a ritual. Turner's assumption that ritual
behavior follows belief thus limits the usefulness of his definition in
studying ritual across cultures.      Main Idea : Turner's definition of
rituals is flawed as in cannot be used to study rituals across cultures
Q) The passage suggests that an assumption underlying Turner's
definition of ritual is that (A) anthropological concepts apply to
other fields (B) festivals and ceremonies are related cultural
phenomena (C) there is a relationship between play and practical ends
(D) rituals refer only to belief in mystical beings or powers (E)
mystical beings and powers have certain common attributes across
cultures      1) "The passage suggests that " gives us a hint to read the
entire passage to crack the assumption question.      2) The personal
asssumption is that Turner's definition was flawed.It is confirmed by the
main idea that it cannot be used to study rituals across cultures.
3) According to victor turner rituals refer only to belief in mystical
beings or powers but the author attacks this finding by providing counter
evidence . Therefore the assumption of the passage is summarized by
Choice C      This choice does not contradict the main idea of the
passage      Correct Answer : D        Read more GMAT Tutorialsfrom
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