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    #1

    It's a bond found in any family.

    The answer is b, but I guess "It's a bond found in any family." can also be an answer, so what's wrong with it?

    M: I'm surprised Trent defended Lynn against that bully.
    W:Why wouldn't he? She's his sister.
    M:I had the impression they weren't close
    W:___________b_________
    a. It's an accident waiting to happen
    b. He's obligated to stand up for a sibiling
    c. I'm acquainted with them both
    d. It's a bond found in any family.

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    #2

    Re: It's a bond found in any family.

    No bond has been referred to.

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    #3

    Re: It's a bond found in any family.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No bond has been referred to.
    I'm sorry I don't get it...There is "bond" in there, but I don't understand...

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    #4

    Re: It's a bond found in any family.

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    It's a close call.

    I wouldn’t say D is wrong per se because, like you said, a brother sticking up for his little sister can be the indication of that bond between siblings. But that’s not the point.

    If I had to choose only one (which is the whole point of multiple choice questions), I would choose B over D because it fits better given the flow of the conversation leading up to the blank.

    When dealing with multiple choice questions, especially tougher ones, you will probably be able to get rid of two choices without even breaking a sweat that are just flat-out wrong and then you will find yourself stuck between two choices that are close call; then you have a choice to make and that choice is "picking the answer that fits better in the context or dialogue".

    Hope this helps.

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    #5

    Re: It's a bond found in any family.

    I agree with you in principle (that a family bond is usually the reason for siblings standing up for each other) but the word "bond" is not mentioned in the first three lines of dialogue. The only things mentioned are that the boy/man defended his sister against a bully, and that one of people in the conversation thinks that the two siblings are not very close, so maybe that family bond actually doesn't exist in their family. Nonetheless, he feels obligated to stand up for her simply because she is his sister.

    For all we know, after the dialogue finishes, he may go to his sister and say "I defended you because you're my sister but don't think that means we're friends, or that I feel any differently about you. I hate you as I have done since we were twelve" or something similar. I am exaggerating of course but I hope you get the idea.

    The tone of the piece is that he defends her because he feels he is obligated to, not due to any family bond that exists between them.

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