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GMAT SC version 1 qns 2 (Updated On Tuesday, June 03, 2014)

At the height of World War II, American leaders struggled with the twin tasks of preparing military personnel for the work of occupation and reoriented civilian attitudes toward a long-term, postwar project which was unpopular one.

A. At the height of World War II, American leaders struggled with the twin tasks of preparing military personnel for the work of occupation and reoriented civilian attitudes toward an a long-term, postwar project which was unpopular one.

B. At the height of World War II, the twin tasks of preparing military personnel for the work of occupation and of reorienting civilian attitudes toward an unpopular long-term, postwar project became struggle for American leaders. 

C. At the height of World War II, American leaders struggled with the twin tasks of preparing military personnel for the work of occupation but reorienting civilian attitudes toward an unpopular long-term, postwar project.

D. At the height of World War II, American leaders struggled with the twin tasks of preparing military personnel for the work of occupation and to have reoriented civilian attitudes toward an unpopular long-term, postwar project.

E. At the height of World War II, American leaders struggled with the twin tasks of preparing military personnel for the work of occupation and reorienting civilian attitudes toward an unpopular long-term, postwar project.

Solution: the best answer is E. the twin tasks- preparing and reorienting – are grammatically parallel. This option is better arranged and economical. 
In A, the twin tasks are unparallel. It unnecessarily introduces ‘which was’ and ‘one’.
In B, the introductory modifier ‘ at the height of….’ Seems misplaced; the construction ‘the twin tasks became a struggle’ doesn’t bring forth the force of the original idea.
In C, The use of contrast  ‘ but’ doesn’t convey  the twin tasks.
In D, the unparallel constructions – preparing and to have oriented- make the sentence incorrect. 


 

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