ACT Science 1.6 Conflicting Viewpoint Passage
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ACT Science: Conflicting Viewpoint Passage Drill 1, Problem 6. Which of these potential answers is supported in both scientists' viewpoints?
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So, what’s this question really asking?
When you boil it down, we’ve got 2 scientists—one on Team Auxin, the other on Team Stress,
and we’re being asked which statement could align with both of their viewpoints.
Let’s go down the line and see what we can find out.
Option A simply says stress causes patterning.
Scientist 2 went off at length about exactly that, but Scientist 1 didn’t even say a
peep about stress. This isn’t the answer we’re looking for.
What about option B, which says auxin causes patterning?
Scientist 1 sure seems to think so, but Scientist 2 specifically said that’s not the case.
In fact, Scientist 2 specifically goes out of his way to say, “oh, nuh uh” at the auxin-only idea.
Hey pal, what did auxin ever do to you?
Moving on to option C, Scientist 1 spends a large portion of his passage
saying that auxin is present in the SAM.
And scientist 2 finished his viewpoint by saying the combination of auxin and mechanical
stress causes patterning.
This option looks pretty good, but let’s check option D to be sure.
Option D says “PIN 1 clustering is important.”
Well, we’re sure it is, but neither scientist mentioned this at all in his viewpoint.
We can toss that one out. And we’re left with C,
as in, “Come on…hug it out, you two.”