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Directions: GMAT reading comprehension questions are based on the content of a passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each of the questions on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage.
Many writers have expressed surprise that with all the use made of voltaic cells after 1800, including the enormous cells that produced the electric arc and vaporized wires, no one for twenty years happened to see a deflection of any of the nearby compass needles, which were a basic component of the scientific apparatus kept by any experimenter at this time. The surprise is still greater when one realizes that many of the contemporary natural philosophers were firmly persuaded, even in the absence of positive evidence, that there must be a connection between electricity and magnetism. Hans Christian Oersted himself held this latter opinion, and had been seeking electromagnetic relationships more or less deliberately for several years before he made his decisive observations.
His familiarity with the subject was such that he fully appreciated the immense importance of his discovery. This accounts for his employing a rather uncommon method of publication. Instead of submitting a letter to a scientific society or a report to the editor of a journal, he had privately printed a four-page pamphlet describing his results. This, he forwarded simultaneously to the learned societies and outstanding scientists all over Europe. Written in Latin, the paper was published in various journals in English, French, German, Italian and Danish during the next few weeks.
In summary, he reported that a compass needle experienced deviations when placed near a wire connecting the terminals of a voltaic battery. He described fully how the direction and magnitude of the needle deflections varied with the relative position of the wire and the polarity of the battery, stating that, “from the preceding facts, we may likewise collect that this conflict performs circles…” Oersted’s comment that the voltaic apparatus used should “be strong enough to heat a metallic wire red hot” does not excuse the twenty-year delay of the discovery.

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Try yourself:The speed with which Oersted's pamphlet was translated and disseminated attests to:
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Try yourself:It can be surmised from the passage that:
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Try yourself:Which of the following best describes the tone used by the author of this passage?
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Try yourself:The passage offers support for the inference that Oersted was:
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Try yourself:Concerning the connection between electricity and magnetism, the author of the passage takes the opinion that:
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Try yourself:What would be a modern-day parallel to the underlying viewpoint expressed in the passage?
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