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Can you help me regarding the following question related to the paragraph below. For me, all the options can be answer because each option contains a non-text and text information.

Furthermore, very often today words and images of various sorts are juxtaposed and integrated in a variety of ways. In newspaper and magazines as well as in textbooks, images take up more and more of the space alongside words. In fact, in many modern high school and college textbooks in the sciences images not only take up more space, they now carry meanings that are independent of the words in the text. If you can't read these images, you will not be able to recover their meanings from the words in the text as was more usual in the past. In such multimodal texts (texts that mix words and images), the images often communicate different things from the words.

An example from a science textbook of the phenomenon the author describes in the third paragraph could be

A) A genetic tree that coincides with the discussion of specific mammal classes in the text

B) A diagram of a specific chemical reaction that is used to explain a broad definition in the text

C) An illustration of a plant cycle that accompanies a chapter on photosynthesis

D) A cartoon that references the same methods discussed in the text about laboratory safety

  • Is this a "bad" question? – Mrt Oct 6 '18 at 22:37
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The purpose of the passage is to explain how some textbooks have images that teach new information rather than simply illustrating the same concepts in the text.

A) Wrong because the illustration "coincides with" the text. Nothing new

D) Wrong because the cartoon references "the same" methods in the text.

But between B) and C), I don't know. C) illustrates the plant cycle, which is more information than simply photosynthesis. However why isn't the illustration about the plant cycle in a chapter about the plant cycle? It seems out of place and not like it would teach you anything. B) seems to closely match the passage where it says,

If you can't read these images, you will not be able to recover their meanings from the words in the text as was more usual in the past.

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