UMAT Practice Question 3

Practice Question 3

The presence together of carbon, water and temperature at which water is ordinarily a liquid are essential to life on earth.

Question: Which of the following can be deduced from the passage?

A. Life on the moon seems impossible since the moon has no water.

B. Living things must be made up of elements that are known to us.

C. All living things on earth use carbon.

D. The conditions given in the statements are the only ones essential to life on earth.

 

Solution:

The correct answer is A:

We can eliminate option B immediately because they are clearly not mentioned in the passage. Even though the presence of carbon is essential to life on earth, it does not mean that all living things on earth use carbon, so C is incorrect. We are told that these conditions are essential to life on earth, but there is a possibility that it may also be the same on other planets. Therefore, option A is the most appropriate. Note the importance of the word 'seems'.