DISCUSSION: The first passage seems general. You don’t need to understand any economics or video game concepts to follow along.
The second passage is scholarly, and probably came from a journal.
Some of the wrong answers are goofy. Clearly, neither passage was from a science fiction novel or a speech before a legislature.
- CORRECT. If you don’t see that this is correct, reread my analysis section and then reread the passage. Look for any words that indicate tone or style.
- I studied economics. A technical journal for economists would probably sound like this:
“Does the marginal utility of online video games justify the opportunity cost of playing them? And can rents created within the game provide an alternate and complementary incentive for participation?”
- Science fiction novel? Passage A is talking about the real world.
- Passage B is from a law journal. Passage A is probably from a generalist magazine. And neither article is from a speech to a legislature.
- If you chose this, I’m not even sure you read the passage. This answer is just silly: who would read a science-fiction novel that discussed video game tax policy at length?
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