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Paragraph Completion - Number Choice

When asked to think of a random number between 1 and 10, most people will think of 7. This response is determined by arithmetic. The numbers 1 and 10 don't feel random enough; neither does 5, which is right in the middle; nor do 2 and the even numbers, which are factors or multiples of others. The number 7 emerges the winner more often than not, since it is the only number that cannot be divided or multiplied within the first 10.

  1. This is interesting, as studies have shown that even numbers are generally more liked than odd numbers.
  2. It turns out the world’s favorite number is seven, a choice prompted by the desire to be unique.
  3. Seven feels more random and elusive, because – arithmetically speaking – it is.
  4. Seven is literally more thought-provoking: it takes our brains longer to process odd numbers.

    • Correct Answer
      Choice C

    Detailed Solution

    This paragraph explains how arithmetic determines the choice most people make while picking a 'random' number between 1 and 10. The number 7 is chosen more often than not, as it isn't the first, middle or the last one, and it is the only number that cannot be divided or multiplied in the first 10.

    Option C captures the essence of this paragraph: of how the number 7 "feels" more random and more special, nudging us to choose it. This is the best one to complete the paragraph.

    Option A brings in a new idea, about even numbers being "liked" more than odd numbers. This is not an appropriate one to complete the paragraph given.

    Option B states that the world's favourite number is 7. The paragraph is not about any 'favourite' number. It is about how arithmetic guides our 'random' choice. So, this option is not the right one to complete the paragraph.

    Option D contains information that does not relate to the paragraph given.

    Correct Answer: Choice (C)

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