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Complete Question Explanation
(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=10960)

The correct answer choice is (D)

This question concerns Gould’s research; however, the correct answer choice will be supported by information contained in both passages. This is because Passage Aggregate questions ask you to consider the information from two passages in combination, treating them as one whole passage.

Answer choice (A): This answer choice is incorrect. Passage B describes a situation where bees might disregard the forager’s directions (lines 58-64), but it is unclear whether this behavior is predicated on the absence of olfactory information. The author presumes it has something to do with the absence of pollinating flowers, but it is unclear how the bees know where pollinating flowers usually grow.

Answer choice (B): This answer choice is incorrect for two reasons. Although Passage A describes the behavior of foragers dispatching bees to sites they had not actually visited (lines 26-27), Gould does not specify how foragers know where the pollinating flowers usually grow. Just because odor plays no role does not mean that the forager’s knowledge is instinctual. Additionally, it is clear from Passage B that foragers would sometimes dispatch bees to places where no pollinating flowers grow, in direct contradiction to what is stated in answer choice (B).

Answer choice (C): This answer choice is not supported by either passage, as neither of them mentions “experience” as a requisite for locating food sources.

Answer choice (D): This is the correct answer choice. From the discussion in Passage A, it is clear that a forager’s dance can draw other bees to sites that the forager has not visited (lines 26-27). Similarly, Passage B describes a behavior where the forager fails to draw other bees to sites that the forager has visited (lines 61-64). This answer choice is therefore supported by Gould’s research, as we understand it from the information presented in Passage A and Passage B.

Answer choice (E): Neither passage mentions foragers leaving a trail from the food source to the honeybee nest.

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