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The authors most likely use the examples in lines 1-9 of the passage ("Every...showers") to highlight the
regularity with which people shop for gifts.
recent increase in the amount of money spent on gifts.
anxiety gift shopping causes for consumers.
number of special occassions involving gift-giving.
In line 10, the word "ambivalent" most nearly means
The authors indicate that people value gift-giving because they feel it
functions as a form of self-expression.
is an inexpensive way to show appreciation.
requires the gift-recipient to reciprocate.
can serve to strengthen a relationship.
Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question (Why do the authors indicate that people value gift-giving?)?
Lines 10-13 ("Many...peers")
Lines 22-23 ("People...own")
Lines 31-32 ("Research...perspectives")
Lines 44-47 ("Although...unfounded")
The "social psychologists" mentioned in paragraph 2 (lines 17-34) would likely describe the "deadweight loss" phenomenon as
The passage indicates that the assumption made by gift-givers in lines 41-44 may be
As it is used in line 54, "convey" most nearly means
The authors refer to work by Camerer and others (line 56) in order to
offer an explanation.
introduce an argument.
question a motive.
support a conclusion.