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"The National Archives contain information so __ that researchers have been known never to publish because they cannot bear to bring their studies to an end.
A divisive
B seductive
C selective
D repetitive
E resourceful"

The answer is A. But I don't know what "divisive" means here. Could you please explain the sentence for me? Thanks in advance.
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It makes no sense to me, Jeff. I would have chosen 'B', unquestionably. Are you sure there is no typo? Is this from an official examination?
From Cambridge:
divisive
adjective
describes something that causes great and sometimes unfriendly disagreement within a group of people:

Maybe it means the information is so controvertial and controversed that the researchers have a huge amount of threads to research and can't come to a final result?
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Thank you!

But Mr. Micawber, I just went back and checked the transcript. The sample question is from the GRE real test paper held in Oct. 1996.

But I can't make sure there is no typo.

To me, logically, since researchers cannot bear to bring their studies to an end, the information contained in National Archives should be incomplete (in other words, it still need to be supplemented or there still are many jobs to do.)

But it seems ok to say "information is so divisive that researchers have been known never to publish". The information is divisive, so their research and discussion would be continued. I just don't know if this kind of information was published.

:-s
Hello Jeff

I'll be with MrMicawber. As you know well, a researcher can publish their study only after they have completed the study. However, some information contained in the Archive is seductive (= having a nature to lead researchers astray or to error), and so they often cannot their study to end.

paco
To me, the key phrase is 'cannot bear', which means 'really, really do not want to stop their research'. This can only suggest that there is something about the archived information that they find very attractive. The only attractive adjective is 'seductive' ('resourceful' of course would apply to the researchers, not the archives, so it is eliminated).

Nevertheless, ETS must have some rationale for 'divisive'-- I would love to see what it is. No explanation on the answer page, eh?
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"The National Archives contain information so __ that researchers have been known never to publish because they cannot bear to bring their studies to an end.
A divisive
B seductive
C selective
D repetitive
E resourceful"

The answer is A. But I don't know what "divisive" means here. Could you please explain the sentence for me? Thanks in advance.

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What about this?

The info is divisive, with the meaning described by Pieanne from Cambridge. But it is only divisive to researchers whose findings are at odds with the info in the archives. If they don't publish, no one knows, so their studies can continue. If they publish, they have to defend their ideas against the divisive info with the possibility that their study/their funding will be curtailed.
'Publish or perish', Ranchhand-- they'd never get funded for continued studies if they didn't publish.

No explanation on the answer page, eh?


Nope, there is no explanation.

But there's another question brought up. What function "never to publish" performs here?

I still believe that the reason why their discussion or research will be continued is that their opinions are at odds.

Anyway, I don't think there's anything that's got to do with the funding.
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