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Dr. Donofrio: Two semesters ago, only seven students failed my Postmodern Literature course. Now that we have a new curriculum that covers much more obscure authors than before, twelve students failed the course this last semester. We need to return to our original curriculum.

Dr. Mendez: I have the same curriculum, and I only had one more failure this last semester than in the previous one. Something else must be the issue in your course.

Dr. Donofrio’s conclusion assumes all the following EXCEPT

A

the ratio of students failing her course to students taking the course has increased along with the raw number of failures.

B

students’ possible prior knowledge about the authors covered in the original curriculum contributed to their success in the class.

C

students had the same prerequisites for the course as in previous semesters.

D

she has an equivalently effective approach to teaching the content as that of other professors.

E

the new content is less effective in teaching literary concepts than the original content.

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