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SECTION II Time-90 minutes 7 Questions Directions: Answer all seven questions, which are weighted according to the points indicated. The suggested times are about 11 minutes for answering each of Questions 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 and about 17 minutes for answering each of Questions 1 and 5. The parts within a question may not have equal weight. Show all your work in this booklet in the spaces provided after each part.

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