SAT Math Multiple Choice Practice Question 251: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 251

9. 29 apples, 21 pears, and 64 oranges are to be distributed among three baskets, with each basket getting an equal number of apples, each basket getting an equal number of pears, and each basket getting an equal number of oranges. If as much of the fruit as possible is distributed in this way, what fruit will remain undistributed?

A. 2 apples, 2 pears, and 1 orange
B. 2 apples, 1 pear, and 1 orange
C. 2 apples and 1 orange
D. 1 pear and 1 orange
E. 1 apple only

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

C This question is asking what the remainder is when 29, 21, and 64 are each divided by 3. When 29 is divided by 3 the remainder is 2; when 21 is divided by 3 the remainder is 0; and when 64 is divided by 3 the remainder is 1.

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