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  • 1. 

    The flooring contractor you have engaged to install ceramic tile in your client's house does not show up at the appointed time, rushes through the job doing sub-standard work, and leaves a mess in the client's house.  Your client leaves an angry message on your answering machine and blames you.  Your best course of action is to

    • A.

      Call the client, accept responsibility, and correct the problem as soon as possible with that contractor (or another, if necessary

    • B.

      Before you call your client, call the contractor and tell them to get over there and fix it

    • C.

      Employ another installer and send them to the job site

    • D.

      Tell your client you are not to blame and to call the contractor to get it fixed

    Correct Answer
    A. Call the client, accept responsibility, and correct the problem as soon as possible with that contractor (or another, if necessary
    Explanation
    The best course of action in this situation is to call the client, accept responsibility, and correct the problem as soon as possible with that contractor (or another, if necessary). This is the most appropriate response because it shows accountability and a willingness to resolve the issue. By taking responsibility and taking immediate action to fix the problem, it demonstrates good customer service and a commitment to ensuring client satisfaction.

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  • 2. 

    The critical path scheduling method

    • A.

      Identifies inter-relationships of tasks

    • B.

      Is the most common scheduling method for the design phase

    • C.

      Is best used for small- to mid-sized projects

    • D.

      Uses bars to mark tasks and time estimates for completion

    Correct Answer
    A. Identifies inter-relationships of tasks
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "identifies inter-relationships of tasks." The critical path scheduling method is a technique used in project management to determine the sequence of activities that must be completed on time in order to complete the project as a whole. It helps identify the tasks that are dependent on each other and the critical path, which is the longest path of dependent tasks that determines the project's overall duration. By identifying the inter-relationships of tasks, project managers can prioritize and allocate resources effectively, ensuring the project's successful completion.

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  • 3. 

    The "scope of services" should be defined

    • A.

      As the project progresses

    • B.

      In simple, general terms

    • C.

      In specific terms related to preparation of drawings, consultation, and purchasing arrangements

    • D.

      In a document separate from the letter of agreement

    Correct Answer
    B. In simple, general terms
    Explanation
    The "scope of services" should be defined in simple, general terms to provide a broad understanding of the services that will be provided in the project. This allows for flexibility and adaptability as the project progresses and specific details are determined. Defining the scope of services in specific terms related to preparation of drawings, consultation, and purchasing arrangements may limit the scope and hinder the ability to make changes or adjustments in the future. Additionally, it is recommended to have the scope of services defined in a document separate from the letter of agreement to ensure clarity and avoid confusion.

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  • 4. 

    What document legally requires the client to "fulfill financial responsibility" to the designer for items purchased over $500?

    • A.

      Confirmation of purchase or purchase agreement

    • B.

      Purchase order or bill of lading

    • C.

      Giving acknowledgment or confirmation

    • D.

      Invoice or bill

    Correct Answer
    A. Confirmation of purchase or purchase agreement
    Explanation
    A confirmation of purchase or purchase agreement is a document that legally requires the client to fulfill financial responsibility to the designer for items purchased over $500. This document serves as proof that the client has agreed to the terms and conditions of the purchase, including the financial obligations associated with it. By signing the confirmation of purchase or purchase agreement, the client acknowledges their responsibility to pay for the items purchased and ensures that the designer will be compensated accordingly.

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  • 5. 

    If a termination clause is not included in a contract between the designer and client, the contract may be ended by

    • A.

      A verbal agreement

    • B.

      A letter from either of the parties' lawyers

    • C.

      A second contract detailing the terms of the termination

    • D.

      An exchange of registered letters from both the designer and client

    Correct Answer
    C. A second contract detailing the terms of the termination
    Explanation
    If a termination clause is not included in the original contract between the designer and client, the contract may be ended by a second contract detailing the terms of the termination. This means that both parties would need to come to a mutual agreement and create a new contract specifically outlining how the termination will occur and what the terms and conditions of the termination will be. This second contract would serve as the official agreement for ending the original contract between the designer and client.

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  • 6. 

    You have a meeting with a prospective client to talk about the interior of a new home.  During the meeting, the client pulls out drawings and specifications by another interior designer, asking if you could "provide a better price".  What should you do?

    • A.

      You really need this job, so you pretend you did not see the other designer's name on the specifications

    • B.

      You are insulted by this "get it cheaper" mentality, and you tell the client that the meeting is over

    • C.

      Since the client came to you, you assume he fired the other designer and proceed with the project

    • D.

      You tell the client that you must contact the other designer to see what their contractual agreement is before proceeding

    Correct Answer
    D. You tell the client that you must contact the other designer to see what their contractual agreement is before proceeding
    Explanation
    In this situation, it is important to handle it professionally and ethically. By telling the client that you must contact the other designer to see what their contractual agreement is before proceeding, you are demonstrating integrity and respect for the work of your fellow professional. This approach shows that you are committed to fair competition and maintaining good relationships within the industry. It also allows you to gather relevant information before making any decisions or providing a price, ensuring that you are making informed choices and protecting your own interests.

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  • 7. 

    Which document briefly describes the project, states where the project documents can be secured, and describes the bidding procedures?

    • A.

      Addenda

    • B.

      Instructions to bidders

    • C.

      Invitation to tender/bid

    • D.

      Forms of agreements

    Correct Answer
    C. Invitation to tender/bid
    Explanation
    The document that briefly describes the project, states where the project documents can be secured, and describes the bidding procedures is the invitation to tender/bid. This document provides all the necessary information for potential bidders to understand the project and submit their bids. It outlines the requirements, specifications, and timelines for the project, as well as the process for submitting bids and any additional documents that may be required.

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  • 8. 

    In checking signage details when preparing contract documents, you are verifying that  an accessible space, a certain amount of clear space has been maintained below each sign or other ceiling projection.  That clear space must measure at least

    • A.

      80"

    • B.

      82"

    • C.

      90"

    • D.

      84"

    Correct Answer
    A. 80"
    Explanation
    In checking signage details when preparing contract documents, it is important to verify that a certain amount of clear space has been maintained below each sign or other ceiling projection. This clear space must measure at least 80".

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  • 9. 

    If shipping arrangement is "FOB factory/freight prepaid", it means that

    • A.

      The buyer owns item in transit, the buyer pays freight charges, and the buyer bears freight charges

    • B.

      The buyer owns item in transit, the manufacturer pays freight charges, and the manufacturer bears the freight charges

    • C.

      The manufacturer owns the item in transit, the manufacturer pays the freight charges, and the manufacturer bears the freight charges

    • D.

      The manufacturer owns the item in transit, the buyer pays freight charges, and the manufacturer bears the freight charges

    Correct Answer
    B. The buyer owns item in transit, the manufacturer pays freight charges, and the manufacturer bears the freight charges
    Explanation
    In a "FOB factory/freight prepaid" shipping arrangement, the buyer owns the item in transit, which means they have ownership and responsibility for the item during transportation. However, the manufacturer pays the freight charges, meaning they cover the cost of shipping. Additionally, the manufacturer bears the freight charges, which means they are responsible for any damages or losses that may occur during transit.

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  • 10. 

    Hard-line plans and elevations alone by NOT be sufficient for contractors to estimate the cost of the project.  Also needed are

    • A.

      Specifications

    • B.

      Axonometric drawings

    • C.

      Schedules

    • D.

      Working drawings

    Correct Answer
    A. Specifications
    Explanation
    Hard-line plans and elevations provide visual representations of the project but do not include detailed information about materials, finishes, and construction methods. Specifications, on the other hand, provide a written description of these details, including the types of materials to be used, quality standards, and installation requirements. Contractors need this information to accurately estimate the cost of the project. Axonometric drawings, schedules, and working drawings may provide additional information but are not specifically mentioned as necessary for cost estimation in the given question.

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  • 11. 

    Setting up a corporate budget will help with all of the following EXCEPT which?

    • A.

      Allowing management to be proactive in stead of reactive

    • B.

      Providing a basis for future budgeting

    • C.

      Allowing management to be reactive instead of proactive

    • D.

      Planning for the financial needs of the company in a thoughtful way

    Correct Answer
    C. Allowing management to be reactive instead of proactive
    Explanation
    Setting up a corporate budget helps management to be proactive rather than reactive. It allows them to plan for the financial needs of the company in a thoughtful way and provides a basis for future budgeting. By having a budget in place, management can anticipate potential challenges and make informed decisions to mitigate them. Therefore, the correct answer is that setting up a corporate budget does not allow management to be reactive instead of proactive.

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  • 12. 

    A designer's out-of-pocket expenses should be managed in which of the following ways?

    • A.

      Charged at rates for good specified in the contract

    • B.

      Included as part of the design fee

    • C.

      Charged at actual cost or clearly stated if a service charge is added

    • D.

      Not part of the client's contract

    Correct Answer
    C. Charged at actual cost or clearly stated if a service charge is added
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to charge the designer's out-of-pocket expenses at actual cost or clearly state if a service charge is added. This means that the designer should either pass on the exact cost of the expenses to the client or clearly communicate if there will be an additional service charge. This ensures transparency and fairness in managing the expenses.

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  • 13. 

    When trims and decorative finishes are kept to a minimum, they can usually have a lower rating than that typically required by fire codes.  What is the percentage of wall and ceiling area that the trim cannot exceed?

    • A.

      25%

    • B.

      20%

    • C.

      15%

    • D.

      10%

    Correct Answer
    D. 10%
    Explanation
    When trims and decorative finishes are minimized, they have a lower fire rating requirement than what fire codes typically demand. The percentage of wall and ceiling area that the trim cannot exceed is 10%.

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  • 14. 

    Your client's lease indicates 4,000 sf "rentable" space is available for use to develop the office space.  This area is the

    • A.

      Best method for calculating commercial design fees

    • B.

      Floor area that is inhabitable by the tenant

    • C.

      Interior floor area excluding vertical penetrations through the floor

    • D.

      Floor space within the exterior face including the exterior wall thickness

    Correct Answer
    C. Interior floor area excluding vertical penetrations through the floor
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "interior floor area excluding vertical penetrations through the floor." This means that the 4,000 sf of rentable space does not include any vertical openings or penetrations through the floor, such as stairwells or elevator shafts. This is important for calculating commercial design fees because it allows for a more accurate measurement of the actual usable space that the client will have available for their office.

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  • 15. 

    What is the bid bond used to accomplish?

    • A.

      Guarantee the designer will complete the work as specified

    • B.

      Guarantee the designer will sign the contract

    • C.

      Guarantee the designer will be responsible for paying all material and labor costs

    • D.

      Add an additional 15% to the bid price

    Correct Answer
    B. Guarantee the designer will sign the contract
    Explanation
    The bid bond is used to guarantee that the designer will sign the contract. This means that the designer is legally bound to fulfill the terms and conditions of the contract once it is awarded to them. The bid bond provides assurance to the project owner or client that the designer is committed to the project and will proceed with the work as agreed upon. It helps to ensure that the designer does not back out or refuse to sign the contract after being awarded the bid.

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  • 16. 

    A custom design, commissioned by a client and produced by a design firm, legally belongs to the

    • A.

      The designer who created it

    • B.

      The design firm

    • C.

      Client

    • D.

      Client, but only after payment has been received

    Correct Answer
    B. The design firm
    Explanation
    When a custom design is commissioned by a client and produced by a design firm, the legal ownership of the design belongs to the design firm. This means that the designer who created the design does not have sole ownership of it. The design firm has the rights to the design, including the ability to use, reproduce, and distribute it. However, it is important to note that the client may gain ownership of the design after payment has been received. Until then, the design firm retains legal ownership.

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  • 17. 

    The Uniform Commercial Code

    • A.

      Affects a designer acting as agent for the owner

    • B.

      Indicates that a buyer must reject non-conforming goods within a reasonable time after "tender of delivery"

    • C.

      Affects the designer's activity during the construction documentation phase

    • D.

      Indicates that delivery of one defective installment is considered a breach of contract

    Correct Answer
    B. Indicates that a buyer must reject non-conforming goods within a reasonable time after "tender of delivery"
    Explanation
    Uniform Commercial Code - Regulations for Buying and Selling

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  • 18. 

    During a site visit to one of your firm's projects (a branch bank), you observe that the tile sub-contractor has reversed the accent and field tile colors.  You should

    • A.

      Tell him to stop

    • B.

      Inform him of the mistake and contact the job supervisor immediately

    • C.

      Shut down the job

    • D.

      Let him proceed and subsequently reject the work

    Correct Answer
    B. Inform him of the mistake and contact the job supervisor immediately
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to inform him of the mistake and contact the job supervisor immediately. This is the appropriate course of action because reversing the accent and field tile colors is a mistake that needs to be corrected. By informing the sub-contractor of the mistake and contacting the job supervisor, the issue can be addressed promptly and the necessary steps can be taken to rectify the situation. Shutting down the job or rejecting the work may not be necessary if the mistake can be resolved in a timely manner.

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  • 19. 

    Which of the following labels is required by code for a 20-minute-rated wooden door?

    • A.

      BOCA

    • B.

      UFAS

    • C.

      CPSC

    • D.

      UL

    Correct Answer
    D. UL
    Explanation
    The UL label is required by code for a 20-minute-rated wooden door. UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, which is a globally recognized independent safety science company that tests and certifies products for their safety and performance. The UL label ensures that the wooden door has met the necessary fire resistance standards and can withstand a fire for at least 20 minutes.

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  • 20. 

    Under what part or heading would you place the articles covering job site conditions, quality assurance, and product delivery in a CSI specification?

    • A.

      Addendum

    • B.

      Execution

    • C.

      General

    • D.

      Product

    Correct Answer
    C. General
    Explanation
    The articles covering job site conditions, quality assurance, and product delivery would be placed under the "General" part or heading in a CSI specification. This part typically includes general requirements and provisions that apply to the entire project.

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  • 21. 

    On which drawing should you check for the coordination of lights, sprinklers, and HVAC diffusers?

    • A.

      Detail sheet

    • B.

      Mechanical plan

    • C.

      Reflected ceiling plan

    • D.

      Lighting plan

    Correct Answer
    C. Reflected ceiling plan
    Explanation
    The reflected ceiling plan is the drawing where you should check for the coordination of lights, sprinklers, and HVAC diffusers. This plan provides a view of the ceiling from below and shows the location of all the elements that are attached to or suspended from the ceiling, including lights, sprinklers, and HVAC diffusers. By reviewing the reflected ceiling plan, you can ensure that these elements are properly coordinated and positioned in the ceiling space.

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  • 22. 

    A door assembly rated for 45-minutes and equipped with a sidelight is typically used in what type of wall?

    • A.

      As an access door (in a one-hour wall)

    • B.

      As a fire wall separating two buildings (in a three-hour wall)

    • C.

      As a non-rated interior door (in a partition)

    • D.

      As the entry door to a fire stair (in a two-hour wall)

    Correct Answer
    A. As an access door (in a one-hour wall)
    Explanation
    The door assembly rated for 45-minutes and equipped with a sidelight is typically used as an access door in a one-hour wall. This means that the door is designed to provide fire resistance for 45 minutes and is suitable for use in walls that have a fire rating of one hour. The sidelight is an additional feature that allows light to enter the space while still maintaining fire resistance.

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  • 23. 

    A tender (bidder) form, as a contract document

    • A.

      Contains the general conditions of the contract

    • B.

      Provides spaces for the bidder to supply the unit and extended prices

    • C.

      Has the price filled in by the designer

    • D.

      Is the sheet that contains the drawings of custom details

    Correct Answer
    B. Provides spaces for the bidder to supply the unit and extended prices
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "provides spaces for the bidder to supply the unit and extended prices." This is because a tender (bidder) form is a document that allows potential bidders to submit their prices for a contract. It typically includes spaces for bidders to fill in the unit price and extended price for each item or service being bid on. This allows the bidder to provide a detailed breakdown of their pricing, making it easier for the client to compare and evaluate different bids.

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  • 24. 

    Project bids have come in 10% over budget despite a Statement of Probable Costs prepared by the designer.  What action should be taken?

    • A.

      The owner should negotiate with the contractor to lower the bid price or to rebid the project

    • B.

      The designer should work with the owner without charge to make minor reductions to project scope

    • C.

      The designer should bear the cost of minor changes

    • D.

      The contractor should negotiate cost reductions with the designer

    Correct Answer
    A. The owner should negotiate with the contractor to lower the bid price or to rebid the project
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that the owner should negotiate with the contractor to lower the bid price or to rebid the project. This is because the project bids have come in 10% over budget despite a Statement of Probable Costs prepared by the designer. By negotiating with the contractor, the owner can try to lower the bid price and bring it within the budget. Alternatively, rebidding the project may also be a viable option to get more competitive bids and potentially lower costs.

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  • 25. 

    This symbol indicates

    • A.

      A modification in the construction drawings

    • B.

      A detail

    • C.

      Electrical light switching

    • D.

      A section line

    Correct Answer
    A. A modification in the construction drawings
    Explanation
    This symbol represents a modification in the construction drawings. It indicates that there has been a change or alteration made to the original plans or design. This symbol is commonly used in architectural and engineering drawings to communicate any revisions or updates that have been made to the construction plans. It helps to ensure that all parties involved in the project are aware of the changes and can make the necessary adjustments accordingly.

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  • 26. 

    A project subcontractor says that site measurements must be made before the specified case goods can be finished because the original drawings were noted "N.T.S," which means: 

    • A.

      Never Trust Sketches

    • B.

      New to Site

    • C.

      Not to Scale

    • D.

      North to South

    Correct Answer
    C. Not to Scale
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Not to Scale". The subcontractor is stating that site measurements need to be taken because the original drawings were noted as "N.T.S," which means that the sketches are not drawn to scale. This means that the proportions and dimensions of the drawings may not accurately represent the actual size of the case goods. Therefore, it is necessary to take site measurements to ensure that the case goods are finished correctly and fit properly in the designated space.

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  • 27. 

    After a project is complete, a designer and client will conduct a walk-through to list incomplete or damaged goods.  The designer will then generate a punch list or site inspection report.  What would NOT appear on this document?

    • A.

      Incorrect upholstery fabric

    • B.

      Accessories deleted from the budget

    • C.

      Missing furniture

    • D.

      Wall damage incurred during delivery

    Correct Answer
    B. Accessories deleted from the budget
    Explanation
    During a walk-through after a project is complete, the designer and client will identify incomplete or damaged goods. The designer will then create a punch list or site inspection report to document these issues. The purpose of this document is to list all the problems that need to be addressed and fixed. Therefore, items that have been intentionally removed from the budget, such as accessories deleted from the budget, would not appear on this document as they are not considered incomplete or damaged goods.

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  • 28. 

    Many valuable bits of information come out of a post-occupancy evaluation.  What is an example of POE information?

    • A.

      Client need for additional space in the future

    • B.

      Project completion per scheduled time

    • C.

      Identification of problems related to the project

    • D.

      Project profitability

    Correct Answer
    C. Identification of problems related to the project
    Explanation
    Post-occupancy evaluation (POE) provides valuable information about the project after it has been occupied. This information can include the identification of problems related to the project. By conducting a POE, issues such as design flaws, construction defects, or operational inefficiencies can be discovered and addressed. This information helps improve future projects and ensures that the client's needs are met effectively. It also contributes to the overall success and quality of the project.

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  • 29. 

    When a manufacturer sets a retail price for a product you are selling, which of the following is taking place?

    • A.

      The designer must abide by the manufacturer's stipulations for the product

    • B.

      The manufacturer is price fixing

    • C.

      The manufacturer is abiding by "fair trade" pricing policies

    • D.

      The manufacturer is violating the Sherman Act

    Correct Answer
    D. The manufacturer is violating the Sherman Act
    Explanation
    The Sherman Act is a federal law in the United States that prohibits certain business activities, including price fixing. Price fixing occurs when manufacturers collude to set the same price for a product, which restricts competition and can harm consumers. Therefore, if a manufacturer sets a retail price for a product, they are violating the Sherman Act by engaging in price fixing.

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  • 30. 

    The Robinson-Patman Act, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission,

    • A.

      Deals with interstate trade

    • B.

      Limits sales only to those with resale certificates

    • C.

      Regulates safety and accessibility

    • D.

      Makes it illegal for a merchant to charge different merchants different prices for the same goods

    Correct Answer
    D. Makes it illegal for a merchant to charge different merchants different prices for the same goods
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the Robinson-Patman Act makes it illegal for a merchant to charge different merchants different prices for the same goods. This act was enacted to prevent unfair pricing practices that could harm competition. By prohibiting price discrimination, the act aims to ensure that businesses are not given an unfair advantage or disadvantaged based on their size or purchasing power. This helps to maintain a level playing field in the marketplace and promotes fair competition among merchants.

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  • 31. 

    A former classmate and friend works for a local furniture dealer.  Your friend has heard about several office projects your firm is working on and is pressuring you to specify the dealer's products.  You should

    • A.

      Tell your friend that you will be glad to present the dealer's products along with others you deem appropriate and that all choices are ultimately made by the client.

    • B.

      Ask your friend what your commission would be to specify the products

    • C.

      Give your friend pertinent information regarding each project which will provide an advantage over other firms who are seeking the FFE contracts

    • D.

      Tell your friend that you don't work with friends because it might seem inappropriate and that consequently you will not recommend the dealer's product at all

    Correct Answer
    A. Tell your friend that you will be glad to present the dealer's products along with others you deem appropriate and that all choices are ultimately made by the client.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to tell your friend that you will be glad to present the dealer's products along with others you deem appropriate and that all choices are ultimately made by the client. This response shows professionalism and integrity by acknowledging the friend's request but also making it clear that the final decision lies with the client. It ensures that the friend's request is considered but also maintains the ethical boundaries of the professional relationship.

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