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A: Shape #3 has an unusual shape, so it is a good landmark; it is a fairly long arc of the outer circle defined by two lines that meet in an obtuse angle. This shape appears only in choice (A). The shape at the left side of choice (C) is similar, but the long and short legs are reversed. Since only one answer choice contains this shape, there is no need to select a second shape other than to verify the correct answer.
D: Dot a is attached to the “racetrack” shape at the end of the backstretch and can serve as the landmark. The connector line does not meet the “racetrack” at the proper point in choices (B) and (C). Dot b is placed very close to the corner of the square. In choice (A), the connector line is at the corner of the square, so choice (D) is correct.
C: Shape #3 is the most complex of the group and is a good choice for a landmark shape. While the corresponding shape in choice (A) is similar, the long and short sides are reversed. In choice (B), the original six-sided shape has morphed into a seven-sided shape. Shape #3 is present in the remaining answers, so shape #4, another complicated shape, could be a good option for the second scan of the remaining choices. Unfortunately, very similar shapes are found in both choices (C) and (D). Shape #1, however, is missing from choice (D), so choice (C) is correct.
B: Select dot b as the landmark, since the configuration is more complex. In choice (A), the connector line pierces the triangle at the narrow end rather than the broader end where dot b is. The connector line goes into the correct end of the triangle in choice (D), but it terminates near the right angle rather than near the acute angle. Eliminate choices (A) and (D) and proceed to analyze dot a. In order for the triangle with dot a to be oriented as shown in choice (C), it would have to be rotated 90° clockwise; that would place dot a along the upper of the two shorter sides, but the connector line touches at the lower side. Therefore, choice (B) is correct.