1998 AHSME Problems/Problem 10

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Problem 10

A large square is divided into a small square surrounded by four congruent rectangles as shown. The perimter of each of the congruent rectangles is $14$. What is the area of the large square?

[asy]pathpen = black+linewidth(0.7); D((0,0)--(7,0)--(7,7)--(0,7)--cycle); D((1,0)--(1,6)); D((0,6)--(6,6)); D((1,1)--(7,1)); D((6,7)--(6,1)); [/asy]

$\mathrm{(A) \ }49 \qquad \mathrm{(B) \ }64 \qquad \mathrm{(C) \ }100 \qquad \mathrm{(D) \ }121 \qquad \mathrm{(E) \ }196$

Solution

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