# Problem #2344

 2344 What is the area of the shaded region of the given $8\times 5$ rectangle? $[asy] size(6cm); defaultpen(fontsize(9pt)); draw((0,0)--(8,0)--(8,5)--(0,5)--cycle); filldraw((7,0)--(8,0)--(8,1)--(0,4)--(0,5)--(1,5)--cycle,gray(0.8)); label("1",(1/2,5),dir(90)); label("7",(9/2,5),dir(90)); label("1",(8,1/2),dir(0)); label("4",(8,3),dir(0)); label("1",(15/2,0),dir(270)); label("7",(7/2,0),dir(270)); label("1",(0,9/2),dir(180)); label("4",(0,2),dir(180)); [/asy]$ $\textbf{(A)}\ 4\dfrac{3}{4}\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 5\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 5\dfrac{1}{4}\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 6\dfrac{1}{2}\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 8$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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