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Historian: In the Drindian Empire, censuses were conducted

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Historian: In the Drindian Empire, censuses were conducted annually to determine the population of each village. Village census records for the last half of the 1600’s are remarkably complete. This very completeness makes one point stand out; in five different years, villages overwhelmingly reported significant population declines. Tellingly, each of those five years immediately followed an increase in a certain Drindian tax. This tax, which was assessed on villages, was computed by the central government using the annual census figures. Obviously, whenever the tax went up, villages had an especially powerful economic incentive to minimize the number of people they recorded; and concealing the size of a village’s population from government census takers would have been easy. Therefore, it is reasonable to think that the reported declines did not happen.

In the historian’s argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first supplies a context for the historian’s argument; the second acknowledges a consideration that has been used to argue against the position the historian seeks to establish.

B. The first presents evidence to support the position that the historian seeks to establish; the second acknowledges a consideration that has been used to argue against that position.

C. The first provides a context for certain evidence that supports the position that the historian seeks to establish; the second is that position.

D. The first is a position for which the historian argues; the second is an assumption that serves as the basis of that argument.

E. The first is an assumption that the historian explicitly makes in arguing for a certain position; the second acknowledges a consideration that calls that assumption into question.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2006, 21:20
Its either B or D!!

I go for D thgh...OA?
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2006, 21:39
I would go for C.

The historian is using the fact that the census is complete to come to the conclusion that the reported decline in population might not have happened
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2006, 21:41
I think it is E
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2006, 00:38
for me, C.

the first certainly is a context that the historian used.

2nd one is his conclusion: the villages fooled the census takers.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2006, 01:27
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Re: BF - CR [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2006, 04:43
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Historian: In the Drindian Empire, censuses were conducted annually to determine the population of each village. Village census records for the last half of the 1600’s are remarkably complete. This very completeness makes one point stand out; in five different years, villages overwhelmingly reported significant population declines. Tellingly, each of those five years immediately followed an increase in a certain Drindian tax. This tax, which was assessed on villages, was computed by the central government using the annual census figures. Obviously, whenever the tax went up, villages had an especially powerful economic incentive to minimize the number of people they recorded; and concealing the size of a village’s population from government census takers would have been easy. Therefore, it is reasonable to think that the reported declines did not happen.

In the historian’s argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first supplies a context for the historian’s argument; the second acknowledges a consideration that has been used to argue against the position the historian seeks to establish.

B. The first presents evidence to support the position that the historian seeks to establish; the second acknowledges a consideration that has been used to argue against that position.

C. The first provides a context for certain evidence (in five different years, villages overwhelmingly reported significant population declines) that supports the position that the historian seeks to establish; the second is that position.

D. The first is a position for which the historian argues; the second is an assumption that serves as the basis of that argument.

E. The first is an assumption that the historian explicitly makes in arguing for a certain position; the second acknowledges a consideration that calls that assumption into question.


One more C.

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2006, 08:08
C ( ..Therefore, it is reasonable to think that the reported declines did not happen. .... this the conclusion or position )
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2006, 18:26
OA=C

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