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96.Media Secretary: Opponents of our government claim that the recent cancellation of the highway project by the President demonstrate a vindictive desire to punish legislative districts controlled by opposition parties. They offer as evidence the fact that 90 percent of the projects canceled were in such districts. However, all of the canceled projects had been identified as wasteful in a report written by respected nonpartisan auditors. So the President's choice was clearly motivated by sound budgetary policy, not partisan politics.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the media secretary's argument depends?
A. The highway projects canceled in districts controlled by the President's party were not generally more expensive than the projects canceled in districts controlled by opposition parties.
B. The scheduled highway projects identified as wasteful in the report were not mostly projects in districts controlled by the President's party.
C. Reports by nonpartisan auditors are not generally regarded by the opposition parties as a source of objective assessments of government projects.
D. Canceling highway projects was not the only way for the President to punish legislative districts controlled by opposition parties.
E. The number of projects canceled was a significant proportion of all the highway projects that were to be undertaken by the government in the near future.

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31 May 2009, 23:19
Media Secretary: [Argument]Opponents of our government claim that the recent cancellation of the highway project by the President demonstrate a vindictive desire to punish legislative districts controlled by opposition parties. They offer as evidence the fact that 90 percent of the projects canceled were in such districts.[/Argument]

[Conclusion] However, all of the canceled projects had been identified as wasteful in a report written by respected nonpartisan auditors. So the President's choice was clearly motivated by sound budgetary policy, not partisan politics.[/Conclusion]

Which of the following is an assumption on which the media secretary's argument depends?

Since the question asks the dependency of the argument it should be B(plz look at the colored sentence in argument), if the question were to ask about the dependency of Conclusion it would have been C.
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01 Jun 2009, 00:19
Use the word "However" to identify the Argument and the conclusion. There are 2 assumptions 1 in the argument and the other in the conclusion.

Since the question is "Which of the following is an assumption on which the media secretary's argument depends?" --> derive the assumption from the argument.

"They offer as evidence the fact that 90 percent of the projects canceled were in such districts." --> assumption derived from the argument.

So from this we derive answer B.
IMO B
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01 Jun 2009, 02:10
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Media Secretary: [Argument]Opponents of our government claim that the recent cancellation of the highway project by the President demonstrate a vindictive desire to punish legislative districts controlled by opposition parties. They offer as evidence the fact that 90 percent of the projects canceled were in such districts.[/Argument]

[Conclusion] However, all of the canceled projects had been identified as wasteful in a report written by respected nonpartisan auditors. So the President's choice was clearly motivated by sound budgetary policy, not partisan politics.[/Conclusion]

Which of the following is an assumption on which the media secretary's argument depends?

Since the question asks the dependency of the argument it should be B(plz look at the colored sentence in argument), if the question were to ask about the dependency of Conclusion it would have been C.

As I understand,B is not an assumption at all.It's a fact as mentioned in
'They offer as evidence the fact that 90 percent of the projects canceled were in such districts'.
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