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Policy analyst: Most government agencies become less effective over time. Some experts go so far as to recommend that every agency be eliminated after 10 years and created anew by replacing all of its existing personnel and revamping its bureaucratic structure. However, this policy would be impractical since certain government agencies perform vital functions, such as protecting national security, and therefore cannot afford even temporary upheaval.

In the policy analyst's argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A) The first is evidence offered in support of an opinion that the policy analyst rejects; the second offers information that contradicts that evidence.

B) The first is a premise that the policy analyst accepts but argues against; the second offers evidence that supports the analyst's position.

C) The first is a position that the policy analyst argues against; the second is the position that the analyst defends.

D) The first is a generalization that the policy analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for an opinion that the analyst rejects; the second is a consideration used to defend the analyst's position.

E) The first is a generalization that the policy analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for the analyst's position; the second offers another consideration used to defend that position

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02 Oct 2007, 03:13
narrowed down to B n D...
will pick B
clearly the second part is the evidence given in order to support the analyst's conclusion
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02 Oct 2007, 04:08
B for me as well.
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02 Oct 2007, 04:22
The first is a generalization [Most government agencies become less effective over time]

The generalization is used as the basis for an opinion [recommend that every agency be eliminated after 10 years and created anew by replacing...]

That opinion is rejected by the analyst [However, this policy would be impractical since]

The second is a consideration used to defend the analyst's position.

So, D.
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02 Oct 2007, 05:13
Will agree with 'D'
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02 Oct 2007, 05:14
Artemov wrote:
The first is a generalization [Most government agencies become less effective over time]

The generalization is used as the basis for an opinion [recommend that every agency be eliminated after 10 years and created anew by replacing...]

That opinion is rejected by the analyst [However, this policy would be impractical since]

The second is a consideration used to defend the analyst's position.

So, D.

Upon first reading, I had picked B as well. In fact D sounded very convoluted as I was reading this question by putting a time constraint in my head.

I agree with D and Artemov's analysis.
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02 Oct 2007, 11:26
I also vote for D.
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02 Oct 2007, 22:02
OA - D - thanks every1
02 Oct 2007, 22:02
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