Political analyst: A party that temporarily positions itself in the negligible crack between the
American right and left will do little to expand the public debate. What America needs is a
permanent third party. Some claim that America’s success stems from the two party
These people say that a third party would make the passage of legislation and thus
governance impossible. Furthermore, they point to the current sluggish pace of government
as proof that the country cannot bear the burden of a third party. Yet, most European
countries have multi-party systems and few complain about any inability to govern
Which of the following best describes the functions of the two sections in boldface in
the argument above?
A) The first is the main point of the argument; the second is a premise that supports that point.
b) The first opposes the premises of the argument; the second is the claim that the argument
c) The first supports the main position held by opponents of the main point; the second is a
premise that argues against that position.
d) The first is the primary claim made by opponents of the main point of the argument; the
second is evidence proposed in opposition to the first.
e) The first is a claim made by opponents of the main point of the argument; the second is the
claim that the first opposes.
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Very good question here, let's try to analize it quickly.
CPX works pretty good on this one.
We actually have a nice CP, P combo.
So the first bold actually supports an opposing view and the second bold face in fact support the main conclusion of the argument
Let's take a peep at the answer choices
I think C and D are pretty close here. But note that C says that the bold face is a premise, while D says that it is the counterconclusion.
Now, the second part is very similar in both as well. So it is going to be a delicate choice. Let's proceed, shall we?
So what is the first bold actually? From my understanding, it is in fact a counterpremise as a stated before.Some claim that America’s success stems from the two party
(Counterpremise) These people say that a third party would make the passage of legislation and thus
governance impossible (Counterconclusion)
So for me the answer should be C, but I'm probably making a mistake in my reasoning.
Experts, will you shed some light on this one?
Thanks in advance