Political Commentator: In order for a democracy to flourish, it is essential that political and journalistic freedom of expression exist. Even if commentators voice ideas that do not support the current government, a society is strengthened by the variety of views expressed. Yet, our government continues to exercise a stranglehold on certain forms of speech. It is essential that the government loosen its control on the media. Despite the potential short-term instability this may cause the country, it will strengthen the long-term health of the country.
Which of the following expresses the conclusion of the argument?
A) The government is exercising too much control over the media
B) The government needs to open the media and release its hold on certain forms of speech
C) Democracy requires a strong and free press
D) Even ideas not supportive of democracy can strengthen a government
E) The future of the media lies in the hands of the government
This is straight-up B.
This question tests one's skill in identifying the parts of the argument.
The first sentence is a premise.
The second sentence is a premise.
The third sentence is a premise.
The fourth sentence is THE conclusion.
The fifth sentence is a premise.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
- T. Roosevelt