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Political Commentator: In order for a democracy to flourish,

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Political Commentator: In order for a democracy to flourish, [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 18:11
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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
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Re: Political Commentator: In order for a democracy to flourish [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2012, 06:39
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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.

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Re: Political Commentator: In order for a democracy to flourish, [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2013, 20:00
I think find-the-conclusion question is the reading comprehention problem. I am non native. before I can not do this question because I read badly but now I can do it because my reading skill is better.
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Re: Political Commentator: In order for a democracy to flourish, [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2014, 06:59
Could anybody elaborate on why D is wrong here?

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Could anybody elaborate on why D is wrong here?

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My 2 cents reply

1.Ideas/Views strengthen society NOT democracy
2. No connection between Ideas/views STRENGTHENING the govt.

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Re: Political Commentator: In order for a democracy to flourish, [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2014, 04:13
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It is main point question and right answer is just rephrasing the conclusion. We have two conclusions here:

1. It is essential that the government loosen its control on the media (subconclusion)

2. Despite the potential short-term instability this may cause the country, it will strengthen the long-term health of the country (conclusion).

Ideally, answer should rephrase the second sentence but there are no options, though D is tempting. The only choice is B that rephrase subconclusion


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Re: Political Commentator: In order for a democracy to flourish, [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2014, 07:06
I'm trying to decide between B and C here. I see a reason for both.

I chose C, but is B correct because democracy is only mentioned briefly, but government actions are mentioned throughout the passage?
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