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# Seven countries signed a treaty binding each of them to

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Seven countries signed a treaty binding each of them to perform specified actions on a certain fixed date, with the actions of each conditional on simultaneous action taken by the other countries. Each country was also to notify the six other countries when it had completed its action.

The simultaneous-action provision of the treaty leaves open the possibility that

(A) the compliance date was subject to postponement, according to the terms of the treaty

(B) one of the countries might not be required to make any changes or take any steps in order to comply with the treaty, whereas all the other countries are so required

(C) each country might have a well-founded excuse, based on the provision, for its own lack of compliance

(D) the treaty specified that the signal for one of the countries to initiate action was notification by the other countries that they had completed action

(E) there was ambiguity with respect to the date after which all actions contemplated in the treaty are to be complete

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24 Dec 2007, 04:16
tarek99 wrote:
Seven countries signed a treaty binding each of them to perform specified actions on a certain fixed date, with the actions of each conditional on simultaneous action taken by the other countries. Each country was also to notify the six other countries when it had completed its action.

The simultaneous-action provision of the treaty leaves open the possibility that

(A) the compliance date was subject to postponement, according to the terms of the treaty

(B) one of the countries might not be required to make any changes or take any steps in order to comply with the treaty, whereas all the other countries are so required

(C) each country might have a well-founded excuse, based on the provision, for its own lack of compliance

(D) the treaty specified that the signal for one of the countries to initiate action was notification by the other countries that they had completed action

(E) there was ambiguity with respect to the date after which all actions contemplated in the treaty are to be complete

On second thoughts I find 'D' better. hence 'D' will be my choice
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24 Dec 2007, 18:39
I chose answer choice D as well.
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25 Dec 2007, 02:11
If each country was also to notify the six other countries when it had completed its action, the fixed date could be put off....so A seems correct. D doesn't seem right because the activity could also be simoultaneous

OA???
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25 Dec 2007, 03:19
Since action of each country is conditional on simultaneous actions by other countries, it creates a dependency cycle. Each country can avoid an action due to this condition. Hence, each country will have an excuse for its lack of compliance.
I go for C.
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27 Dec 2007, 07:34
I also like "C"..
"A" does not seem correct. We have "fixed dates", meaning that it has already been decided on the them.
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27 Dec 2007, 08:32
tarek99 wrote:
Seven countries signed a treaty binding each of them to perform specified actions on a certain fixed date, with the actions of each conditional on simultaneous action taken by the other countries. Each country was also to notify the six other countries when it had completed its action.

The simultaneous-action provision of the treaty leaves open the possibility that

(A) the compliance date was subject to postponement, according to the terms of the treaty- The date is fixed. No mention of postponement

(B) one of the countries might not be required to make any changes or take any steps in order to comply with the treaty, whereas all the other countries are so required-No metion of preferential treatment to one country
(C) each country might have a well-founded excuse, based on the provision, for its own lack of compliance- There is no indiaction of excuse

(D) the treaty specified that the signal for one of the countries to initiate action was notification by the other countries that they had completed action-here lies the problem. How can you notify and do the action at the same time-Correct answer
(E) there was ambiguity with respect to the date after which all actions contemplated in the treaty are to be complete- Starting date and simultaneous action is specified. No discussion on how long the action is to complete the requirements of the treatyPlease explain your answer
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27 Dec 2007, 08:35
Since action of each country is conditional on simultaneous actions by other countries, it creates a dependency cycle. Each country can avoid an action due to this condition. Hence, each country will have an excuse for its lack of compliance.
I go for C.

I did not pick C because it is stated that the date is fixed. and the same logic applies for A
27 Dec 2007, 08:35
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