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Several of a certain bank s top executives have recently

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Several of a certain bankâ€™s top executives have recently been purchasing shares in their own bank. This activity has occasioned some surprise, since it is widely believed that the bank, carrying a large number of bad loans, is on the brink of collapse. Since the executives are well placed to know their bankâ€™s true condition, it might seem that their share purchases show that the danger of collapse is exaggerated. However, the available information about the bankâ€™s condition is from reliable and informed sources, and corporate executives do sometimes buy shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to calm worries about their companyâ€™s condition. On balance, therefore, it is likely that the executives of the bank are following this example.

In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

A. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue that the argument addresses; the second states the main conclusion of the argument.

B. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue the argument addresses; the second states a conclusion that is drawn in order to support the main conclusion of the argument.

C. The first provides evidence to defend the position that the argument seeks to establish against opposing positions; the second states the main conclusion of the argument.

D. The first provides evidence to support the position that the argument seeks to establish; the second states a conclusion that is drawn in order to support the argumentâ€™s main conclusion.

E. Each provides evidence to support the position that the argument seeks to establish.
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23 Nov 2005, 19:20
B. second bf is not a conclusion in support of a main conclusion
C. first bf is not an evidence
D. same as B
E. second bf is a conclusion

A is best. The first bf describes a circumstance (employees buying up shares) and the explanation of this phenomena is described in the main body (either false alarm or buying up shares to give false impression). The second bf is the main conclusion (must be creating false impression)
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23 Nov 2005, 19:36
A for me.

The second BF is the main conclusion: B, D and E out.
This question has only one position. --> C out.

A remains: the best choice
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