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Since it has become known that several of a bank’s top executives have been buying shares in their own bank, the bank’s depositors, who had been worried by rumors that the bank faced impending financial collapse, have been greatly relieved. They reason that since top executives evidently have faith in the bank’s financial soundness, those worrisome rumors must be false. They might well be overoptimistic, however since corporate executives have sometimes bought shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to dispel negative rumors about the company’s health.

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

A.The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states the counterevidence on which the argument relies.
B.The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is an intermediate conclusion supported by that evidence.
C.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is evidence that undermines the support for this intermediate conclusion.
D.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.
E.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states a further conclusion supported by this intermediate conclusion.

Please explain your answer. Thanks.
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I would pick D as the second statement is the main conclusion .
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Re: CR bold face [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2007, 23:44
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Since it has become known that several of a bank’s top executives have been buying shares in their own bank, the bank’s depositors, who had been worried by rumors that the bank faced impending financial collapse, have been greatly relieved. They reason that since top executives evidently have faith in the bank’s financial soundness, those worrisome rumors must be false. They might well be overoptimistic, however since corporate executives have sometimes bought shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to dispel negative rumors about the company’s health.

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

A.The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states the counterevidence on which the argument relies.
B.The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is an intermediate conclusion supported by that evidence.
C.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is evidence that undermines the support for this intermediate conclusion.
D.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.
E.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states a further conclusion supported by this intermediate conclusion.

Please explain your answer. Thanks.


I will go for C.
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Re: CR bold face [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2007, 02:35
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[quote="eileen1017"]Since it has become known that several of a bank’s top executives have been buying shares in their own bank, the bank’s depositors, who had been worried by rumors that the bank faced impending financial collapse, have been greatly relieved. They reason that since top executives evidently have faith in the bank’s financial soundness, those worrisome rumors must be false. They might well be overoptimistic, however since corporate executives have sometimes bought shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to dispel negative rumors about the company’s health.

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

A.The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states the counterevidence on which the argument relies.
B.The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is an intermediate conclusion supported by that evidence.
C.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is evidence that undermines the support for this intermediate conclusion.
D.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.
E.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states a further conclusion supported by this intermediate conclusion.

C. the first seems to be an intermediate conclusion, so C,D,E. D is wrong because we have another conclusion, not an evidence. E is wrong because we don't have a further conclusion supported by the first conclusion...we have smtg which counters the first conclusion...
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Second is an opinion therefore can be nothing but a conclusion - everything else builds up to it so main conclusion.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2007, 20:29
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Second is an opinion therefore can be anything but a conclusion - everything else builds up to it so main conclusion.
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Re: CR bold face [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2007, 22:30
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Since it has become known that several of a bank’s top executives have been buying shares in their own bank, the bank’s depositors, who had been worried by rumors that the bank faced impending financial collapse, have been greatly relieved. They reason that since top executives evidently have faith in the bank’s financial soundness, those worrisome rumors must be false. They might well be overoptimistic, however since corporate executives have sometimes bought shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to dispel negative rumors about the company’s health.

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

A.The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states the counterevidence on which the argument relies.
B.The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is an intermediate conclusion supported by that evidence.
C.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is evidence that undermines the support for this intermediate conclusion.
D.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.
E.The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states a further conclusion supported by this intermediate conclusion.

Please explain your answer. Thanks.


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Re: CR bold face [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2008, 11:12
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Re: CR bold face [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2008, 21:47
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Re: CR bold face [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2008, 17:59
The conclusion of the argument: They might well be overoptimistic, however since corporate executives have sometimes bought shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to dispel negative rumors about the company’s health.

The role of Boldface 1: First intermediate conclusion and opposes main conclusion.
The role of the Boldface 2: Supports and part of the conclusion.

A. The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states the counterevidence on which the argument relies. [First boldface is not evidence – it is cause and effect intermediate conclusion – eliminate it]
B. The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is an intermediate conclusion supported by that evidence. [First boldface is not evidence – it is cause and effect intermediate conclusion – eliminate it]

C. The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is evidence that undermines the support for this intermediate conclusion. [Second boldface is not evidence – it is a main conclusion – eliminate it]

D. The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is the main conclusion of the argument. [Hold it]

E. The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states a further conclusion supported by this intermediate conclusion. [Eliminate it]

Answer: D
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