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The United States government generally tries to protect valuable natural resources. But one resource has been ignored for too long. In the United States, each bushel of corn produced might result in the loss of as much as two bushels of topsoil. Moreover, in the last 100 years, the topsoil in many states, which once was about fourteen inches thick, has been eroded to only six or eight inches. Nonetheless, federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have remained at ridiculously low levels. Total federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have been less than the allocations of some individual states.

Which one of the following best expresses the main point of the argument?
(A) Corn is not a cost-effective product and substitutes should be found where possible.
(B) A layer of topsoil only six to eight inches thick cannot support the continued cultivation of corn.
(C) Soil conservation is a responsibility of the federal government, not the states.
(D) The federal government’s expenditures for soil conservation in the various states have been inequitable.
(E) The federal government should spend much more on soil conservation than it has been spending.
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13 Sep 2009, 06:51
D and E look almost the same to me.
IMO D.
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13 Sep 2009, 16:43
D and E are close. But I would go with E. I believe D is kind of stated as one of the premises.
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13 Sep 2009, 18:10
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The United States government generally tries to protect valuable natural resources. But one resource has been ignored for too long. In the United States, each bushel of corn produced might result in the loss of as much as two bushels of topsoil. Moreover, in the last 100 years, the topsoil in many states, which once was about fourteen inches thick, has been eroded to only six or eight inches. Nonetheless, federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have remained at ridiculously low levels. Total federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have been less than the allocations of some individual states.

Which one of the following best expresses the main point of the argument?
(A) Corn is not a cost-effective product and substitutes should be found where possible.
(B) A layer of topsoil only six to eight inches thick cannot support the continued cultivation of corn.
(C) Soil conservation is a responsibility of the federal government, not the states.
(D) The federal government’s expenditures for soil conservation in the various states have been inequitable.
(E) The federal government should spend much more on soil conservation than it has been spending.

Whenever I get these type of questions I try to phrase the answer in the form of a conclusion. The conclusion should never reach beyond what was stated in the stimulus.

A) What does cost-effectiveness of corn have to do with top-soil? Irrelevant.

B) The premises never state this. This answer is a goner.

C) Whoa! When did the premises say that? It states that the United States government generally tries to protect valuable natural resources not that only the federal government has the responsibility.

D) Inequitable means unfair. Where does the stimulus state that the federal government's expenditures for soil conservation have been unfair.

E) I like it because stimulus contains a persuasive argument that federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have remained at ridiculously low levels and if the federal government is concerned about protecting valuable natural resources then it should spend much more on soil conservation than it has been spending.

The language isn't too strong in this answer choice.

I'll go with E!!!
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13 Sep 2009, 22:00
Thanks for the explanation Franklin.
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OA - E

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05 Oct 2009, 22:52
agree with E
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24 Apr 2010, 06:15
IMO E.

D is definitly not the OA as we are not given stats on other states expenditure by US federal. So, we can say the amount is inequitable. This choice, D, is a SHELL GAME trap.

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The United States government generally tries to protect valuable natural resources. But one resource has been ignored for too long. In the United States, each bushel of corn produced might result in the loss of as much as two bushels of topsoil. Moreover, in the last 100 years, the topsoil in many states, which once was about fourteen inches thick, has been eroded to only six or eight inches. Nonetheless, federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have remained at ridiculously low levels. Total federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have been less than the allocations of some individual states.

Which one of the following best expresses the main point of the argument?
(A) Corn is not a cost-effective product and substitutes should be found where possible.
(B) A layer of topsoil only six to eight inches thick cannot support the continued cultivation of corn.
(C) Soil conservation is a responsibility of the federal government, not the states.
(D) The federal government’s expenditures for soil conservation in the various states have been inequitable.
(E) The federal government should spend much more on soil conservation than it has been spending.

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24 Apr 2010, 10:22
After reviewing all the five choices ..my vote is for E as it matches the best answer and make sense. Good explaination franklin.
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28 Feb 2012, 06:39
conclusion (main point): Total federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have been less than the allocations of some individual states.

in so many words, E states the same i.e. federal govt should spend more.

ans: E
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06 Oct 2014, 06:06
Franklin wrote:
amolsk11 wrote:
D) Inequitable means unfair. Where does the stimulus state that the federal government's expenditures for soil conservation have been unfair.

The stimulus have stated Nonetheless, federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have remained at ridiculously low levels - this is in relative with other natural resources the stimulus mentioned. Can't we derive from this that the government has been unfair with this particular resource?
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07 Oct 2014, 00:00
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Franklin wrote:
amolsk11 wrote:
D) Inequitable means unfair. Where does the stimulus state that the federal government's expenditures for soil conservation have been unfair.

The stimulus have stated Nonetheless, federal expenditures for nationwide soil conservation programs have remained at ridiculously low levels - this is in relative with other natural resources the stimulus mentioned. Can't we derive from this that the government has been unfair with this particular resource?

Yes, I believe you can derive that.
But As per the tone and structure of the argument, It is not critiquing the federal govt infact it is stating the facts and suggesting some remedy.Hence, E is correct.

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