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1. A cancer drug that shows positive results in early laboratory tests
can generate a great deal of interest from cancer patients.
Because of this interest, and the desire to make a profit
early in the development cycle, many pharmaceutical
companies rush the new drug to market as quickly as
possible
.
But positive early results are often misleading,
meaning that the effort to bring the drug to market was largely
wasted. Consequently, the strategy to maximize long-
term profit from a new cancer drug is to bring the drug
to market only after its positive effects are more
thoroughly tested and established
.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which
of the following roles?

(A) The first is a consideration that has been raised to argue
that a certain strategy is counterproductive; the second
presents an alternative strategy.
(B) The first is a consideration raised to support the strategy
that the argument recommends; the second presents that
strategy.
(C) The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of
a certain strategy; the second presents an alternative
strategy.
(D) The first is an assumption, rejected by the argument,
that has been used to justify a course of action; the
second presents that course of action.
(E) The first is a consideration that has been used to justify
pursuing a goal that the argument rejects; the second
presents a course of action that has been adopted in
pursuit of that goal.
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13 Mar 2012, 02:00
Hi,

I honestly hate these bold face questions, but hope this helps....

Statement 1 : " rush the new drug to market as quickly as possible " thus is a consideration of the author

Statement 2 : "the strategy to maximize long-term profit from a new cancer drug is to bring the drug to market only after its positive effects are more " Thus you see a second strategy, an alternative one thoroughly tested and established."

Thus answer is C

PS I had choosen E
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13 Mar 2012, 04:46
IMO C

(A) The first is a consideration that has been raised to argue
that a certain strategy is counterproductive; the second
presents an alternative strategy.
--> first part is wrong

(B) The first is a consideration raised to support the strategy
that the argument recommends; the second presents that
strategy.
--> first part wrong
(C) The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of
a certain strategy; the second presents an alternative
strategy.
--> both correct

(D) The first is an assumption, rejected by the argument,
that has been used to justify a course of action; the
second presents that course of action.
--> both are flawed

(E) The first is a consideration that has been used to justify
pursuing a goal that the argument rejects; the second
presents a course of action that has been adopted in
pursuit of that goal.
--> first part is flawed
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13 Mar 2012, 05:33
C

Not very difficult if one pays attention to the connecting words like "because", "but", "consequently", etc.

Pay attention to the phrase "Because of this interest...". This signifies that pharmaceutical companies rush the drug to market quickly because early lab tests generate interest. So, the first boldface explains the appeal of the pharmaceutical company's strategy.

The second boldface is clearly an alternative strategy.

Hope this helps.
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Can someone help breakdown option A?
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20 Aug 2013, 11:03
Transcendentalist wrote:
Can someone help breakdown option A?

IMO C

Not A because according to my understanding in boldface question, you should read the entire argument, but focus on the bold face statements.

Now as per A "The fi?rst is a consideration that has been raised to argue that a certain strategy is counterproductive; the second presents an alternative strategy."

The first bold part of the statement:

"Because of this interest, and the desire to make a profi?t
early in the development cycle, many pharmaceutical
companies rush the new drug to market as quickly as
possible."

Focus on the bold part of the first boldface statement above

Here the first part is a consideration, but looking at the boldface statement, you cannot say that it has been raised to prove something. On the other hand, What you can definitely say is that it has been raised to explain why (see because of this) a certain strategy appeals to many pharmaceutical companies.

Hope it is clear .
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IMO C

(A) The first is a consideration that has been raised to argue
that a certain strategy is counterproductive; the second
presents an alternative strategy.
--> first part is wrong

(B) The first is a consideration raised to support the strategy
that the argument recommends; the second presents that
strategy.
--> first part wrong
(C) The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of
a certain strategy; the second presents an alternative
strategy.
--> both correct

(D) The first is an assumption, rejected by the argument,
that has been used to justify a course of action; the
second presents that course of action.
--> both are flawed

(E) The first is a consideration that has been used to justify
pursuing a goal that the argument rejects; the second
presents a course of action that has been adopted in
pursuit of that goal.
--> first part is flawed

Is E wrong because of the word Goal?

And in D
Can a boldface question have an 'assumption' in bold?
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If you are stuck between C and E here is my go

1. A cancer drug that shows positive results in early laboratory tests
can generate a great deal of interest from cancer patients.
Because of this interest, and the desire to make a profit
early in the development cycle, many pharmaceutical
companies rush the new drug to market as quickly as
possible. But positive early results are often misleading,
meaning that the effort to bring the drug to market was largely
wasted. Consequently, the strategy to maximize long-
term profit from a new cancer drug is to bring the drug
to market only after its positive effects are more
thoroughly tested and established.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which
of the following roles?

(C) The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of
a certain strategy; the second presents an alternative
strategy.
(E) The first is a consideration that has been used to justify
pursuing a goal that the argument rejects; the second
presents a course of action that has been adopted in
pursuit of that goal
.

highlighted Bold faced text in option E has never happened as per the argument.
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The 2nd part is an alt strategy so A or C. C fits the bill Hence C.
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1. A cancer drug that shows positive results in early laboratory tests
can generate a great deal of interest from cancer patients.
Because of this interest, and the desire to make a profit
early in the development cycle, many pharmaceutical
companies rush the new drug to market as quickly as
possible
.
But positive early results are often misleading,
meaning that the effort to bring the drug to market was largely
wasted. Consequently, the strategy to maximize long-
term profit from a new cancer drug is to bring the drug
to market only after its positive effects are more
thoroughly tested and established
.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which
of the following roles?

(A) The first is a consideration that has been raised to argue
that a certain strategy is counterproductive; the second
presents an alternative strategy.
(B) The first is a consideration raised to support the strategy
that the argument recommends; the second presents that
strategy.
(C) The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of
a certain strategy; the second presents an alternative
strategy.
(D) The first is an assumption, rejected by the argument,
that has been used to justify a course of action; the
second presents that course of action.
(E) The first is a consideration that has been used to justify
pursuing a goal that the argument rejects; the second
presents a course of action that has been adopted in
pursuit of that goal.

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