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Aroca City currently funds its public schools through taxes on property. In place of this system, the city plans to introduce a sales tax of three percent on all retail sales in the city.Critics protest that three percent of current retail sales falls short of the amount raised for schools by property taxes. The critics are correct on this point. Nevertheless,implementing the plan will probably not reduce the money going to Aroca’s schools.Several large retailers have selected Aroca City as the site for huge new stores, and these are certain to draw large numbers of shoppers from neighboring municipalities, where sales are taxed at rates of six percent and more. In consequence, retail sales in Aroca City are bound to increase substantially.

In the argument given, the two potions in boldface play which of the following roles?
A. The first is an objection that has been raised against a certain plan; the second is a prediction that, if accurate, undermines the force of that objection. [ Correct. First is an objection raised by the critics. Since the conclusion talks about -- bound to increase - it is a prediction.]
B. The first is a criticism, endorsed by the argument, of a funding plan; the second is a point the argument makes in favor of adopting an alternative plan. [Incorrect. The argument talks about how the same plan will achieve more returns due to something happening in the background - It is a prediction.]
C. The first is a criticism, endorsed by the argument, of a funding plan; the second is the main reason cited by the argument for its endorsement of the criticism. [Incorrect. The second is a prediction and not the main reason for its endorsement.]
D. The first is a claim that the argument seeks to refute; the second is the main point used by the argument to show that the claim is false.[Incorrect: Argument is not refuting the claim. It accepts it. - The critics are correct on this point ]
E. The first is a claim that the argument accepts with certain reservations; the second presents that claim in a rewarding that is not subject to those reservations. [Incorrect. Second part doesn't fall inline with argument]

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Aroca City currently funds its public schools through taxes on property. In place of this system, the city plans to introduce a sales tax of three percent on all retail sales in the city.Critics protest that three percent of current retail sales falls short of the amount raised for schools by property taxes. The critics are correct on this point. Nevertheless,implementing the plan will probably not reduce the money going to Aroca’s schools.Several large retailers have selected Aroca City as the site for huge new stores, and these are certain to draw large numbers of shoppers from neighboring municipalities, where sales are taxed at rates of six percent and more. In consequence, retail sales in Aroca City are bound to increase substantially.

In the argument given, the two potions in boldface play which of the following roles?
A. The first is an objection that has been raised against a certain plan; the second is a prediction that, if accurate, undermines the force of that objection.
B. The first is a criticism, endorsed by the argument, of a funding plan; the second is a point the argument makes in favor of adopting an alternative plan.
C. The first is a criticism, endorsed by the argument, of a funding plan; the second is the main reason cited by the argument for its endorsement of the criticism.
D. The first is a claim that the argument seeks to refute; the second is the main point used by the argument to show that the claim is false.
E. The first is a claim that the argument accepts with certain reservations; the second presents that claim in a rewarding that is not subject to those reservations.


This was a great question to test the boldface question type....I chose A and here is my reasoning:
A: The first Bold face (B1) is an objection which is easily spotted by "critics protest.."...the second boldface (B2) is a prediction that is not fact but will hope to undermine the first statement.
D: I can understand why some would pick this one but I did not because the argument did not say that the first bold was false nor is its intention to disprove! It actually is stated that the author agrees that the critics are correct. The critics are saying it won't raise as much as the tax on property, not that it won't work overall. I think that is a subtle but important difference. It was acknowledged that the amount won't be as much as the tax but the hope is that with the opening of new stores it WILL be - hopeful prediction.

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'D' is the choice for me - Correct. The plan's likely effect on the amount of school funding is at issue in the argument, whose conclusion is that the plan probably will not reduce that funding.
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