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Boldface Revision: A party that temporarily positions itself

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This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning: Boldface Revision Project.

Political analyst: A party that temporarily positions itself in the negligible crack between the American right and left will do little to expand the public debate. What America needs is a permanent third party. Some claim that America’s success stems from the two party system. These people say that a third party would make the passage of legislation and thus governance impossible. Furthermore, they point to the current sluggish pace of government as proof that the country cannot bear the burden of a third party. Yet, most European countries have multi-party systems and few complain about any inability to govern there. Which of the following best describes the functions of the two sections in boldface in the argument above?

A. The first is the main point of the argument; the second is a premise that supports that point.

B. The first opposes the premises of the argument; the second is the claim that the argument supports.

C. The first supports the main position held by opponents of the main point; the second is a premise that argues against that position.

D. The first is the primary claim made by opponents of the main point of the argument; the second is evidence proposed in opposition to the first.

E. The first is a claim made by opponents of the main point of the argument; the second is the claim that the first opposes.

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Answer should be D.
Author`s main point: "What America needs is a permanent third party."
Then the argument shift to explain what the opponents of this view are claiming, which is BF-1 followed by the reasoning given by opponents.
Again shift happens in the argument with "Yet", and author bolsters his main point with a premise (BF-2).

A. The first is the main point of the argument (WRONG); the second is a premise that supports that point.

B. The first opposes the premises of the argument (WRONG) ; the second is the claim that the argument supports (WRONG).

C. The first supports the main position held by opponents of the main point (WRONG- First is the claim not support to the claim); the second is a premise that argues against that position.

D. The first is the primary claim made by opponents of the main point of the argument (CORRECT); the second is evidence proposed in opposition to the first (CORRECT).

E. The first is a claim made by opponents of the main point of the argument; the second is the claim that the first opposes (WRONG)
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I think the correct answer is D. First one is a claim.
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning: Boldface Revision Project.

Political analyst: A party that temporarily positions itself in the negligible crack between the American right and left will do little to expand the public debate. What America needs is a permanent third party. Some claim that America’s success stems from the two party system. These people say that a third party would make the passage of legislation and thus governance impossible. Furthermore, they point to the current sluggish pace of government as proof that the country cannot bear the burden of a third party. Yet, most European countries have multi-party systems and few complain about any inability to govern there. Which of the following best describes the functions of the two sections in boldface in the argument above?

A. The first is the main point of the argument; the second is a premise that supports that point.

B. The first opposes the premises of the argument; the second is the claim that the argument supports.

C. The first supports the main position held by opponents of the main point; the second is a premise that argues against that position.

D. The first is the primary claim made by opponents of the main point of the argument; the second is evidence proposed in opposition to the first.

E. The first is a claim made by opponents of the main point of the argument; the second is the claim that the first opposes.


first we look at the main point of the aruement..
it is -What America needs is a permanent third party...
the second boldface can easily be seen to be an evidence , which is in support of this point...
only D provides this.. ans D
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This argument presents a claim that America needs a permanent third party. This
claim is the argument's conclusion, in fact. The author then cites the view held by
critics of this claim and notes their subordinate assertions that a third party would
slow the legislative process and impede governance. Finally, the author cites
European countries to contradict the opponents’ claim and their evidence.

(A) This choice is incorrect because the first boldface is not the main point of the
argument. It is the conclusion of the argument’s opponents. Furthermore, the
second boldface is a premise that supports the actual conclusion, not the claim
made by the opponents.

(B) This choice is incorrect because the first boldface does not oppose the
premises of the argument; it opposes the conclusion. Furthermore, the second
boldface is a premise that supports the conclusion; it is not the conclusion.

(C) This choice is incorrect because the first boldface is the actual position held
by the opponents, not a premise for their position. This choice does correctly
state that the second boldface is a premise that argues against the position held
by the opponents.

(D) CORRECT. The first is the claim of the argument’s opponents, and the
second is evidence that contradicts the opponents’ claim.

(E) This choice is incorrect because the second is not the claim that the
opponents are opposing by asserting the first boldface. They assert the first
boldface to oppose the conclusion of the argument.
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