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Chaco Canyon, a settlement of the ancient Anasazi culture

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Chaco Canyon, a settlement of the ancient Anasazi culture in North America, had massive buildings.It must have been a major Anasazi center. Analysis of wood samples shows that some of the timber for the buildings came from Chuska and San Mateo Mountains, 50 miles from Chaco Canyon. Only a major cultural center would have the organizational power to import timber from 50 miles away.

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

(A) The first is premise used to support the argument's main conclusion; the second is the argument's main conclusion.

(B) The first is the argument's main conclusion; the second is a premise used to support that conclusion.

(C) The first is one of the two premises used to support the argument's main conclusion; the second is the other of those two premises.

(D) The first is premise used to support the argument's main conclusion; the second is a premise used to support another conclusion drawn in the argument.

(E) The first is inferred from another statement in the argument; the second is inferred from the first.
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Chaco Canyon, a settlement of the ancient Anasazi culture in North America, had massive buildings.It must have been a major Anasazi center.
Analysis of wood samples shows that some of the timber for the buildings came from Chuska and San Mateo Mountains, 50 miles from Chaco Canyon.
Only a major cultural center would have the organizational power to import timber from 50 miles away.

1st BF - Main conclusion
2nd BF- premise that supports 1st BF
Type - Boldface

(A) The first is premise used to support the argument's main conclusion; the second is the argument's main conclusion. - Incorrect -1st BF itself is the main conclusion

(B) The first is the argument's main conclusion; the second is a premise used to support that conclusion. - Correct

(C) The first is one of the two premises used to support the argument's main conclusion; the second is the other of those two premises.- Incorrect - 1st BF itself is the main conclusion

(D) The first is premise used to support the argument's main conclusion; the second is a premise used to support another conclusion drawn in the argument. - Incorrect - 1st BF itself is the main conclusion

(E) The first is inferred from another statement in the argument; the second is inferred from the first. - Description of first is okay but second BF is not inferred from 1st BF

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Can anybody please explain why option A is incorrect . Thank you !

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Can anybody please explain why option A is incorrect . Thank you !


Hi rohitkabra1987 ,
We can find the therefore test to find out which is the conclusion.
1 - CC must have been a major Anasazi center
2 - Only a major cultural center would have the organizational power to import timber from 50 miles away
Consider 2 scenarios -
- Is statement 2 because of statement 1 ? -- No
- Is statement 1 because of statement 2 ? -- Yes --> Thus 1 is conclusion

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b for me

ask why to 1st BF- you get a reason- its a conclusion
ask why to 2nd BF- you do not get a reason- its not a conclusion

only b says this thing
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Imo B
The first is the author's conclusion .The second statement substantiate the conclusion.
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guptalavi24 wrote:
b for me

ask why to 1st BF- you get a reason- its a conclusion
ask why to 2nd BF- you do not get a reason- its not a conclusion

only b says this thing


Hi, is this a sound theory? Sorry have not seen this approach before.

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