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Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with Country B when it was reported that Country B had been running a covert intelligence operation within the borders of Country A. While a spokesperson for Country B admitted the charge, the spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

(A) Country B should apologize and dismantle its intelligence operation in Country A.

(B) The spokesperson for Country B claims that Country A engages in intelligence gathering too.

(C) Because all countries engage in this practice, Country A’s outrage was disingenuous.

(D) Relations between Country A and Country B will be strained for some time.

(E) Country B would be just as outraged if it was reported that Country A was running a covert intelligence operation with Country B’s borders.

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24 Feb 2016, 06:20
Is it C?
"the spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception"---> so it means that all countries do and thus country A is not right
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Argument: Country A broke diplomatic ties with Country B because Country B was gathering intelligence in borders of Country A. Spokesperson accepts the charge and claims all countries including Country A resolve to intelligence gathering in foreign soil.

(A) Country B should apologize and dismantle its intelligence operation in Country A. - Incorrect - Out of scope

(B) The spokesperson for Country B claims that Country A engages in intelligence gathering too. - Correct

(C) Because all countries engage in this practice, Country A’s outrage was disingenuous. - Incorrect - The charge was genuine and was accepted by the spokesperson of Country B. So outrage of Country A need not be disingenuous.

(D) Relations between Country A and Country B will be strained for some time. - Incorrect - Out of scope

(E) Country B would be just as outraged if it was reported that Country A was running a covert intelligence operation with Country B’s borders. - Incorrect - Out of scope

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Updated on: 24 Feb 2016, 12:17
I go with C too. The spokesperson of country B admitted it was true but also said that every country, included country A, engages in secret operation in foreign countries, so the outrage of country A is not sincere.

Option B states the truth but it's said in the text, it's not an inference.

edit: I googled and apparently the OA is B. I understood the word "inference" in the wrong way, better make that mistake now that during the real exam

Originally posted by n2223 on 24 Feb 2016, 07:07.
Last edited by n2223 on 24 Feb 2016, 12:17, edited 1 time in total.
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24 Feb 2016, 07:30
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Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with Country B when it was reported that Country B had been running a covert intelligence operation within the borders of Country A. While a spokesperson for Country B admitted the charge, the spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

(A) Country B should apologize and dismantle its intelligence operation in Country A.

(B) The spokesperson for Country B claims that Country A engages in intelligence gathering too.

(C) Because all countries engage in this practice, Country A’s outrage was disingenuous.

(D) Relations between Country A and Country B will be strained for some time.

(E) Country B would be just as outraged if it was reported that Country A was running a covert intelligence operation with Country B’s borders.

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Option A: Out of Scope
Option B: Country A may be doing it or may not be doing it.
Option: C- Diplomatic relations have been broken so country B seems to justify B's stand.
Option D: Out of Scope
Option E: Out of Scope

IMO: C
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Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with Country B when it was reported that Country B had been running a covert intelligence operation within the borders of Country A. While a spokesperson for Country B admitted the charge, the spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

(A) Country B should apologize and dismantle its intelligence operation in Country A.--- no

(B) The spokesperson for Country B claims that Country A engages in intelligence gathering too.-- can be inferred.

(C) Because all countries engage in this practice, Country A’s outrage was disingenuous.- no

(D) Relations between Country A and Country B will be strained for some time. goes too far.

(E) Country B would be just as outraged if it was reported that Country A was running a covert intelligence operation with Country B’s borders.- goes too far.
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24 Feb 2016, 09:30
Between B and C :

The statement is an allegation. We can't infer that every country actually does it as stated in C based on what somebody alleges/says.

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While a spokesperson for Country B admitted the charge, the spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception.

If we consider the last part of the sentence carefully then it states that all countries carry on covert intelligence operation within the borders of other country and Country A is no exception ( Means country A is also involved in similar practice).

From the above reasoning the answer will be clearly (B)...
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31 Oct 2016, 08:28
Tricky question in the sense that you can eliminate A,D,& E right away, but you are left with B & C. Let's break it down:

Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with Country B when it was reported that Country B had been running a covert intelligence operation within the borders of Country A. While a spokesperson for Country B admitted the charge, the spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

(A) Country B should apologize and dismantle its intelligence operation in Country A. --> this is not what the spokesperson is suggesting

(B) The spokesperson for Country B claims that Country A engages in intelligence gathering too. --> BINGO! Spokesperson is not denying that Country B engaged in activity on Country A's turf, but counters the accusation with statement that A is not innocent suggesting that Country A engages in activity as well. Hence, this is the correct answer.

(C) Because all countries engage in this practice, Country A’s outrage was disingenuous. --> not true, but this is not the claim Country B's spokesperson is bringing forward

(D) Relations between Country A and Country B will be strained for some time. --> irrelevant

(E) Country B would be just as outraged if it was reported that Country A was running a covert intelligence operation with Country B’s borders. --> irrelevant
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Tricky question in the sense that you can eliminate A,D,& E right away, but you are left with B & C. Let's break it down:

Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with Country B when it was reported that Country B had been running a covert intelligence operation within the borders of Country A. While a spokesperson for Country B admitted the charge, the spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

(A) Country B should apologize and dismantle its intelligence operation in Country A. --> this is not what the spokesperson is suggesting

(B) The spokesperson for Country B claims that Country A engages in intelligence gathering too. --> BINGO! Spokesperson is not denying that Country B engaged in activity on Country A's turf, but counters the accusation with statement that A is not innocent suggesting that Country A engages in activity as well. Hence, this is the correct answer.

(C) Because all countries engage in this practice, Country A’s outrage was disingenuous. --> not true, but this is not the claim Country B's spokesperson is bringing forward

(D) Relations between Country A and Country B will be strained for some time. --> irrelevant

(E) Country B would be just as outraged if it was reported that Country A was running a covert intelligence operation with Country B’s borders. --> irrelevant

Isn't B a fact already stated in the question...pl help me in distinguishing Fact from Inference w.r.t. this question

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IMO its B -
B - must be true. Spokesman claims all other countries do. so it includes A too.
C - This will be a method of reasoning introduced by spokesman to refute A's action.
If you try to do this in bold face you will understand why C is not the right answer .

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04 Aug 2017, 09:11
Don't overthink this one.

The statement implies that Country A is doing it, too. That's the inference. We get tripped up by C because that is what the spokeperson is arguing. He's saying, "Settle down there, Country A. You're not so innocent yourself." But C is his argument and that's not what we're being asked.

We're asked only to find the inference that can be drawn from the statement. Previous commenters were confused by B, saying that B isn't an inference because it says it plainly in the prompt. He didn't say it outright. He implied it.
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Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with Country B when it was reported that Country B had been running a covert intelligence operation within the borders of Country A. While a spokesperson for Country B admitted the charge, the spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

(A) Country B should apologize and dismantle its intelligence operation in Country A. -No one wants an apology.

(B) The spokesperson for Country B claims that Country A engages in intelligence gathering too. Correct

(C) Because all countries engage in this practice, Country A’s outrage was disingenuous. -Can't say this from premise.

(D) Relations between Country A and Country B will be strained for some time. -Can't say this from premise.

(E) Country B would be just as outraged if it was reported that Country A was running a covert intelligence operation with Country B’s borders. -Can't say this from premise.
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Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with Country B when it was reported that Country B had been running a covert intelligence operation within the borders of Country A. While a spokesperson for Country B admitted the charge, the spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

(A) Country B should apologize and dismantle its intelligence operation in Country A.-No mention of dismantling

(B) The spokesperson for Country B claims that Country A engages in intelligence gathering too.-Very apt

(C) Because all countries engage in this practice, Country A’s outrage was disingenuous.-Nothing mentioned about outrage in passage

(D) Relations between Country A and Country B will be strained for some time.-Not mentioned

(E) Country B would be just as outraged if it was reported that Country A was running a covert intelligence operation with Country B’s borders.-Out of context
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