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Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the editorialist’s statements?

(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate.

(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

(C) The most important factor influencing a resident’s decision as to whether to participate in local politics is the chance that the participation will elicit a positive official response.

(D) More-frequent thorough coverage of local politics would reduce at least one source of discouragement from resident participation in local politics.

(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

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Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the editorialist’s statements?

(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate.

(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

(C) The most important factor influencing a resident’s decision as to whether to participate in local politics is the chance that the participation will elicit a positive official response.

(D) More-frequent thorough coverage of local politics would reduce at least one source of discouragement from resident participation in local politics.

(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

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The Argument is basically showing the impact of less New coverage ..Only option D talks about news coverage and its effect in reducing discouragement of resident in participating local politics.

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Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the editorialist’s statements?

(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate.

(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

(C) The most important factor influencing a resident’s decision as to whether to participate in local politics is the chance that the participation will elicit a positive official response.

(D) More-frequent thorough coverage of local politics would reduce at least one source of discouragement from resident participation in local politics.

(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

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The Argument is basically showing the impact of less New coverage ..Only option D talks about news coverage and its effect in reducing discouragement of resident in participating local politics.



Answer is D

D is correct because, since the stimulus tells us that both local political secrecy and insufficient news coverage contribute to politicians being isolated, which in turn contributes to a decrease in resident participation, reducing either of these original factors (local political secrecy and insufficient news coverage) would, necessarily, reduce at least one sort of discouragement against resident participation that currently exists.

E is incorrect because, though the contrapositive tells us that if resident participation were not discouraged, insufficient news coverage could not be a problem, the causality of this relationship has been lost - it is not true that increased resident participation would then have necessrily caused better news coverage.
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Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the editorialist’s statements?

(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate.

(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

(C) The most important factor influencing a resident’s decision as to whether to participate in local politics is the chance that the participation will elicit a positive official response.

(D) More-frequent thorough coverage of local politics would reduce at least one source of discouragement from resident participation in local politics.

(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

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Here went with A .
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hi broall

Can you please check the OA ...i think , it is not correct...

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Hi Broall,

I was oscillating between D and E, but ended up on wrong side

I have one question regarding E,

Premise: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

News Media rare coverage and business conducted secretively -> isolation of local politicians from their electorates -> less chance of positive official response -> discourage residente participation.

Contra Positive: no discourage of resident participation -> more chance of positive official response -> less isolation of local politicians -> news media more coverage.

is n't answer choice E, saying contrapositive?

If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.
no discourage of resident partipation -> less isolation of local politicians , is n't this correct?

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hellosanthosh2k2 wrote:
Hi Broall,

I was oscillating between D and E, but ended up on wrong side

I have one question regarding E,

Premise: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

News Media rare coverage and business conducted secretively -> isolation of local politicians from their electorates -> less chance of positive official response -> discourage residente participation.

Contra Positive: no discourage of resident participation -> more chance of positive official response -> less isolation of local politicians -> news media more coverage.

is n't answer choice E, saying contrapositive?

If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.
no discourage of resident partipation -> less isolation of local politicians , is n't this correct?

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I think that the logic in this question is: X->Y and Y->Z thus X->Z. Since the question asks the answer choice that the argument most strongly supports, we come to choice B, which states the conclusion that X->Z. Other choices just conclude Y->Z so aren't good enough.
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