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# For a trade embargo against a particular country to succeed,

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For a trade embargo against a particular country to succeed, a high degree of both international accord and ability to prevent goods from entering or leaving that country must be sustained. A total blockade of Patria's ports is necessary to an embargo, but such an action would be likely to cause international discord over the embargo.
The claims above, if true, most strongly support which of the following conclusions?
(A) The balance of opinion is likely to favor Patria in the event of a blockade.
(B) As long as international opinion is unanimously against Patria, a trade embargo is likely to succeed.
(C) A naval blockade of Patria's ports would ensure that no goods enter or leave Patria.
(D) Any trade embargo against Patria would be likely to fail at some time.
(E) For a blockade of Patria's ports to be successful, international opinion must be unanimous.

whats wrong with option B.
If international opinion is in favour of blockade of patrias ports , then no damage for international discord and trade embargo is likely to succeed
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28 Feb 2012, 12:30
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For a trade embargo against a particular country to succeed, a high degree of both international accord and ability to prevent goods from entering or leaving that country must be sustained. A total blockade of Patria's ports is necessary to an embargo, but such an action would be likely to cause international discord over the embargo.
The claims above, if true, most strongly support which of the following conclusions?
(A) The balance of opinion is likely to favor Patria in the event of a blockade.
(B) As long as international opinion is unanimously against Patria, a trade embargo is likely to succeed.
(C) A naval blockade of Patria's ports would ensure that no goods enter or leave Patria.
(D) Any trade embargo against Patria would be likely to fail at some time.
(E) For a blockade of Patria's ports to be successful, international opinion must be unanimous.

 whats wrong with option B. If international opinion is in favour of blockade of patrias ports , then no damage for international discord and trade embargo is likely to succeed

I liked D because I think B & E are similarly worded and are too extreme - unanimous seems to be too strong
A & C seem irrelevant.
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29 Feb 2012, 11:50
D, for sure.

Conclusion-. A total blockade of Patria's ports is necessary to an embargo, but such an action would be likely to cause international discord over the embargo.

Hence we have to find an answer choice that strengthens the conclusion i.e why the embargo is likely to fail or cause discord.Only option D helps to explain this.

Option B does not help to strengthen the conclusion. It just restates a fact in the argument.

Hope my explanations clears your doubt.
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01 Mar 2012, 08:48
Are you sure that last sentence "A total blockade of Patria's ports is necessary to an embargo, but such an action would be likely to cause international discord over the embargo" is conclusion. I think all the sentences in the argument are just premises.
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01 Mar 2012, 23:14
TomB wrote:
For a trade embargo against a particular country to succeed, a high degree of both international accord and ability to prevent goods from entering or leaving that country must be sustained. A total blockade of Patria's ports is necessary to an embargo, but such an action would be likely to cause international discord over the embargo.
The claims above, if true, most strongly support which of the following conclusions?
(B) As long as international opinion is unanimously against Patria, a trade embargo is likely to succeed.
(C) A naval blockade of Patria's ports would ensure that no goods enter or leave Patria.
(D) Any trade embargo against Patria would be likely to fail at some time.

whats wrong with option B.
If international opinion is in favour of blockade of patrias ports , then no damage for international discord and trade embargo is likely to succeed

This is conclusion type. Embargo need International Accord (1)+ Ability to prevent good entering or leaving (2)
Patria's port have only (2). Choice B is wrong because whether the discord unanimous or not, this thing does not affect to the (1). So, its wrong.

Because Partria's port lack of (2), so its embargo possibly fails
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01 Mar 2012, 23:59
Question Stem : we need to find the conclusion drawn from above premises and last line is main premise to draw the conclusion that every embargo is likely to fail at some point of time.

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For a trade embargo against a particular country to succeed, a high degree of both international accord and ability to prevent goods from entering or leaving that country must be sustained. A total blockade of Patria's ports is necessary to an embargo, but such an action would be likely to cause international discord over the embargo.
The claims above, if true, most strongly support which of the following conclusions?

Question Stem
The claims above, if true, most strongly support which of the following conclusions?
Inference Question. So the answer MUST BE TRUE.

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For a trade embargo against a particular country to succeed, a high degree of both international accord and ability to prevent goods from entering or leaving that country must be sustained. A total blockade of Patria's ports is necessary to an embargo, but such an action would be likely to cause international discord over the embargo.

My Understanding of the Argument
Successful Trade Embargo needs both 1) high degree of international accord 2) ability to prevent goods from entering or leaving that country.
BUT blocking Paricia's ports is likely to cause international discord over the embargo.

Pre-thinking
Embargo may not be successful in Patricia

(A) The balance of opinion is likely to favor Patria in the event of a blockade
INCORRECT ANSWER - Whether the balance of opinion will favor or not favor is not discussed in the passage. Out of Scope

(B) As long as international opinion is unanimously against Patria, a trade embargo is likely to succeed.
INCORRECT ANSWER - Two conditions are necessary for an embargo. In this option, nothing about the condition 2 (ability to prevent goods from entering or leaving that country) is mentioned

(C) A naval blockade of Patria's ports would ensure that no goods enter or leave Patria.
INCORRECT ANSWER - Not Sure if sea is only way in which goods enter Patricia . Goods could enter the country through other routes as well. We can not say that this is true.

(D) Any trade embargo against Patria would be likely to fail at some time.
CORRECT ANSWER - As the trade blockade would like to cause international discord (which is condition 1 for an embargo to be successful), there is a likelihood that the embargo will fail at some point in time

(E) For a blockade of Patria's ports to be successful, international opinion must be unanimous.
INCORRECT ANSWER - "unanimous" - nothing mentioned. May be a majority would do. The passage does not lead us to believe this option
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08 Feb 2016, 20:07
TomB wrote:
For a trade embargo against a particular country to succeed, a high degree of both international accord and ability to prevent goods from entering or leaving that country must be sustained. A total blockade of Patria's ports is necessary to an embargo, but such an action would be likely to cause international discord over the embargo.
The claims above, if true, most strongly support which of the following conclusions?
(A) The balance of opinion is likely to favor Patria in the event of a blockade.
(B) As long as international opinion is unanimously against Patria, a trade embargo is likely to succeed.
(C) A naval blockade of Patria's ports would ensure that no goods enter or leave Patria.
(D) Any trade embargo against Patria would be likely to fail at some time.
(E) For a blockade of Patria's ports to be successful, international opinion must be unanimous.

we need to look at the language the answer choices present. the language in some of them are so strong, that you can easily eliminate them.

A. might, or might not be true. discord might be because of the necessity of the products exported from P. but the opinions might not favor P at all. moreover, it is likely to cause discord. which means that it is likely to not cause.
B. we do not need the opinion to be unanimously against Patria. we just need high degree of accord + ability to prevent goods in/out
C. goods can enter through air/land.
D. likely to fail - in accordance with the language of the argument
E. must be unanimous - same error as in B.
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