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Geologist: The element tantalum, which originates as a mineral ore known as coltan, is used as a
capacitor in computers and cell phones. Most tantalum is exported by Canada, China, South America,
and Australia. However, a small percentage of the world supply comes from poorly governed or
conflict-torn regions of Africa and is mined using objectionable practices such as child labor.
A group of scientists has begun working on a method that I believe will be able to detect chemical
signatures that can distinguish tantalum samples according to their location of origin.
Their technique
needs to be further developed into a standardized and widely reproducible method of testing. If such
testing becomes standard use among manufacturers and suppliers, it would allow companies and
consumers a way to sanction human rights abuses through the marketplace.


In the geologist's argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first presents a circumstance for which the geologist offers an explanation; the
second is part of that explanation.

(B) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the conclusion of the
argument; the second is that conclusion.

(C) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the conclusion of the argument;
the second provides evidence in support of that conclusion.

(D) The first provides evidence in support of the conclusion of the argument; the second acknowledges
a consideration that weighs against that conclusion.

(E) The first is a judgment advanced in support of the conclusion of the argument; the second is that conclusion.



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(A) The first presents a circumstance for which the geologist offers an explanation; the
second is part of that explanation. Here, ' A group of scientists has begun working on a method that I believe will be able to detect chemical
signatures that can distinguish tantalum samples according to their location of origin'
. doesn't represent a circumstance looking at the keyword "I believe". Also ' it would allow companies and consumers a way to sanction human rights abuses through the marketplace' doesn't represent an explanation but rather a conclusion supported by first.


(B) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the conclusion of the argument; the second is that conclusion. First bold stmt doesn't weigh against 2nd bold part rather supports the 1st bold part.

(C) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the conclusion of the argument; The second provides evidence in support of that conclusion.

(D) The first provides evidence in support of the conclusion of the argument; The second acknowledges a consideration that weighs against that conclusion. 1st bold part doesn't represent an evidence as suggested by words "I believe" and 2nd bold part doesn't weigh against the conclusion but instead presents a conclusion.

(E) The first is a judgment advanced in support of the conclusion of the argument; the second is that conclusion. 1st bold part is a judgement as indicated by the words "I believe" supporting the 2nd Bold part conclusion of the argument
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Answer: E
This is a boldface question. Read carefully for the structure of the argument. The first bolded statement is a claim made by the geologist. The second is the conclusion of the argument, which relies on that claim in the first bolded statement. You'll rarely be able to predict the exact words used in the answer choices, but once you've figured out how the bold statements function, you should be able to identify a choice that matches reasonably well. In this case, choice (E) is correct. Only (B) and (E) refer to the second statement as a conclusion; (B) mistakenly refers to the first statement as something weighing against the conclusion.

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New post 24 Oct 2013, 03:35
E for me!

If you want to be quick: the second part is a conlusion, and the only answer stating that is... E!

Answer: E
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New post 25 Oct 2013, 06:43
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E for me!

If you want to be quick: the second part is a conlusion, and the only answer stating that is... E!

Answer: E



Hi,

i guess u missed option B . Which states:
"(B) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the conclusion of the
argument; the second is that conclusion."

However B is wrong for the reason that statement 1 is not against the conclusion. It is a belief and supports the conclusion as stated in E. Hence B is wrong and E is correct.

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New post 25 Oct 2013, 07:17
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Paris75 wrote:
E for me!

If you want to be quick: the second part is a conlusion, and the only answer stating that is... E!

Answer: E



Hi,

i guess u missed option B . Which states:
"(B) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the conclusion of the
argument; the second is that conclusion."

However B is wrong for the reason that statement 1 is not against the conclusion. It is a belief and supports the conclusion as stated in E. Hence B is wrong and E is correct.

Hope this helps.



Your are right, you end up with B & E, but answer B is obviously wrong for the reason you have stated... So you just have to look at those two answer choices and answer E should be obvious!
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Geologist: The element tantalum, which originates as a mineral ore known as coltan, is used as a
capacitor in computers and cell phones. Most tantalum is exported by Canada, China, South America,
and Australia. However, a small percentage of the world supply comes from poorly governed or
conflict-torn regions of Africa and is mined using objectionable practices such as child labor.
A group of scientists has begun working on a method thatI believe will be able to detect chemical
signatures that can distinguish tantalum samples according to their location of origin.
Their technique
needs to be further developed into a standardized and widely reproducible method of testing. If such
testing becomes standard use among manufacturers and suppliers, it would allow companies and
consumers a way to sanction human rights abuses through the marketplace.


In the geologist's argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first presents a circumstance for which the geologist offers an explanation; the
second is part of that explanation.

(B) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the conclusion of the
argument; the second is that conclusion.

(C) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the conclusion of the argument;
the second provides evidence in support of that conclusion.

(D) The first provides evidence in support of the conclusion of the argument; the second acknowledges
a consideration that weighs against that conclusion.

(E) The first is a judgment advanced in support of the conclusion of the argument; the second is that conclusion.



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The "I believe" in the BF:1 clearly indicates that this is a judgement in support of the argument.

My Judgement "I believe, we need not look further, E is the answer" :D :lol: :lol:
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