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Historian: In the Drindian Empire, censuses were conducted

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Historian: In the Drindian Empire, censuses were conducted annually to determine the population of each village. Village census records for the last half of the 1600â€™s are remarkably complete. This very completeness makes one point stand out; in five different years, villages overwhelmingly reported significant population declines. Tellingly, each of those five years immediately followed an increase in a certain Drindian tax. This tax, which was assessed on villages, was computed by the central government using the annual census figures. Obviously, whenever the tax went up, villages had an especially powerful economic incentive to minimize the number of people they recorded; and concealing the size of a villageâ€™s population from government census takers would have been easy. Therefore, it is reasonable to think that the reported declines did not happen.
In the historianâ€™s argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

K. The first supplies a context for the historianâ€™s argument; the second acknowledges a consideration that has been used to argue against the position the historian seeks to establish.
L. The first presents evidence to support the position that the historian seeks to establish; the second acknowledges a consideration that has been used to argue against that position.
M. The first provides a context for certain evidence that supports the position that the historian seeks to establish; the second is that position.
N. The first is a position for which the historian argues; the second is an assumption that serves as the basis of that argument.
O. The first is an assumption that the historian explicitly makes in arguing for a certain position; the second acknowledges a consideration that calls that assumption into question.
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20 Sep 2004, 09:36
Is it M ?

I feel second bold faced text is the conclusion of the argument. Only M has that choice.
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20 Sep 2004, 14:20
M it is
historian position: it is not true that population increased(historian's position as mentioned by 2nd BF) despite given evidence(remarkable accuracy of 1600's census records) because of the reasons given
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15 Nov 2004, 12:54
Q1 What is the difference between

Quote:
K. The first supplies a context for the historianâ€™s argument; the second acknowledges a consideration that has been used to argue against the position the historian seeks to establish.

M. The first provides a context for certain evidence that supports the position that the historian seeks to establish; the second is that position.

Point 1
The first supplies a context for the historianâ€™s argument v/s The first provides a context for certain evidence that supports the position that the historian seeks to establish

Point 2
the second acknowledges a consideration that has been used to argue against the position the historian seeks to establish.
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the second is that position

Q2 How is a context different from assumption .. dont both mean assumptions

Q3 doesnt acknowledges a consideration mean a conclusion

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23 Jan 2005, 20:55
Paul wrote:
M it is
historian position: it is not true that population increased(historian's position as mentioned by 2nd BF) despite given evidence(remarkable accuracy of 1600's census records) because of the reasons given

Paul,

Although I also chose "M"...as none other was a better option, still option "M" says "certain evidence that supports the position"....on the contrary the evidence doesn't support the author's position...it contradicts it ?
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24 Jan 2005, 07:10
Chose M for lack of a better one..
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24 Jan 2005, 12:38
"M" for Me.

First one is evidence or context of it.

Hence POE => L or M
Second one is the position historian is trying to come at.

M wins.
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24 Jan 2005, 18:28
Why not O?
Village census records for the last half of the 1600â€™s are remarkably complete
seems like an assumption to me as he would not know that the census is complete

the reported declines did not happen
calls the assumption to question as it proves census was not complete!
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25 Jan 2005, 13:21
Can somebody convince me why it is not O?

What is the OA?
25 Jan 2005, 13:21
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