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To analyze the argument, consider each of the statements one by one:

Boldface 1: Village census records for the last half of the 1600’s are remarkably complete. This is a FACT.

Boldface 2: (Therefore, it is reasonable to think that) the reported declines did not happen. This is the CONCLUSION.

Now as per the terms above, we know that “consideration” / “to acknowledge” are terms for fact. We also know that “position” is a term for the conclusion.

Check the options for this question now:

A. The first supplies a context for the historian’s argument; the second acknowledges a consideration that has been used to argue against the position the historian seeks to establish.
B. 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.
C. The first provides a context for certain evidence that supports the position that the historian seeks to establish; the second is that position.
D. The first is a position for which the historian argues; the second is an assumption that serves as the basis of that argument.
E. 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.

Options A, B, E say that ‘second (boldface)’ acknowledges a consideration (fact) … WRONG as per the above analysis. The second is a ‘conclusion’.

Option D says that ‘first (boldface)’ is a position (conclusion) … WRONG as per the above analysis. The first is a ‘fact’.

Option C is correct.
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This question can be answered in less than a minute. The second bolded statement is clearly a conclusion. Only choice (C) mentions "the second is that position". No other choice mentions that the second bolded statement is a conclusion. On these grounds, you can pick C without even reading the first part of the answer choice, or even any answer choice.
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