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# Historian: The early Egyptian pharaohs spent as much wealth on largely

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06 Apr 2018, 14:23
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Historian: The early Egyptian pharaohs spent as much wealth on largely ceremonial and hugely impressive architecture as they did on roads and irrigation systems. This was not mere frivolousness, however, for if people under a pharaoh 's rule could be made to realize the extent of their ruler's mastery of the physical world, their loyalty could be maintained without military coercion.

The claim that early Egyptian expenditure on largely ceremonial architecture was not frivolous plays which one of the following roles in the historian's argument?

(A) It is a conclusion purportedly justified by the argument's appeal to the psychological effects of these structures on the Egyptian population.
(B) It is offered in support of the claim that Egyptian pharaohs spent as mucb on ceremonial architecture as they did on roads and irrigation systems.
(C) It is a premise given in support of the claim that the loyalty of people under a pharaoh 's rule was maintained over time without reliance on military force.
(D) It is offered as an illustration of the principle that social and poli tical stability do not depend ultimately on force.
(E) It is a premise used to justify the pharaohs' policy of spending scarce resources on structures that have only military utility.

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Re: Historian: The early Egyptian pharaohs spent as much wealth on largely  [#permalink]

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08 Apr 2018, 16:41
IMO A

Using Eliminating other option you can reach the answer

even if we don't understand the complete relation between statements we can do elimination

from the statement, we know " This was not mere frivolousness " is not a premise , its somewhat a conclusion

B: Wrong , it does not provide any support for the claim , it is just a fact

C & E : Wrong , not primise

D: Wrong : it doesn't state anything about political and social stability
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14 Oct 2018, 02:46
I am unable to decide how this is a premise or a conclusion. I singled out A and C. Rest all seemed illogical . But was not able to decide between the fact that this is a premise or conclusion. In my view this acts as a bridge between premise and conclusion
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Re: Historian: The early Egyptian pharaohs spent as much wealth on largely  [#permalink]

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14 Oct 2018, 12:09
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It is definitely a conclusion.The clue is the word “Claim” in the question stem.Claims cannot be premises.Even otherwise it is quite cleat that it is the conclusion.

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15 Oct 2018, 03:53
anse wrote:
I am unable to decide how this is a premise or a conclusion. I singled out A and C. Rest all seemed illogical . But was not able to decide between the fact that this is a premise or conclusion. In my view this acts as a bridge between premise and conclusion

The conclusion is the author's opinion. Note that a conclusion is debatable. You can make it more likely or less likely to be true by giving more data to support or weaken it. Often, when the author is getting judgemental, it is a conclusion such as "this expenditure is frivolous (another may consider the expenditure necessary)", "this plan is not suitable (another may consider it suitable)"
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Re: Historian: The early Egyptian pharaohs spent as much wealth on largely   [#permalink] 15 Oct 2018, 03:53
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