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Historian: The vast majority of scholars studying the American Civil War regard Confederate generals as superior to their Union counterparts. They also acknowledge that the Confederate soldier was, on average, more committed to the cause and, therefore, willing to fight harder than the Union soldier. However, most of these same scholars agree with my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the historian's contention?

a) Both the Confederate and Union troops started the war using similar single-shot muzzle-loading guns to which bayonets could be attached.
b) The Confederacy had a greater proportion of officers who had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and had served with distinction in the Mexican War.
c) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.
d) The Confederacy won several important victories early in the war and earned the respect of foreign leaders.
e) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.
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Historian: The vast majority of scholars studying the American Civil War regard Confederate generals as superior to their Union counterparts. They also acknowledge that the Confederate soldier was, on average, more committed to the cause and, therefore, willing to fight harder than the Union soldier. However, most of these same scholars agree with my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the historian's contention?

a) Both the Confederate and Union troops started the war using similar single-shot muzzle-loading guns to which bayonets could be attached.
b) The Confederacy had a greater proportion of officers who had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and had served with distinction in the Mexican War.
c) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.
d) The Confederacy won several important victories early in the war and earned the respect of foreign leaders.
e) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.


First lets sort out that what is contention 'Scholars are saying C were better than U' , our historian is saying that 'C were helped by major foreign power' and most of the scholars agree to this .


a) Both the Confederate and Union troops started the war using similar single-shot muzzle-loading guns to which bayonets could be attached.
---this is just another fact . it is not strengthening the historian contention.
b) The Confederacy had a greater proportion of officers who had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and had served with distinction in the Mexican War.
--- This one too does not supports the historian's contention.
c) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.
---this looks promising , as this stmt tells us that most of the C were less in number and U were more and so C would not have prevailed without help of foreign power.
d) The Confederacy won several important victories early in the war and earned the respect of foreign leaders.
---this one is very tricky (atleast for me) and here is my reasoning , C had earned respect of foreign leaders , when would this happen when C were fighting alone or were helped by Foreign Power .
C would earn more respect when former is the case i.e. they were fighting without foreign help. however historian days that they were helped by foreign powers and this is his contention.
so this is also a wrong choice.
e) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.
---Ok . So C were using slower single shot guns, how come they were helped by foreign powers ? this is easy to out option.

Correct answer is C .
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Historian: The vast majority of scholars studying the American Civil War regard Confederate generals as superior to their Union counterparts. They also acknowledge that the Confederate soldier was, on average, more committed to the cause and, therefore, willing to fight harder than the Union soldier. However, most of these same scholars agree with my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the historian's contention?

a) Both the Confederate and Union troops started the war using similar single-shot muzzle-loading guns to which bayonets could be attached.
b) The Confederacy had a greater proportion of officers who had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and had served with distinction in the Mexican War.
c) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.
d) The Confederacy won several important victories early in the war and earned the respect of foreign leaders.
e) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.


First lets sort out that what is contention 'Scholars are saying C were better than U' , our historian is saying that 'C were helped by major foreign power' and most of the scholars agree to this .


a) Both the Confederate and Union troops started the war using similar single-shot muzzle-loading guns to which bayonets could be attached.
---this is just another fact . it is not strengthening the historian contention.
b) The Confederacy had a greater proportion of officers who had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and had served with distinction in the Mexican War.
--- This one too does not supports the historian's contention.
c) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.
---this looks promising , as this stmt tells us that most of the C were less in number and U were more and so C would not have prevailed without help of foreign power.
d) The Confederacy won several important victories early in the war and earned the respect of foreign leaders.
---this one is very tricky (atleast for me) and here is my reasoning , C had earned respect of foreign leaders , when would this happen when C were fighting alone or were helped by Foreign Power .
C would earn more respect when former is the case i.e. they were fighting without foreign help. however historian days that they were helped by foreign powers and this is his contention.
so this is also a wrong choice.
e) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.
---Ok . So C were using slower single shot guns, how come they were helped by foreign powers ? this is easy to out option.

Correct answer is C .
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I am non native and dont know much about american civil war....so my question is that how can we assume that all the population was involved in war?
consider this scenario....If the contenders have less population but more soldiers than the union hs....then???

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I dont think we are talking about entire population.
there were two soldier groups U and C where U=4C and U contains more people from industry .

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Historian: The vast majority of scholars studying the American Civil War regard Confederate generals as superior to their Union counterparts. They also acknowledge that the Confederate soldier was, on average, more committed to the cause and, therefore, willing to fight harder than the Union soldier. However, most of these same scholars agree with my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the historian's contention?

a) Both the Confederate and Union troops started the war using similar single-shot muzzle-loading guns to which bayonets could be attached.
b) The Confederacy had a greater proportion of officers who had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and had served with distinction in the Mexican War.
c) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.
d) The Confederacy won several important victories early in the war and earned the respect of foreign leaders.
e) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.


Does not this question require little knowledge of civil war?Its getting difficult for me to comprehend fully as I am a non-native.


I have no knowledge of the civil war and didn't find this question difficult. The passage starts and praises the confederate troops throughout until the last sentence.
The "However" signals a contrast is coming and the last sentence basically says that the confederate could not win the war without the help of the union.

So to strengthen this question, I was looking for an answer that further explains why the confederacy couldn't win without the union's help.

A) & E) are details
B) Does not add any detail about the union.
D) Weakener, praises the confederacy

Ans: C) the only choice that shows the power of the union in respect to the confederacy

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A,B and D are off.
Between C and E.

C shows the superiority of the Union Soldiers. E shows the superiority of the rifles. Hence, C.
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E refers to the end of the war. However the argument talks about the beginning of the war. So clearly insufficient. A,B,D are simply out of scope or weaken the argument, hence C is the only remaining and therefore the correct choice.

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E and C were both Strong contenders, but with E the time period is 1865 and the author is saying that it was clear in 1861 itself the Confederates were at a disadvantage against union

With C, I was thinking about the population factor as well. But, on the second part, we are told that most of the industrial manufacturing stayed with Union. So, even if the soldiers are superior, without proper equipment, they would be at a disadvantage and help from foreign nations regarding this would improve their chances...

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Historian: The vast majority of scholars studying the American Civil War regard Confederate generals as superior to their Union counterparts. They also acknowledge that the Confederate soldier was, on average, more committed to the cause and, therefore, willing to fight harder than the Union soldier. However, most of these same scholars agree with my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the historian's contention?

a) Both the Confederate and Union troops started the war using similar single-shot muzzle-loading guns to which bayonets could be attached.
b) The Confederacy had a greater proportion of officers who had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and had served with distinction in the Mexican War.
c) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.
d) The Confederacy won several important victories early in the war and earned the respect of foreign leaders.
e) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.


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Please explain why option C is correct but not E :(
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Historian: The vast majority of scholars studying the American Civil War regard Confederate generals as superior to their Union counterparts. They also acknowledge that the Confederate soldier was, on average, more committed to the cause and, therefore, willing to fight harder than the Union soldier. However, most of these same scholars agree with my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.

Two type of soldier
Confederate soldier & Union soldier

Contention : Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.
Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the historian's contention?



c) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.

Population strength advantage & industrial manufacturing advantage over Confederacy so CORRECT

e) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.

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Historian: The vast majority of scholars studying the American Civil War regard Confederate generals as superior to their Union counterparts. They also acknowledge that the Confederate soldier was, on average, more committed to the cause and, therefore, willing to fight harder than the Union soldier. However, most of these same scholars agree with my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the historian's contention?

a) Both the Confederate and Union troops started the war using similar single-shot muzzle-loading guns to which bayonets could be attached.
b) The Confederacy had a greater proportion of officers who had attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and had served with distinction in the Mexican War.
c) The Union had four times the total population of the Confederacy and most of the industrial manufacturing in North America.
d) The Confederacy won several important victories early in the war and earned the respect of foreign leaders.
e) By the end of the war in 1865, many Union soldiers were armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles that fired seven shots before reloading; the Confederate army continued to rely on slower, single-shot weapons for its soldiers.


Dear experts,

Please explain why option C is correct but not E :(


E is wrong because of "By the end of the war in 1865" while we have to prove that When the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.

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when I firsted answered this question, I made a false answer E. It's very tricky because E refers to "by the end of the war in 1865", which does not mean that rifle superiority at the beginning of beginning of the war is equal to that of beginning of the war. Through I don't agree with C however, which is the least wrong answer.

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I'm not able to understand what exactly we need to strengthen?

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I'm not able to understand what exactly we need to strengthen?


The historian is the speaker, and he says, "my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France."

Therefore the contention that needs to be strengthened is "when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France."

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I'm not able to understand what exactly we need to strengthen?


The historian is the speaker, and he says, "my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France."

Therefore the contention that needs to be strengthened is "when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France."


Thanks , can you please suggest how option C strengthens?

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I'm not able to understand what exactly we need to strengthen?


The historian is the speaker, and he says, "my contention that when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France."

Therefore the contention that needs to be strengthened is "when the Civil War began in 1861, it was already true that the Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France."


Thanks , can you please suggest how option C strengthens?


Conclusion: The Confederacy could not prevail without the intervention of a major foreign power such as Great Britain or France.

As option C states, if the Union had four times the population of Confederacy, Confederacy would be outnumbered unless it is supported by some other form of power (foreign power). Thus option C strengthens the conclusion: it would be difficult for Confederacy to prevail unless adequate (foreign) support to compensate for its lower population was available.

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E refers to the end of the war. However the argument talks about the beginning of the war. So clearly insufficient. A,B,D are simply out of scope or weaken the argument, hence C is the only remaining and therefore the correct choice.


Only this post explains the reason why we should eliminate (E)

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