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Hunter: Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years. Yet clearly, black bears have also played an important role in this decline. In the past ten years, the forest's protected black bear population has risen sharply, and examination of black bears found dead in the forest during the deer hunting season showed that a number of them had recently fed on deer.

In the hunter's argument, the boldface portion plays which of the following roles?

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.

B. It is an objection that has been raised against the main conclusion of the argument.

C. It is a judgment that the argument opposes.

D. It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain

E. It is a biased observation of the hunter
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06 Apr 2008, 08:51
I vote for E now. Can explain if its correct.
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06 Apr 2008, 11:54
prasannar wrote:
Hunter: Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years. Yet clearly, black bears have also played an important role in this decline. In the past ten years, the forest's protected black bear population has risen sharply, and examination of black bears found dead in the forest during the deer hunting season showed that a number of them had recently fed on deer.

In the hunter's argument, the boldface portion plays which of the following roles?

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
B. It is an objection that has been raised against the main conclusion of the argument.
C. It is a judgment that the argument opposes.
D. It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain
E. It is a biased observation of the hunter

Would go for D.
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06 Apr 2008, 12:09
yea D is good, E uses too strong of language ex. biased
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06 Apr 2008, 18:17
OA is B

Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years-> Main conclusion. Yet clearly, black bears have also played an important role in this decline.-> objection

thus B
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06 Apr 2008, 19:07
I picked A for this one.
I feel that the conclusion here is the bold part...
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06 Apr 2008, 20:06
yikes..i went for D..but having re-read the question B makes a lot of sense..

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06 Apr 2008, 20:33
Answers always seem obvious once they are known to be OAs.
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06 Apr 2008, 21:02
I am always wrong in BoldFace question. Do you have any tips?

prasannar wrote:
OA is B

Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years-> Main conclusion. Yet clearly, black bears have also played an important role in this decline.-> objection

thus B

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06 Apr 2008, 22:35
bkk, I am with you, I felt that the boldface WAS the actual conclusion of the hunter's argument. Hmm we really need a lawyer or someone to explain clearly some of these answers and OAs.

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I picked A for this one.
I feel that the conclusion here is the bold part...
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My approach for this question was:

I looked for what was generalized. i.e the opening statement of the paragraph, that was the conclusion. "Yet clearly" were the key words that helped me zero in on B. The rest of paragraph builds on substantiating the objection.

Considering the bold faced statement to be the conclusion is the biggest trap in this question. So I think we should always read the preceding statements,especially in "yet, however kind of usages".

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07 Apr 2008, 01:38
Hunter: Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years. Yet clearly, black bears have also played an important role in this decline. In the past ten years, the forest's protected black bear population has risen sharply, and examination of black bears found dead in the forest during the deer hunting season showed that a number of them had recently fed on deer.

Agree to bkk and bsd! Conclusion of the argument is that there is another reason for decline in deer population, i.e. growing number of black bears. Therefore the bold passage is not an objection, but rather the supporting conclusion...

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bkk, I am with you, I felt that the boldface WAS the actual conclusion of the hunter's argument. Hmm we really need a lawyer or someone to explain clearly some of these answers and OAs.

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I picked A for this one.
I feel that the conclusion here is the bold part...
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07 Apr 2008, 16:25
This is a good explanation prasannar. In the powerscore CR bible they tell us to watch out for the following words, which indicate a "counter premise" :
But
Yet
However
On the other hand
In Contrast
Although
Even though
Still
Whereas
In spite of
Despite
After All

Yet clearly here does denote a very strong counter premise, the main premise being Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years. I guess its one of the GMAT tricks that go counter to common sense, but are essential to crack a good score.

prasannar wrote:
My approach for this question was:

I looked for what was generalized. i.e the opening statement of the paragraph, that was the conclusion. "Yet clearly" were the key words that helped me zero in on B. The rest of paragraph builds on substantiating the objection.

Considering the bold faced statement to be the conclusion is the biggest trap in this question. So I think we should always read the preceding statements,especially in "yet, however kind of usages".

Hope this helps

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09 May 2008, 08:12
I didnt believe that the OA was B, as I also thought the answer should be A.

several different discussions state that the OA is indeed A.

11-t25605?sk=t&sd=a&hilit=black+bears&start=0

11-t17921?hilit=black+bears

where is this question from?

sondenso wrote:
I am always wrong in BoldFace question. Do you have any tips?

prasannar wrote:
OA is B

Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years-> Main conclusion. Yet clearly, black bears have also played an important role in this decline.-> objection

thus B
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09 May 2008, 09:10
prasannar wrote:
Hunter: Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years. Yet clearly, black bears have also played an important role in this decline. In the past ten years, the forest's protected black bear population has risen sharply, and examination of black bears found dead in the forest during the deer hunting season showed that a number of them had recently fed on deer.

In the hunter's argument, the boldface portion plays which of the following roles?

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.

B. It is an objection that has been raised against the main conclusion of the argument.

C. It is a judgment that the argument opposes.

D. It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain

E. It is a biased observation of the hunter
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09 May 2008, 09:21
A for me.
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09 May 2008, 10:40
I agree that Bold face is the conclusion of the passage. Manhattan says conclusion must be at the last sequence and also need premise to conclude.

Here, If Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years. is a conclusion, it seems there is a roof without wall.

prasannar: Where does this passage come from?
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09 May 2008, 10:42
bsd_lover wrote:
This is a good explanation prasannar. In the powerscore CR bible they tell us to watch out for the following words, which indicate a "counter premise" :
But
Yet
However
On the other hand
In Contrast
Although
Even though
Still
Whereas
In spite of
Despite
After All

Yet clearly here does denote a very strong counter premise, the main premise being Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years. I guess its one of the GMAT tricks that go counter to common sense, but are essential to crack a good score.

This thread got kind of confusing because of the post of multiple OA but your original assumption that the boldface is the actual conclusion has to be correct.

II agree that "yet" can indicate both a conclusion or a counter argument but in this case is has to indicate that it's a conclusion.

"Hunters alone are blamed for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years."

This cannot be the conslusion and has to be accepted as fact. If a statement doesn't have any word in it indicating the possiblity that it is not true then it has to be taken as fact.
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