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# Journalist: A free marketplace of ideas ensures that all

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08 Feb 2012, 04:06
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Journalist: A free marketplace of ideas ensures that all ideas get a fair hearing. Even ideas tainted with prejudice and malice can prompt beneficial outcomes. In most countries, however, the government is responsible for over half the information released to the public through all media. For this reason, the power of governments over information needs to be curtailed. Everyone grants that governments should not suppress free expression, yet governments continue to construct near monopolies on the publication and dissemination of enormous amounts of information.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the conclusion of the journalist’s argument?

(A) The freedom of the marketplace of ideas is in jeopardy.
(B) Preserving a free marketplace of ideas is important.
(C) The control that governments have over information needs to be reduced.
(D) Ideas that have malicious content or stem from questionable sources can be valuable.
(E) Governments have near monopolies on the dissemination of many kinds of information.
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08 Feb 2012, 17:32
The correct answer choice needs to add up from all the facts in the stimulus.
Premise1: FM --> Fair hearing
Premise2: Even bad ideas --> Fair hearing
Premise3: PG --> curtailed
Premise4: G --> should not suppress FE
Premise5: G --> still prevent fair hearing

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the conclusion of the journalist’s argument?
(A) The freedom of the marketplace of ideas is in jeopardy. (Yeah we know that...NOT CONCLUSION)
(B) Preserving a free marketplace of ideas is important. (Yeah we know that...NOT CONCLUSION)
(C) The control that governments have over information needs to be reduced. CORRECT
(D) Ideas that have malicious content or stem from questionable sources can be valuable. OUT OF SCOPE
(E) Governments have near monopolies on the dissemination of many kinds of information. OUT OF SCOPE, enormous amounts NOT MANY Kinds.
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09 Feb 2012, 03:54
mourinhogmat1 wrote:
The correct answer choice needs to add up from all the facts in the stimulus.
Premise1: FM --> Fair hearing
Premise2: Even bad ideas --> Fair hearing
Premise3: PG --> curtailed
Premise4: G --> should not suppress FE
Premise5: G --> still prevent fair hearing

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the conclusion of the journalist’s argument?
(A) The freedom of the marketplace of ideas is in jeopardy. (Yeah we know that...NOT CONCLUSION)
(B) Preserving a free marketplace of ideas is important. (Yeah we know that...NOT CONCLUSION)
(C) The control that governments have over information needs to be reduced. CORRECT
(D) Ideas that have malicious content or stem from questionable sources can be valuable. OUT OF SCOPE
(E) Governments have near monopolies on the dissemination of many kinds of information. OUT OF SCOPE, enormous amounts NOT MANY Kinds.

@mourinhogmat1
When I read this I see choice C as a subconclusion to the first statment, which thus becomes conclusion. A way in which C proves the first line/conclusion.
where choice (C) is "The control that governments have over information needs to be reduced."
and Main Conclusion as per myself "A free marketplace of ideas ensures that all ideas get a fair hearing."

What is the conclusion you are referring to in your explanation and how you reached there?
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09 Feb 2012, 04:48
IMO the conclusion is mentioned here
For this reason, the power of governments over information needs to be curtailed.

here the sentence starts with "for this reason" and the reason is mentioned in the preceding sentences..
IMO C
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09 Feb 2012, 05:40
Wierd.... I agree with the answer C and it was easy to spot. So this kind of question should be an "Identify the Conclusion" question.
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09 Feb 2012, 17:18
joshnsit wrote:
What is the conclusion you are referring to in your explanation and how you reached there?

Your answer A is already mentioned in the passage. How can it be the conclusion? It can only be the premise or evidence right? (Provided the stimulus doesn't have any arguments in the first place)

If you read Powerscore : First rule is to identify whether the stimulus contains an argument or set of facts. In this case its a set of facts. So, how can a set of facts already contain the conclusion? This is not possible. Thats why we can rule out A and B using POE. D and E are not even mentioned in the passage thus OUT OF SCOPE. This leaves us with C.

Hope you got it by now.
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09 Feb 2012, 18:17
mourinhogmat1 wrote:
joshnsit wrote:
What is the conclusion you are referring to in your explanation and how you reached there?

Your answer A is already mentioned in the passage. How can it be the conclusion? It can only be the premise or evidence right? (Provided the stimulus doesn't have any arguments in the first place)

If you read Powerscore : First rule is to identify whether the stimulus contains an argument or set of facts. In this case its a set of facts. So, how can a set of facts already contain the conclusion? This is not possible. Thats why we can rule out A and B using POE. D and E are not even mentioned in the passage thus OUT OF SCOPE. This leaves us with C.

Hope you got it by now.

Journalist: A free marketplace of ideas ensures that all ideas get a fair hearing. Even ideas tainted with prejudice and malice can prompt beneficial outcomes. ........ For this reason, the power of governments over information needs to be curtailed.......

What I realized was:
Since/Because A free marketplace......, therefore/so the power of governments .....
which makes "the power of governments over information needs to be curtailed." a conclusion here

Since, option C is an alternative way of writing this conclusion statement, as I just mentioned in my last statement, I conclusively came to the answer.
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27 Dec 2015, 10:24
Hey guys,

one question regarding the "find the conclusion" type of questions.

I have almost never come across this type of question at any of mine prep tests, either MGMAT or GMAT prep. Is it possible that the proportions or probability of this type of question has been significantly reduced lately or is this just me?

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