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Journalist: The new mayor is undeniably bold. His assertions are made

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Journalist: The new mayor is undeniably bold. His assertions are made with utter certainty and confidence. While these kinds of assertions may make him popular with the public, they also demonstrate that he is not an introspective person.

Which one of the following is an assumption required by the journalist's argument?


(A) Introspective people do not make assertions with utter certainty and confidence.

(B) Politicians who make assertions with utter certainty and confidence are popular with the public.

(C) People who are bold make public assertions with utter certainty and confidence.

(D) People whose assertions are uncertain and lack confidence are introspective.

(E) Politicians who are not bold are unpopular with the public.

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Negating A would weaken the conclusion, so A is the logical choice.

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This questions tests us on 'Sufficient and Necessary Condition' technique of CR.

Technique says: if A-> B holds true then also it holds true Not B -> Not A. This technique is named as CONTRAPOSITIVE as per POWERSCORE CR BIBLE.

A:Correct.
Creativity and Confidence -> Not Introspective
Therefore, Introspective -> Not Creative and Confident.

B: Wrong.
Repeats the Premise.

C: Wrong.
Doesnt justify the conclusion of Not Introspective politicians

D:Wrong.

Technique also says, if A ->B holds true,doesnt mean Not A-> Not B holds true. This technique is named as MISTAKEN NEGATION as per POWERSCORE CR BIBLE.

Creativity and Confidence -> Not Introspective
Doesnt mean, Not Creative and Confident -> Not Creative and Confident.


E.Wrong.
Doesnt touch the Conclusion--Not Introspective Politicians
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The question premise says "While these kinds of assertions may make him popular with the public, they also demonstrate that he is not an introspective person." and the question stem asks for the assumption in the argument presented in the question premise.

Answer Choice (A) "Introspective people do not make assertions with utter certainty and confidence" fits perfectly and hence is the answer.
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The question premise says "While these kinds of assertions may make him popular with the public, they also demonstrate that he is not an introspective person." and the question stem asks for the assumption in the argument presented in the question premise.

Answer Choice (A) "Introspective people do not make assertions with utter certainty and confidence" fits perfectly and hence is the answer.
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