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Librarian: Some argue that the preservation grant we received should

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Librarian: Some argue that the preservation grant we received should be used to restore our original copy of our town’s charter, since if the charter is not restored, it will soon deteriorate beyond repair. But this document, although sentimentally important, has no scholarly value. Copies are readily available. Since we are a research library and not a museum, the money would be better spent preserving documents that have significant scholarly value.

The claim that the town’s charter, if not restored, will soon deteriorate beyond repair plays which one of the following roles in the librarian’s argument?

(A) It is a claim that the librarian’s argument attempts to show to be false.
(B) It is the conclusion of the argument that the librarian’s argument rejects.
(C) It is a premise in an argument whose conclusion is rejected by the librarian’s argument.
(D) It is a premise used to support the librarian’s main conclusion.
(E) It is a claim whose truth is required by the librarian’s argument.

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Re: Librarian: Some argue that the preservation grant we received should  [#permalink]

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Librarian: Some argue that the preservation grant we received should be used to restore our original copy of our town’s charter, since if the charter is not restored, it will soon deteriorate beyond repair. But this document, although sentimentally important, has no scholarly value. Copies are readily available. Since we are a research library and not a museum, the money would be better spent preserving documents that have significant scholarly value.

The claim that the town’s charter, if not restored, will soon deteriorate beyond repair plays which one of the following roles in the librarian’s argument?

(A) It is a claim that the librarian’s argument attempts to show to be false.
(B) It is the conclusion of the argument that the librarian’s argument rejects.
(C) It is a premise in an argument whose conclusion is rejected by the librarian’s argument.
(D) It is a premise used to support the librarian’s main conclusion.
(E) It is a claim whose truth is required by the librarian’s argument.


Let's break down our passage.
1. preservation grant should be used to restore charter
2. (because) if charter not restored --> it will deteriorate beyond repair
3. charter has sentimental but not scholarly value + many copies avaiable
4. we are research library --> spend money on scholarly documents

We're asked what role (2) above plays in the argument. Looking at out breakdown, it is clear that (1) is a claim, (2) is a reason underlying the claim and (3),(4) form a counterargument against (1).
We'll look for an answer reflecting this breakdown, a Logical approach.

This is exactly what (C) tells us and it is therefore our answer.
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