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# Many GMAT test takers consider Bold Face (BF) questions to

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01 Dec 2013, 05:17
Hi Could someone post the answers to the Bold Face file questions?
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11 Dec 2013, 02:44
Hello Everyone,

At e-GMAT, we are celebrating the end of another very successful year. We achieved a number of milestones during the year, including:

1. Highest number of reviews by non-natives on GMAT Club (5x more than any other test prep company)
2. Highest number of success stories on “Share GMAT Experience”
3. Over 1400 Kudos for the year, the most by any test prep company on GMAT Verbal forum

As part of the celebrations, we are offering our otherwise paid session “Bold Face Session” for free for the first time. In this session, we’ll cover the following:

1. Learn a structured and well tested approach to ace Bold Face questions
2. Understand the common terminology used in Bold Face questions and how it is used
3. Become aware of the common pitfalls designed by the question makers

As a warm-up to the session, let’s get our hands dirty on the following official bold face question:

Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this state, that lawyers who advertise a specific service charge less for that service than lawyers who do not advertise. It is also true that each time restrictions on the advertising of legal services have been eliminated, the number of lawyers advertising their services has increased and legal costs to consumers have declined in consequence. However, eliminating the state requirement that legal advertisements must specify fees for specific services would almost certainly increase rather than further reduce consumer’s legal costs. Lawyers would no longer have an incentive to lower their fees when they begin advertising and if no longer required to specify fee arrangements, many lawyers who now advertise would increase their fees.

In the consumer advocate’s argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first is a generalization that the consumer advocate accepts as true; the second is presented as a consequence that follows from the truth of that generalization.
(B) The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate argues will be repeated in the case at issue; the second acknowledges a circumstance in which that pattern would not hold.
(C) The first is pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate predicts will not hold in the case at issue; the second offers a consideration in support of that prediction.
(D) The first is evidence that the consumer advocate offers in support of a certain prediction; the second is that prediction.
(E) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the main position that the consumer advocate defends; the second is that position.

Thanks,
Chiranjeev
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15 Apr 2014, 09:15
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02 Aug 2014, 03:30
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amitgup77 wrote:
Exercise Question 1

The stock market has shorted HP stock in response to HP CEO Leo Apotheker’s decision to divest the tablet business to invest to achieve good positions in great industries. Such myopic behavior indicates that the stock market is focused at short term results even when they come at the expense of long term benefits. While HP could have made some money in the tablet market in the short term, it has no strategic advantage in the tablet space and refocusing and investing the management focus on industries where HP does have a strategic advantage will provide enduring profits in the long term.

In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?
A. The first is a position that the argument as a whole seeks to defend whereas the second is a position that is contested in the argument.
B. The first states the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the second states an intermediate conclusion that is drawn in order to support the main conclusion.
C. The first is the position that the argument as a whole opposes; the second provides evidence against the position being opposed.
D. The first states an intermediate conclusion that is drawn in order to support the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the 2nd states the conclusion of the argument as a whole
E. The first and second both state intermediate conclusions that are drawn in order to support jointly the conclusions of the argument as a whole

Can somebody explain, How Ans Choice B supports the main conclusion ?

Hi Amit,

I think you mean to ask how BF2 supports the main conclusion.

Let's list down the main conclusion:
The main conclusion is BF1:
the stock market is focused at short term results even when they come at the expense of long term benefits

Now, why does the author makes the above conclusion. He concludes the above statement because the stock market has reacted negatively to HP's decision to divest tablet business. So, basically, HP said that they would not continue to market tablets and the stock market reacted negatively i.e. the stock of HP came down.

Now, on this basis, the author says that stock market is focused on short term results. But how does it mean that the stock market is short term focused? It would mean so if the action taken by HP may have short term disadvantage but a long term advantage. Isn't it? In such case, we can say that the market is only looking at short term and missing the big picture.

This meaning is what is conveyed by BF2. It says that HP does not have any long term benefit in the tablet space. By saying so, it supports the conclusion that stock market is only looking at short term loss but not at the fact that HP does not have any reason to continue tablet business in the long run.

Does this help?

Thanks,
Chiranjeev

Hi Chiranjeev,

I would like to know what role does this phrase play in the argument ?
..... and refocusing and investing the management focus on industries where HP does have a strategic advantage will provide enduring profits in the long term.
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02 Sep 2015, 07:03
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Most people have opposed the recent tax increase by the president because they believe that the tax increases will reduce their disposable income and hence have negative impact on the economy. However, the proposed tax increase only impacts 5% of the population who have amassed huge amounts of wealth, and thus this tax increase is not likely to impact the economy

What is the purpose of the bolded statement?

A. It describes a circumstance that the argument seeks to explain.
B. It describes a fact that has been taken as opposing the conclusion.

Even though the bolded portion is a circumstance, Choice A is incorrect because the purpose of the argument is not to explain the circumstance. The purpose of the argument is to debunk the belief that the proposed tax increase will have a negative impact on the economy.

In the explanation above, you have mentioned that 'the purpose of the argument is to debunk...", aren't we answering it only for the bolded statement and not the complete argument? I didn't quite get this one
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30 Apr 2017, 03:37
egmat wrote:
Hello Everyone,

At e-GMAT, we are celebrating the end of another very successful year. We achieved a number of milestones during the year, including:

1. Highest number of reviews by non-natives on GMAT Club (5x more than any other test prep company)
2. Highest number of success stories on “Share GMAT Experience”
3. Over 1400 Kudos for the year, the most by any test prep company on GMAT Verbal forum

As part of the celebrations, we are offering our otherwise paid session “Bold Face Session” for free for the first time. In this session, we’ll cover the following:

1. Learn a structured and well tested approach to ace Bold Face questions
2. Understand the common terminology used in Bold Face questions and how it is used
3. Become aware of the common pitfalls designed by the question makers

As a warm-up to the session, let’s get our hands dirty on the following official bold face question:

Consumer advocate: it is generally true, at least in this state, that lawyers who advertise a specific service charge less for that service than lawyers who do not advertise. It is also true that each time restrictions on the advertising of legal services have been eliminated, the number of lawyers advertising their services has increased and legal costs to consumers have declined in consequence. However, eliminating the state requirement that legal advertisements must specify fees for specific services would almost certainly increase rather than further reduce consumer’s legal costs. Lawyers would no longer have an incentive to lower their fees when they begin advertising and if no longer required to specify fee arrangements, many lawyers who now advertise would increase their fees.

In the consumer advocate’s argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first is a generalization that the consumer advocate accepts as true; the second is presented as a consequence that follows from the truth of that generalization.
(B) The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate argues will be repeated in the case at issue; the second acknowledges a circumstance in which that pattern would not hold.
(C) The first is pattern of cause and effect that the consumer advocate predicts will not hold in the case at issue; the second offers a consideration in support of that prediction.
(D) The first is evidence that the consumer advocate offers in support of a certain prediction; the second is that prediction.
(E) The first acknowledges a consideration that weighs against the main position that the consumer advocate defends; the second is that position.

Thanks,
Chiranjeev

Hello e-GMAT,

I have just came across your post and tried the above question. My answer is C.

Could you reveal final answer? Thanks.
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