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# Re: Espionage

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21 May 2010, 03:06
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I go for 'C' ..
A - self desctruction frequency is not assumed
B- the was closed I striked out coz it already says in argument
D - No need of any opinion
E - A general statement, its not assumed.

Wats OA??

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21 May 2010, 03:26
I will go with B

A Self-destruction is the most frequent result of espionage. --> not mentioned in the stem
B The desire to feel powerful is always irrational.-->CORRECT: it is mentioned as one of the irrational desires
C Those involved in espionage do not have rational reasons for their behavior.-->the author never talks about espionage in general but only about specific espionage i.e those betraying their countries
D Espionage is rarely a successful way to gain revenge.--> the author never talked about this ...irrelevant
E Risk-taking is a less frequent motivation for espionage than the desire to feel important.--> this comparison was never done in the original stem

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21 May 2010, 04:27
IMO C

Since irrational desires lead to espionage..

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24 May 2010, 11:35
irrational desires ==> people betray country through espionage
rational people ==> no self-destructive behavior

assumption would be.....irrational people ==> will get involved in espionage

or

people involved in espionage are irrational (option C)

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25 May 2010, 00:20
seekmba wrote:
irrational desires ==> people betray country through espionage
rational people ==> no self-destructive behavior

assumption would be.....irrational people ==> will get involved in espionage

or

people involved in espionage are irrational (option C)

Can anybody explain this using negation test ?

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28 May 2010, 23:02
But isn't option C already stated in the question?

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29 May 2010, 01:02
It's C

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29 May 2010, 07:35
A good strategy to solve this assumption problems is finding
A. Self-destruction here is a behavior, not a result.
B. Not always.
C. True, at least the author can't mention any.
D. Doesn't matter whether successful or not.
E. The author doesn't prioritize the motivations for espionage.

C is the best choice.

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29 May 2010, 21:57
Can any of experts elaborate on this problem. I am confused why the answer choice C needs to be the correct answer.
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30 May 2010, 01:50
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Hi Guys,

Let me know if this helps. Try the following steps for assumption questions:

Step 1: What is the conclusion? (Key word here: "would")

The people involved in this behavior (i.e. espionage) are irrational.

Step 2: Add the word "because" to the end of the conclusion.

The people involved in this behavior (i.e. espionage) are irrational BECAUSE...

Step 3: Add the answer choice after the 'because' and see whether there is a logical flow to the sentence.

The people involved in this behavior (i.e. espionage) are irrational BECAUSE (C) they have no rational reasons for their behavior.

A tip from GMAX: An obvious-seeming answer is a correct answer! An answer that seems to obvious is not a sign that you've been duped, but a sign that you've found your answer!

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30 Jun 2010, 15:29
good explanation sarai..

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