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# Most people who run for an elected office do so because they

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Most people who run for an elected office do so because they want to be of service to the public. If, however, an official publishes a book revealing information that had not previously been made public and profits from the publication, that person’s political career has inarguably come to an end because he or she will never again be trusted by other members of the government.

The conclusion that a public official who publishes a book has ended his or her political career rests on which of the following assumptions?

A) Most government officials seek office in order to serve the public.
B) Public officials must often keep information secret.
C) Trust is essential for a successful career as a public official.
D) Members of the government frequently do not trust authors of books.
E) Public officials will seek to profit from their access to privileged information if given the opportunity.

Can some one explain why 2 is not the answer? My reasoning is as follows:
Reveal secret information > lose trust > political career ends. So if 1st part does not holds, 2 and 3 happen.OA is C
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04 Jul 2011, 03:14
In the argument, they have concluded that, a public official career will come to an end because government will not trust him/her. The possible assumption is Trust is important.

Regarding B, its the better one not the best. Of C is not given, B is the right one.
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In the argument, they have concluded that, a public official career will come to an end because government will not trust him/her. The possible assumption is Trust is important.

Regarding B, its the better one not the best. Of C is not given, B is the right one.

Isnt C a off as it mentions Trust is essential for a successful career as a public official. Nowhere does the question mention successful career but whether political career has [strike]inarguably[/strike] come to an end.

Even successful careers end.
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18 Feb 2013, 21:17
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Most people who run for an elected office do so because they want to be of service to the public. If, however, an official publishes a book revealing information that had not previously been made public and profits from the publication, that person’s political career has inarguably come to an end because he or she will never again be trusted by other members of the government.

The conclusion that a public official who publishes a book has ended his or her political career rests on which of the following assumptions?

A) Most government officials seek office in order to serve the public.
B) Public officials must often keep information secret.
C) Trust is essential for a successful career as a public official.
D) Members of the government frequently do not trust authors of books.
E) Public officials will seek to profit from their access to privileged information if given the opportunity.

Can some one explain why 2 is not the answer? My reasoning is as follows:
Reveal secret information > lose trust > political career ends. So if 1st part does not holds, 2 and 3 happen.OA is C

IMHO, C is already mentioned in the passage in green color.However,we have to assume such that it links conclusion and premise,which I think D does properly.
D links the trust and the author of the books .

Nevertheless,OA is different .

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20 Feb 2013, 19:17
The questions asks for the assumption on which this argument is based. Once this assumption is negated or fails, the argument fails. It is solely on the basis of this assumption that the argument is valid.

Now let us consider statement C
It says that trust is essential for a successful career as a public official. Now, when negated the meaning becomes that trust is not very essential to be a public officer. An untrustworthy person could also serve as a public official. If so, any person, even if discloses private information, should work as a public officer irrespective of whether he/she is trusted by the members of the government. However, the argument says that this cannot happen and thus the sentence rests upon this assumption.

Let us now consider argument D. Your explanation of D does make sense. However, not the highlighted word below

Members of the government frequently do not trust authors of books.

This means that members of parliament frequently do not trust authors of books but sometimes they do. Thinking in that order, they might eliminate most publishers of book but they might let some stay and continue serving as a public officer. Since, D does give us scope where the argument is weak, this cannot be the assumption.

Remember to always pay attention to any words that generalize like always,sometime etc. They most probably will have a catch. When you see such words in any option, pay extra attention to those options.

Hope this helps!

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Chetangupta wrote:
Most people who run for an elected office do so because they want to be of service to the public. If, however, an official publishes a book revealing information that had not previously been made public and profits from the publication, that person’s political career has inarguably come to an end because he or she will never again be trusted by other members of the government.

The conclusion that a public official who publishes a book has ended his or her political career rests on which of the following assumptions?

A) Most government officials seek office in order to serve the public.
B) Public officials must often keep information secret.
C) Trust is essential for a successful career as a public official.
D) Members of the government frequently do not trust authors of books.
E) Public officials will seek to profit from their access to privileged information if given the opportunity.

Can some one explain why 2 is not the answer? My reasoning is as follows:
Reveal secret information > lose trust > political career ends. So if 1st part does not holds, 2 and 3 happen.OA is C

IMHO, C is already mentioned in the passage in green color.However,we have to assume such that it links conclusion and premise,which I think D does properly.
D links the trust and the author of the books .

Nevertheless,OA is different .

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20 Feb 2013, 19:48
Thanks

But just for clarity sake if some option would have said that:

--Others members of govt. don't trust the authors of the books who are running for elections and intend to make profits .

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21 Feb 2013, 08:25
This would have made it more difficult and probably wrong.

If you consider this as option D, then negating this statement would lead you to believe that members of parliament trust authors who are running for elections. The argument states that the members will ask such authors to step down as they wouldn't trust them. Both oppose each other and hence option D might have been the assumption.

Of course then this would not be a GMAT like question as it has two possible answers.

Hope that helps!

targetgmatchotu wrote:
Thanks

But just for clarity sake if some option would have said that:

--Others members of govt. don't trust the authors of the books who are running for elections and intend to make profits .

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26 Dec 2014, 01:47

I think the answer is E.

Public officials will seek to profit from their access to privileged information if given the opportunity.

The public officials seek profit through accessing classified information; subsequently, loose the trust among their office colleagues.

Chetangupta wrote:
Most people who run for an elected office do so because they want to be of service to the public. If, however, an official publishes a book revealing information that had not previously been made public and profits from the publication, that person’s political career has inarguably come to an end because he or she will never again be trusted by other members of the government.

The conclusion that a public official who publishes a book has ended his or her political career rests on which of the following assumptions?

A) Most government officials seek office in order to serve the public.
B) Public officials must often keep information secret.
C) Trust is essential for a successful career as a public official.
D) Members of the government frequently do not trust authors of books.
E) Public officials will seek to profit from their access to privileged information if given the opportunity.

Can some one explain why 2 is not the answer? My reasoning is as follows:
Reveal secret information > lose trust > political career ends. So if 1st part does not holds, 2 and 3 happen.OA is C

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26 Dec 2014, 22:48
shriramvelamuri wrote:

I think the answer is E.

Public officials will seek to profit from their access to privileged information if given the opportunity.

The public officials seek profit through accessing classified information; subsequently, loose the trust among their office colleagues.

Chetangupta wrote:
Most people who run for an elected office do so because they want to be of service to the public. If, however, an official publishes a book revealing information that had not previously been made public and profits from the publication, that person’s political career has inarguably come to an end because he or she will never again be trusted by other members of the government.

The conclusion that a public official who publishes a book has ended his or her political career rests on which of the following assumptions?

A) Most government officials seek office in order to serve the public.
B) Public officials must often keep information secret.
C) Trust is essential for a successful career as a public official.
D) Members of the government frequently do not trust authors of books.
E) Public officials will seek to profit from their access to privileged information if given the opportunity.

Can some one explain why 2 is not the answer? My reasoning is as follows:
Reveal secret information > lose trust > political career ends. So if 1st part does not holds, 2 and 3 happen.OA is C

OA is C.
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05 Feb 2015, 10:58
Nowhere does it mention "success" in the scope of a career. I would agree with C 100% if it just stated "trust is essential for a political career," but "successful career" seems out of scope. Can someone please point out where I am wrong?
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