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Most scholars agree that King Alfred (A.D 849 - 899) personally

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Option B is Correct. The passage's third and fourth sentences question the plausibility of the historian's assumption that no one but Alfred would have been likely to write a text whose language has more similarities to than differences from the language in Alfred's translations.


How can this be an assumption? It has been clearly stated in passage as premise :- "One historian contends that Alfred also personally penned his own law code"

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A lot of the complexity of this CR (RC hybrid really lol) is in the language used.

Conclusion: It is risky to assume that linguistic similarities point to common authorship
Strength: relatively strong given the conclusion isn't absolute
Premise: Someone should expect linguistic similarities between texts when those texts are written in the same time, language and region
Supporting premise/ sub-conclusion by other author: one historian contends that Alf personally penned (Wrote) his own law code because the linguistic similarities between alfred's translations of the latin texts and law code outweigh the linguistic differences
Supporting premise: Apart from Alfreds translations + Law code there are only two other extant (existent) works from the same dialect and milieu
Supporting premise: most scholars agree that Alf translated a number of texts himself

(A) Providing examples that underscore another argument's conclusion.
Underscore means "emphasise" - underscore sounds like you're speaking down to something when in fact you are emphasising it. The argument isn't emphasisting the sub-conclusion it is saying the opposite

(B) questioning the plausibility of an assumption on which another argument depends.
Yes - By stating "its risky to assume that X leads to common authorship" the author is questioning or saying not to follow the sub-conclusion blindly

(c) showing that a principle if generally applied would have anomalous consequences.
No - The author is questioning the conclusion and principles applied by other scholars/the historian. He isn't saying that applying this principle would lead to exceptional consequences.

(D) showing that the premises of another argument are mutually inconsistent.
This is the runner up answer that most people will likely get stung by because the author is questioning the premises supporting another conclusion (the sub-conclusion), but he isn't saying they're inconsistent. In fact they are logical, but more evidence would be needed to link the premises to the sub-conclusion.

(E) using argument by analogy to undermine a principle implicit in another argument.
The author does undermine a principle, but he isn't arguing by anaology. Warped answer --> Eliminate
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