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One of the most intriguing topics for geologists has long been what happened 66 million years ago, after a 7.5-mile-wide asteroid crashed into the ocean near what’s now the port town of Chicxulub, Mexico. The impact brought the age of dinosaurs to an abrupt end, wiping out about three-quarters of all life on Earth. This mass extinction happened because the space rock slammed into an oily tinderbox, blasting enough soot into the atmosphere to cause extreme global cooling. Other big asteroids have hit Earth but they caused no mass extinctions as far as the fossil record shows—probably because those impact sites just didn’t have the right mix of volatile rocks.

In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first and the second each describe evidence that has been used to challenge the position that the argument seeks to establish.

(B) The first and the second each describe evidence that has been used to support the position that the argument seeks to establish.

(C) The first is a circumstance whose implications are evaluated in the argument; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.

(D) The first is a finding whose accuracy is evaluated in the argument; the second is a consideration presented to establish that the finding is accurate.

(E) The first is a finding whose implications are evaluated in the argument; line second is a consideration presented to support the conclusion that the argument seeks to establish.

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Answer Choice E says, that the first is a "finding", however it is an event. Only because of this fact I eliminated E. Is this a poor quality framing of an answer choice or is it ok ?

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Originally posted by GmatDaddy on 28 Aug 2018, 08:00.
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One of the most intriguing topics for geologists has long been what happened 66 million years ago, after a 7.5-mile-wide asteroid crashed into the ocean near what’s now the port town of Chicxulub, Mexico. The impact brought the age of dinosaurs to an abrupt end, wiping out about three-quarters of all life on Earth. This mass extinction happened because the space rock slammed into an oily tinderbox, blasting enough soot into the atmosphere to cause extreme global cooling. Other big asteroids have hit Earth but they caused no mass extinctions as far as the fossil record shows—probably because those impact sites just didn’t have the right mix of volatile rocks.


Hey GmatDaddy

You missed to bold the bold parts of the question. Could you please do that?
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Done. thanks for pointing out!
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One of the most intriguing topics for geologists has long been what happened 66 million years ago, after a 7.5-mile-wide asteroid crashed into the ocean near what’s now the port town of Chicxulub, Mexico. The impact brought the age of dinosaurs to an abrupt end, wiping out about three-quarters of all life on Earth. This mass extinction happened because the space rock slammed into an oily tinderbox, blasting enough soot into the atmosphere to cause extreme global cooling. Other big asteroids have hit Earth but they caused no mass extinctions as far as the fossil record shows—probably because those impact sites just didn’t have the right mix of volatile rocks.


Hey GmatDaddy

You missed to bold the bold parts of the question. Could you please do that?

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One of the most intriguing topics for geologists has long been what happened 66 million years ago, after a 7.5-mile-wide asteroid crashed into the ocean near what’s now the port town of Chicxulub, Mexico. The impact brought the age of dinosaurs to an abrupt end, wiping out about three-quarters of all life on Earth. This mass extinction happened because the space rock slammed into an oily tinderbox, blasting enough soot into the atmosphere to cause extreme global cooling. Other big asteroids have hit Earth but they caused no mass extinctions as far as the fossil record shows—probably because those impact sites just didn’t have the right mix of volatile rocks.

In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first and the second each describe evidence that has been used to challenge the position that the argument seeks to establish.

(B) The first and the second each describe evidence that has been used to support the position that the argument seeks to establish.

(C) The first is a circumstance whose implications are evaluated in the argument; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.

(D) The first is a finding whose accuracy is evaluated in the argument; the second is a consideration presented to establish that the finding is accurate.

(E) The first is a finding whose implications are evaluated in the argument; line second is a consideration presented to support the conclusion that the argument seeks to establish.

Spoiler: :: MY Query
Answer Choice E says, that the first is a "finding", however it is an event. Only because of this fact I eliminated E. Is this a poor quality framing of an answer choice or is it ok ?


(A) The first and the second each describe evidence that has been used to challenge the position that the argument seeks to establish
- Both are wrong. Bolded parts don't describe any evidence

(B) The first and the second each describe evidence that has been used to support the position that the argument seeks to establish.
- Same as A

(C) The first is a circumstance whose implications are evaluated in the argument; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.
- First part is correct, it is a circumstance whose implications are evaluated, but the second part is not the main conclusion.

(D) The first is a finding whose accuracy is evaluated in the argument; the second is a consideration presented to establish that the finding is accurate.
- First part is correct. Second part is wrong, it is not presented to establish the first part is accurate. Both are different

(E) The first is a finding whose implications are evaluated in the argument; line second is a consideration presented to support the conclusion that the argument seeks to establish.
- Both parts are correct.

Hence E

The first part is definitely a event, which happened in past. Hence, it can be finding too.
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Does this argument have a conclusion.If so can somebody pls tell which one..?

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New post 28 Aug 2018, 10:10
The conclusion is not explicitly mentioned, you will have to draw that out.
which in our case is: For Mass extinction from asteroid crashes to happen, the asteroid should crash into "right mix of volatile rocks"

Hope this clarifies your doubt.

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Does this argument have a conclusion.If so can somebody pls tell which one..?

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The conclusion is not explicitly mentioned, you will have to draw that out.
which in our case is: For Mass extinction from asteroid crashes to happen, the asteroid should crash into "right mix of volatile rocks"

Hope this clarifies your doubt.

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Does this argument have a conclusion.If so can somebody pls tell which one..?

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Thanks for the reply buddy..i am still skeptical..The right answer is E..BF 2 supports the conclusion according to E..clearly something after because,in the case of ur explanation “the conclusion” ,cannot be the conclusion.It has to be something else(the conclusion)

Just FYI i got this right but took around 2.5 mins.Hence this scrutiny.Hope you dont mind.I am almost on the verge of not following anything except the official sources.

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GmatDaddy wrote:
The conclusion is not explicitly mentioned, you will have to draw that out.
which in our case is: For Mass extinction from asteroid crashes to happen, the asteroid should crash into "right mix of volatile rocks"

Hope this clarifies your doubt.

redskull1 wrote:
Does this argument have a conclusion.If so can somebody pls tell which one..?

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I got it correct by PoE but I generally agree with your criticism. I found the wording confusing too.
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