GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 19 Feb 2019, 19:35

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

## Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in February
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
242526272812
Open Detailed Calendar
• ### Free GMAT Prep Hour

February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019

08:00 PM EST

09:00 PM EST

Strategies and techniques for approaching featured GMAT topics. Wednesday, February 20th at 8 PM EST
• ### Online GMAT boot camp for FREE

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

10:00 PM PST

11:00 PM PST

Kick off your 2019 GMAT prep with a free 7-day boot camp that includes free online lessons, webinars, and a full GMAT course access. Limited for the first 99 registrants! Feb. 21st until the 27th.

# Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics
Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Retired Moderator
Joined: 29 Apr 2015
Posts: 839
Location: Switzerland
Concentration: Economics, Finance
Schools: LBS MIF '19
WE: Asset Management (Investment Banking)
Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

16 May 2015, 06:30
2
12
00:00

Difficulty:

65% (hard)

Question Stats:

63% (02:26) correct 37% (02:41) wrong based on 474 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotation of remarks on Paretan values by the Qinkoan prime minister and bemoans what he sees as the likely consequences for Paretan-Qinkoan relations. Those consequences will not be our fault, however, since officials at the Qinkoan embassy and scholars at the Institute of Qinkoan Studies have all confirmed that, as printed, our quotation was an acceptable translation of the prime minister's remarks. No newspaper can fairly be blamed for the consequences of its reporting when that reporting is accurate.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the editors argument depends:

A. The confirmation that the translation is acceptable is sufficient to show that the prime minister's remarks were accurately reported.
B. Newspapers ought not to consider the consequences of their coverage in deciding what to report.
C. If the newspaper's rendering of the prime minister's remarks was not distorted, then there is no reason to fear adverse consequences from reporting the remarks.
D. If David Salino was prepared to praise the newspaper for any favorable consequences of quoting the prime minister's remarks, he could then hold the newspaper to blame for adverse consequences.
E. Only scholars or people with official standing are in a position to pass judgment on wheter a translation of Qinkoan into Paretan is acceptable.

*Hufff...*, OA is provided. BUT, I would love to hear from any non-native how you tackle the question. Thanks

_________________

Saving was yesterday, heat up the gmatclub.forum's sentiment by spending KUDOS!

PS Please send me PM if I do not respond to your question within 24 hours.

Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
Joined: 23 Oct 2013
Posts: 144
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 May 2015, 17:53
4
1
This is a great Veritas Prep question. I am not a non-native speaker, but as a general rule of thumb you can assume that synonyms do NOT exist in critical reasoning questions. It is very easy to overlook this and think that the question is just mixing up their word choice, but the question is almost always instead shifting scope. Veritas has a very basic example of this scope shift in the example:

Premise) All men are mortal
Premise) Socrates is a dog
Conclusion) Therefore Socrates is mortal

The missing assumption here would link those premises together, saying something like "What is true of men is true of dogs." This argument's flaw is of course much more obvious, but it is the exact same flaw that occurs here. Here the argument reads:

Premise) Our quotation was an acceptable translation
Premise) No newspaper can be blamed when their reporting is accurate
Conclusion) The consequences are not our fault

Just as men are not the same thing as dogs, acceptable translation is not the same thing as accurate reporting. My advice would be to always be VERY suspicious when two premises use different words, as they are probably using this nasty scope shift trick. Answer choice A links these premises together, and is thus correct.

An interesting sidenote, answer choice E would be correct also if the word "only" were not included. The fact that one of the premises relies on the judgement of scholars or people with official standing means that it must be assumed those people are in a position to pass judgement over the acceptability of translations. It does not, however, have to be assumed that they are the "only" ones able to pass this judgement, and thus that word "only" goes too far and makes this answer choice incorrect.

I hope this helps!
_________________

Brandon
Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor

If you found this post helpful, please give me kudos!!!

Save \$100 on Veritas Prep GMAT Courses And Admissions Consulting
Enroll now. Pay later. Take advantage of Veritas Prep's flexible payment plan options.

Veritas Prep Reviews

##### General Discussion
Intern
Joined: 14 May 2014
Posts: 41
Schools: Broad '18 (WA\$)
GMAT 1: 700 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.11
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 May 2015, 22:08
i am not able to figure out what's wrong with B.

if we negate B, it attacks the conclusion. it will become like "newspaper ought to consider consequences of of their reporting"
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
Joined: 23 Oct 2013
Posts: 144
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

31 May 2015, 00:02
riyazgilani wrote:
i am not able to figure out what's wrong with B.

if we negate B, it attacks the conclusion. it will become like "newspaper ought to consider consequences of of their reporting"

So let's address B then. B is completely out of scope, but them referring to the consequences makes it appear less so. Let's negate it and plug it back in to test:

Premise) Our quotation was an acceptable translation
Premise) No newspaper can be blamed when their reporting is accurate
Premise) Newspapers OUGHT to consider the consequences of their coverage in deciding what to report
Conclusion) The consequences are not our fault

The negated premise B here is completely irrelevant, because the conclusion is that the consequences are not their fault, not anything about whether they should care. It does not attack the conclusion here, because saying that newspapers out to consider consequences does not attack the idea that these consequences are not their fault. The premises/logic for why the consequences are not their fault has nothing to do with caring or not caring about consequences, but rather has to do with the actions that were taken with regards to translation and reporting.

Does that make sense? Another relevant point - wrong answer choices on assumption critical reasoning questions can still weaken (attack) the argument when negated. They will be strengthen answer choices, but not the correct assumption answer choice. The correct assumption answer choice, when negated, absolutely trainwrecks an argument...it is much stronger.
_________________

Brandon
Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor

If you found this post helpful, please give me kudos!!!

Save \$100 on Veritas Prep GMAT Courses And Admissions Consulting
Enroll now. Pay later. Take advantage of Veritas Prep's flexible payment plan options.

Veritas Prep Reviews

Manager
Joined: 21 May 2015
Posts: 224
Concentration: Operations, Strategy
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V41
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

31 May 2015, 04:32
A
Conclusion - No newspaper can fairly be blamed for the consequences of its reporting when that reporting is accurate; reporting is accurate
Premises - officials report quotation was an acceptable translation of the prime minister's remarks; David Salino remarks
Assumption - That acceptable translation = accurate reporting
_________________

Apoorv

I realize that i cannot change the world....But i can play a part

Manager
Joined: 21 May 2015
Posts: 224
Concentration: Operations, Strategy
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V41
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

31 May 2015, 04:35
riyazgilani wrote:
i am not able to figure out what's wrong with B.

if we negate B, it attacks the conclusion. it will become like "newspaper ought to consider consequences of of their reporting"

Yes i also think this is out of scope as it the argument doesn't talks about whether newspaper should consider the consequences or not but that the newspaper cannot be blamed if the reporting is correct
_________________

Apoorv

I realize that i cannot change the world....But i can play a part

Senior Manager
Status: Math is psycho-logical
Joined: 07 Apr 2014
Posts: 415
Location: Netherlands
GMAT Date: 02-11-2015
WE: Psychology and Counseling (Other)
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

08 Aug 2015, 10:06
A. The confirmation that the translation is acceptable is sufficient to show that the prime minister's remarks were accurately reported.

The point here I guess is to say that the paper cannot be blamed because its report of what the pm said was accurate.
However, this accuracy was determined, because "officials at the Qinkoan embassy and scholars at the Institute of Qinkoan Studies" comfirmed so.
If they were wrong though, so would the comfirmation be. In other words, this comfirmation does not have to be sufficient, which would mean that the pm's remakrs might have been inaccurately quoted.

You don't really need to be a native. It is the first sentence that uses difficult language. You don't really need that sentence though to respond.
Retired Moderator
Joined: 18 Sep 2014
Posts: 1111
Location: India
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

29 Dec 2015, 07:06
I'm non-native and this is how I tackle the question.

Paretan newspaper editor:
David Salino assails as distorted our quotation of remarks on Paretan values by the Qinkoan prime minister and bemoans what he sees as the likely consequences for Paretan-Qinkoan relations.............there appears to be some threat as a consequence of reporting a news

Conclusion: Those consequences will not be our fault, ............editor defends his paper.

reason by editor: since officials at the Qinkoan embassy and scholars at the Institute of Qinkoan Studies have all confirmed that, as printed, our quotation was an acceptable translation of the prime minister's remarks............doc is certified by sb to be good

Assumption: that certification seems to be enough

however, No newspaper can fairly be blamed for the consequences of its reporting when that reporting is accurate.........additional info

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the editors argument depends:

A. The confirmation that the translation is acceptable is sufficient to show that the prime minister's remarks were accurately reported..........This is inline with our pre-thinking as above

B. Newspapers ought not to consider the consequences of their coverage in deciding what to report..........this seems too strong. Anyways they are not deciding what to report they have already reported the case here and discussion is here whether consequences are their fault i.e., should they face anything or not.

C. If the newspaper's rendering of the prime minister's remarks was not distorted, then there is no reason to fear adverse consequences from reporting the remarks............we don't have to assume this as here not distortion but accuracy of report is the reason to not face consequences.

D. If David Salino was prepared to praise the newspaper for any favorable consequences of quoting the prime minister's remarks, he could then hold the newspaper to blame for adverse consequences.............no logic as thus needs to be assumed as this weakens if not anything. OFS

E. Only scholars or people with official standing are in a position to pass judgment on whether a translation of Qinkoan into Paretan is acceptable................they gave judgement in favor of editor in this case but it need not be assumed that they are the only ones who can do so.

we can eliminate B,C and D easily but A and E are strong contenders where A is the winner.
Senior SC Moderator
Joined: 14 Nov 2016
Posts: 1321
Location: Malaysia
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

10 Apr 2017, 22:15
reto wrote:
Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotation of remarks on Paretan values by the Qinkoan prime minister and bemoans what he sees as the likely consequences for Paretan-Qinkoan relations. Those consequences will not be our fault, however, since officials at the Qinkoan embassy and scholars at the Institute of Qinkoan Studies have all confirmed that, as printed, our quotation was an acceptable translation of the prime minister's remarks. No newspaper can fairly be blamed for the consequences of its reporting when that reporting is accurate.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the editors argument depends:

A. The confirmation that the translation is acceptable is sufficient to show that the prime minister's remarks were accurately reported.
B. Newspapers ought not to consider the consequences of their coverage in deciding what to report.
C. If the newspaper's rendering of the prime minister's remarks was not distorted, then there is no reason to fear adverse consequences from reporting the remarks.
D. If David Salino was prepared to praise the newspaper for any favorable consequences of quoting the prime minister's remarks, he could then hold the newspaper to blame for adverse consequences.
E. Only scholars or people with official standing are in a position to pass judgment on wheter a translation of Qinkoan into Paretan is acceptable.

General Description: This question asks you to find an assumption on which the editor's argument depends. In other words, find the statement whose truth is required if the argument is to succeed in demonstrating its conclusion.

A. Correct. The editor presents two premises in support of the conclusion that the newspaper cannot be blamed for the consequences of its reporting: First, that the quotation was an acceptable translation, and second, that "no newspaper can fairly be blamed for the consequences of its reporting when that reporting is accurate." For this second premise to have relevance to the first, it must be the case that reporting the acceptable translation was in fact reporting accurately; that is, response (A) must be assumed to be true.

B. Incorrect. The editor need not assume that newspapers should not consider the consequences of their coverage; the point of the argument is that the newspaper should not be blamed for such consequences, if the reporting was accurate.

C. Incorrect. The editor is not taking a stand on the question of whether any adverse consequences will actually occur, and so need not assume response (C). The point of the argument is just that if they do occur, the newspaper should not be blamed for them, if the newspaper's reporting was accurate.

D. Incorrect. This statement is irrelevant to the editor's argument.

E. Incorrect. The editor does presume that confirmation of a translation's accuracy by Qinkoan officials and scholars suffices to show that the translation is, in fact, accurate. But the editor does not (and need not) assume that this would be the only way to certify the accuracy of such a translation.

Difficulty Level: Medium difficulty

Tips and Pitfalls: Another way to think about the question of whether an assumption is required by an argument is to think about what happens to the argument if the assumption turns out to be false. If the argument cannot possibly succeed when the assumption is false, then the assumption is required by the argument.
_________________

"Be challenged at EVERY MOMENT."

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

"Each stage of the journey is crucial to attaining new heights of knowledge."

Rules for posting in verbal forum | Please DO NOT post short answer in your post!

Non-Human User
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 3633
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

24 Oct 2018, 03:31
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
_________________
Re: Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat   [#permalink] 24 Oct 2018, 03:31
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Paretan newspaper editor: David Salino assails as distorted our quotat

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.