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People’s political behavior frequently does not match their rhetoric. Although many complain about government intervention in their lives, they tend not to reelect inactive politicians. But a politician’s activity consists largely in the passage of laws whose enforcement affects voters’ lives. Thus, voters often reelect politicians whose behavior they resent.

Which one of the following most accurately describes the role played in the argument by the claim that people tend not to reelect inactive politicians?

(A) It describes a phenomenon for which the argument’s conclusion is offered as an explanation.
(B) It is a premise offered in support of the conclusion that voters often reelect politicians whose behavior they resent.
(C) It is offered as an example of how a politician’s activity consists largely in the passage of laws whose enforcement interferes with voters’ lives.
(D) It is a generalization based on the claim that people complain about government intervention in their lives.
(E) It is cited as evidence that people’s behavior never matches their political beliefs.

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Originally posted by ohfred on 18 May 2010, 10:33.
Last edited by Gladiator59 on 29 Dec 2018, 01:07, edited 1 time in total.
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Between B and E. I go with B. E is too generic. OA?
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clearly B

People’s political behavior frequently does not match their rhetoric
E: people’s behavior never matches their political beliefs

Premise: Although many complain about government intervention in their lives, they tend not to reelect inactive politicians
Premise: But a politician’s activity consists largely in the passage of laws whose enforcement affects voters’ lives (so active politicians intervene with people's lives .. and people resent this intervention)
Conclusion: voters often reelect politicians whose behavior they resent

So B is correct.
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New post 19 May 2010, 05:30
dimitri92 wrote:
clearly B

People’s political behavior frequently does not match their rhetoric
E: people’s behavior never matches their political beliefs

Premise: Although many complain about government intervention in their lives, they tend not to reelect inactive politicians
Premise: But a politician’s activity consists largely in the passage of laws whose enforcement affects voters’ lives (so active politicians intervene with people's lives .. and people resent this intervention)
Conclusion: voters often reelect politicians whose behavior they resent

So B is correct.


I think you are right..!!. Your explanation makes some sense.
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glad it helped .. don't forget to press kudos if you liked the explanation :)
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dimitri92 wrote:
clearly B

People’s political behavior frequently does not match their rhetoric
E: people’s behavior never matches their political beliefs

Premise: Although many complain about government intervention in their lives, they tend not to reelect inactive politicians
Premise: But a politician’s activity consists largely in the passage of laws whose enforcement affects voters’ lives (so active politicians intervene with people's lives .. and people resent this intervention)
Conclusion: voters often reelect politicians whose behavior they resent

So B is correct.

this one points out the main difference between the dilemma~thanks
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The “role of a statement” asks you to think about how the author is assembling the argument. Look
for explicit and implicit structural signals.


The conclusion, signaled by “thus,” is that voters often reelect politicians they resent, and the two
sentences that precede it act as the evidence: People don’t reelect inactive politicians, but “active” means
passing laws that affect people—even though people say they don’t want government affecting them.
Anyway, the statement in question is one of those premises, so (B) is correct.
The statement in question, about the politicians people don’t reelect, is sort of a mirror image of
the conclusion about those whom people do reelect, so (A)’s description of the relationship is way off. The
general assertion in question is hardly a concrete example of anything, (C), and since “the claim that people
complain about government intervention” is preceded by “Although,” the generalization in question
contrasts with this claim rather than following from it, (D). The author says that people’s political behavior
“frequently” doesn’t match their political rhetoric, so (E) is a 180 by suggesting that it “never” does so.

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