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# Ph.D. programs are valuable only if they inculcate good scholarship

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Ph.D. programs are valuable only if they inculcate good scholarship and expedite the student’s full participation in the field. Hence, doctoral dissertations should not be required in the humanities. Undertaking a quality book-length dissertation demands an accumulation of knowledge virtually impossible for those relatively new to their disciplines. The student consequently either seeks to compensate for poor quality with quantity or ends up spending years producing a work of quality. Either way, the dissertation is counterproductive and frustrates the appropriate goals of the doctoral program.

The claim that doctoral dissertations should not be required in the humanities play which one of the following roles in the argument?

(A) It provides essential support for the conclusion.

(B) It is an example illustrative of a general principle concerning the goals of Ph.D. programs.

(C) It is what the argument is attempting to establish.

(D) It provides evidence for the assumption that requirements for degrees in the humanities differ from requirements for degrees in other disciplines.

(E) It confirms the observation that the requirement for a dissertation can frustrate the goals of a doctoral program.
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31 Mar 2016, 02:31
Vyshak wrote:
Ph.D. programs are valuable only if they inculcate good scholarship and expedite the student’s full participation in the field. Hence, doctoral dissertations should not be required in the humanities. Undertaking a quality book-length dissertation demands an accumulation of knowledge virtually impossible for those relatively new to their disciplines. The student consequently either seeks to compensate for poor quality with quantity or ends up spending years producing a work of quality. Either way, the dissertation is counterproductive and frustrates the appropriate goals of the doctoral program.

The claim that doctoral dissertations should not be required in the humanities play which one of the following roles in the argument?

(A) It provides essential support for the conclusion.

(B) It is an example illustrative of a general principle concerning the goals of Ph.D. programs.

(C) It is what the argument is attempting to establish.

(D) It provides evidence for the assumption that requirements for degrees in the humanities differ from requirements for degrees in other disciplines.

(E) It confirms the observation that the requirement for a dissertation can frustrate the goals of a doctoral program.

the question asks the roles "Hence, doctoral dissertations should not be required in the humanities." plays in the argument.
It is a conclusion because it follows from the premise.
If you are not sure, you could Hence, doctoral dissertations should not be required in the humanities. therefore THE PREMISE, and check if it makes sense. It rather makes sense to say "THE PREMISE", therefore the doctoral dissertations should ...
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01 Apr 2016, 08:21
This one is straightforward

(A) It provides essential support for the conclusion.
no its not providing support is the conclusion

(B) It is an example illustrative of a general principle concerning the goals of Ph.D. programs.
no its not example

(C) It is what the argument is attempting to establish.
correct

(D) It provides evidence for the assumption that requirements for degrees in the humanities differ from requirements for degrees in other disciplines.
no its not evidence

(E) It confirms the observation that the requirement for a dissertation can frustrate the goals of a doctoral program.
not confirming anything
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