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# Policy analyst : Most government agencies become less

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Policy analyst: Most government agencies become less effective over time. Some experts go so far as to recommend that every agency be eliminated after 10 years and created anew by replacing all of its existing personnel and revamping its bureaucratic structure. However, this policy would be impractical since certain government agencies perform vital functions, such as protecting national security, and therefore cannot afford even temporary upheaval.

In the policy analyst's argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
(A)The first is evidence offered in support of an opinion that the policy analyst rejects; the second offers
(B)The first is a premise that the policy analyst accepts but argues against; the second offers evidence that
supports the analyst's position.
(C)The first is a position that the policy analyst argues against; the second is the position that the analyst
defends.
(D)The first is a generalization that the policy analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for an
opinion that the analyst rejects; the second is a consideration used to defend the analyst's position.
(E)The first is a generalization that the policy analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for the
analyst's position; the second offers another consideration used to defend that position.
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13 Jun 2010, 01:29
IMO B. The first is a premise which is the analyst refuts at the end. Second BF is given evidence for that position.

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13 Jun 2010, 19:52
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IMO B. The first is a premise which is the analyst refuts at the end. Second BF is given evidence for that position.

IMO D,

IMO B is wrong because analyst is not arguing against the premise that most government agencies become less effective overtime. He is arguing that although they become ineffective, they can not be eliminated and renewed, since some government agencies are crucial for national security. Thus, he still thinks that most government agencies are less effective overtime, but he thinks, unfortunately, they can not be eliminated and recreated.
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18 Jun 2010, 21:20
I read again this question and yes, D makes more sense. Thanks Mirzo.
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18 Jun 2010, 22:18
D for sure.........because the author acknowledges the premise and only refutes the opinion offered by other experts. Later, he concludes.
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13 Sep 2011, 06:04
Guys, help me out with this...if the correct OA is D, it states that the policy analyst accepts the statment in the first bold faced statement. But if we see tha passage, nowhere it's implied that the analyst is accepting the first statment. He/she is just stating the facts what ppl believe. Shouldnt B win here??
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13 Sep 2011, 11:22
krishnasty wrote:
Guys, help me out with this...if the correct OA is D, it states that the policy analyst accepts the statment in the first bold faced statement. But if we see tha passage, nowhere it's implied that the analyst is accepting the first statment. He/she is just stating the facts what ppl believe. Shouldnt B win here??

B) states that the first is a premise that analyst accepts but argues against. First of all this also says that analyst accepts the premise. Secondly, Analyst doesn't argue against the first boldface. Nowhere it says that Government Agencies don't become left effective over time.
Experts form an opinion (agencies should be eliminated and created anew...) on basis of this premise and analyst argues against that opinion. (Not the premise)
I hope its clear...
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14 Sep 2011, 04:13
krishnasty wrote:
Guys, help me out with this...if the correct OA is D, it states that the policy analyst accepts the statment in the first bold faced statement. But if we see tha passage, nowhere it's implied that the analyst is accepting the first statment. He/she is just stating the facts what ppl believe. Shouldnt B win here??

D. The first is a generalization that the policy analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for an
opinion that the analyst rejects
; the second is a consideration used to defend the analyst's position.

It is nowhere mentioned that the policy analyst accepts the first sentence as accurate. However, the whole passage is nothing but series of statements made by the analyst. He has never mentioned that that first point is inaccurate/invalid etc. Nonetheless, this is implicit from the passage as a whole. Even in the second bold phrase, the analyst attacks the suggestion made by other recommendations, but doesn't go against the first bold phrase.

The red bold phrase in the option D is the key to the correct answer. With the help of first statement, analyst explained more about what others feel about the agencies (about shutting them down). and the analyst rejects this by saying 'However, this is impractical'. If you found this, you're almost down to the correct answer.
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14 Sep 2011, 20:12
+1 for D.

The second bold face is analyst's opinion and not a fact/evidence. Hence all choices that refer second bold face as belonging to the fact category - (evidence, findings, observations, data etc) are incorrect.

Hence A and B can be eliminated.

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15 Sep 2011, 03:49
+1 for D.

Took me 6 minutes. That is a real crazy boldfaced CR question.
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15 Sep 2011, 10:39
At first i picked B too..but now with all the explanations i understand that D should be correct answer..Thanks Guys..
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14 Oct 2013, 10:18
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Mega2010 wrote:
Policy analyst: Most government agencies become less effective over time. Some experts go so far as to recommend that every agency be eliminated after 10 years and created anew by replacing all of its existing personnel and revamping its bureaucratic structure. However, this policy would be impractical since certain government agencies perform vital functions, such as protecting national security, and therefore cannot afford even temporary upheaval.

In the policy analyst's argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
(A)The first is evidence offered in support of an opinion that the policy analyst rejects; the second offers
(B)The first is a premise that the policy analyst accepts but argues against; the second offers evidence that
supports the analyst's position.
(C)The first is a position that the policy analyst argues against; the second is the position that the analyst
defends.
(D)The first is a generalization that the policy analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for an
opinion that the analyst rejects; the second is a consideration used to defend the analyst's position.
(E)The first is a generalization that the policy analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for the
analyst's position; the second offers another consideration used to defend that position.

Has to be (D) but let me tell you this is a tough question boy.
The second bold is clearly the premise. Now, the key in this question is to recognize what is the analyst arguing against. It is kinda like those describe the argument type of questions, but lets not get confused by those. So going back to my point, we need to know that this a used as support for something that is argued against. We are not arguing the fact that most government agencies become less effective, we are arguing against the recommendation to fire all these poor guys and replace them every certain time.

So keep that in mind folks, and you'll be ok.
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25 Oct 2014, 23:14
i choose E first. Later i see that the analyst rejects the initial opinion.
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28 Oct 2014, 11:32
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It's D for sure. Analyst acknowledges the information upon which a hypothesis is suggested which analyst rejects. Then he offers a piece of information to support his claim. ->>> D.
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10 Mar 2017, 21:29
Ans. D
The first bold-faced statement, the fact that government agencies become less effective over time, is accepted by the policy analyst as
true and yet is used as evidence to support the experts' position, which the policy analyst rejects. The second bold-faced statement, the observation that certain government agencies cannot afford even temporary upheaval, is used to defend the analyst's position.
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11 Mar 2017, 00:31
+1 D.

The first is a generalization that the policy analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for an opinion that the analyst rejects; the second is a consideration used to defend the analyst's position.
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27 Jun 2018, 02:50
+1 for D
D accurately covers all the aspects of argument .
The first is a generalization that the policy analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for an opinion that the analyst rejects; the second is a consideration used to defend the analyst's position.
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27 Jun 2018, 02:55
I got the answer E. Can anyone tell why is it wrong ?

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