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Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.

 

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Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

To answer this question, you need to follow the argument very closely.
A political spokesperson says The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline.
Because he thinks 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state.
He then says In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

Let's get to POE.


A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
This is incorrect because the first doesn't form the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes.

B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
This is incorrect because the second is not a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.

C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
This is correct as it matches our pre-thinking. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.

D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
This is incorrect because the second is not a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.

E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
This is incorrect because the second is not presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.


IMO C.
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Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.


A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. - 1st is an assumption which forms the basis of the reasoning used to criticize the action. 2nd is another action suggested by the argument
B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption. - Reasoning whose basis is 1st is used to criticize strategy.2nd doesn't cast a doubt on 1st but is an alternate solution.Incorrect
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.- Reasoning whose basis is 1st is used to criticize strategy. Incorrect
D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy. - 2nd is another action suggested by the argument.Incorrect
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy. - 2nd is another action suggested by the argument. Incorrect

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Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.

IMO C: The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
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The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.

A is the right choice IMO.
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IMO answer is A

the first bold statement is surely not a consideration. It is an assumption based on which the state's rail road program is critized.
Is the rail road program a strategy, I think no, it is a course of action. therefore, based on these statements, B,C,D and E can be eliminated leaving only A



Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
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Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

First boldface: the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget!
provides list of factors not planned of a certain government strategy in which 12 year's timeline is considered for the ambitious project.

Second boldface: A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.
provides a solution in form of a course of action for better chances of success.

Conclusion: these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy.

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
The first is an assumption that DOES NOT form the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. Incorrect

B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is NOT a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption. Incorrect

C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. Correct

D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
The first is NOT a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is NOT a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy. Incorrect

E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented NOT to explain the appeal of that strategy. Incorrect

IMO C
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Let us check what is happening in every BF:
BF1: the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget!
This is used to oppose the government’s strategy. This points out why the government’s strategy is bound to fail.

BF2: A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.
It states what course of action the government should take for its best chance of success.

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
The first does not form that course action criticized by the argument.

B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
The second does not cast doubt on first.

C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
Matches what has been stated above. Hold.

D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
The second does not call anything into question.

E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
The second is not presented to explain the appeal of the government’s strategy.

Answer C

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C IMO

The first boldface is an assumption author uses to oppose the government's strategy of 12 years timeline to finish the project, which author does not agree with. Second is the strategy author endorses and also the main conclusion of the argument.

Below are my reasons to eliminate each option.



Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
First doesn't form the basis for a course of action. Instead the current strategy - course of action- is used to derive these assumptions. So first is wrong. Second is endorsed by argument that is correct.

B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
First is correct, it is used to oppose the current strategy, however second doesn't cast doubt on those assumptions. It is a new strategy endorsed by author.

C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
Correct. Both matches prethinking discussed above.

D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
First doesn't appeal the existing strategy-incorrect.

E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
First is not raised to show that current strategy wont achieve its intended effect, second doesn't support the existing strategy, instead its a new strategy by itself.
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Premises:

- The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline
- 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state.
- In such a span things will change a lot.
- Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy.

Conclusion:

A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

Prethink:

So here we have the first boldfaced part which are predictions of what will happen if we mantain the current timeline (12y) and the second one, is the conclusion of the argument that includes the course of action if we adjust the timeline.


A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. - matches our prethink
B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.- the first part is not opposing a strategy neither the second is a consideration
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. - the first part is not opposing a strategy
D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.-the first part is not appealing a strategy
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy. - the first part is not raised to show that, neither second part is presented to explain appeal of that one

(A) is our answer

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Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.


[1] premise/assumption that supports why the program is flawed;
[2] endorses a different plan;

(A) 1 doesnt form the basis that the arg critiques, it forms the basis that the arg defends;
(B) 2 not cast doubt on [1];
(D) 1 doesnt exp the appeal of the strat, it explains the inverse;
(E) 2 not pres to appeal the certain strat;

Answer (C).
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Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

The first is something that was not foreseen by the government while implementing the railroad program. The second is the author's proposal that, he believes, is a better plan.

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.

This option is wrong because the argument itself says that "these practical factors have certainly not been planned", so the first cannot be the basis for a course of action. But second is correct.

B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption.
The second is not used to cast doubt, it is rather a recommendation.

C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
CORRECT.
Yes, the author assumes the first while evaluating the state’s railroad program when trying to explain its flaws. And the second is his proposed strategy


D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.
No-no, the second is a recommendation, it does not call into question anything.

E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.
The first look fine, but the second is talking about the same strategy, but in the argument, the second talks about another, proposed by the author strategy.


The answer is C
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IMO A :
First is assumption or consideration observed by the argument speaker and 2nd is the course of action he suggest to be taken, countering the argument action or calling into question the argument statement
A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. : Correct
B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption. : Incorrect: 2nd is not a consideration and its not casting doubt, rather presenting a solution
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. : 1st is not opposing any strategy, rather its reason behind the result; 2nd is correct here, But 1st is problem
D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy. :2nd is not a consideration and not calling into question
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy. This choice was runner up in choosing, as First is correct here but second is not presenting the appeal of that strategy, but rather suggesting own strategy
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The 2nd bold statement is a course of action recommended by the argument, eliminate choices B,D and E
1st bold statement is an assumption to criticise the strategy and not the basis on which the course of action has been taken.
Hence, answer is C
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Summary: flaw is the timeline. <Fact>
12 years’ horizon is way long given its importance for development of the lagging state. <filler>
In such a span, X will happen, Y might happen, and Z will happen <Assumption>
these factors have not been planned resulting in jeopardy <possible result of current plan>.
Solution proposed. <Solution to the problem>

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. - First does not form the basis of action (timeline is not the basis of the previous strategy), it is used to criticize the timeline
B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption. - Second is the action supported by the argument
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. Correct, Inline with the analysis
D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy. First is an assumption + Second is the action supported by the argument
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy. First is an assumption + Second is the action supported by the argument

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2nd bold statement describes preferred course of action. Narrow answer choices to A and C
1st bold statement is assumption for criticising the strategy and not assumption to define a course of action.

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New post 26 Jul 2019, 10:19
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BF1: the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget!
BF2: A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. - The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy, it does NOT form the basis for a “course of action” (related to 12year long project strategy) that the argument criticizes. It clearly provides assumption on the practical factors, which can be used to oppose the previous strategy

B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption. - the second presents an alternative strategy/approach which is endorsed by the argument, it does NOT provide any consideration to oppose or doubt the assumption made by the first statement

C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. - Correct, the first provides assumption on the practical factors, which can be used to oppose the previous strategy, the second introduces an alternative strategy/approach which is endorsed by the argument

D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy. - the second presents an alternative strategy/approach which is endorsed by the argument, it does NOT provide any consideration to oppose the wisdom of adopting the previous strategy (12year long project)

E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy. - the second presents an alternative strategy/approach which is endorsed by the argument, it does NOT explain the appeal of the previous strategy (12year long project)
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Let's get to POE

A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.

Second does not endorse that action

C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.

Same with C

D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy.

Doesn't not call into.question

E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy.


First statememt is wrong , no effort are made to show that strategy will.fail.

B it is

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Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span,
the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget!
Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy.
A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.


C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument.
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Political Spokesperson: The biggest and most apparent flaw in the state’s railroad program, blatantly overlooked by those in power, is its timeline. 12 years’ horizon for the ambitious project is way too long given the importance it carries for development of the lagging state. In such a span, the government will change twice, technology shall advance by generations, and inflation will halve the value of the allocated budget! Given the lackadaisical record of the administering body, these practical factors have certainly not been planned for and the taxpayer’s money and state’s infrastructure are in jeopardy. A phase-wise implementation with smaller budgets and timelines shall give the project, its best chance of success.


A. The first is an assumption that forms the basis for a course of action that the argument criticizes; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. - The first is an assumption of how the program is going to be developed, it is not the course of action that railroad program tends to choose. The role of second boldface portion is identified correctly. Incorrect
B. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second is a consideration that is used to cast doubt on that assumption. - The second boldface portion is supporting the first boldface portion, it does not cast any doubt on it. Incorrect
C. The first is an assumption that has been used to oppose a certain strategy; the second presents the course of action endorsed by the argument. - The role of both sentences is identified correctly. Correct
D. The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second is a consideration raised to call into question the wisdom of adopting that strategy. - The first and second boldface portions share the same view. In this option is assumed they have contrary views. Incorrect
E. The first is a consideration raised to show that adopting a certain strategy is unlikely to achieve the intended effect; the second is presented to explain the appeal of that strategy. - The first and second boldface portions coincide in their support for a certain view. This version, in contrast, supposes that they differ. Incorrect

Answer: C
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