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Political theorist: Even with the best spies, area experts, and satellite surveillance, foreign policy assessments can still lack important information. In such circumstances intuitive judgment is vital. A national leader with such judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete, since __________.

Which of the following, if true, most logically completes the argument?

(A) the central reason for failure in foreign policy decision making is the absence of critical information
(B) those leaders whose foreign policy decisions have been highly ranked have also been found to have good intuitive judgment
(C) both intuitive judgment and good information are required for sound decision making
(D) good foreign policy decisions often lead to improved methods of gathering information
(E) intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information
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Political theorist: Even with the best spies, area experts, and satellite surveillance, foreign policy assessments can still lack important information. In such circumstances intuitive judgment is vital. A national leader with such judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete, since __________.

Which of the following, if true, most logically completes the argument?
A. the central reason for failure in foreign policy decision making is the absence of critical information- Incorrect -If this is true , then even a leader with intuitive judgment will not be able to make good decisions
B. those leaders whose foreign policy decisions have been highly ranked have also been found to have good intuitive judgment- this does not explain what such leaders do in case assessments lack complete information
C. both intuitive judgment and good information are required for sound decision making- Incorrect- If this is true , then even a leader with intuitive judgment will not be able to make good decisions
D. good foreign policy decisions often lead to improved methods of gathering information – Incorrect-this does not explain what such leaders do in case assessments lack complete information
E. intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information – Correct

Answer E
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Is it really 550 ? I found it hard to select the answer.
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E for me..

a,c,d- clear out of scope.
b- though it says leaders who are good at decisions are also good at intuitive decisions, but donot states what they do in case on lack in current info.
thus e is best as it mentions the required details
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Imo E intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information.
This piece of information tells us why intuitive judgement can be relied upon even if there is an information gap.
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Can you please suggest why we choose E over B?
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Can you please suggest why we choose E over B?


Hi,
I will try to explain option B with simple example :
If a high rank police Judge make judgement based on intuition does't mean intuition is the best way to make judgement by anyone. The reason the high ranked judges make good judgement by intuition because they have valuable experience.

So here option B doesn't provide any support to the reasoning , whereas Option E clearly mentions the reason to support the argument.
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Hi Experts,
Can you please suggest why we choose E over B?

We are looking for a statement that would explain the claim that "A national leader with [intuitive] judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete." In other words, if a national leader has intuitive judgment, why should he/she be able to make good foreign policy decisions even when current information is incomplete?

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(B) those leaders whose foreign policy decisions have been highly ranked have also been found to have good intuitive judgment

At best, this information might be consistent with the author's claim, showing that there might be a correlation between having intuitive judgment and making good f.p. decisions (if we trust the rankings), but it certainly doesn't explain WHY a national leader with intuitive judgment would be able to make good f.p. decisions even when current information is incomplete.

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(E) intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information

Choice (E), on the other hand, does offer such an explanation. Why can national leaders with intuitive judgment make good f.p. decisions even when current information is incomplete?--because their intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important information gaps.

(E) is the best choice.
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Is it really 550 ? I found it hard to select the answer.
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550 would be the question number of this question in the OG. I would range this question in 600-650 range.
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I agree with the logic of option E, but don't you think that two portions of the sentence that I boldfaced seem extremely redundant and tautologic? I understand it is not an SC question, but still... I eliminated option E just because of this bizzare tautology.

A national leader with such judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete, since intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information

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adkikani wrote:
Hi Experts,
Can you please suggest why we choose E over B?

We are looking for a statement that would explain the claim that "A national leader with [intuitive] judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete." In other words, if a national leader has intuitive judgment, why should he/she be able to make good foreign policy decisions even when current information is incomplete?

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(B) those leaders whose foreign policy decisions have been highly ranked have also been found to have good intuitive judgment

At best, this information might be consistent with the author's claim, showing that there might be a correlation between having intuitive judgment and making good f.p. decisions (if we trust the rankings), but it certainly doesn't explain WHY a national leader with intuitive judgment would be able to make good f.p. decisions even when current information is incomplete.

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(E) intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information

Choice (E), on the other hand, does offer such an explanation. Why can national leaders with intuitive judgment make good f.p. decisions even when current information is incomplete?--because their intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important information gaps.

(E) is the best choice.
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I agree with the logic of option E, but don't you think that two portions of the sentence that I boldfaced seem extremely redundant and tautologic? I understand it is not an SC question, but still... I eliminated option E just because of this bizzare tautology.

A national leader with such judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete, since intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information

The second boldfaced portion does sound a bit redundant, but it serves a purpose. Without it, we only know that intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience... okay, great, but can intuitive judgment still produce good decisions when information is incomplete? The second boldfaced portion explicitly tells us that intuitive judgment CAN produce good decisions even when information is incomplete.

It might not sound great, but it completes the argument. I hope that helps!
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Political theorist: Even with the best spies, area experts, and satellite surveillance, foreign policy assessments can still lack important information. In such circumstances intuitive judgment is vital. A national leader with such judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete, since __________.

From the premise we can understand that foreign policy assessments lack some information and in situations like these, intuitive judgment is vital.

A national leader with "intuitive" judgment can make good decisions when the information is incomplete.


Now we need to give a reason why we think so?

Which of the following, if true, most logically completes the argument?

(A) the central reason for failure in foreign policy decision making is the absence of critical information [Out of Scope: We need to give a reason why a leader with good judgment can help when the information is incomplete.]

(B) those leaders whose foreign policy decisions have been highly ranked have also been found to have good intuitive judgment[Okay, so this option confused me a bit. But here is my reason for eliminating it - the premise already mentions that a leader with intuition judgment makes a good decision, so this option felt as if it is going round and round, providing the same information. Leaders --> good judgment --> good decision --> hence good judgment. This did not make much sense, so I eliminated it. (other opinions on this are welcome :) )]
(C) both intuitive judgment and good information are required for sound decision making [the focus here is intuitive judgment and not both good information and judgment,
hence we can eliminate this.
]
(D) good foreign policy decisions often lead to improved methods of gathering information [we are not interested in knowing if good policy decision can improve gathering information - eliminated.]
(E) intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information[This made more sense Leaders -->
good judgment --> good decision(supported by a reason - past experience). This option logically tells us that pass experience helps in making good decisions based on intuitive judgment, which will fill the gaps in information, thus, these leaders can be helpful in policy assessment.
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CorporateFinancier wrote:
I agree with the logic of option E, but don't you think that two portions of the sentence that I boldfaced seem extremely redundant and tautologic? I understand it is not an SC question, but still... I eliminated option E just because of this bizzare tautology.

A national leader with such judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete, since intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information

The second boldfaced portion does sound a bit redundant, but it serves a purpose. Without it, we only know that intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience... okay, great, but can intuitive judgment still produce good decisions when information is incomplete? The second boldfaced portion explicitly tells us that intuitive judgment CAN produce good decisions even when information is incomplete.

It might not sound great, but it completes the argument. I hope that helps!


Hi GMATNinja,
In option e, don't we are holding an assumption that national leaders have enough past experience. If the leader lacks experience, the argument entirely breaks down to be true. Please explain if I am missing anything in my understanding?
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GMATNinja wrote:
CorporateFinancier wrote:
I agree with the logic of option E, but don't you think that two portions of the sentence that I boldfaced seem extremely redundant and tautologic? I understand it is not an SC question, but still... I eliminated option E just because of this bizzare tautology.

A national leader with such judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete, since intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience, even when there are important gaps in current information

The second boldfaced portion does sound a bit redundant, but it serves a purpose. Without it, we only know that intuitive judgment can produce good decisions based on past experience... okay, great, but can intuitive judgment still produce good decisions when information is incomplete? The second boldfaced portion explicitly tells us that intuitive judgment CAN produce good decisions even when information is incomplete.

It might not sound great, but it completes the argument. I hope that helps!


Hi GMATNinja,
In option e, don't we are holding an assumption that national leaders have enough past experience. If the leader lacks experience, the argument entirely breaks down to be true. Please explain if I am missing anything in my understanding?

Sure, it might technically be possible for a leader to have such "intuitive judgment" without sufficient past experience. But, with choice (E), the passage suggests that such intuitive judgment is based on past experience and that "a national leader with such judgment" would have such past experience.

The correct answer does not have to make the argument air-tight. Remember, we are looking for an answer choice that most logically completes the argument.
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premise - intuitive judgment is vital when other details are incomplete

- Assumption is that leader with intuitive skills has the ability and experience to make good decisions based on intuitive skills only-
Conclusion is here - A national leader with such judgment can make good decisions about foreign policy even when current information is incomplete


Choice B just says that leader has intuitive skills, which is already mentioned in the conclusion. He or she might have bad intuitive judgment which is not going to help the conclusion.
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