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Psychologist: In the age of the Internet, while increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices, it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction. Rather than empowering us to make better choices, our virtually unlimited access to information often leads to greater fear of making the wrong decision, which in turn leads to us spinning our wheels in a seemingly inescapable purgatory of analysis paralysis, all the while getting nowhere on our important projects.

In the psychologist’s argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain.
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate.
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument.
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose

 

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Psychologist: In the age of the Internet, while increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices, it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction. Rather than empowering us to make better choices, our virtually unlimited access to information often leads to greater fear of making the wrong decision, which in turn leads to us spinning our wheels in a seemingly inescapable purgatory of analysis paralysis, all the while getting nowhere on our important projects.

In the psychologist’s argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
This is not the main conclusion of the argument but a point on which the argument is built and evaluate how it impacts our decision making ability
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain.
It is a premise but is not the main point that the argument expalins but to evaluate the ill effects which makes the desciscin making process lenghty.
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate.
Correct choice it is the obesrvation of which the argumetn seeks to evaluate teh benefits and drawbacks.
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument.
This point does not oppose the conclusion of the argumnet but forms a building block i the argument.
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose
It is not opposed but evaluated and this does not take a opposing stand against the argument as well.
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A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
Incorrect. Increased information leads to dissatisfaction etc is the conclusion
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain.
No. The argument does not explain why there is excess info gives better choices
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate.
Correct
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument.
No it does not oppose, although this advantage in bold is there, there are other disadvantages is what is implied
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose
Same reason as D above

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Deconstructing the argument:

In first sentence, Phychologist is stating a fact although he is also listing its negative impacts.
Next sentence, pshycologist is putting down his conclusion.

IMO option D as a fact is an evidence and not an opinion.
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IMO answer is C:

The bold face is an observation or a general fact, so this cannot be the conclusion.
Only C tells that it is an observation.
In B, it is not a premise but a counter premise.


Psychologist: In the age of the Internet, while increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices, it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction. Rather than empowering us to make better choices, our virtually unlimited access to information often leads to greater fear of making the wrong decision, which in turn leads to us spinning our wheels in a seemingly inescapable purgatory of analysis paralysis, all the while getting nowhere on our important projects.

In the psychologist’s argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain.
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate.
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument.
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose
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Answer has to be C because the boldface is the observation and its implication is discussed in the argument.
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"our virtually unlimited access to information often leads to greater fear of making the wrong decision" indicates that the psychologist concedes the fact that "increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices".

So the psychologist's argument doesn't seek to oppose the boldface

In the last sentence, the psychologist explains what the "virtually unlimited access to information" leads to. So this is an implication.

Answer is (C)
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increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices: it is a premise or observation that is supposed to make positive impact but inadvertently creates a negative one. This is evaluated in the argument.


A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
Not the conclusion

B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain.
Not the premise that is explained

C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate.
Correct.

D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument.
Does not oppose the main conclusion

E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose
Same as D.

Option C.

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Psychologist: In the age of the Internet, while increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices, it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction. Rather than empowering us to make better choices, our virtually unlimited access to information often leads to greater fear of making the wrong decision, which in turn leads to us spinning our wheels in a seemingly inescapable purgatory of analysis paralysis, all the while getting nowhere on our important projects.

In the psychologist’s argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain.
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate.
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument.
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose

The boldface information is presenting contrasting view with respect to other part of the passage.
In clear words, boldface presents talks about Objective, other parts of the argument talks about distractions.

And in the end, author is tries to present a worrying aspect.

C - It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate. - This is the best choice

IMO C
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Summary: increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices but causes problems which results in analysis paralysis

Prethinking: Bold faced portion does X (positive thing) but this causes problems which implies that X is not effective - So the argument analysis bold faced portion does X

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument. - No, It is a premise which is evaluated
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain. Not Explain but evaluate
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate.Correct in line with prethinking
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument.No, it is the one being evaluated by the argument and does not oppose the conclusion
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose No, It is a premise which is evaluated

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IMO E

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument. - This is not the main conclusion, it's just an opinion
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain. - The argument seeks to oppose it not explain it
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate. - The argument seeks to oppose it not just evaluate it
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument. - It is not an evidence, it's just an opinion
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose - Correct
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increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument. - Incorrect, the argument opposes the boldface statement
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain. - Incorrect, the argument doesn't explain it; but explains the opposite position
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate. - Incorrect, the argument doesn't evaluate our access to greater choices
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument. - Incorrect, IMO it is a good answer choice, however, E is better, because argument tries to oppose the boldface statement
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose - correct
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The main conclusion is "it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction".

Author agrees that Internet helps us to get ton of information, so the bold face statement is not against or opposite to the main conclusion of the argument. However, author does explain and evaluate the implications of having so much information at hand.
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In the psychologist’s argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument. It's not a conclusion
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain. it is a negative premise which argument opposes
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate. Evaluating means giving positive and negative aspects whereas conclusion only states the negative aspect
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument. yes it is an evidence which opposes the conclusion
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose it's not an opinion
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A. It is the main conclusion of the argument. - It is the positive premise/opinion.
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain. - Argument goes against it.
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate. - Inconsistent. Not the observation but a positive premise
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument. - Inconsistent with the argument.
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose

Answer should be E.
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Psychologist: In the age of the Internet, while increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices, it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction. Rather than empowering us to make better choices, our virtually unlimited access to information often leads to greater fear of making the wrong decision, which in turn leads to us spinning our wheels in a seemingly inescapable purgatory of analysis paralysis, all the while getting nowhere on our important projects.

it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction. This is the main conclusion of the argument, BF1 is the premise of the argument.

In the psychologist’s argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
Incorrect, this is not the main conclusion.

B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain.
Yes, this is true that it is used as the premise, but the argument doesn't seek to explain access of objectivity of greater choices, It goes on to explain why it leads to fear, etc.

C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate.
Yes, this is the correct choice. It is the observation of psy and the argument seeks to explain the implications of the same.

D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument.
It does not oppose the main conclusion.

E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose
this is not correct as the argument doesn't oppose "IT ALSO".


The answer is C.
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Psychologist: In the age of the Internet, while increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices, it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction. Rather than empowering us to make better choices, our virtually unlimited access to information often leads to greater fear of making the wrong decision, which in turn leads to us spinning our wheels in a seemingly inescapable purgatory of analysis paralysis, all the while getting nowhere on our important projects.

In the psychologist’s argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

Boldface portion: increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument.
It is not main conclusion of the argument. Incorrect
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain.
It is an opinion argument opposes and not explains. Incorrect
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate.
It is not an observation but an opinion and opposed and not evaluated by the argument. Incorrect
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument.
It is definitely not an evidence. Incorrect
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose
Boldface increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose, since later it is mentioned Rather than empowering us to make better choices, our virtually unlimited access to information often leads to greater fear of making the wrong decision, which in turn leads to us spinning our wheels in a seemingly inescapable purgatory of analysis paralysis, all the while getting nowhere on our important projects.
Correct
Option E is clearly the best option.

IMO E
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A. It is the main conclusion of the argument. => This is not the conclusion, this just gives an idea to talk about.
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain. => This can be a premise, but the argument does not explain this.
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate. => Again, it can be psychologist observation, but that does not evaluate the argument.
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument. => This looks near to be correct. But facts can be considered as evidence, not mere theories or research.
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose. => IMO, the bold sentence is the opinion about access to information, that the Psychologist gave to us. And the argument seeks to oppose this theory.

IMO the answer is E.

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Psychologist: of course internet gives us greater choice, but we don’t necessarily benefit from it, because blah blah blah..

Conclusion: we don’t necessarily benefit from it (it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction)

Observation: internet gives us greater choice (increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices)

Psychologist’s line of reasoning: Rather than empowering us... ...on our important projects.

A. it is not the main concussion but observation.

B. the argument is not explaining why we have greater choice, but evaluating the effect of that greater choice.

D. we don’t have such signal words as estimate, statistics, facts, data, and etc to conclude that it is evidence. It is observation.

E. it is not someone’s opinion, but observation or remark of the psychologist. Psychologist is not opposing or saying that we have lesser choice.

C. Indeed what is in boldface is the remark of the psychologist and he is agree that we have greater choice with the internet. Later, he evaluates the effects or implications of that greater choice. Thus correct.

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Psychologist: In the age of the Internet, while increased information allows us access to objectively greater choices, it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction. Rather than empowering us to make better choices, our virtually unlimited access to information often leads to greater fear of making the wrong decision, which in turn leads to us spinning our wheels in a seemingly inescapable purgatory of analysis paralysis, all the while getting nowhere on our important projects.

In the psychologist’s argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

Ok, this is definitely not a conclusion, but something like a premise. Let's check the answers.

A. It is the main conclusion of the argument. No, it's not
B. It is a premise that the argument seeks to explain. Does the argument explain it? No
C. It is an observation whose implication the argument seeks to evaluate. This sounds good. First, the author states about access to information and then evaluate this observation.
D. It is evidence that opposes the main conclusion of the argument. It does not oppose the main conclusion.
E. It is an opinion that the argument seeks to oppose. No, the argument does not oppose it.

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