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Public health expert: Increasing the urgency of a public health message may be counterproductive. In addition to irritating the majority who already behave responsibly, it may undermine all government pronouncements on health by convincing people that such messages are overly cautious. And there is no reason to believe that those who ignore measured voices will listen to shouting.

The two sections in boldface play which of the following roles in the public health expert's argument?

(A) The first is a conclusion for which support is provided. but is not the argument's main conclusion; the second is an unsupported premise supporting the arguments main conclusion.

(B) The first is a premise supporting the only explicit conclusion; so is the second.

(C) The first is the argument's main conclusion; the second supports that conclusion and is itself a conclusion for which support is provided.

(D) The first is a premise supporting the argument's only conclusion; the second is that conclusion.

(E) The first is the argument‘s only explicit conclusion; the second is a premise supporting that conclusion.
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Why is C wrong? Isn't the second part a subconclusion for which we can say support is provided in terms of 'by convincing people that such messages are overly cautious"?


The part "by convincing people that such messages are overly cautious" is a portion of the second bold faced part. There has to be a premise OUTSIDE this bold faced part to support this bold faced part.
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Hello WillGetIt,
For Bold- Faced CR ,always identify the main conclusion of the argument .Then identify the role of the bold -faced portions with respect to the conclusion .
Identifying the option will be easier .
In this question ,Conclusion:Increasing the urgency of a public health message may be counterproductive .
Now look at the role played by the bold faced portions:
First is conclusion and the list is narrowed down to C and E .
Look at the second bold faced portion :Is it a conclusion ? .If yes, what is the supporting argument for it ? The passage does not support second portion as conclusion .
So E is the right answer.

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Conclusion: Increasing the urgency of a public health message may be counterproductive.
1st Supporting Premise: In addition to irritating the majority who already behave responsibly, It may undermine all government pronouncements on health by convincing people that such messages are overly cautious.
2nd Supporting Premise: And there is no reason to believe that those who ignore measured voices will listen to shouting.

(C) The first is the argument's main conclusion; the second supports that conclusion and is itself a conclusion
for which support is provided.
Problem is the 2nd half of the sentence: If you look for why "it may undermine all government..." you will not find any support in the argument.
The last line of this argument is another premise supporting the conclusion presented in 1st line.

(E) The first is the argument‘s only explicit conclusion; the second is a premise supporting that conclusion.
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Public health expert: Increasing the urgency of a public health message may be counterproductive. In
addition to irritating the majority who already behave responsibly, It may undermine all government
pronouncements on health by convincing people that such messages are overly cautious
. And there
is no reason to believe that those who ignore measured voices will listen to shouting.
The two sections in boldface play which of the following roles in the public health expert's argument?

(A) The first is a conclusion for which support is provided. but is not the argument's main conclusion; the
second is an unsupported premise supporting the arguments main conclusion.

(B) The first is a premise supporting the only explicit conclusion; so is the second.

(Ci The first is the argument's main conclusion; the second supports that conclusion and is itself a conclusion
for which support is provided.

(D) The first is a premise supporting the argument's only conclusion; the second is that conclusion.

(E) The first is the argument‘s only explicit conclusion; the second is a premise supporting that conclusion.

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Hi Egmat,

I was confused between C and E and eventually selected C. Below is my analysis and doubt. Please clarify:

Public health expert: Increasing the urgency of a public health message may be counterproductive. - Conclusion

In addition to irritating the majority who already behave responsibly,- Reason 1
It may undermine all government pronouncements on health by convincing people that such messages are overly cautious. - Reason 2 This is also a prediction by the author or his belief. I don't see this as a fact. However, the part It may.... health is a prediction that is indeed supported by the fact that the effect of underming may happen due to convinving ppl that such msgs are overly cautious.

Can't I say that BF2 is an intermediate conclusion that is supported by a premise and then it in turn supports the main conclusion.

Please clarify.
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As per MGMAT CR process for Describe the role (Bold face) questions, the following is an accurate methodology to crack this question type.
I was able to solve this using the same approach and its quite helpful.

First bold face says "Increasing the urgency of a public health message may be counterproductive."
This is the authors Conclusion and mark it as "B1 = C", indicating Conclusion.
Coming to the 2nd Bold face, authors gives additional information about the above stated conclusion and he is the right guy to be a Premise. ( Since, author is giving more facts about the stated conclusion.)
Now mark it as "B2 = P".

Go on the answer choices to find out for 'C' & 'P' combination.

There is only one option for this combination and so the answer is "E".


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Why is C wrong? Isn't the second part a subconclusion for which we can say support is provided in terms of 'by convincing people that such messages are overly cautious"?
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In case of C, is it an oxy moron situation ?

that is ..is it ever possible that a bold face plays the role of premise for a conclusion AND is in itself a conclusion ?

can i eliminate C w/o having to ever look at the problem ...please let me know your thoughts ...
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Verbal experts ...

In case of C, is it an oxy moron situation ?

that is ..is it ever possible that a bold face plays the role of premise for a conclusion AND is in itself a conclusion ?

can i eliminate C w/o having to ever look at the problem ...please let me know your thoughts ...


Hi jabhatta@umail.iu.edu ,

Yes, It may happen that second boldface is a conclusion supporting the main conclusion.

We call the second boldface an Intermediate conclusion.

I hope that makes sense. :)
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The conclusion is "Increasing the urgency of a public health message may be counterproductive". (E) notes that sentence one is the conclusion.
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Conclusion is: Increasing the urgency of a public health message may be counterproductive.. which is first Boldface.
so C/E
but in option C it is also written that it supports the main conclusion and is also a conclusion for support is provided, sorry what?? there is no support provided. So C is eliminated

Answer is E
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Hello expert,

According to me, In option c, second bold letter sentence is author's opinion. But it is not necessary that all author's opinion result into conclusion.
Am i right?
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According to me, In option c, second bold letter sentence is author's opinion. But it is not necessary that all author's opinion result into conclusion.
Am i right?

You are right that the second boldfaced portion is the author's opinion. This opinion is used in support of the main conclusion. However, there is nothing in the passage to support that opinion.
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Public health expert: Increasing the urgency of a public health message may be counterproductive. In addition to irritating the majority who already behave responsibly, it may undermine all government pronouncements on health by convincing people that such messages are overly cautious. And there is no reason to believe that those who ignore measured voices will listen to shouting.

The two sections in boldface play which of the following roles in the public health expert's argument?

* BOLD FACE Q: First ID the Conclusion and then find out how the BF relates to it.
> BF1 = clearly the conclusion of the passage
> BF2 = clearly supports BF1.
>Other: last sentence is further explaining why BF1 is main conclusion, giving additional info


(A) The first is a conclusion for which support is provided. but is not the argument's main conclusion; the second is an unsupported premise supporting the arguments main conclusion.
- BF1 is the argument's main conclusion & BF2 is a supported premise

(B) The first is a premise supporting the only explicit conclusion; so is the second.
- BF1 is NOT a premise, it is the Conclusion

(C) The first is the argument's main conclusion; the second supports that conclusion and is itself a conclusion for which support is provided.
- BF2 is not itself a conclusion for which support is provided...

(D) The first is a premise supporting the argument's only conclusion; the second is that conclusion.
- BF2 is NOT a conclusion, its a premise.

(E) The first is the argument‘s only explicit conclusion; the second is a premise supporting that conclusion.
- Correct as is.

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