Last visit was: 24 Jul 2024, 14:33 It is currently 24 Jul 2024, 14:33
Close
GMAT Club Daily Prep
Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History
Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.
Close
Request Expert Reply
Confirm Cancel
SORT BY:
Date
Tags:
Show Tags
Hide Tags
Math Expert
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 94609
Own Kudos [?]: 643636 [2]
Given Kudos: 86737
Send PM
Board of Directors
Joined: 01 Sep 2010
Posts: 4558
Own Kudos [?]: 33648 [1]
Given Kudos: 4574
Send PM
Manager
Manager
Joined: 16 Mar 2021
Posts: 77
Own Kudos [?]: 12 [0]
Given Kudos: 96
Send PM
Math Expert
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 94609
Own Kudos [?]: 643636 [0]
Given Kudos: 86737
Send PM
Re: Senator Baker: My opponent, Candidate Rothmore, has called for increas [#permalink]
Expert Reply
Bunuel wrote:
The following is an excerpt from a campaign speech.

Senator Baker: My opponent, Candidate Rothmore, has called for increased taxes to fund programs that help the long-term unemployed of the state. Such action would address an immediate symptom for a select group, without doing much to address the overall problems we all face. Only through lowering taxes can we stimulate the growth of small businesses, which will revitalize the state's whole economy. That, in turn, will result in greater prosperity and in more jobs, including jobs for those who have been unemployed for a while. Through lowering taxes, everyone wins, and those currently unemployed get the best help the economy can provide --- a real job.

In the argument, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A) The first is a prediction about a recommendation the main argument opposes; the second is a conclusion drawn in order to support the main conclusion.

B) The first is evidence supporting the main argument; the second is the main conclusion.

C) The first is a prediction that, if accurate, would provide support for the main conclusion of the argument; the second is the main conclusion.

D) The first is an objection that the main argument rejects; the second is a claim advanced in support of the main conclusions of the argument.

E) The first is a conclusion drawn by Senator Baker's opponent; the second is Senator Baker's main conclusion.



OFFICIAL SOLUTION



The first bold statement is a gloomy prediction about what would happen under the opponent's (Candidate Rothmore's) plan. The second bold statement is a prediction about what would follow from Senator Baker's own plan. Both are predictions: the speaker oppose the first and valorizes the second. Baker's main conclusion is in the final sentence, not part of the bold text.

The credited answer is (A): The first is a prediction about Rothmore's plan, which Baker opposes. The second cited as a consequence of Baker's own plan, which in turn supports the main conclusion.

(B) is wrong: neither of the boldface sections could be called evidence.

(C) is wrong because the first bold statement does not support the main conclusion in any way. Also, the second bold statement, by itself, is not the main conclusion.

(D) is wrong because the first bold statement is not an objection.

(E) is tricky: technically, the first bold statement is probably not what Rothmore would conclude on his own. It's how Baker is characterizing (probably mischaracterizing) Rothmore's position. Opposing political candidates rare present each other's positions in a totally objected and even-handed manner. Also, the second bold statement, by itself, is not the main conclusion.
User avatar
Non-Human User
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 17529
Own Kudos [?]: 869 [0]
Given Kudos: 0
Send PM
Re: Senator Baker: My opponent, Candidate Rothmore, has called for increas [#permalink]
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
GMAT Club Bot
Re: Senator Baker: My opponent, Candidate Rothmore, has called for increas [#permalink]
Moderators:
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
6986 posts
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
236 posts
CR Forum Moderator
824 posts