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# Seven countries signed a treaty binding each of them to

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20. Seven countries signed a treaty binding each of them to perform specified actions on a certain fixed date, with the actions of each conditional on simultaneous action taken by the other countries. Each country was also to notify the six other countries when it had completed its action.
The simultaneous-action provision of the treaty leaves open the possibility that
(A) the compliance date was subject to postponement, according to the terms of the treaty
(B) one of the countries might not be required to make any changes or take any steps in order to comply with the treaty, whereas all the other countries are so required.
(C) each country might have a well-founded excuse, based on the provision, for its own lack of compliance
(D) the treaty specified that the signal for one of the countries to initiate action was notification by the other countries that they had completed action
(E) there was ambiguity with respect to the date after which all actions contemplated in the treaty are to be complete.

Kindly explain your choices, so that i know what logic is being applied...

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26 Sep 2003, 07:51
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Since each country must act SIMULTANEOUSLY, there could not a single compliance date suitable to all seven countries to do so.
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26 Sep 2003, 12:32

If you read C carefully, you can paraphrase as follow:

"The provision is structured in a way that compliance by every country might be impossible, hence justifying the lack of compliance by each country."

Sure enough, since all 7 countries must simultaneously act based on the simultaneous actions of everyon else, how can any country know in advance what every other country is going to do so that it, it turn, can properly comply? Hence, since the mechanics of the provision make it impossible to follow, any non-compliance is "excusable".
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26 Sep 2003, 21:17
C is indeed the right answer.
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17 Dec 2013, 14:26
Can someone point the "provision" that this argument talks about?
And then, E is sounding, since each country will have to tell when their action ceased - so they can finish at different times, no?

What is the source of this problem? It looks very good.

AkamaiBrah wrote:

If you read C carefully, you can paraphrase as follow:

"The provision is structured in a way that compliance by every country might be impossible, hence justifying the lack of compliance by each country."

Sure enough, since all 7 countries must simultaneously act based on the simultaneous actions of everyon else, how can any country know in advance what every other country is going to do so that it, it turn, can properly comply? Hence, since the mechanics of the provision make it impossible to follow, any non-compliance is "excusable".

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