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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
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05 Aug 2009, 17:15
I think the intended answer here might be D...as if all countries are waiting for other countries to finish signal their start, then nothing will be started
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05 Aug 2009, 17:44
Thats not it.
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05 Aug 2009, 18:07
ahh, now i think i kind of get it...

since passage states "with the actions of each conditional on simultaneous action taken by the other countries"...so the assume last guy gets the trigger from the second last country's finish, but no other country is provisioning that it must start its action....so it could give any random execuses and not do anything...so C looks more promising now?...wow this one is tough...thanks for the good question! dont post OA if I get it right on 2nd try plz, i wanna see other people's arguments too, cause this one is just outright confusing...
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05 Aug 2009, 20:05
IMO C
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05 Aug 2009, 20:19
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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 - Irrelevant
(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.Irrelevant
(C) each country might have a well-founded excuse, based on the provision, for its own lack of compliance - Looks right
(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
Irrelevant Nothing with regard to date has been given for E
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05 Aug 2009, 22:08
OA is C
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03 Oct 2009, 22:50
Whats wrong with A?
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03 Oct 2009, 23:02
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Whats wrong with A?

No mention of compliance at all in the statement. Rule of thumb is never pick an answer which is not clearly discussed in the statement. If you have to make a huge leap of reasoning to make it work, it is always wrong.
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04 Oct 2009, 00:19
IMO C. we don't know which country would be the first to start the action.
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04 Oct 2009, 23:41
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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 - more of a result
(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. more of conclusion
(C) each country might have a well-founded excuse, based on the provision, for its own lack of compliance this correct as it is overseen in the argument
(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 inference
(E) there was ambiguity with respect to the date after which all actions contemplated in the treaty are to be complete
- can be infered from the statements
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04 Oct 2009, 23:43
so c is the ans
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05 Oct 2009, 03:42
manojgmat wrote:
so c is the ans

C seems ok to me. But E seems ok too

The simultaneous action plan does not resolve the ambiguity mentioned in E.
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