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# Since it has become known that several of a bank s top

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Since it has become known that several of a bank’s top executives have been buying shares in
their own bank, the bank’s depositors, who had been worried by rumors that the bank faced impending financial collapse, have been greatly relieved. They reason that since top executives evidently have faith in the bank’s financial soundness, those worrisome rumors must be false. They might well be overoptimistic, however since corporate executives have sometimes bought shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to dispel negative rumors about the company’s health.

In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?
A. The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states the counterevidence on which the argument relies.
B. The first summarizes the evidence used in the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is an intermediate conclusion supported by the evidence.
C. The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is evidence that undermines the support for this intermediate conclusion.
D. The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second is the main conclusion of the argument.
E. The first is an intermediate conclusion that forms part of the reasoning called into question by the argument; the second states a further conclusion supported by this intermediate conclusion.
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01 Jul 2009, 10:09
Ans is D

again as I said - think of the answer before looking at the choices.

first part is definitely a conclusion, the second could have been anything like "refuting the conclusion", "questioning that conclusion", "doubting the conclusion" etc. Now see the choices.

A and B immediately out, bcoz first part is not an evidence at all. Evidence was - officials bought shares.

C and E state the second part to be evidence (wrong) and further conclusion (wrong) respectively. You are left with D
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01 Jul 2009, 10:18
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Ans is D

again as I said - think of the answer before looking at the choices.

first part is definitely a conclusion, the second could have been anything like "refuting the conclusion", "questioning that conclusion", "doubting the conclusion" etc. Now see the choices.

A and B immediately out, bcoz first part is not an evidence at all. Evidence was - officials bought shares.

C and E state the second part to be evidence (wrong) and further conclusion (wrong) respectively. You are left with D

Even I voted for D for the same reasons mentioned by you...But the OA says something else....
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01 Jul 2009, 10:27
It can only be B then.
first - summarizes evidence
second - intermediate conclusion supported by evidence.

but i still don't see how it is better than D

the major difference between B and D is that B says the the first bold part is summarizing the evidence (not an intermediate conclusion).

I feel there is some confusion as to the OA for this question.

check this site, OA is D here - http://www.beatthegmat.com/top-executives-t30273.html
There are several other forums, one even has OA as E.
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