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# Some analysts maintain that an embargo by country Litora on

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Some analysts maintain that an embargo by country Litora on the export of a strategic metal to country Zenda, if imposed, would drive up the price of the metal in Zenda at least tenfold. They note that few other countries export the metal and that, with an embargo, Zenda might have to depend on as-yet-unexploited domestic sources of the metal.
Which of the following, if true, constitutes the most serious objection to the analysis above?
(A) Litora’s economy depends heavily on foreign currency earned by the export of the strategic metal to other countries.
(B) There are foreign-policy steps that Zenda could take to appease Litora and avoid being subjected to an embargo on the metal.
(C) Geologists believe that additional deposits of the metal could possibly be found within the territory of Litora.
(D) Only a small proportion of Zenda’s import expenditures is devoted to the import of the metal from Litora.
(E) In case of an embargo, Zenda could buy the metal indirectly from Litora on the world market at a less than one-third increase in cost.
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22 Aug 2009, 13:11
E for me.
Embargo + other alternative + price increase is less than tenfold
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22 Aug 2009, 14:44
Economist wrote:
E for me.
Embargo + other alternative + price increase is less than tenfold

i agree with that, but, what about b?it´s also an objection...isnt it?
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22 Aug 2009, 15:25
B says "Zenda could take to appease" which itself is weak in tone because there is no guarantee that Zenda will take such steps and also if it takes we dont know if Litora will be appeased.

Also B tries to KILL the argument itself by saying that embargo can be avoided. We have to play with facts and not completely kill the argument

What is the OA BTW?
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Economist wrote:
B says "Zenda could take to appease" which itself is weak in tone because there is no guarantee that Zenda will take such steps and also if it takes we dont know if Litora will be appeased.

Also B tries to KILL the argument itself by saying that embargo can be avoided. We have to play with facts and not completely kill the argument

What is the OA BTW?

OA is E.

Thanks ofr your explanation, you are good man.
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22 Aug 2009, 20:20
Noboru, here is one more reason why B cannot be the answer, or atleast why E is better than B. Read the argument carefully - "Some analysts maintain that an embargo by country Litora on the export of a strategic metal to country Zenda, if imposed, would"

Pay attention to the highlighted words - "if imposed". The argument talks about the embargo, if imposed. So the argument already takes into consideration, that there can be a situation in which the embargo may not be imposed. B gives one situation in which the embargo can be avoided. But we are asked find out, what weakens the arguments, if the embargo is imposed. Thats why E is better, because it explains that even if the embargo is imposed,Country Z could buy metal on world market for a cheaper price (hence the ten fold increase that is mentioned in the argument could be reduced to some extent).
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25 Aug 2009, 02:28
sdrandom1 wrote:
Noboru, here is one more reason why B cannot be the answer, or atleast why E is better than B. Read the argument carefully - "Some analysts maintain that an embargo by country Litora on the export of a strategic metal to country Zenda, if imposed, would"

Pay attention to the highlighted words - "if imposed". The argument talks about the embargo, if imposed. So the argument already takes into consideration, that there can be a situation in which the embargo may not be imposed. B gives one situation in which the embargo can be avoided. But we are asked find out, what weakens the arguments, if the embargo is imposed. Thats why E is better, because it explains that even if the embargo is imposed,Country Z could buy metal on world market for a cheaper price (hence the ten fold increase that is mentioned in the argument could be reduced to some extent).

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