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Sportswriter: Many fans have complained loudly about the goaltender when our beloved home team lost important games during the regular season these past five years. Clearly, though, the team's offense has also played a key part in these disappointing losses. Over the past five years, the number of goals scored by the home team has been well below the league average, and further analysis indicates that the average skill level of the team's opponents has remained the same.

The boldface portion of the sportswriter's argument has which of the following functions?

A)It is the main point of the argument.
B)It is evidence that the author attempts to explain.
C)It introduces an opinion the author opposes.
D)It is an opinion that the author ultimately decides is appropriate.
E)It introduces evidence for the author's main point.

P.S: Source: Grockit
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Sportswriter: Many fans have complained loudly about the goaltender when our beloved home team lost important games during the regular season these past five years. Clearly, though, the team's offense has also played a key part in these disappointing losses. Over the past five years, the number of goals scored by the home team has been well below the league average, and further analysis indicates that the average skill level of the team's opponents has remained the same.

The boldface portion of the sportswriter's argument has which of the following functions?

A)It is the main point of the argument.
Main argument is: "the team's offense has also played a key part in these disappointing losses". Author doesn't deny the fan's opinion that goaltender was responsible, but she emphasizes more on something else as also a cause for the defeats.

B)It is evidence that the author attempts to explain.
I agree to a certain extent that it is a fact, but evidence- no. Evidence is something more concrete to justify a point of view. Here it is just an outcry or simply opinion. Moreover, author is putting his own point of view for the defeat and doesn't seem to defend the notion of the fans.

C)It introduces an opinion the author opposes.
Of course it is an opinion. Author opposes- bit strong, yet he does to an extent tries to showcase an alternate explanation of the defeats. Probable answer- keep it aside. Check the rest.

Coming back;
Looks the best.

D)It is an opinion that the author ultimately decides is appropriate.
Again opinion is fine but author is trying to say that it is actually the defense that performed poorly as they were not able to score goals. It's not solely the defense or the goalie that can be held responsible. He doesn't consider the opinion appropriate. He does support the opinion to an extent but deciding it is an appropriate is far fetched.

E)It introduces evidence for the author's main point.
An evidence for authors main point would be something like a hard figures of goals scored by the team and the league.

P.S: Source: Grockit

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30 Jun 2011, 18:46
i dont think the answer is C. i think it should be E instead of C....
the bold sentence is just a premise before giving a main point with the word " clearly though"

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30 Jun 2011, 18:56
C for me.

The phrase is "Cleary,Though," - meaning yet/still and not "Clearly though". So the author is opposing the bold face opinion.

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13 Sep 2011, 08:54
C.. similar to hunter question... hunters are blames for decline in deer population. Black Bears are also reason for decrease in deer population.......

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13 Sep 2011, 12:41
Yeah C..As fluke explained it perfectly that it does sound a little strong on words such as opposes, but it is the best amongst them all..

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14 Sep 2011, 01:55
Yeah..i thought 'opposes' is a strong word to use because there were no statements that reflect that mood..

However, no choice comes close to B. So, B it is ..
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22 Sep 2011, 03:13
C... !!
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24 Sep 2011, 22:30
guygmat wrote:
Sportswriter: Many fans have complained loudly about the goaltender when our beloved home team lost important games during the regular season these past five years. Clearly, though, the team's offense has also played a key part in these disappointing losses. Over the past five years, the number of goals scored by the home team has been well below the league average, and further analysis indicates that the average skill level of the team's opponents has remained the same.

The boldface portion of the sportswriter's argument has which of the following functions?

A)It is the main point of the argument.
B)It is evidence that the author attempts to explain.
C)It introduces an opinion the author opposes.
D)It is an opinion that the author ultimately decides is appropriate.
E)It introduces evidence for the author's main point.

P.S: Source: Grockit

Boldfaced portion states fans' opinion.
'Clearly, though...' in 2nd sentence are clues that sportswriter opposes a certain view.
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04 Oct 2011, 07:08
Bold part:Goalkeeping is responsible for losses
Conclusion:Offense is mostly responsible for losses

To choose B would mean that the author explains how goalkeeping is responsible for losses, not how the offense is responsible for the losses.

C is strong, but as far as the role played by boldfaced part, it matches the description very well indeed. I guess the question is designed to trick test-takers that way..

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04 Oct 2011, 10:40
C!

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05 Oct 2011, 19:27
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18 Oct 2011, 05:29
Clear C

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16 Jan 2012, 22:04
Good explanation by fluke,+ 1.

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02 Oct 2012, 06:29
How can C be the answer?! the author clearly does NOT oppose the fans claim.

Clearly, though, the team's offense has also played a key part in these disappointing losses. Over the past five years

"Also" implies that the offense team was not alone in his responsibility of the team's losses, so the author at least doesn't disagree with the fans' claim.

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02 Oct 2012, 10:46
Certainly -C

Well there are two words in D taking it far stretched than Author's claim
1.Ultimately
2.Appropriate

Author considers with some level of nodding that Yes Fan's thinking is good to acknowledge one of the reason behind loss...but (though)
ultimately Author says "Defender is responsible for loss"

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24 May 2013, 14:17
guygmat wrote:
Sportswriter: Many fans have complained loudly about the goaltender when our beloved home team lost important games during the regular season these past five years. Clearly, though, the team's offense has also played a key part in these disappointing losses. Over the past five years, the number of goals scored by the home team has been well below the league average, and further analysis indicates that the average skill level of the team's opponents has remained the same.

The boldface portion of the sportswriter's argument has which of the following functions?
(A) It is the main point of the argument.
(B) It is evidence that the author attempts to explain.
(C) It introduces an opinion the author opposes.
(D) It is an opinion that the author ultimately decides is appropriate.
(E) It introduces evidence for the author's main point.

fameatop wrote:
Hi Mike, Can you kindly explain how come option C is correct, I believe option D makes more sense than option C. Waiting eagerly for your response. Regards, Fame

The Sportswriter starts by telling the fan's point of view --- essentially, the goaltender is the big reason for the recent losses. Then, a BIG contrast phrase, "Clearly, though", which is a screaming logical clue that the speaker is about to decimate the previous position and assert something very different. That's a phrase never used to show agreement of any kind. The Sportswriter goes on to list another cause for the losses --- the team's lack of offense, especially with respect to other players in the league. Does the Sportswriter believe the goaltender is also partially responsible for the losses? It would seem so, because of the word "also" --- he's not denying the partial culpability of the goaltender, but he is opposing an opinion that the goaltender is the whole of the problem. Since the fans are complaining only about the goaltender, not about the offense, it would seem, implicitly, that they hold a "goaltender = the whole of the problem" position. This is an opinion the author opposes.

The fans say: goaltender is responsible for losses
Sportwriter says: goaltender and lack of offense are responsible for losses.
It's true, there's partial agreement there. If the passage were very different ("What they say is true, and I would add that ..."), then conceivably we could call the fan's position part of what the Sportwriter concludes. In this passage, though, as soon as he states the fan position, he establishes a strong statement of contrast "Clearly, though", which indicates he does not intend to frame his position as a partial agreement with the fans. Rather, he intends to frame his position as a sharp contrast to the fans.

That's why (C) is the best answer.

Does this make sense?
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The bold part presents an opinion/judgement of certain people , the line next to it says that the offense also played a key part in these losses so the author opposes this opinion .He further supports the team's offense failure in the following statements . Hence C

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