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Tanner: The public should demand political debates before any election. Voters are better able to choose the candidate best suited for office if they watch the candidates seriously debate one another.
Saldana: Political debates almost always benefit the candidate who has the better debating skills. Thus, they don't really help voters determine which candidate is most qualified for office.

The dialogue provides the most support for the claim that Tanner and Saldana disagree over which one of the following?

(A) Political candidates with strong debating skills are more likely to win elections than those with weak debating skills.
(B) A voter who watches a political debate will likely be better able, as a result, to determine which candidate is more qualified for office.
(C) Debating skills are of little use to politicians in doing their jobs once they are elected to office.
(D) The candidates with the best debating skills are the ones who are most qualified for the political offices for which they are running.
(E) Political debates tend to have a major effect on which candidate among those participating in a debate will win the election.
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Hint: Questions like this are actually deceptively straightforward. Try summarizing the arguments. I suggest one way to summarize them below.

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Tanner: Political debates help voters pick the best candidates.
Saldana: Political debates help the best debaters, not necessarily the best candidates.

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Hi! All,

It was a close call between 'B' and 'D'. Can anyone please share thoughts on why D is wrong. Thanks
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Tanner: The public should demand political debates before any election. Voters are better able to choose the candidate best suited for office if they watch the candidates seriously debate one another.
Saldana: Political debates almost always benefit the candidate who has the better debating skills. Thus, they don't really help voters determine which candidate is most qualified for office.

The dialogue provides the most support for the claim that Tanner and Saldana disagree over which one of the following?

The two highlighted sentences talks about the voter and the scenario wherein they choose the candidate for office.

Option B makes sense. very subtle English wording indeed.

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Tanner: The public should demand political debates before any election. Voters are better able to choose the candidate best suited for office if they watch the candidates seriously debate one another.
Saldana: Political debates almost always benefit the candidate who has the better debating skills. Thus, they don't really help voters determine which candidate is most qualified for office.

The dialogue provides the most support for the claim that Tanner and Saldana disagree over which one of the following?

(A) Political candidates with strong debating skills are more likely to win elections than those with weak debating skills.
(B) A voter who watches a political debate will likely be better able, as a result, to determine which candidate is more qualified for office.
(C) Debating skills are of little use to politicians in doing their jobs once they are elected to office.
(D) The candidates with the best debating skills are the ones who are most qualified for the political offices for which they are running.
(E) Political debates tend to have a major effect on which candidate among those participating in a debate will win the election.


It was between B and D, and I chose 'D', which turned out to be wrong.

I should have used the pen & paper for this one.

Tanner (premise): Debates help Voters decide better
Tanner (conclusion): Public should demand debates

Saldana (premise): Debates help better debaters (not most qualified)
Saldana (conclusion): Debates don't help voters decide better

So, yes - Saldana's conclusion disagrees with Tanner's premise. So, (B)

In D, Saldana's premise is mentioned. However, we don't have any info on Tanner's opinion.

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I don't understand the question. Could someone please explain what is being asked here?
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I don't understand the question. Could someone please explain what is being asked here?


Hi rekhabishop ,

I would read this question as

"The above information supports which of the following conclusion? "

Does that make sense?
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rekhabishop wrote:
I don't understand the question. Could someone please explain what is being asked here?


Hi rekhabishop ,

I would read this question as

"The above information supports which of the following conclusion? "

Does that make sense?


Yes, it does! Thanks. Though, out of curiosity, is the question stem grammatically correct?
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rekhabishop wrote:
Yes, it does! Thanks. Though, out of curiosity, is the question stem grammatically correct?


Yes, it is. I mean I couldn't find anything wrong. Let me know if you find any.

Remember: Awkwardness is NEVER a reason to say the sentence is not good. :-D
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