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The Electoral College, the institution that elects the President and the Vice President of the United States every four years, is often regarded among Americans as an anachronistic method of selecting a President. The advocates of this position argue that the Electoral College method is not democratic in a modern sense and should be superseded by a simpler, popular institution prevalent in many democracies. The constitution provides that "Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State maybe entitled in the Congress" It is the electors who elect the President, not the people. When you vote for a presidential candidate, you're actually voting for a slate of electors

Which of the following can be inferred from the passage above?

A. It is possible that the electoral college would be replaced by a different institution.
B. The Electoral College is non-democratic
C. The Electoral College will be soon replaced by a more popular, accepted form of democracy.
D. Through Electoral College, one can directly vote for a presidential candidate
E. The people's choice for presidential candidate generally differs from the electors' choice.

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My take is E. Will explain if it's correct.

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The Electoral College, the institution that elects the President and the Vice President of the United States every four years, is often regarded among Americans as an anachronistic method of selecting a President. The advocates of this position argue that the Electoral College method is not democratic in a modern sense and should be superseded by a simpler, popular institution prevalent in many democracies. The constitution provides that "Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State maybe entitled in the Congress" It is the electors who elect the President, not the people. When you vote for a presidential candidate, you're actually voting for a slate of electors

Which of the following can be inferred from the passage above?

A. It is possible that the electoral college would be replaced by a different institution. -Nowhere the argument that the Electoral College will/might be replaced.
B. The Electoral College is non-democratic -This is a very extreme option
C. The Electoral College will be soon replaced by a more popular, accepted form of democracy. -This is again an extreme choice.
D. Through Electoral College, one can directly vote for a presidential candidate -Correct. The entire argument talks about the election of a president and how the current method of election is not democratic according to a few advocates. When the advocates point out that other constituencies are using the clause stating that it is the electors and not the people who chose the President, they are actually referring to a legislature that they think should be taken up the Electoral College. This means that currently the opposite of what is stated in that legislature is happening.
E. The people's choice for presidential candidate generally differs from the electors' choice. -Nowhere the differences in choices is given in the argument. It's just given that the advocates think that the electors should choose the president instead of the people. There might be very well a case in which the choice of the people and the electors match. So we can't infer this from the argument above.
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In the passage it is mentioned
The advocates of this position argue that the Electoral College method is not democratic in a modern sense and should be superseded by a simpler, popular institution prevalent in many democracies.
So the inference could be that the Electoral College would be replaced by a better institution.This is reflected clearly in A.All Other options are too strong.So A is the answer. Please give me kudos. I need them badly.

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The Electoral College, the institution that elects the President and the Vice President of the United States every four years, is often regarded among Americans as an anachronistic method of selecting a President. The advocates of this position argue that the Electoral College method is not democratic in a modern sense and should be superseded by a simpler, popular institution prevalent in many democracies. The constitution provides that "Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State maybe entitled in the Congress" It is the electors who elect the President, not the people. When you vote for a presidential candidate, you're actually voting for a slate of electors

Which of the following can be inferred from the passage above?

A. It is possible that the electoral college would be replaced by a different institution.
B. The Electoral College is non-democratic
C. The Electoral College will be soon replaced by a more popular, accepted form of democracy.
D. Through Electoral College, one can directly vote for a presidential candidate
E. The people's choice for presidential candidate generally differs from the electors' choice.

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Can anyone explain why A is the OA

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i chose A simply because in an inference question, you must pick the option which is always true. Option A uses the word 'possible' and all the other options provide surety that the particular thing given in the option will happen. But those things might or might not happen.
Thus, A is the best choice.

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Sorry gmatexam439, quantran728, and tashita for the delay in providing OA!

This is the explanation provided :
A. Correct, Subtle but inference-able; that there are voices for Electoral College being superseded, suggests that at least the possibility exists
B. Hasty, extrapolative
C. Exaggerative; there is no hint in the argument suggesting the Electoral College will actually be replaced
D. Incorrect; the entire argument is based on the fact that in Electoral College, one cannot vote directly for the presidential candidate
E. Incorrect in 'generally'

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