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The Larynxtown industrial zone is infested with rats. The municipality introduced DDA poison, improving the situation, but resulting in the death of many Klacktop birds. To prevent the death of the Klacktops, DDB poison was introduced which resulted in the death of many Gellowtop frogs. Some of the public believe that since the rat infestation poses a significant threat to the Larynxtown citizens' health, any measures, irrelevant of the harm caused to wildlife, must be taken to cease it. The industrial zone neighbors the habitats of certain wildlife species that are protected by law so the introduction of poisons is probably not the solution to this particular infestation.

In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A) The first provides support for the argument's main position; the second objects to this position.
B) The first states a position that challenges that supported by the argument's conclusion; the second is evidence used to further support that conclusion.
C) The first challenges the main position of the argument; the second gives support to that challenge.
D) The first describes evidence that supports the argument's conclusion; the second is that conclusion.
E) The first is a position that opposes that established by the argument; the second is a conclusion to the argument.
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E it is :The first is a position that opposes that established by the argument; the second is a conclusion to the argument.

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"that established by the argument" : please define this part of the answer.

Position established so far in the argument before that bold part or what argument trying to establish as a whole i.e. final conclusion.

If I infer what argument establishes as a whole i.e conclusion then E is not correct answer.

I was between D and E. :(
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"that established by the argument" : please define this part of the answer.

Position established so far in the argument before that bold part or what argument trying to establish as a whole i.e. final conclusion.

If I infer what argument establishes as a whole i.e conclusion then E is not correct answer.

I was between D and E. :(


"that established by the argument" = argument/conclusion = The industrial zone neighbors the habitats of certain wildlife species that are protected by law so the introduction of poisons is probably not the solution to this particular infestation.

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Yes, it is E. Not a good question though

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The Larynxtown industrial zone is infested with rats. The municipality introduced DDA poison, improving the situation, but resulting in the death of many Klacktop birds. To prevent the death of the Klacktops, DDB poison was introduced which resulted in the death of many Gellowtop frogs. Some of the public believe that since the rat infestation poses a significant threat to the Larynxtown citizens' health, any measures, irrelevant of the harm caused to wildlife, must be taken to cease it. The industrial zone neighbors the habitats of certain wildlife species that are protected by law so the introduction of poisons is probably not the solution to this particular infestation.

In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A) The first provides support for the argument's main position; the second objects to this position.
B) The first states a position that challenges that supported by the argument's conclusion; the second is evidence used to further support that conclusion.
C) The first challenges the main position of the argument; the second gives support to that challenge.
D) The first describes evidence that supports the argument's conclusion; the second is that conclusion.
E) The first is a position that opposes that established by the argument; the second is a conclusion to the argument.

Two colored (in red) words determine the role of the portions.
1- First is a believe, so it cannot be an evidence. And it is against (oppose, challenge) the second bold portion. Thus, we eliminate A and D
2- Just prior to the second bold portion "SO" indicates that it is the conclusion of the argument and it is not supported by the 1st bold portion. Thus, eliminate B and C.
E is the answer.
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I don't really get the reasoning of the passage. Please explain.

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hongson1706 wrote:
I don't really get the reasoning of the passage. Please explain.


The argument is as follows:

Premise 1: Poisons kill both rats and wildlife.
Premise 2: Wildlife is protected by law.
Conclusion: Poisons cannot be used to kill rats...... (BF2)

Counter-view: Poisons should be used to kill rats irrespective of harm to wildlife. (BF1)

Thus correct answer is E.

Please let me know, if you still have doubts.

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hongson1706 wrote:
I don't really get the reasoning of the passage. Please explain.



the argument starts off with some background information on the zone's battle with rats. It talks about various poisons the zone used to try to kill off the rats, and the collateral damage that comes with them (killing off birds and frogs.) These lead to the conclusion (triggered by the word BELIEVE) that residents assert, that all measures are necessary to stop the spread of rats.

So at this point you know boldface one serves as a conclusion of the argument asserted by the citizens.

The final sentence introduces the new piece of information that the zone is close to a protected habitat area SO it's probably not the best idea to go shock and awe on the rats at the risk of harming the other animals in the area.

So at this point we know the author's conclusion, that it's not the best idea to take any means necessary to rid the zone of rats.

Therefore, the boldface serves the roles of (1) a conclusion asserted by the residents that is the opposite of the authors and (2) the author's conclusion.

The only one that fits this structure is E. Hope this helps!

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Answer (E)

Was scratching my head looking for "main verb" in the last sentence to understand what it means, until i realized that "neighbors" is not subject but the actual main verb. Took good amount of time, need to strengthen my SC kills.

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