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The president’s nominees to federal circuit courts have been judged conservative for their stands on hot-button issues. But a review of their financial disclosure forms and Senate questionnaires reveals that the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests, especially the energy and mining industries. Some of them were paid lobbyists for those same interests. Further, the nominees with industry ties were overwhelmingly appointed to circuit courts regarded as traditional battlegrounds over litigation affecting these industries. Independent observers who follow the federal bench believe that the extensive corporate involvement among so many of the nominees is unprecedented.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface pay which of the following roles?

A) The first is a generalization that the author aims to attack; the second is that attack - Author does not attack first but reinforces it.

B) The first is a pattern that the author acknowledges as true; the second is the author’s conclusion based on that acknowledgment - second is not author's conclusion

C) The first is a phenomenon that the author accepts as true; the second is evidence in support of the author’s conclusion - first is not phenomenon but author's stand.


D) The first is the author’s position based on the evidence cited; the second is a pattern presented in support of that position - Correct

E) The first is an exception to a rule introduced in the argument; the second provides the reasoning behind the exception - First is not exception but the generalization presented in the argument.

Correct me if i am wrong in my reasoning...
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The president’s nominees to federal circuit courts have been judged conservative for their stands on hot-button issues. But a review of their financial disclosure forms and Senate questionnaires reveals that the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests, especially the energy and mining industries. Some of them were paid lobbyists for those same interests. Further, the nominees with industry ties were overwhelmingly appointed to circuit courts regarded as traditional battlegrounds over litigation affecting these industries. Independent observers who follow the federal bench believe that the extensive corporate involvement among so many of the nominees is unprecedented.


In the argument above, the two portions in boldface pay which of the following roles?

A)The first is a generalization that the author aims to attack; the second is that attack.

B)The first is a pattern that the author acknowledges as true; the second is the author’s conclusion based on that acknowledgment.

C)The first is a phenomenon that the author accepts as true; the second is evidence in support of the author’s conclusion.

D)The first is the author’s position based on the evidence cited; the second is a pattern presented in support of that position.

E)The first is an exception to a rule introduced in the argument; the second provides the reasoning behind the exception.

I am not able to understand how second statement supports author's conclusion.
anyone,please help
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I have exactly the same doubt. Can someone please from Manhattan please help us in resolving this doubt.

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here's the manhattan's explanation: but I'm not quite why they believe author agrees with the first bold. Her next sentence starts with "But" and seems to suggest that due to their close ties with corporate and economic interests, she doesn't think that having been judged conservative was accurate.

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"The conclusion of the argument is that the nominees "are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests" than for their positions on controversial issues. The first boldfaced statement is a recognition of the fact that the president's nominees have been branded conservative. The second boldfaced statement offers information in support of the assertion that the nominees are more notable for their corporate ties. So we need to find a choice that describes both statements accurately.

(A) The author does not seek to attack the assertion made in the first statement.

(B) The author does acknowledge the first statement as true. However, the second statement is not the conclusion.

(C) CORRECT. The author does accept the first statement as true, and the second statement is indeed given in support of the conclusion.

(D) The first statement is not the author's "position" (i.e., conclusion).

(E) The first statement is not an exception to a rule, making the description of the second statement false as well."



Yes, I too have the same question in mind....who do manhattan and others who have replied in the forum say that the first bold statement was accepted by the author as true when the argument is trying is oppose the position that the nominees are conservative.

Going by the explanations given, so does 'being conservative on hot-button issues' mean that these nominees are lobbyists for industries and do not raise their voice for the issues that will affect these industries and conservatively support these industries rather than fighting for the issues created by these industries ?? In that case, what is the use of the word 'but' as hurdle7 rightly points out ??

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Hey, can someone answer this? Ron has a great explanation on the MGMAT blog, but it'd be helpful to see another viewpoint. I happened upon the right answer after banging my head against the wall for 3 mins.

Also, I found ron's explanation comical of opinion vs phenomenon:
"My friend Alan is a jerk." <- opinion
"Girls always say my friend Alan is a jerk." <- phenomenon
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The president’s nominees to federal circuit courts have been judged conservative for their stands on hot-button issues. But a review of their financial disclosure forms and Senate questionnaires reveals that the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests, especially the energy and mining industries. Some of them were paid lobbyists for those same interests. Further, the nominees with industry ties were overwhelmingly appointed to circuit courts regarded as traditional battlegrounds over litigation affecting these industries. Independent observers who follow the federal bench believe that the extensive corporate involvement among so many of the nominees is unprecedented.


In the argument above, the two portions in boldface pay which of the following roles?

A)The first is a generalization that the author aims to attack; the second is that attack.

B)The first is a pattern that the author acknowledges as true; the second is the author’s conclusion based on that acknowledgment.

C)The first is a phenomenon that the author accepts as true; the second is evidence in support of the author’s conclusion.

D)The first is the author’s position based on the evidence cited; the second is a pattern presented in support of that position.

E)The first is an exception to a rule introduced in the argument; the second provides the reasoning behind the exception.

I am not able to understand how second statement supports author's conclusion.
anyone,please help



Hi

I'll try to explain

For the second Bold Face first see what conclusion it is trying to work on

"But a review of their financial disclosure forms and Senate questionnaires reveals that the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests"

Blue is premise and Red is Conclusion. The second Bold face starts with Further indicating it to be a premise indicator hence Option C is correct where the second BF is supporting the conclusion

Hope this helps a little
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need some clarity on this. first sentence says nominees are conservative and second sentence starts with a "but". Sounds like a contrast.
for example " it was told that Jim was the topper in his class.But his grades were rather low". So we have all the reason to believe that Jim is not actually the topper.

Originally posted by pkm9995109794 on 28 Feb 2016, 08:16.
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New post 29 Feb 2016, 02:07
pkm9995109794, check out ChrisLele's explanation above. The first statement isn't actually cited as support for the argument. The author is basically saying "Hey, it's true that these nominees are conservative. But I want to point out something else: they are more notable for their corporate ties. Here's some evidence of that." So the conclusion (bolded above) is followed by premises. The first statement is something that the author thinks is true, but that they don't find as interesting.

Here's another example:

True, Candidate X is inexperienced. But what's more important is that his policies are dangerous. If enacted, they would lead to unprecedented levels of poverty and environmental degradation.

The author agrees with the first sentence, but doesn't think it's as important the impact of Candidate X's policy. The second and third sentences produce the actual conclusion and premise.
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The conclusion of the argument is that the nominees "are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests" than for their positions on controversial issues. The first boldfaced statement is a recognition of the fact that the president's nominees have been branded conservative. The second boldfaced statement offers information in support of the assertion that the nominees are more notable for their corporate ties. So we need to find a choice that describes both statements accurately.

(A) The author does not seek to attack the assertion made in the first statement.

(B) The author does acknowledge the first statement as true. However, the second statement is not the conclusion.

(C) CORRECT. The author does accept the first statement as true, and the second statement is indeed given in support of the conclusion.

(D) The first statement is not the author's "position" (i.e., conclusion).

(E) The first statement is not an exception to a rule, making the description of the second statement false as well.
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Hi,

You someone from experts confirm the OA for this?

Also, what is the reasoning behind the same?
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Hi ,

Can someone please clarify this?
Plus also explain how to identify a generalization /pattern /phenomena and exceptions.

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New post 27 Jul 2018, 08:58
while solving bold face questions we need to understand how the argument is flowing means .
in that too special focus should be given to what is the premise and what is the conclusion of the author .

conclusion - > nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests, especially the energy and mining industries.

conclusion is supported by - the nominees with industry ties were overwhelmingly appointed to circuit courts regarded as traditional battlegrounds over litigation affecting these industries

so keeping this in mind we can move on to option elimintaion



(A) The first is a generalization that the author aims to attack; the second is that attack. - - author is not against the first bold face part .

(B) The first is a pattern that the author acknowledges as true; the second is the author’s conclusion based on that acknowledgment. - second is not the author's conclusion .

(C) The first is a phenomenon that the author accepts as true; the second is evidence in support of the author’s conclusion. - this option can be kept as it matches our analysis.

(D) The first is the author’s position based on the evidence cited; the second is a pattern presented in support of that position.- the first is not the authors position.

(E) The first is an exception to a rule introduced in the argument; the second provides the reasoning behind the exception - the first is not na excpetion so it can be rejected.

so C is the answer.
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