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The upcoming presidential election in the West African republic of Gan

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The upcoming presidential election in the West African republic of Ganelon is of grave concern to the U.S. State Department. Ganelon presently has strong political and military ties to the United States. However, the Socialist party is widely expected to win the election, leading to fears that Ganelon will soon break away from the pro-American bloc and adopt a nonaligned or openly anti-American stance.

Which of the following is an assumption made in the passage above?


(A) A Socialist party government in Ganelon is more likely to oppose the United States than is a non-Socialist party government.

(B) The people of the United States recognize their nation’s interest in the political stability of West Africa.

(C) A weakening of U.S. political ties with Ganelon could have serious consequences for U.S. relations with other African nations.

(D) The Socialist party leaders in Ganelon believe that their nation’s interests would best be served by an alliance with anti-American forces.

(E) The Socialist party will win the upcoming election in Ganelon.

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New post 19 Nov 2018, 12:16
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The upcoming presidential election in the West African republic of Ganelon is of grave concern to the U.S. State Department. Ganelon presently has strong political and military ties to the United States. However, the Socialist party is widely expected to win the election, leading to fears that Ganelon will soon break away from the pro-American bloc and adopt a nonaligned or openly anti-American stance.

Which of the following is an assumption made in the passage above?


(A) A Socialist party government in Ganelon is more likely to oppose the United States than is a non-Socialist party government.

(B) The people of the United States recognize their nation’s interest in the political stability of West Africa.

(C) A weakening of U.S. political ties with Ganelon could have serious consequences for U.S. relations with other African nations.

(D) The Socialist party leaders in Ganelon believe that their nation’s interests would best be served by an alliance with anti-American forces.

(E) The Socialist party will win the upcoming election in Ganelon.


Clean (A), negate option (A) the entire conclusion falls apart -

Socialist party government in Ganelon is unlikely to oppose the United States than is a non-Socialist party government.
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D is very incorrect.Having an anti-American stance is different compared to aligning with anti-American forces.
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For me (D) can't be the answer because it is so narrow, assuming that "..party leaders..." but the voice in (A) is more wide saying " .. is more likely to ..".

So answer is (A).
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Why did you guys reject E? Any reasons?

If they never win the election, the argument pretty much falls apart. I liked A better too, but I wanted to risk it.
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Statement (A) is correct, as the Americans assume that socialist part is not their ally and hence does not allay their fears when the socialist party comes to power.Hence (a).
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Bunuel wrote:
The upcoming presidential election in the West African republic of Ganelon is of grave concern to the U.S. State Department. Ganelon presently has strong political and military ties to the United States. However, the Socialist party is widely expected to win the election, leading to fears that Ganelon will soon break away from the pro-American bloc and adopt a nonaligned or openly anti-American stance.

Which of the following is an assumption made in the passage above?
(A) A Socialist party government in Ganelon is more likely to oppose the United States than is a non-Socialist party government.

(B) The people of the United States recognize their nation’s interest in the political stability of West Africa.

(C) A weakening of U.S. political ties with Ganelon could have serious consequences for U.S. relations with other African nations.

(D) The Socialist party leaders in Ganelon believe that their nation’s interests would best be served by an alliance with anti-American forces.

(E) The Socialist party will win the upcoming election in Ganelon.



Lets re read the 2 options A and D, since they were my bottom 2
(B) The people of the United States recognize their nation’s interest in the political stability of West Africa.
Poeple's interest -> Outside the scope of this argument

(C) A weakening of U.S. political ties with Ganelon could have serious consequences for U.S. relations with other African nations.
other nations -> Out of scope

(E) The Socialist party will win the upcoming election in Ganelon.
Too specific -> Out

(A) A Socialist party government in Ganelon is more likely to oppose the United States than is a non-Socialist party government.
A Socialist party government in Ganelon is less likely to oppose the United States than is a non-Socialist party government.

(D) The Socialist party leaders in Ganelon believe that their nation’s interests would best be served by an alliance with anti-American forces.
The Socialist party leaders in Ganelon does not believe that their nation’s interests would best be served by an alliance with anti-American forces.
That is the key word which i missed, shouldn't it be American forces -> Irrelevant

Conclusion : the Socialist party is widely expected to win the election, leading to fears that Ganelon will soon break away from the pro-American bloc and adopt a nonaligned or openly anti-American stance

Answer A (

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The upcoming presidential election in the West African republic of Ganelon is of grave concern to the U.S. State Department. Ganelon presently has strong political and military ties to the United States. However, the Socialist party is widely expected to win the election, leading to fears that Ganelon will soon break away from the pro-American bloc and adopt a nonaligned or openly anti-American stance.

Premise : G =strong ties=US
Premise : SP = exp. to win
Belief: G = break ties =US

Conclusion : elect = concern to US

NOTE : The phrase "leading to fear" is not a factual statement and is the author's point of view. SO we can challenge this.
Think: In what scenario will author's fear not hold true??? The sentece : "the socialist part... , leading" this is a verb-ing modifier moifying the preceding clause and in this case suggestng us the RESULT of he preceding claus..BUT this reult is not FACT but a poiny of view. WHAT IF this result were not to occur , then would there be any concern??? For the fear to be true there has to be BASE, ie to jump from winning to "leading to fear" we are assuming that the "winning WILL LEAD to breaking of ties"
FIND this asnwer.

Which of the following is an assumption made in the passage above?


Quote:
(A) A Socialist party government in Ganelon is more likely to oppose the United States than is a non-Socialist party government.
- CORRECT. This is the missing link between "winning" and "fear"


(B) The people of the United States recognize their nation’s interest in the political stability of West Africa.
- OUT OF SCOPE (highlighted part)

(C) A weakening of U.S. political ties with Ganelon could have serious consequences for U.S. relations with other African nations.
- OUT OF SCOPE

(D) The Socialist party leaders in Ganelon believe that their nation’s interests would best be served by an alliance with anti-American forces.
- OUT OF SCOPE

(E) The Socialist party will win the upcoming election in Ganelon.
- WE ARE not concerned whether the prediction will be true !!!
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