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Trade official: Country X deserves economic retribution for its protectionism. However, it is crucial that we recognize that there are overriding considerations in this case. We should still sell to X the agricultural equipment it ordered: there is high demand in our country for agricultural imports from X.

The argument depends on assuming which one of the following principles?

(A) Agricultural components of international trade are more important than nonagricultural commodities.
(B) The ability to keep popular products available domestically is less important than our being able to enter international market.
(C) We should never jeopardize the interests of our people to punish a protectionist country.
(D) In most cases, punishing a protectionist country should have priority over the interests of our people.
(E) We should balance the justice of an action with the consequences for our interests of undertaking that action.

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29 Nov 2007, 13:15
eyunni wrote:
Trade official: Country X deserves economic retribution for its protectionism. However, it is crucial that we recognize that there are overriding considerations in this case. We should still sell to X the agricultural equipment it ordered: there is high demand in our country for agricultural imports from X.

The argument depends on assuming which one of the following principles?

(A) Agricultural components of international trade are more important than nonagricultural commodities.---out of scope
(B) The ability to keep popular products available domestically is less important than our being able to enter international market.-out of scope
(C) We should never jeopardize the interests of our people to punish a protectionist country.
(D) In most cases, punishing a protectionist country should have priority over the interests of our people.-- against the conclusion
(E) We should balance the justice of an action with the consequences for our interests of undertaking that action.--this is my answer

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29 Nov 2007, 13:33
I was stuck between (C) and (E). However, I am somehow not convinced with the reasoning that assumptions cannot be extreme or strong.
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29 Nov 2007, 14:57
eyunni wrote:
Trade official: Country X deserves economic retribution for its protectionism. However, it is crucial that we recognize that there are overriding considerations in this case. We should still sell to X the agricultural equipment it ordered: there is high demand in our country for agricultural imports from X.

The argument depends on assuming which one of the following principles?

(A) Agricultural components of international trade are more important than nonagricultural commodities.
(B) The ability to keep popular products available domestically is less important than our being able to enter international market.
(C) We should never jeopardize the interests of our people to punish a protectionist country.
(D) In most cases, punishing a protectionist country should have priority over the interests of our people.
(E) We should balance the justice of an action with the consequences for our interests of undertaking that action.

Agree w/ E. C could be an assumption but its too extreme. Remember we need to find the BEST answer. While C maybe an optimal answer, E is more optimal.

its this reason why I like math more than verbal. In math if u do everything right u get the answer. Verbal... maybe.
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29 Nov 2007, 15:06
hmm...OA is E. but......
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29 Nov 2007, 15:18
E as well.

The wording forecasts E as the answer.

"X deserves economic retribution" coupled w/ "overriding considerations in this case". very specific - we may want to jeopardize in other instances.

justice coupled w/ exceptions.

I don't think strong language is warranted here. It could be a valid answer at times.
29 Nov 2007, 15:18
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