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Until he was dismissed amid great controversy, Hastings

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Until he was dismissed amid great controversy, Hastings was considered one of the greatest intelligence agents of all time. It is clear that if his dismissal was justified, then Hastings was either incompetent or else disloyal. Soon after the dismissal, however, it was shown that he had never been incompetent. Thus, one is forced to conclude that Hastings must have been disloyal.

Which one of the following states an assumption upon which the argument depends?

(A) Hastings's dismissal was justified.
(B) Hastings was a high-ranking intelligence officer.
(C) The dismissal of anyone who was disloyal would be justified.
(D) Anyone whose dismissal was justified was disloyal.
(E) If someone was disloyal or incompetent, then his dismissal was justified.

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Until he was dismissed amid great controversy, Hastings was considered one of the greatest intelligence agents of all time. It is clear that if his dismissal was justified, then Hastings was either incompetent or else disloyal. Soon after the dismissal, however, it was shown that he had never been incompetent. Thus, one is forced to conclude that Hastings must have been disloyal.

Which one of the following states an assumption upon which the argument depends?

(A) Hastings's dismissal was justified.
(B) Hastings was a high-ranking intelligence officer.
(C) The dismissal of anyone who was disloyal would be justified.
(D) Anyone whose dismissal was justified was disloyal.
(E) If someone was disloyal or incompetent, then his dismissal was justified.

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A is the best choice .. to consider incompetency or loyalty valid scenario for dismissal, we need to assume that hastings's dismissal was justified..
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Until he was dismissed amid great controversy, Hastings was considered one of the greatest intelligence agents of all time. It is clear that if his dismissal was justified, then Hastings was either incompetent or else disloyal. Soon after the dismissal, however, it was shown that he had never been incompetent. Thus, one is forced to conclude that Hastings must have been disloyal.

Which one of the following states an assumption upon which the argument depends?

In my opinion, "one is forced to conclude" is the conclusion and not "Hastings must have been disloyal".

(A) Hastings's dismissal was justified.
Best Answer. If it was not so, people could conclude in different ways.
(B) Hastings was a high-ranking intelligence officer.
Irrelevant statement.
(C) The dismissal of anyone who was disloyal would be justified.
Does not necessarily mean if someone's dismissal is justified, he / she would be disloyal.
(D) Anyone whose dismissal was justified was disloyal.
One can not conclude unless it is known whether the dismissal was justified.
(E) If someone was disloyal or incompetent, then his dismissal was justified
Same explanation as B, contradicts with the stimulus.
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Argument says "It is clear that if his dismissal was justified, then Hastings was either incompetent or else disloyal"

But reverse is not true. i.e. if he is disloyal or incompetent we can't say his dismissal is justified so E out

Argument concludes that he is not incompetent so he must be disloyal ,it simply infers that argument assumes that his dismissal is justified because without this the rest of passage will fall apart

So A is answer

B-irrelevant

C and D - quite extreme ,we cannot make such claim

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