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# V02-33

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Technology Analyst: Most technologies become less effective over time. Some experts go so far as to recommend that every technology will be redundant after 15 years and should be replaced by a new technology, thus replacing all of its existing infrastructure and personnel. However, this policy would be impractical since certain technologies have trivial applications, such as in motor operated equipment used in households and, and therefore cannot afford to be permanently discontinued.

In the technology analyst’s argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first is evidence offered in support of an opinion that the technology analyst rejects; the second offers information that contradicts that evidence.
B. The first is a premise that the technology analyst accepts but argues against; the second offers evidence that supports the analyst’s position.
C. The first is a position that the technology analyst argues against; the second is the position that the analyst defends.
D. The first is a generalization that the technology analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for an opinion that the analyst rejects; the second is a consideration used to defend the analyst’s position.
E. The first is a generalization that the technology analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for the analyst’s position; the second offers another consideration used to defend that position.

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16 Sep 2014, 01:58
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Technology Analyst: [b]Most technologies become less effective over time.
Some experts go so far as to recommend that every technology will be redundant after 15 years and should be replaced by a new technology, thus replacing all of its existing infrastructure and personnel. However, this policy would be impractical since certain technologies have trivial applications, such as in motor operated equipment used in households and, and therefore cannot afford to be permanently discontinued.

In the technology analyst’s argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
[/b]

A. The first is evidence offered in support of an opinion that the technology analyst rejects; the second offers information that contradicts that evidence.
B. The first is a premise that the technology analyst accepts but argues against; the second offers evidence that supports the analyst’s position.
C. The first is a position that the technology analyst argues against; the second is the position that the analyst defends.
D. The first is a generalization that the technology analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for an opinion that the analyst rejects; the second is a consideration used to defend the analyst’s position.
E. The first is a generalization that the technology analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for the analyst’s position; the second offers another consideration used to defend that position.

The conclusion of the technology analyst is that the experts' recommendation “to eliminate every government agency after 15 years and should be replaced by new technology” is impractical. The first bold-faced statement, the generalization that technologies become less effective over time, is used as evidence to support the experts' position. The second bold-faced statement, the observation that certain technologies cannot afford even temporary upheaval, is used to defend the analyst's position.
1. The first part of this choice is correct the second is not. The second bold-faced statement does not contradict the premise that technologies lose their effectiveness over time.
2. This choice correctly states that the second bold-faced statement offers evidence in support of the technology analyst's position. It is true that the first bold-faced statement is a premise that the technology analyst accepts but, she does not argue against this premise; instead, the analyst argues against the experts' position, which is based on this premise.
3. The first bold-faced statement is not a position that the technology analyst argues against; in fact, the first bold-faced statement is one that the analyst accepts as true. Furthermore, the second bold-faced statement is not the technology analyst's position; it is the evidence offered in support of the analyst's position.
4. Correct. The first bold-faced statement, the fact that technologies become less effective over time, is accepted by the technology analyst as true and yet is used as evidence to support the experts' position, which the technology analyst rejects. The second bold-faced statement, the observation that certain technologies cannot afford even temporary upheaval, is used to defend the analyst's position.
5. This choice correctly states that the second bold-faced statement offers a consideration in support of the technology analyst's position. It is also true that the first bold-faced statement is a generalization that the technology analyst accepts as accurate but, the first bold-faced statement is not used as the basis for the analyst's position; it is used as the basis for the experts' position.

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27 Mar 2018, 13:08
Bunuel wrote:
Technology Analyst: Most technologies become less effective over time. Some experts go so far as to recommend that every technology will be redundant after 15 years and should be replaced by a new technology, thus replacing all of its existing infrastructure and personnel. However, this policy would be impractical since certain technologies have trivial applications, such as in motor operated equipment used in households and, and therefore cannot afford to be permanently discontinued.

In the technology analyst’s argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first is evidence offered in support of an opinion that the technology analyst rejects; the second offers information that contradicts that evidence.
B. The first is a premise that the technology analyst accepts but argues against; the second offers evidence that supports the analyst’s position.
C. The first is a position that the technology analyst argues against; the second is the position that the analyst defends.
D. The first is a generalization that the technology analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for an opinion that the analyst rejects; the second is a consideration used to defend the analyst’s position.
E. The first is a generalization that the technology analyst accepts as accurate and is used as the basis for the analyst’s position; the second offers another consideration used to defend that position.

This does not feel like a great question to me since there is nothing in the stimulus to indicate the analyst accepts BF1 as accurate. "However" refers to the policy and is neutral as to BF1. Also, BF2 could be deemed to contradict BF1 since it seems to indicate that certain technologies do NOT lose their effectiveness over time (because they have trivial applications- like a bolt in a motor that was invented 1000 years ago). In such case, A would be correct. A seems "more" correct to me than D.
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15 Oct 2019, 16:43
I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation.
Re V02-33   [#permalink] 15 Oct 2019, 16:43
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