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When the government of a nation announced recently that a leader of the nation’s political opposition had died of a mysterious illness in prison, few seasoned observers of the regime were surprised. As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
The statements above invite which of the following conclusions?
(A) The opposition leader was probably killed trying to escape from prison.
(C) It is unlikely that the head of the regime knows the true cause of the opposition leader’s death.
(D) The opposition leader probably killed himself.
(E) The regime very likely was responsible for the death of the opposition leader.

OA is E but not able to understand the logic behind it. Please explain.

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22 Jul 2009, 08:17
nitishmahajan wrote:
When the government of a nation announced recently that a leader of the nation’s political opposition had died of a mysterious illness in prison, few seasoned observers of the regime were surprised. As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
The statements above invite which of the following conclusions?
(A) The opposition leader was probably killed trying to escape from prison. NO INFO GIVEN EXCEPT SOME COMMENT.
(B) The opposition leader may not be dead at all. NO INFO SUPPORTS IT
(C) It is unlikely that the head of the regime knows the true cause of the opposition leader’s death. FEW SEASONED OBSERVERS WERE SURPRISED SO THEY PROBABLY KNEW
(D) The opposition leader probably killed himself. AGAIN NO SUPPORT EXCEPT SPECULATION
(E) The regime very likely was responsible for the death of the opposition leader. VERY LIKELY.

OA is E but not able to understand the logic behind it. Please explain.

Just from normal deduction you can see E is prob the correct answer. Another reasoning i see possible is that few seasoned observers of the regime were surprised. That tells me they are probably "expecting" the death to happen sooner or later so it suggests the death is already predetermined. kudos.
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22 Jul 2009, 08:33
shaselai wrote:
nitishmahajan wrote:
When the government of a nation announced recently that a leader of the nation’s political opposition had died of a mysterious illness in prison, few seasoned observers of the regime were surprised. As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
The statements above invite which of the following conclusions?
(A) The opposition leader was probably killed trying to escape from prison. NO INFO GIVEN EXCEPT SOME COMMENT.
(B) The opposition leader may not be dead at all. NO INFO SUPPORTS IT
(C) It is unlikely that the head of the regime knows the true cause of the opposition leader’s death. FEW SEASONED OBSERVERS WERE SURPRISED SO THEY PROBABLY KNEW
(D) The opposition leader probably killed himself. AGAIN NO SUPPORT EXCEPT SPECULATION
(E) The regime very likely was responsible for the death of the opposition leader. VERY LIKELY.

OA is E but not able to understand the logic behind it. Please explain.

Just from normal deduction you can see E is prob the correct answer. Another reasoning i see possible is that few seasoned observers of the regime were surprised. That tells me they are probably "expecting" the death to happen sooner or later so it suggests the death is already predetermined. kudos.

Well I thought the same but then as the statement mentions that they were surprised to know about the death but that doesn't support that they were responsible for it.. so was kinda of confused with it..
Anyway thanks
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22 Jul 2009, 08:47
Agree with E

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22 Jul 2009, 08:53
nitishmahajan wrote:
When the government of a nation announced recently that a leader of the nation’s political opposition had died of a mysterious illness in prison, few seasoned observers of the regime were surprised. As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
The statements above invite which of the following conclusions?
(A) The opposition leader was probably killed trying to escape from prison.
(C) It is unlikely that the head of the regime knows the true cause of the opposition leader’s death.
(D) The opposition leader probably killed himself.
(E) The regime very likely was responsible for the death of the opposition leader.

OA is E but not able to understand the logic behind it. Please explain.

My reasoning:

Lets take the example(Note: just an analogy) stated:
As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
==> It implies that police captain clearly helped in killing.

Also, few observers surprised ==> reflect that there *may* be some observers who are not surorised and to them it was expected.

Hence E.
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22 Jul 2009, 09:04
the example of police captain is giving the clue.

His remark : "we are trying to decide..."

DECIDE?? If the leader died on his own, for a legitimate reason, why the need to decide? captain should have simply stated the reason. They will only take a decision on the reason of death when the reason has to be manipulated by them.
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22 Jul 2009, 09:54
sudeep wrote:
nitishmahajan wrote:
When the government of a nation announced recently that a leader of the nation’s political opposition had died of a mysterious illness in prison, few seasoned observers of the regime were surprised. As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
The statements above invite which of the following conclusions?
(A) The opposition leader was probably killed trying to escape from prison.
(C) It is unlikely that the head of the regime knows the true cause of the opposition leader’s death.
(D) The opposition leader probably killed himself.
(E) The regime very likely was responsible for the death of the opposition leader.

OA is E but not able to understand the logic behind it. Please explain.

My reasoning:

Lets take the example(Note: just an analogy) stated:
As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
==> It implies that police captain clearly helped in killing.

Also, few observers surprised ==> reflect that there *may* be some observers who are not surorised and to them it was expected.

Hence E.

Thanks Sudeep .. ! makes it easier for me to understand... btw just curious whats this 1:41 in ur signature ?
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22 Jul 2009, 09:55
rashminet84 wrote:
the example of police captain is giving the clue.

His remark : "we are trying to decide..."

DECIDE?? If the leader died on his own, for a legitimate reason, why the need to decide? captain should have simply stated the reason. They will only take a decision on the reason of death when the reason has to be manipulated by them.

Thanks Rashmi ! it helped !
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22 Jul 2009, 12:18
nitishmahajan wrote:
sudeep wrote:
nitishmahajan wrote:
When the government of a nation announced recently that a leader of the nation’s political opposition had died of a mysterious illness in prison, few seasoned observers of the regime were surprised. As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
The statements above invite which of the following conclusions?
(A) The opposition leader was probably killed trying to escape from prison.
(C) It is unlikely that the head of the regime knows the true cause of the opposition leader’s death.
(D) The opposition leader probably killed himself.
(E) The regime very likely was responsible for the death of the opposition leader.

OA is E but not able to understand the logic behind it. Please explain.

My reasoning:

Lets take the example(Note: just an analogy) stated:
As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
==> It implies that police captain clearly helped in killing.

Also, few observers surprised ==> reflect that there *may* be some observers who are not surprised and to them it was expected.

Hence E.

Thanks Sudeep .. ! makes it easier for me to understand... btw just curious whats this 1:41 in ur signature ?

I timed my answers with the stop watch on my screen. I read someone's review and he suggested to keep track of time for each question.
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22 Jul 2009, 13:04
My reasoning:

Lets take the example(Note: just an analogy) stated:
As the police captain in an old movie remarked when asked about the condition of a prisoner, “We’re trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
==> It implies that police captain clearly helped in killing.

Also, few observers surprised ==> reflect that there *may* be some observers who are not surprised and to them it was expected.

Hence E.[/quote]

Thanks Sudeep .. ! makes it easier for me to understand... btw just curious whats this 1:41 in ur signature ?[/quote]

I timed my answers with the stop watch on my screen. I read someone's review and he suggested to keep track of time for each question.[/quote]

Hmmm nice strategy !
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23 Jul 2009, 01:05
(E) The regime very likely was responsible for the death of the opposition leader.

Vey likely indeed.

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