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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.
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26 Jul 2009, 07:02
IMO C
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26 Jul 2009, 07:19
I was also with but that is...NOT CORRECT...
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26 Jul 2009, 08:18
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.[/quote]

-Note that opposition leader DIED of mysterious illness and police captain when asked abt the CONDITION of the prisoner- We are TRYING to DECIDE whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape- So it is clear that the prisoner is dead and also he died in custody. How he dies is not disclosed. SO I will go with E.

But also looking at the answer choice D and E. D is "probably" and E is "very likely" so going by the logic of less strong words D could win the argument.

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26 Jul 2009, 09:38
Another one for E.

In the 2nd sentence where the Author is using the analogy of an old police captain...he's implying that the police know exactly what happened, there is a cover-up and they are trying to figure out how to spin it for public consumption.

I think C might be a trap, as nowhere does it refers to the 'head of the regime' in the original stem.
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26 Jul 2009, 09:39
bassiseema, why you dont like C?

Any more takers?
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26 Jul 2009, 10:06
bassiseema 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.

-Note that opposition leader DIED of mysterious illness and police captain when asked abt the CONDITION of the prisoner- We are TRYING to DECIDE whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape- So it is clear that the prisoner is dead and also he died in custody. How he dies is not disclosed. SO I will go with E.

But also looking at the answer choice D and E. D is "probably" and E is "very likely" so going by the logic of less strong words D could win the argument.

NOT C Because- C talks about "HEAD of the Regime"- and the argument mentions "the government of a nation"
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22 Feb 2010, 19:04
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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.

As the police captain in an old movie remarked..., What is the author trying to depict by using this kind of an analogy? How does it connect with the first statement about a leader of the nation's political opposition had dies of mysterious illness in prison? Can some verbal experts throw more light on this kind of verbiage?
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23 Feb 2010, 03:57
Police captain is mentioned in order to draw parallels between him and the "government of the nation". At least that's how I understand this stimulus.

This analogy implies that the government is responsible for the death of the opposition leader (as police captain is for the death of prisoner)

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23 Feb 2010, 15:11
IMO C. I think E makes too big of a leap.

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23 Feb 2010, 16:18
I am debating between C & E and will go with E even though it looks far-fetched but C talks about head of the regime which is never mentioned in the passage

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23 Feb 2010, 17:03
My logic goes this way.

Firstly the analogy of the police captain is provided to show an example how a regime or a ruling party will answer if asked about the condition of a prisoner in its captivity who may or may not have died at that point of time. The police captain tries to disguise the reason for the death and tries not to take the blame for the death by throwing reasons in which the prisoner is solely responsible for his own death. This is the key. In the same way, the Governement of a nation has announced that the opposition leader died due to mysterious illness,taking no blame for his death. Hence the argument states that 'few seasoned observers of the regime were surprised" - Implying that most of the observers of the regime were not surprised and they know what would have happened to the opposition leader.

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23 Feb 2010, 20:58
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Hey All,

Just wanted to weigh in briefly on this one. You guys sure have hearts of gold to not be able to guess the darkness at the center of this one. Indeed, as shasidharancsp says, what's going on here is that the prisoner was killed by the opposition party (a possibility pretty heavily suggested in the section leading up to the quote). The police chief says "We're trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape." Think about it. How could those two possibilities exist at once? It's a prison. The police chief needs to tell the press something, so they're trying to decide between the two lies. In reality, they killed him.

As for C, this DOES NOT imply that the police chief doesn't know what happened at all. He's being facetious. I know how you've all been taught to be highly literal in how you read these, but also pay attention to the way the question itself is worded "The statements above invite which of the following conclusions?". See how they're pointing you towards what's hidden underneath here?

Hope that helps!
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Thanks, that helped.
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06 Nov 2011, 10:55
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Hey All,

Just wanted to weigh in briefly on this one. You guys sure have hearts of gold to not be able to guess the darkness at the center of this one. Indeed, as shasidharancsp says, what's going on here is that the prisoner was killed by the opposition party (a possibility pretty heavily suggested in the section leading up to the quote). The police chief says "We're trying to decide whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape." Think about it. How could those two possibilities exist at once? It's a prison. The police chief needs to tell the press something, so they're trying to decide between the two lies. In reality, they killed him.

As for C, this DOES NOT imply that the police chief doesn't know what happened at all. He's being facetious. I know how you've all been taught to be highly literal in how you read these, but also pay attention to the way the question itself is worded "The statements above invite which of the following conclusions?". See how they're pointing you towards what's hidden underneath here?

Hope that helps!

Hi

Which are those words that indicate guilt in the police officer's words?
C, sounds safe and genuine.
Pls clarify?
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08 Nov 2011, 06:44
E is the correct answer. I have the same explanation with raghupara
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08 Nov 2011, 07:08
Tricky question. I chose C first. Now clear why it is E.
Good one!!
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09 Nov 2011, 07:59
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E is the correct answer. I have the same explanation with raghupara

Sounds a rather, easy C now
Foremost, because of no mention of the head of the regime. So, in that case, it shouldn't be a trap at all, I would say. Bad!!!!
And, a great mention of the context of 'invitation' from TommyWallach, only few were surprised... I think... E would do.... But, again as I said, no indicating words there... except for the question that 'invites' test takers to trouble !
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