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While the ivory trade has been banned in most developed nations

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While the ivory trade has been banned in most developed nations, in newly-developed countries ivory is prized as a signal of wealth. In particular, there is great demand for complete elephant tusks - items that have spawned a counterfeit industry in which replicas of complete tusks are mass-produced and sold as real ivory. Buyers should beware, however, of tusks that have no imperfections as these are almost certainly counterfeits.

Which of the following most strengthens the argument above?

A. Many ivory purchasers are aware of the counterfeit market and are as happy with fake ivory as they would be with real ivory.

B. Some governments in developing economies have encouraged the counterfeit ivory market as a way to satisfy demand without harming animals to increase the supply.

C. Elephants regularly use their tusks to scrape bark from trees, a process that leads to the frequent chipping and breaking of tusks.

D. Counterfeit ivory is often damaged during shipping due to the fragile material necessary to make the product cost-effective.

E. The process of counterfeiting ivory has become so sophisticated that it is difficult for most people to tell the difference between authentic and counterfeit tusks.
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The argument talks about elephant tusks which are in great demand. The author talks about counterfeit
tusks(which are mass-produced) and have no imperfections. The conclusion is that the tusks with no
imperfections must be fake.

Option C(Elephants regularly use their tusks to scrape bark from trees, a process that leads to the
frequent chipping and breaking of tusks)
strengthens the argument because this proves that the
original tusks will definitely have some form of wear or tear.
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New post 10 Feb 2018, 19:39
The key line here is "Buyers should beware, however, of tusks that have no imperfections as these are almost certainly counterfeits".

The underlying meaning of this line is that the real tusks would not be without any imperfections. We can derive to this conclusion by Pre-thinking.

The only answer choice which supports this claim is option C. "Elephants regularly use their tusks to scrape bark from trees, a process that leads to the frequent chipping and breaking of tusks" which supports our assumption that original tusks cannot be without any imperfection.

Ans: Option C
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