Which one of the following, if true, would be the most reasonable response for the author of passage B to make to the...

on June 24, 2020

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For this specific question, should the answer be the something the author of passage b would agree with AND if it were true be correct, or is It just the matter of if it were true authors A main point would be weakened? Basically, I am asking is, for this specific question, should the author of passage B's main point be playing a role in what question we pick? Or is it just a matter of whatever answer weakens A? Hope this wasn't too confusing, thank you

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Shunhe on June 25, 2020

Hi @kassidee,

Thanks for the question! For this question, we should be looking for something that fits into passage B. In other words, the author of passage B should agree with it, AND it would also weaken A’s main point. It can’t just be anything that weakens A’s main point, but doesn’t have anything to do with what B is saying. Because that wouldn’t be a “reasonable response” for the author of passage B; a reasonable response would be related to the rest of what the author of passage B was saying. (E), for example, refers to a consumption tax. Even if it were true that a consumption tax would weaken author A’s argument, it wouldn’t be a reasonable response for author B, since passage B never mentions a consumption tax anywhere.

So yes, we should consider what passage B is saying in picking an answer choice here, and not just an answer choice that weakens A.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.