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Reading Comprehension Practice Question of the Week #18

This week’s practice question is based on a Reading Comprehension passage– choose the option that best answers the question.  Good luck, we’ll post the answer and explanation video tomorrow!

 

An application for (Department of Housing and Urban Development) HUD funding requires review at every stage of the process. Evaluation by a community-based local board whose charge is to rank proposals based on their likelihood of achieving agreed-upon community goals is the first stage of the application process. Since there are rarely adequate federal resources to fund all proposals submitted, it follows that those proposals that do not receive a high ranking from the local board are unlikely to be funded. Applicants who decide to proceed after receiving and assessing their ranking at the community level submit a formal application to the HUD office in Washington, D.C. Because requirements for formal applications are strict, some applications are disqualified for technical reasons by the national HUD office. Those applicants who are successful at the national level must make it over yet another hurdle: they must tender a technical submission to their regional HUD office. The technical submission emphasizes programmatic and fiscal accountability. Clearly, only those who are able to make their way through the application process and to meet programmatic, technical, and fiscal demands at the community, national, and regional level will receive and retain funding.

In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

  1. The first states the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the second provides support for that conclusion.
  2. The first serves as an intermediate conclusion that supports a further conclusion stated in the argument; the second states the position that the argument as a whole opposes.
  3. The first provides support for an intermediate conclusion that supports a further conclusion stated in the argument; the second states that intermediate conclusion.
  4. The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the second provides evidence that supports an objection to that conclusion.
  5. The first is an intermediate conclusion that supports a further conclusion stated in the passage; the second supports the conclusion of the argument.
Update: Here’s the answer/explanation post!

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One Response to Reading Comprehension Practice Question of the Week #18

  1. sachin September 27, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    I would go with first (1)


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