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Bold-faced Arguments

Mastering bold-faced questions in paragraph arguments on the GRE requires understanding the function of specific sentences or clauses within the overall argument, a skill that demands practice and strategic thinking.
  • Bold-faced questions are challenging because they require identifying the function of a sentence or part of a sentence within the context of the argument.
  • Reading the entire paragraph before focusing on the bold-faced parts is crucial to grasp how sentences connect and to interpret the argument correctly.
  • Describing the function of bold-faced parts in your own words can simplify the process and provide clarity amidst potentially convoluted answer choices.
  • Identifying the roles of different parts of the argument and the positions they support or oppose is essential for answering bold-faced questions accurately.
  • Practicing with specific strategies, such as focusing on one bold-faced part at a time and confidently eliminating incorrect answer choices, can improve accuracy and efficiency.
Understanding Bold-faced Questions
Strategies for Approaching Bold-faced Parts
Analyzing and Describing Functions
Navigating Answer Choices
Practical Application and Review

Why is choice C incorrect?

It's true that burning toxins would lead to negative consequences, which might weaken the author's conclusion. But the reason that C is incorrect is that the author doesn't dismiss the fact that switching to barrels would improve air quality. The author isn't dismissing this fact, since she/he says it's "clearly" true. So instead, the author accepts that it would improve the air -- the author introduces this as a fact. And the paragraph goes on to say that despite this fact (which the author accepts), switching to barrels would have negative consequences. The reason why C doesn't work is because the author is accepting (rather than dismissing) the fact introduced in the first bolded statement.