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# Critical Reasoning: Boldface Type Questions

In the orienteering game of Tripletrax, points are scored when team A succeeds in locating the position of team B in a given amount of time. If team A successfully avoids all the traps set by team B, and uses less than 50% of the time given, a maximum score of 500 points is rewarded.

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

Incorrect.

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The first boldface portion cannot be a premise because it begins with the word If and, therefore, does not present any factual information. You can immediately eliminate answer choices that incorrectly define the first boldface part; do not waste time reading the rest.

Incorrect.

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An inference is a judgment that is based on premises. The first boldface portion cannot be an inference because, beginning with the word If, it does not make any such judgment. You can immediately eliminate answer choices that incorrectly define the first boldface part; do not waste time reading the rest.

Incorrect.

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An opinion is a personal belief. The first boldface part, however, does not present any such belief. You can immediately eliminate answer choices that incorrectly define the first boldface part; do not waste time reading the rest.

Incorrect.

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A conclusion is a statement based on premises. The first boldface portion cannot be a conclusion because, beginning with the word If, it does not make any such statement. You can immediately eliminate answer choices that incorrectly define the first boldface part; do not waste time reading the rest.

Great!

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The first portion of sentence 2 begins with If. It is a condition that must be fulfilled for the premise at the end of the argument to occur. A score of 500 points is not always rewarded. It is rewarded only when the conditions in the first boldface portion and middle part of the sentence are fulfilled.

The first forms an inference; the second provides support for that inference.
The first is a condition; the second is a premise limited by the first
The first is a premise; the second is a result of the fulfillment of the action.
The first is an opinion; the second is a premise that supports this opinion.
The first concludes the argument; the second provides a condition for this conclusion.