A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the Burton Tool Company has

A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the

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64. A prominent investor who holds a large stake in the Burton Tool Company has recently claimed that the company is mismanaged, citing as evidence the company’s failure to slow production in response to a recent rise in its inventory of finished products. It is doubtful whether an investor’s sniping at management can ever be anything other than counterproductive, but in this case it is clearly not justifi ed. It is true that an increased inventory of finished products often indicates that production is outstripping demand, but in Burton’s case it indicates no such thing. Rather, the increase in inventory is entirely attributable to products that have already been assigned to orders received from customers.In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles? Argument EvaluationSituation An investor states that Burton Tool must be mismanaged because it has failed to slow production in response to increasing inventory of finished products. This criticism is unjustified because the finished inventory has already been assigned to orders received. Reasoning Which option identifies the roles played by the boldfaced portions?The first boldfaced portion expresses the investor’s claim that the company is mismanaged. The argument asserts, in the second boldfaced portion, that this claim by the investor is unjustified. The passage then goes on to support this assertion. A The second boldfaced portion does not provide evidence to undermine the support for the position being opposed; instead, it states that this position is unjustified. B The second boldfaced portion is not said to have been used as evidence for the position being opposed; instead, it states that this position is unjustified. C Correct.This option correctly identifies the roles played in the argument by the boldfaced portions.D The first boldfaced portion is not evidence forthe position being opposed; it isthat position. E Again, first is not evidence forthe position being opposed; it isthat position.
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