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June 2007, Logical Reasoning 1, Question 22

The content provides an in-depth analysis of how to approach inference questions on the GRE, using a specific question as an example to illustrate the process of deducing the correct answer based on provided information.
  • Inference questions require an understanding of the information given and finding an answer that can be absolutely proven with that information.
  • The example question discusses the effects of media coverage and secretive practices on political engagement, outlining a chain of effects leading to reduced resident participation in politics.
  • Incorrect answers often misinterpret the causal relationship, recommend actions not supported by the text, or overstate the importance of a factor.
  • The correct answer (D) identifies that increasing media coverage of local politics would address one source of discouragement among residents, without making assumptions about the significance or outcomes of such an action.
Understanding Inference Questions
Analyzing the Chain of Effect
Evaluating Answer Choices
Identifying the Correct Answer