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BOLDED STATEMENT 

5-10% of GMAT CR Questions
 A fairly rare CR question type
Objective
Bolded statement questions ask you to describe the role played by each bolded statement. A statement will either be a point (conclusion), or support for a point (evidence).

If there is more than one bolded statement, which is almost always the case, you will be asked to describe the relationship between the statements. Either supporting or opposing.

For example, you might see a bolded statement that provides evidence for a point, and the second bolded statement is that point.

Or perhaps the first bolded statement is a claim, and the second bolded statement is a counter claim.

Example:
Sustainable packaging is becoming more common. The motivations range from government regulation, consumer pressure, retailer pressure, and cost reduction. However, plastic packaging is usually nonbiodegradable due to possible interactions with the food. Also, biodegradable polymers often require special non-biodegradable compounds to properly degrade. Not surprisingly, the solution for the perfect sustainable packaging remains elusive.

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

(A)The first bolded statement raises a consideration that leads to the second bolded statement, the conclusion of the argument.

(B) The first bolded statement is the conclusion that the evidence in the second bolded statement seeks to prove.

(C) The first bolded statement is an intermediate conclusion of the argument, and the second bolded statement is primary conclusion of the argument.

(D) The first bolded statement is an intermediate conclusion, and the second bolded statement is evidence supporting that intermediate conclusion. 

(E) The first bolded statement is evidence supporting a claim, and the second bolded statement is further evidence for that claim.

Common Question Forms
Here are some of the most common ways Bolded Statement questions are asked:

1. In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?
2. In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
3. In the engineer’s argument, the portion in boldface plays which of the following roles?

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