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That the President manages the economy is an assumption (i)

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That the President manages the economy is an assumption (i) _____ the prevailing wisdom that dominates electoral politics in the United States. As a result, presidential elections have become referenda on the business cycle, whose fortuitous turnings are (ii) _____ the President. Presidents are properly accountable for their executive and legislative performance, and certainly their actions may have profound effects on the economy. But these effects are (iii) ______ . Unfortunately, modern political campaigns are fought on the untenable premise that Presidents can deliberately produce precise economic results.




Blank (i) Blank (ii)Blank (iii)
(A) peripheral to (D) justifiably personified in (G) usually long-lasting
(B) central to (E) erroneously attributed to(H) regrettably unnoticeable
(C) at odds with (F) occasionally associated with(I) largely unpredictable
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Re: That the President manages the economy is an assumption (i) [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2018, 16:02
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This is a very complex sentence. It is easy getting lost going through. However, as Winston Churchill quote " even if you are going through hell, keep going". This is our strong intention.

Luckily, this question is long, almost a Rc passage paragraph argument - conclusion included, even though it can be divided into chunks because of its structure: we do have 3 complete sentences plus one more that is actually the conclusion of the entire argument.

Scanning quickly the overall question, we do notice that we have a sort of "overall flow" from the beginning to the very end. In this scenario, the best way to attack the question is

  • to read it first completely from head down;
  • get a general sense of the meaning;
  • starting to fill the blank that seems more suitable.

The question itself actually is conveying the following meaning in a nutshell:

Quote:
The president does something (in the case manages the economy in some way) and this is a pivotal idea in the election campaign in US. From this, follow that the election is actually a decision whether the President is able to conduct this certain thing and if he is responsible, indeed of it, apparently or is not so true at it seems. Certainly is that for the good or for the bad the President with his/her decisions influences a lot the whole things. Actually, the entire campaign is based on this way of thinking about the President - he/she can or not influence the economy - and relative results


As you can see, even trying to simplify the entire sentence, it is not that easy. In this, GRE is a champ. Nonetheless, this way is far easier to understand and pick the right blank.

We said that a certain idea that the President is able to do something related to the Economy is a central (or pivotal) idea. I.E people believe that the President manages the economy and this is at the core of the common belief. As a result (which means the following is intimately related to what we said just before) the fact that the Economy, especially in its positive turning or twists, is attributed to the President more often than not is wrong. So erroneously attributed to. It is true that with his/her decisions the President influences the Economy cycle but this is largely unpredictable [*][*]. Unfortunately, the common belief is exactly the contrary, especially during the election period. We believe that the President CAN totally, or almost, influence the Economy.

[*][*] Note: Whenever we are going to tackle a question like this and in general a question during a test, having some rudiment of economy or business never hurts. After all, there is a high probability that we are taking the GRE for an MBA. this for saying what: the Economic Science is a strong field that studies the economy itself, the cycles, the interrelation between the economy and the people and so forth but the very pioneers of this study field say a very simple but brilliant idea: we DO NOT have enough information to understand the immense dynamics of economy with barely 150 years of applied study. This concept if we do know (or similar info in your notions) could come in handy.
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