A GRE verbal sentence equivalence question

I have a question concerning about the following GRE exercise:

In noting that critical and popular opinions about Li’s art coincided, Chuang _____ the existence of an exception to her general theory of art criticism, which posits that critics’ views do not intersect with those of the general public.

A.asserted

B.conceded

C.acknowledged

D.doubted

E.pondered

F.questioned

The official answer is BC, while I believe that DF is also correct. Does "In noting that critical and popular opinions about Li’s art coincided, " give any useful information for deciding to choose BC(positive) or DF(negative) for the second half of the sentence? If the first half was

Since he/she believes that critical and popular opinions about Li’s art always coincided, …

Then I would have no doubt in choosing DF, and if the first half was

Although critical and popular opinions about Li’s art always coincided,…

then the answer would surely be BC. But I think the meaning of "in noting that" lacks the essential emotional tendency for deciding the answer.

Answer

Agree with @michael.hor257k.

Point 1: Chuang notes that critical and popular opinions about Li’s art coincide.

Point 2: Given Point 1, Chuang has no choice but to concede or acknowledge the existence of an exception to her general theory of art criticism, which posits that critics’ views do not intersect with those of the general public.

Asserted doesn’t work because Chuang’ concession or acknowledgment in Point 2 is conditioned by her observation in Point 1. That is, it is in response to it. Of the possible answers, only conceded and acknowledged convey this sense.

Doubted doesn’t work because Chuang accepts the statement in Point 1, leaving herself no logical alternative but to accept the statement in Point B. There is (can be) no doubt given Point 1.

Neither pondered nor questioned works for the same reason doubted doesn’t work.

Hope this helps.

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