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I think there is a potential huge ambiguity in what you're asking, so can you tell me some exact answer choices you're talking about? Neither one you quoted seems exactly like something on an actual test, and note that, for example, the first quote is difficult to interpret. It could seem to mean one of two things:
1. "In order to reach its conclusion, the argument mistakes a necessary condition for a sufficient condition."
That just claims that the argument is using a Mistaken Reversal in its reasoning.
2. "The argument mistakes something that is necessary for its conclusion for something that is sufficient for that conclusion."
That's saying something quite different. It's saying that a premise that is factually necessary for the author's conclusion to be drawn is mistakenly thought by the author to be sufficient for drawing that conclusion.
The difference between 1 and 2 there is that 1 is about a Mistaken Reversal in a conditional relationship, whereas 2 is about mistaking the logical relation of a premise to a conclusion.
Can you give me a specific question where an answer said something like that so I can be more clear in my answer?