**First** we will rearrange the expression and use the fact that multiplying a fraction means multiplying the numerator of the fraction, and the distributive property of multiplication:

$x^3\cdot x^4\cdot\frac{2}{x^3}\cdot x^{-8}=x^3\cdot x^4\cdot 2\cdot \frac{1}{x^3}\cdot x^{-8}=2\cdot x^3\cdot x^4\cdot \frac{1}{x^3}\cdot x^{-8}$Next, we'll use the law of exponents for negative exponents:

$a^{-n}=\frac{1}{a^n}$We'll apply the law of exponents to the expression in the problem:

$2\cdot x^3\cdot x^4\cdot\frac{1}{x^3}\cdot x^{-8} =2\cdot x^3\cdot x^4\cdot x^{-3}\cdot x^{-8}$When we applied the above law of exponents for the fraction in the multiplication,

**From now on, we will no longer use the multiplication sign and will switch to the conventional notation where juxtaposition of terms means multiplication between them,**

Now we'll recall the law of exponents for multiplying terms with the same base:

$a^m\cdot a^n=a^{m+n}$And we'll apply this law of exponents to the expression we got in the last step:

$2x^3x^4x^{-3}x^{-8} =2x^{3+4+(-3)+(-8)} =2x^{3+4-3-8}=2x^{-4}$When in the first stage we applied the above law of exponents and in the following stages we simplified the expression in the exponent,

Let's summarize the solution steps so far, we got that:

$x^3 x^4\cdot\frac{2}{x^3}\cdot x^{-8}= 2 x^3x^4 x^{-3} x^{-8} =2x^{-4}$

Now let's note **that there is no such answer in the given options**, a further check of what we've done so far will also reveal **that there is no calculation error**,

Therefore, we can conclude that **additional mathematical manipulation** is required to determine which is the correct answer among the suggested answers,

**Let's note** that in answers A and B there are **similar** expressions to the one we got in the last stage, however - we can directly rule out the other two options since they are clearly different from the expression we got,

Furthermore, we'll note that in the expression we got, x is in a negative exponent and is in the numerator (__Note at the end of the solution on this topic__), whereas in answer B it is in a positive exponent and in the denominator (and both are in the numerator - __Note at the end of the solution on this topic__), so we'll rule out this answer,

**If so - we are left with only one option - **__which is answer A__', however we want to verify (and need to verify!) that this is **indeed** the correct answer:

Let's note that in the expression we got x is in a negative exponent and is in the numerator (__Note at the end of the solution on this topic__), whereas in answer B it is in a positive exponent and in the denominator , **which reminds us of the law of exponents for negative exponents mentioned at the beginning of the solution,**

In addition, let's note that in answer B x is in the second power but inside parentheses that are also in the second power, whereas in the expression we got in the last stage of solving the problem x is in the fourth power** which might remind us of the law of exponents for power to a power**,

We'll check this, starting with the law of exponents for negative exponents mentioned at the beginning of the solution, but in the opposite direction:

$\frac{1}{a^n} =a^{-n}$Next, we'll represent the term with the negative exponent that we got in the last stage of solving the problem, as a term in the denominator of the fraction with a positive exponent:

$2x^{-4}=2\cdot\frac{1}{x^4}$When we applied the above law of exponents,

Next, let's note that using the law of exponents for power to a power, **but in the opposite direction**:

$a^{m\cdot n}= (a^m)^n$We can conclude that:

$x^4=x^{2\cdot2}=(x^2)^2$Therefore, we'll return to the expression we got in the last stage and apply this understanding:

$2\cdot\frac{1}{x^4} =2\cdot\frac{1}{(x^2)^2}$** Let's summarize then** the problem-solving stages so far, we got that:

$x^3 x^4\cdot\frac{2}{x^3}\cdot x^{-8}=2x^{-4} =2\cdot\frac{1}{(x^2)^2}$**Let's note that we still haven't got the exact expression suggested in answer A**, but we are already very close,

To reach the exact expression claimed in answer A, we'll recall another important law of exponents, and a useful mathematical fact:

**Let's recall** the law of exponents for exponents applying to terms in parentheses, **but in the opposite direction**:

$\frac{a^n}{c^n}=\big(\frac{a}{c}\big)^n$And let's also recall the fact that **raising the number 1 to any power will yield the result 1**:

$1^{x}=1$And therefore we can write the expression we got in the last stage in the following way:

$2\cdot\frac{1}{(x^2)^2}=2\cdot\frac{1^2}{(x^2)^2}$And then **since in the numerator and denominator of the fraction there are terms with the same exponent** we can apply the above law of exponents, and represent the fraction whose numerator and denominator are **terms with the same exponent** as a fraction whose numerator and denominator are **the bases of the terms** and it is raised **to the same exponent**:

$2\cdot\frac{1^2}{(x^2)^2}=2\cdot\big(\frac{1}{x^2}\big)^2$** Let's summarize** then the solution stages so far, we got that:

$x^3 x^4\cdot\frac{2}{x^3}\cdot x^{-8}=2x^{-4}=2\cdot\frac{1}{(x^2)^2}=2\cdot\big(\frac{1}{x^2}\big)^2$__And therefore the correct answer is indeed answer A.__

__Note:__

When it's written "the number in the numerator" despite the fact that there is no fraction in the expression at all, it's because we can always refer to any number as a number in the numerator of a fraction if we remember that any number divided by 1 equals itself, that is, we can always write a number as a fraction by writing it like this:

$X=\frac{X}{1}$And therefore we can actually refer to $X$as a number in the numerator of a fraction.