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30 May 2010, 10:21
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Almost every modern kitchen today is equipped with a microwave oven, mainly because microwave ovens offer a fast and convenient way of cooking and reheating food. Indeed, it has become a standard appliance in most households. Studies have shown, however, that microwave ovens are not completely safe and their use has occasionally resulted in serious injury. Because of this, some consumer advocates argue that microwave ovens should not be so readily accepted as a standard appliance until they can be certified to be completely safe.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument of the consumer advocates? 1.Microwave ovens have taken much of the joy out of cooking. 2.There have been many reported incidences of people who have been scalded by liquids superheated in microwave ovens. 3.Absolute safety is the only criterion by which an appliance should be judged to be acceptable as “standard.” 4.There is no such thing as a completely safe appliance. 5.Stoves and ovens that use natural gas consume energy much more efficiently than microwave ovens.
Not B because argument already says that "Studies have shown that microwave ovens are not completely safe" and (B) is reiterating the same thing ==> There have been many reported incidences of people who have been scalded by liquids superheated in microwave ovens.
1. Nothing to do with the argument. 2. Repeats the statement again, doesn't strengthen the argument. 3. It does strengthen the argument. This is the correct answer. 4. It weakens the argument. 5. Nothing to do with the argument.
The conclusion uses some word which are in strong mood. Because of this, some consumer advocates argue that microwave ovens should not be so readily accepted as a standard appliance until they can be certified to be completely safe.
B has a week reasoning. For example, if you ride a bus and get a injury later, it can't be said that the bus is at fault. You might tumble and fell after you got down from the bus. Similarly, even though the water was heated in the microwave, we can't say with absolute certainity that the microwave was at fault. What if the person could handle the pot of superheated water properly. ( I have done to myself )
Hence C is the correct answer, it seems.