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An overly centralized economy, not the changes in the climate, is responsible for the poor agricultural production in country x since its new government came to power. Neighboring country y has experienced the same climate conditions, but while agricultural production has been falling in country x, it has been rising in country y.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

(a) Industrial production also is declining in country x.
(b) Whereas country y is landlocked, country x has a major seaport.
(c) Both country x and country y have been experiencing drought conditions.
(d) The crops that have always been grown in country x are different from those that have always been grown in country y.
(e) Country x's new government instituted a centralized economy with the intention of ensuring an equitable distribution of goods.
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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2007, 03:46
D sounds most logical to me
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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2007, 08:45
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An overly centralized economy, not the changes in the climate, is responsible for the poor agricultural production in country x since its new government came to power. Neighboring country y has experienced the same climate conditions, but while agricultural production has been falling in country x, it has been rising in country y.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

(a) Industrial production also is declining in country x.
(b) Whereas country y is landlocked, country x has a major seaport.
(c) Both country x and country y have been experiencing drought conditions.
(d) The crops that have always been grown in country x are different from those that have always been grown in country y.
(e) Country x's new government instituted a centralized economy with the intention of ensuring an equitable distribution of goods.


D. nothing other than D weakens the argument.
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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2007, 10:34
mexicanhoney wrote:
An overly centralized economy, not the changes in the climate, is responsible for the poor agricultural production in country x since its new government came to power. Neighboring country y has experienced the same climate conditions, but while agricultural production has been falling in country x, it has been rising in country y.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

(a) Industrial production also is declining in country x.
(b) Whereas country y is landlocked, country x has a major seaport.
(c) Both country x and country y have been experiencing drought conditions.
(d) The crops that have always been grown in country x are different from those that have always been grown in country y.
(e) Country x's new government instituted a centralized economy with the intention of ensuring an equitable distribution of goods.


D.

A: this strengthens the argument. Suggesting that centralized economy is to blame.
B: Irrelevent
C: Basically says what the psg said. X and Y experienced the same climate conditions.
E: Doesn't weaken the argument. This is irrelevent.

D: suggests that something else was the cause. i.e. bananas are grown in Y where as brussel sprouts grown in X.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2007, 11:40
I will also vote for D.
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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 11:50
Why is A wrong? Doesnt it show that there is some other cause for the effect that is taking place other than the economy?

Industrial production could decline because the demand might be low (not necessarily because of economy) . Please explain in detail.
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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 16:43
In cause and effect reasoning, for weakening

The choice that deals with attacking the relationship between cause and effect is preferred over a choice depicting alternate causes.

The above is an empirical rule i developed , while looking at a number of Weakening questions. I always found the above rule to hold in cause-effect reasoning questions :) .


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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 16:49
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In cause and effect reasoning, for weakening

The choice that deals with attacking the relationship between cause and effect is preferred over a choice depicting alternate causes.

The above is an empirical rule i developed , while looking at a number of Weakening questions. I always found the above rule to hold in cause-effect reasoning questions :) .


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I am also talking about cause and effect weakening too .
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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 05:56
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a- strengthens
b- out of scope
c- strengthens
d- weakens
e - out of scope
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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 01:31
D in a whisker.
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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 04:43
IMO : D
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Re: CR: weakening the argument question [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 05:53
mexicanhoney wrote:
An overly centralized economy, not the changes in the climate, is responsible for the poor agricultural production in country x since its new government came to power. Neighboring country y has experienced the same climate conditions, but while agricultural production has been falling in country x, it has been rising in country y.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

(a) Industrial production also is declining in country x.
(b) Whereas country y is landlocked, country x has a major seaport.
(c) Both country x and country y have been experiencing drought conditions.
(d) The crops that have always been grown in country x are different from those that have always been grown in country y.
(e) Country x's new government instituted a centralized economy with the intention of ensuring an equitable distribution of goods.


Conclusion: An overly centralized economy is responsible for bad agriculture yield. Change in climate is NOT Responsible.

Reasoning: Neighboring country y has the same climate as country x does, yet y is showing better yield.

Weakener:
D: It is weakening the statement by saying that same climate may very well be the reason why x has lower yield.
Say both x and y are experiencing drought like condition but,
x produces rice, which needs water in abundance
y produces cotton, which thrives well in dry climate.
Thus, y has better yield despite having same climate as x has.
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Re: An overly centralized economy, not the changes in the [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2012, 14:08
I was torn between B and D and went with B. Maybe I made too many assumptions here, but if country Y is landlocked while country X has a major seaport, that could explain why country Y is engaged in more farming to sustain itself while country X can rely on imports, etc. In my mind, I though this answer choice presented an alternative as to why Y would have a higher agricultural production despite having identical climate.
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