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# Bill: Smoke-detecting fire alarms can save lives. I believe

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Bill: Smoke-detecting fire alarms can save lives. I believe that every apartment in this city should be required by law to be equipped with a smoke detector.
Joe: I disagree with your proposal. Smoke detectors are just as important for safety in private houses as they are in apartment.

From this exchange, it can be inferred that Joe has interpreted Bill’s statement to mean that
(A) the city should be responsible for providing smoke detectors for apartments
(B) residences outside the city should not be equipped with smoke detectors
(C) only apartments should be equipped with smoke detectors
(D) the risk of fire is not as great in private houses as it is in apartments
(E) the rate of death by fire is unusually high in the city in question

I got this correct but see two options quite close...can someone help with answer and correct explanation.
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17 Feb 2008, 13:24
Easy one... C
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17 Feb 2008, 13:57
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Bill: Smoke-detecting fire alarms can save lives. I believe that every apartment in this city should be required by law to be equipped with a smoke detector.
Joe: I disagree with your proposal. Smoke detectors are just as important for safety in private houses as they are in apartment.

From this exchange, it can be inferred that Joe has interpreted Bill’s statement to mean that
(A) the city should be responsible for providing smoke detectors for apartments
(B) residences outside the city should not be equipped with smoke detectors
(C) only apartments should be equipped with smoke detectors
(D) the risk of fire is not as great in private houses as it is in apartments
(E) the rate of death by fire is unusually high in the city in question

I got this correct but see two options quite close...can someone help with answer and correct explanation.
OA will follow

I think it is D.
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Re: 1000 CR : Test C-15 [#permalink]

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18 Feb 2008, 10:01
Easy one... C

Vote C for me as well.

The obvious choices are between C and D.

It's clear that Joe believes that Bill's law doesnt affect houses.

I don't think D is correct becasue it is concerned with the Risk of fires. The acutaul risk is irrelevant. The argument is that smoke detectors can save lives. If only 1% of houses have fires and and 98% of the houses with fires are saved if they have smoke detectors then you would still argue for detectors even though the risk was low.
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18 Feb 2008, 20:09
Bill: Smoke-detecting fire alarms can save lives. I believe that every apartment in this city should be required by law to be equipped with a smoke detector.
Joe: I disagree with your proposal. Smoke detectors are just as important for safety in private houses as they are in apartment.

From this exchange, it can be inferred that Joe has interpreted Bill’s statement to mean that
(A) the city should be responsible for providing smoke detectors for apartments
(B) residences outside the city should not be equipped with smoke detectors
(C) only apartments should be equipped with smoke detectors
(D) the risk of fire is not as great in private houses as it is in apartments
(E) the rate of death by fire is unusually high in the city in question

joe states that "smoke detector are just as important for safety in private houses..."...this shows joe thinks that bill is not considering the safety of private house as important as that of the apartments.....therefore option D seems to be the best answer.
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Re: 1000 CR : Test C-15 [#permalink]

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18 Feb 2008, 23:44
C should be it.

D is very close as well. But since there is no mention of fire anywhere in Bill's or Joe's statements, I am going to go with C.

Whats OA ?
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19 Feb 2008, 05:19
OA is "C".

Great explanations everyone.
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Re: 1000 CR : Test C-15 [#permalink]

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20 May 2011, 17:23
shashank52 wrote:
Bill: Smoke-detecting fire alarms can save lives. I believe that every apartment in this city should be required by law to be equipped with a smoke detector.
Joe: I disagree with your proposal. Smoke detectors are just as important for safety in private houses as they are in apartment.

From this exchange, it can be inferred that Joe has interpreted Bill’s statement to mean that
(A) the city should be responsible for providing smoke detectors for apartments
(B) residences outside the city should not be equipped with smoke detectors
(C) only apartments should be equipped with smoke detectors
(D) the risk of fire is not as great in private houses as it is in apartments
(E) the rate of death by fire is unusually high in the city in question

joe states that "smoke detector are just as important for safety in private houses..."...this shows joe thinks that bill is not considering the safety of private house as important as that of the apartments.....therefore option D seems to be the best answer.

Even I selected D over C initially, but an inference question cant introduce a new element(risk here) and has to be from the facts inside the stimulus.
As far as the conclusion statement goes like ""smoke detector are just as important for safety in private houses...", we cant say that "risk = important" to justify D.
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Re: 1000 CR : Test C-15 [#permalink]

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21 May 2011, 00:24
C it is.
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