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Can anyone please forward some tips for parralell reasoning

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Can anyone please forward some tips for parralell reasoning [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2008, 15:37
Anatomical bilateral symmetry is a common trait. It follows, therefore, that it confers survival advantages on organisms. After all, if bilateral symmetry did not confer such advantages, it would not be common.

The pattern of reasoning in which one of the following arguments is most similar to that in the argument above?

(A) Since it is Sawyer who is negotiating for the city government, it must be true that the city takes the matter seriously. After all, if Sawyer had not been available, the city would have insisted that the negotiations be deferred.

(B) Clearly, no candidate is better qualified for the job than Trumbull. In fact, even to suggest that there might be a more highly qualified candidate seems absurd to those who have seen Trumbull at work.

(C) If Powell lacked superior negotiating skills, she would not have been appointed arbitrator in this case. As everyone knows, she is the appointed arbitrator, so her negotiating skills are, detractors notwithstanding, bound to be superior.

(D) Since Varga was away on vacation at the time, it must have been Rivers who conducted the secret negotiations. Any other scenario makes little sense, for Rivers never does the negotiating unless Varga is unavailable.

(E) If Wong is appointed arbitrator, a decision will be reached promptly. Since it would be absurd to appoint anyone other than Wong as arbitrator, a prompt decision can reasonably be expected.


Several carefully conducted studies showed that 75 percent of strict vegetarians reached age 50 without developing serious heart disease. We can conclude from this that avoiding meat increases one's chances of avoiding serious heart disease. Therefore, people who want to reduce the risk of serious heart disease should not eat meat.

The flawed pattern of reasoning exhibited by which one of the following is most similar to that exhibited by the argument above?

A) The majority of people who reglarly drive over the speed limit will become involved in traffic accidents. To avoid harm to people who do not drive over the speed limit, we should hire more police officers to enforce the speed limit.

B) Studies have shown that cigarette smokers have a greater chance of incurring heart disease than people who do not smoke. Since cigarette smoking increases one's chances of incurring heart disease, people who want to try to avoid heart disease should give up cigarette smoking.

C) The majority of people who regularly drink coffee experience dental problems in the latter part of their lives. Since there is this correlation between drinking coffee and incurring dental problems,the government should make coffee less accessible to the general public.

D) Studies show that people who do not exercise regularly have a shorter life expectancy than those who exercise regularly. To help increase their patients'life expectancy, doctors should recommend regular exercise to their patients.

E) Most people who exercise regularly are able to handle stress. This shows that exercising regularly decreases one's chances of being overwhelmed by stress. So people who want to be able to handle stress should regularly engage in excercise.

Please explain the technique .. I generally take too much time to drill down at right/wrong choice in these Q's
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Re: Can anyone please forward some tips for parralell reasoning [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2008, 03:26
1) i will go for C

it cn be exactly represented as if x then y if not y then not x

2) By aplying similar technique i will go for B
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Re: Can anyone please forward some tips for parralell reasoning [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 03:09
1. C.
2. B.

Stimulus of 1st question has the structure as A (Anatomical bilateral symmetry) is B (commoni trait) and therefore A -> C (confers survival advantage). Also, a <> C means A <> B.

Only answer choice C has this structure.


For question 2: A -> B and therefore not A -> not B.
This flawed structure is there in option B.
Re: Can anyone please forward some tips for parralell reasoning   [#permalink] 02 Nov 2008, 03:09
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