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# City Council Member: The new law requiring all new drivers

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City Council Member: The new law requiring all new drivers to take a drivers' education course is a good one, because studies have shown that new drivers who complete drivers' education courses are much less likely to get into accidents. However, passing this law doesn't mean that we should repeal our city's existing law requiring new drivers to hang a "New Driver" sign from their back window. Our city's drivers will start assuming that all drivers are safe drivers because of the courses, and they won't be extra careful when driving around new drivers. But despite the improvement in their driving due to the courses, new drivers are still much more likely to cause accidents than are experienced drivers, and the drivers around them need to be extra wary in order to avoid accidents, so removing the signs will lead to more accidents.

What role do the two underlined statements play in the city council member's argument?

A) The first provides the basis for a plan, and the second endorses that plan
B) The first states a cause-and-effect relationship that the speaker believes will happen again in the case under consideration, while the second acknowledges an exception to that cause-and-effect relationship.
C)The first is a general principle, while the second is a specific application of that principle.
D The first suggests the positive impact of a decision on the issue at hand, while the second states a belief that other factors will outweigh its positive impact
E ) The first acknowleges a weakness in the speaker's argument, while the second states his argument.

How come the answer is D?
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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21 Jan 2012, 19:38
It's a bad question. Nowhere does it state that the new law also means that there will be no "new driver" signs on cars. It just says that "it does not mean we should get rid of the sign". Even though D is the best choice, it is ultimately a very weak one. Thats my two cents..
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21 Jan 2012, 21:11
A,C and E are clearly out of scope.
B,the first underlined part is cause and effect, ie.if new drivers complete drivers' education courses then they are much less likely to get into accidents but the second underlined part is not an acknowledgement as the "New Driver" sign is not an exception.
D,
First underlined part:
drivers' education course-->positive impact--> less accidents.
Second underlined part:
drivers' education course-->remove "New Driver" sign(other factors)-->will lead to more accidents(outweigh positive impact of course)
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22 Jan 2012, 12:48
Many thanks goalset. Appreciate your help.
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22 Jan 2012, 13:04
The first is a premise (because) and the second is the counter premise(despite). The answer should reflect this - D.

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03 Jan 2015, 10:00
Under-lined statement can be re-stated as:
1) Drivers education course reduces the likeliness of accident among the new drivers.>>>> Education is a"Cause" for reduced accidents "'effect"
2) New drivers, despite completing the course successfully are more likely to cause accidents than are experienced.So,they should keep the sign board of "new driver" >>>>>>> Only education will not reduce the accidents ,other factors such as sign are also important
Conclusion : Removing signs of new driver will result in more accidents.
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