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Congenial guests and plentiful supply of good things to eat and drink will ensure a successful dinner party. Since Sylvia has prepared more than enough to eat and drink and her guests are all congenial people, her dinner party is certain to be a success.

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

(A) The right ingredients, properly combined and baked in a reliable oven will always produce a well-baked cake. Since Emily has properly combined the right ingredients, her cake is certain to come out well if she bakes it in a reliable oven.
(B) If corn is baked with its husks on, the resulting dish will always be moist and sweet. Since George wishes to ensure that the corn he plans to serve is moist, he will be certain both to bake it and to leave its husks on.
(C) Making pie dough using ice water and thoroughly chilling the dough before rolling it out will ensure a flaky crust. Andrew thoroughly chilled his pie dough before rolling it out, so since he used ice water in making it, his pie is certain to have a flaky crust.
(D) If soup is made with a well-seasoned meat stock and fresh ingredients, it will always be welcome at dinner. Since to his meat stock Arnold added only very fresh ingredients, the resulting soup is certain to be welcome at dinner.
(E) Fresh greens, carefully washed and served with a light dressing, always produce a refreshing salad. Since Tisha has developed an exceptionally light dressing but never washes her fresh greens, no salad she serves will be a refreshing one.

Looks straight.. but but somehow my answer does not match the OA.
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24 Mar 2007, 06:53
between A & E, hmm ill go with A

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24 Mar 2007, 07:45
Is it D?
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24 Mar 2007, 14:58
I'll go with D.
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Congenial guests and plentiful supply of good things to eat and drink will ensure a successful dinner party. Since Sylvia has prepared more than enough to eat and drink and her guests are all congenial people, her dinner party is certain to be a success.

Flaw in the logic is the assumption that sylvia has prepared good things for eating and drinking which can't be ensured as tastes may vary from person to person.
The pattern of flawed reasoning exhibited by the argument above is most similar to that exhibited by which one of the following?
(A) The right ingredients, properly combined and baked in a reliable oven will always produce a well-baked cake. Since Emily has properly combined the right ingredients, her cake is certain to come out well if she bakes it in a reliable oven. logic is not similar as assumption of relaible oven can be ensured
(B) If corn is baked with its husks on, the resulting dish will always be moist and sweet. Since George wishes to ensure that the corn he plans to serve is moist, he will be certain both to bake it and to leave its husks on.
logic is not similar as
(C) Making pie dough using ice water and thoroughly chilling the dough before rolling it out will ensure a flaky crust. Andrew thoroughly chilled his pie dough before rolling it out, so since he used ice water in making it, his pie is certain to have a flaky crust. logic is not similar as
(D) If soup is made with a well-seasoned meat stock and fresh ingredients, it will always be welcome at dinner. Since to his meat stock Arnold added only very fresh ingredients, the resulting soup is certain to be welcome at dinner.
this is similar as it is not mentioned that arnold's meat stock is well-seasoned
(E) Fresh greens, carefully washed and served with a light dressing, always produce a refreshing salad. Since Tisha has developed an exceptionally light dressing but never washes her fresh greens, no salad she serves will be a refreshing one.

I will go with D as E is also not similar
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24 Mar 2007, 22:45
OA is D.. This one is from 1000CR so I don't have an OE.

Agree with kumarajeet's explanation... Thanks a ton.
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Re: CR - Sylvia's dinner party [#permalink]

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25 Mar 2007, 17:38
Original question:
Congenial guests(X) and plentiful supply of good things to eat and drink(Y) will ensure a successful dinner party(Z). Since Sylvia has prepared more than enough to eat and drink(Y') and her guests are all congenial people(X), her dinner party is certain to be a success(Z).
Reasoning flaw: If X and Y then Z, not if X and Y' then Z, although Y is similar to Y' and Y is a subset of Y'.

(D) If soup is made with a well-seasoned meat stock(Y) and fresh ingredients(X), it will always be welcome at dinner(Z). Since to his meat stock(Y') Arnold added only very fresh ingredients(X), the resulting soup is certain to be welcome at dinner(Z).
Reasoning flaw: If X and Y then Z, not if X and Y' then Z, although Y is similar to Y' and Y is a subset of Y'.

This is why D is the exact answer.
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