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Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that in those built before 1930 the quality of the original carpentry work is generally superior to that in hotels built afterward. Clearly carpenters working on hotels before 1930 typically worked with more skill, care, and effort than carpenters who have worked on hotels built subsequently.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the guidebook writerâ€™s argument?

A. The quality of original carpentry in hotels is generally far superior to the quality of original carpentry in other structures, such as houses and stores.
B. Hotels built since 1930 can generally accommodate more guests than those built before 1930.
C. The materials available to carpenters working before 1930 were not significantly different in quality from the materials available to carpenters working after 1930.
D. The better the quality of original carpentry in a building, the less likely that building is to fall into disuse and be demolished.
E. The average length of apprenticeship for carpenters has declined significantly since 1930.
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03 Oct 2004, 20:10
I think E is the best.
Only E weakens author argument that carpenters working on hotels before 1930 typically worked with more skill, care, and effort than carpenters who have worked on hotels built subsequently.
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03 Oct 2004, 20:22
I dont like any of the answer choices. However by POE its E.

C strengthens, A, B and D are out of scope.
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03 Oct 2004, 21:46
OA is D...

I had picked E too... any wisdom in support of OA will be appreciated
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04 Oct 2004, 03:07
I would take a D.
There were 1000 hotels pre 1930's but in today's times only 10 r standing ..the rest have been demolished. Does this make it clearer.
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04 Oct 2004, 06:32
Franky... can you make yourself clearer?

1000 hotels were pre 1930's and now only 10 are standing... D says pre-1930 hotels should not fall into disuse and/or be demolished!
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04 Oct 2004, 07:44
I would have gone with E on the exam. I cannot understand how D can be the answer.
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04 Oct 2004, 08:18
D for me.

We have to weaken "...before 1930...worked with more skill, care, and effort than carpenters who have worked on hotels built subsequently"

E will stregthen and not weaken that point.

D seems to proove that the still used hotels built before 1930 are those with the best carpentry, worst ones being already demolished. So that the it weakens the comparison perimeter...
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