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Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that inthose 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 typicallyworked 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 writer’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 builtbefore 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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20 Oct 2007, 09:27
B.

A. I would have chose this one but the author did only make the comment specifically about the hotels not to general carpenter.
B. Skill did not diminish but it is used to create different goal, to accompany more people than to look good.
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20 Oct 2007, 10:19
E - is the one that at least made some sense.
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20 Oct 2007, 10:38
s_positive wrote:
Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that inthose 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 typicallyworked 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 writer’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 builtbefore 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.

went for E
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21 Oct 2007, 06:39
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s_positive wrote:
Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that inthose 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 typicallyworked 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 writer’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 builtbefore 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.

went for E

E actually provides support for the conclusion of the argument, which is not what is asked.
i:e Because length apprenticeship reduce, training received by carpenters lessened so did their skills which explains the low quality of work.
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21 Oct 2007, 06:50
E is like agreeing to say that the quality decreased 'cos of the training issue. So it rather supports than disagreeing with the conclusion

A is close to the thing.

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.

How can quality be concluded just by taking some hotels architecture? Consistency is the key

So this reasoning may question the conclusion

B is out of scope

C this would support the conclusion

D supports the conclusion
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21 Oct 2007, 07:29
s_positive wrote:
Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that inthose 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 typicallyworked 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 writer’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 builtbefore 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.

I'm guessing nobody really knows a confirmed answer, so I disagree with everyone so far.

The only logical answer to me is D

The evidence is not just for comparison if D is true... if only better quality carpentry will survive (poor carpentry will be demolished) it makes sense that only quality carpentry exists from the 30s... the rest has been demolished
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21 Oct 2007, 07:56
s_positive wrote:
Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that inthose 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 typicallyworked 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 writer’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 builtbefore 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.

E too though it also doesnot strongly weaken the argument.
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21 Oct 2007, 12:40
wspfaris... u hit the nail on its head.

The OA is indeed D and a little reasoning can confirm that.
I feel its very tough to get these kinds right on the first attempt.
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