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Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national victory [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 08:46
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Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national victory in Banestria in 1935. It received most of its support that year in rural and semirural areas, where the bulk of Banestria’s population lived at the time. The economic woes of the years surrounding that election hit agricultural and small business interests the hardest, and the Land Party specifically targeted those groups in 1935. I conclude that the success of the Land Party that year was due to the combination of the Land Party’s specifically addressing the concerns of these groups and the depth of the economic problems people in these groups were facing.

Each of the following, if true, strengthens the
historian’s argument EXCEPT:

(A) In preceding elections the Land Party made no
attempt to address the interests of economically
distressed urban groups.

(B) Voters are more likely to vote for a political
party that focuses on their problems.

(C) The Land Party had most of its successes when there
was economic distress in the agricultural sector.

(D) No other major party in Banestria specifically
addressed the issues of people who lived in
semirural areas in 1935.

(E) The greater the degree of economic distress
someone is in, the more likely that person is
to vote

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Conclusion: I conclude that the success of the Land Party that year was due to the combination of the Land Party’s specifically addressing the concerns of these groups and the depth of the economic problems people in these groups were facing.
SUCCESS = LAND PARTY’s STRATEGY (concentrating on a major demographic) + ECONOMIC PROBLEMS OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC….
The questions stem asks us to find the one answer choice which either WEAKENS the argument, or leaves it unchanged (does not strengthen it) ..

(A) The preceeding elections have no implications on the election being discussed, which is what the conclusion is focusing on. Therefore this argument is neither strengthened nor weakened by this answer choice (therefore making it the correct choice)
(B) This very clearly strengthens the argument, as it is explicitly mentioned that the Party targeted this group, and this answer choice strengthens the argument .
(C) This answer choice clearly attempts to show that the land party does quite well when it has a situation where the agriculture sector is doing badly and is economically distressed therefore it strengthens the overall argument of the historian.
(D) Because no other party addressed the issue, the workers probably felt more loyal to the one party that did “FIGHT FOR THEM”..This also strengthens the argument
(E) This also clearly tries to establish that DISTRESSED agricultural voters rallied to bring the party that targeted them into power.
Each choice other then (A) strengthens the argument.

Now if we really wanted to test our logic, we can discuss try to ORDER the choices (BCDE) from the one that Least strengthens the argument to the one that Most strengthens it..
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 09:46
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Historian: The Land Party achieved its ONLY national victory in Banestria in 1935. It received most of its support that year in rural and semirural areas, where the bulk of Banestria’s population lived at the time. The economic woes of the years surrounding that election hit agricultural and small business interests the hardest, and the Land Party specifically targeted those groups in 1935. I conclude that the success of the Land Party that year was due to the combination of the Land Party’s specifically addressing the concerns of these groups and the depth of the economic problems people in these groups were facing.

Why the preceding elections bear no relevance?
Its clearly stated that this was their only national victory and moreover in this election the Land party focussed on the economic problems of the rural areas.
A states that in no preceding election, the party made no attempt at addressing the economic problems.
So somehow it strengthens the argument.
Moreover by selecting E, we are making an assumption that if more people had come out to vote then they would vote for the Land Party only.
I will stick with E.
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Re: Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 10:24
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Historian: The Land Party achieved its ONLY national victory in Banestria in 1935. It received most of its support that year in rural and semirural areas, where the bulk of Banestria’s population lived at the time. The economic woes of the years surrounding that election hit agricultural and small business interests the hardest, and the Land Party specifically targeted those groups in 1935. I conclude that the success of the Land Party that year was due to the combination of the Land Party’s specifically addressing the concerns of these groups and the depth of the economic problems people in these groups were facing.

Why the preceding elections bear no relevance?
Its clearly stated that this was their only national victory and moreover in this election the Land party focussed on the economic problems of the rural areas.
A states that in no preceding election, the party made no attempt at addressing the economic problems.
So somehow it strengthens the argument.
Moreover by selecting E, we are making an assumption that if more people had come out to vote then they would vote for the Land Party only.
I will stick with E.


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Why the preceding elections bear no relevance?


Because when the historian concludes ": I conclude that the success of the Land Party that year was due to the combination of the Land Party’s specifically addressing the concerns of these groups and the depth of the economic problems people in these groups were facing."

The historian is referring to the elections of 1935 not the ones before that... What the Land party did (or did not) in elections that preceded those that are being discussed is hardly relevant to the conclusion, or to the question at hand.

Lets take an example of the 2012 presidential elections. The democrats and Barack Obama took the White house and won the key battleground state of Ohio. Lets assume that I am claiming that They won the white house because they took ohio in 2012 for whatever reason. You are trying to strengthen my position :

" The democrats did poorly in Ohio 8 years ago"

Does this answer choice have any bearing on my conclusion in any way (strengthen or weaken)?

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Moreover by selecting E, we are making an assumption that if more people had come out to vote then they would vote for the Land Party only.


What the historian is saying that

The economic woes of the years surrounding that election hit agricultural and small business interests the hardest

and that the land party targeted these people. If these people come out and vote in large numbers, Would it be beneficial to the Land party or not? Is their a reasonable scenario where one can see Land party benefiting from this increase in voting by a group they have been targeting ??
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Re: Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 10:46
Hi Marcab,

I'll try and answer your question succinctly....

In A, whilst it does not necessarily weaken massively, it does not strengthen it either. For the party not to have focussed on those voters before is not going to help them this time, in fact it may weaken slightly, as it means they would not have the long term allegiance.

E however definitely strengthens. If people who are in economic distress are likely to vote, and the Land party is supported by people in distress they will gain from this.

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Re: Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 10:58
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Hi Marcab,

I'll try and answer your question succinctly....

In A, whilst it does not necessarily weaken massively, it does not strengthen it either. For the party not to have focussed on those voters before is not going to help them this time, in fact it may weaken slightly, as it means they would not have the long term allegiance.

E however definitely strengthens. If people who are in economic distress are likely to vote, and the Land party is supported by people in distress they will gain from this.

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Hi plumber.
That was quick. Many thanks.
Don't you think that you are making an assumption in E? Assumption that if people come out to vote, after having their problems addressed, they will vote only the Land party.
I can give you numerous examples where the people have voted for those parties, who did a lot for those people. There can be other reasons as well in lieu of which people don't vote this party.
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Re: Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 11:51
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You agree that there is thin chance that people will vote for the land party that lends 1% support to the conclusion. The option will be a strengthener even if it lends 1 % support. Moreover its direct that A is odd man out and has no effect on the conclusion.
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Re: Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 14:02
Hi Marcab

I'd just compare these 2 sentences

The economic woes of the years surrounding that election hit agricultural and small business interests the hardest, and the Land Party specifically targeted those groups in 1935

The greater the degree of economic distress someone is in, the more likely that person is to vote


The first sentence is from the question, the second from E. I think that E makes the main sentence much stronger for the Land Party.

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Re: Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 19:10
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Assumption that if people come out to vote, after having their problems addressed, they will vote only the Land party.


As long as the assumption is within reasonable parameters we must consider it, in order to determine whether there are certain scenarios (not out of the scope ) where this statement could in fact strengthen the argument. It would not be unreasonable to accept as LEGITIMATE a scenario where the economically distressed voters go out in large numbers and vote for the party that has been targeting them and there woes specifically.

The AC (A) deals with something that does not refer to the elections under discussion (election of 35). There is no reasonable scenario where this statement can have any effect on the logic in the statement - Simply put, this statement speaks nothing on the elections being discussed based on which the historian is drawing his conclusion.

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Re: Historian: The Land Party achieved its only national victory [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2013, 05:02
(A) In preceding elections the Land Party made no
attempt to address the interests of economically
distressed urban groups.

In option A the statement is given for "Urban groups" and our stimuli talks about "rural and semi rural areas". This is also one of the reason why answer option (A) is not strengthening the conclusion.
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