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If we are forced to have local drug rehabilitation centers-and society has determined that we are-then society ought to pay for them.
Which of the following, if true, would weaken the above argument?

A) Drug rehabilitation centers are too expensive to be locally funded.

B) Many neighborhood groups support rehabilitation centers.

C) Drug rehabilitation centers are expensive to maintain.

D) Drug addicts may be unwilling to receive treatment.

E) A government committee has convinced many groups that local rehabilitation centers are ineffective.





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clearly E

First of all All options from A to D dont make any sense regarding the stimulus

In option E ....government, which is convinced that rehabilitation centers are of no use, is representative of society
Now the stimulus says that if society determined to have rehabilitation centers then we have to pay for them .....but this situation says that society (government) is convinced that there is no need of centers ....hence society now not determined to have centers....thus we dont have to pay........Hence correct answer.
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If we are forced to have local drug rehabilitation centers-and society has determined that we are-then society ought to pay for them.
Which of the following, if true, would weaken the above argument?

A) Drug rehabilitation centers are too expensive to be locally funded.

B) Many neighborhood groups support rehabilitation centers.

C) Drug rehabilitation centers are expensive to maintain.

D) Drug addicts may be unwilling to receive treatment.

E) A government committee has convinced many groups that local rehabilitation centers are ineffective.


Here the stimulus says that we are forced to have drug rehabilitation centers because society demands it. And if Society demands drug rehabilitation centers, then society should pay for them.

Premise: Society demands drug rehabilitation centers
Conclusion: Therefore, society should pay for drug rehabilitation centers.

In a weaken question, look for an answer choice that weakens one of the premises or the conclusion.

A) Is incorrect because even if they are expensive, the argument is that if society demands it, then society should pay for it. Expense of the centers doesn't weaken the premise or conclusion.

B) is incorrect because it strengthens the argument. If neighborhood groups support rehabilitation centers then it adds support to the premise that society demands these centers. It does nothing to weaken.

C) Shares the same problem as A.

D) is incorrect because the stimulus is only arguing that drug rehabilitation centers should be funded because society demands that they exist. Although D calls into question the effectiveness of having drug treatment centers, we need to focus on the argument in the stimulus. Don't stray too far from the reasoning in the stimulus or you'll get the answer incorrect.

E) takes two elements of society: 1) Government and 2) many groups and indicates that these two elements in society think the rehab centers are ineffective. Therefore, it calls into question whether or not society really demands local drug rehab centers. This is your correct choice.

Note that a correct answer choice in a weaken question doesn't have to disprove the stimulus' argument, it merely has to call it into question.
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I originally picked B, but now realize how stupid of an answer that was since it supports the argument.

vyassaptarashi wrote:
.....but this situation says that society (government) is convinced that there is no need of centers ....hence society now not determined to have centers....thus we dont have to pay........Hence correct answer.


Great explanation. In my head, I wasn't associating society to government. Now I know I should have and E is clearly the answer. Thanks.
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I thought the answer would be B. How can we expect the term "socities" to mean "governement"
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zuberahmed wrote:
If we are forced to have local drug rehabilitation centers-and society has determined that we are-then society ought to pay for them.
Which of the following, if true, would weaken the above argument?

A) Drug rehabilitation centers are too expensive to be locally funded.

B) Many neighborhood groups support rehabilitation centers.

C) Drug rehabilitation centers are expensive to maintain.

D) Drug addicts may be unwilling to receive treatment.

E) A government committee has convinced many groups that local rehabilitation centers are ineffective.

I am way off in oblivion regarding this question, please help me understand the OA and the reasoning behind the answer.

Can someone explain why is option(B) wrong?if neighborhood groups support rehabilitation centers then also society need not pay for them..I thought this way...Please correct it if i am wrong..
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If we are forced to have local drug rehabilitation centers-and society has determined that we are-then society ought to pay for them.
Which of the following, if true, would weaken the above argument?

A) Drug rehabilitation centers are too expensive to be locally funded.

B) Many neighborhood groups support rehabilitation centers.

C) Drug rehabilitation centers are expensive to maintain.

D) Drug addicts may be unwilling to receive treatment.

E) A government committee has convinced many groups that local rehabilitation centers are ineffective.

I am way off in oblivion regarding this question, please help me understand the OA and the reasoning behind the answer.



Well this is indeed a tough question but on the other hand, answer choices A through D are just nonsense. Sometimes one has to rely on POE even though E is not 100% clear. It is just the best answer choice among the 5 of them

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zuberahmed wrote:
If we are forced to have local drug rehabilitation centers-and society has determined that we are-then society ought to pay for them.
Which of the following, if true, would weaken the above argument?

A) Drug rehabilitation centers are too expensive to be locally funded.

B) Many neighborhood groups support rehabilitation centers.

C) Drug rehabilitation centers are expensive to maintain.

D) Drug addicts may be unwilling to receive treatment.

E) A government committee has convinced many groups that local rehabilitation centers are ineffective.

There is something wrong in this question. It could either be the OA or the entire question itself.

E -> If we consider Government Committee as Society, and the committee considers rehab centers ineffective, then E is negating a given Premise which is always a wrong option.

On the other hand, B says that Many neighborhood groups support those centers. If we consider these neighborhood groups as Society, it would mean that some portion of society is already supporting those centers and hence, the conclusion is weakened, making B the correct answer.

Please tell me whether my thought is right or not.
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zuberahmed wrote:
If we are forced to have local drug rehabilitation centers-and society has determined that we are-then society ought to pay for them.
Which of the following, if true, would weaken the above argument?

A) Drug rehabilitation centers are too expensive to be locally funded.

B) Many neighborhood groups support rehabilitation centers.

C) Drug rehabilitation centers are expensive to maintain.

D) Drug addicts may be unwilling to receive treatment.

E) A government committee has convinced many groups that local rehabilitation centers are ineffective.




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oh wow...is this a 700 lvl question? I read the argument, and none of the answer choices, except E, make sense...
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A) Drug rehabilitation centers are too expensive to be locally funded. --> prompt doesn't tell us that it will be locally funded. Society is paying for this service - it is not specified as to whether it will be paid on a national or local level.

B) Many neighborhood groups support rehabilitation centers. --> irrelevant

C) Drug rehabilitation centers are expensive to maintain. --> we don't care that they're too expensive to maintain; that's why we're letting society pay for it as a whole

D) Drug addicts may be unwilling to receive treatment. --> don't care; this has no affect on the conclusion

E) A government committee has convinced many groups that local rehabilitation centers are ineffective. --> if the gvmt has done this, then why would society be forced to pay for it? HUGE CONTRADICTION. Thus, correct!
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