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In 1998, more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 23:38
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In 1998, more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated from Monrovia to neighboring Abstania than during any prior year. In 1998, the number of reported violent crimes in Abstania increased dramatically over 1997. The unavoidable conclusion is that Monrovians who migrated from Monrovia to Abstania were responsible for this increase.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most seriously weaken the claim that Monrovians were responsible for the increase in violent crime in Abstania during 1998?

(A) Each year more violent criminals are apprehended in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(B) During 1998 more violent crimes were reported in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(C) In 1998 no Monrovians migrated from either Monrovia or Abstania to any country other than Monrovia or Abstania.
(D) In 1998 the number of unreported violent crimes in Abstania increased as well.
(E) In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania than from Abstania to Monrovia.

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Explaination:The correct response is (E). The argument relies on the unstated assumption that Abstania's Monrovian population either remained stable or increased during 1998. However, (E) provides that this population actually declined in 1998, despite the influx of Monrovians. Given that the number of Monrovians residing in Abstania decreased while the crime rate increased, (E) reduces the likelihood that it was Monrovians who were responsible for the increase in violent crime in 1998.
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 05:55
I chose B without fully understanding the meaning of E. The explanation provided is excellent. Is this GMAT or LSAT question?
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 06:27
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POE - A, B, C & D are irrelevant
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 06:47
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I chose B without fully understanding the meaning of E. The explanation provided is excellent. Is this GMAT or LSAT question?


Its a GMAT question atleast thats what the site where I found this said. I haven't seen this kind of reasoning anywhere else. Thts why I posted the explanation as well.
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 20:56
Option E for me as well. All other choices were either strengthening the argument or were irrelevant.
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 06:44
1998, more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated from Monrovia to neighboring Abstania than during any prior year. In 1998, the number of reported violent crimes in Abstania increased dramatically over 1997. The unavoidable conclusion is that Monrovians who migrated from Monrovia to Abstania were responsible for this increase.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most seriously weaken the claim that Monrovians were responsible for the increase in violent crime in Abstania during 1998?

(A) Each year more violent criminals are apprehended in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(B) During 1998 more violent crimes were reported in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(C) In 1998 no Monrovians migrated from either Monrovia or Abstania to any country other than Monrovia or Abstania.
(D) In 1998 the number of unreported violent crimes in Abstania increased as well.
(E) In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania than from Abstania to Monrovia
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to weaken :: country's M Citizens were responsible for the increased crimes..
a) not true..out of scope
b)strengthens the argument
c)strengthens
d)keep it on hold..
e) k..how can u say tht the few people who migrated from M-A were not responsible ..does not weaken !
come back to D
if number of unreported crime increased in A , so i'll have to make a wild guess tht crime rose in general which smwht says tht it's not entirely M's fault..!
not an air tight reasoning , but because of the lack of a viable alternative i have to GUESS D!
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 12:18
Good Question....
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 04:21
I went for D
I think the POE is the best way to attack it...
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2011, 08:28
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Isn't this a causal reasoning?
More Monrovians migrated to Abstania -----> increase in crimes in Abstania
E says that:
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In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania than from Abstania to Monrovia

E weakens the conclusion by showing that although the effect occurs, the cause does not occurs: though few Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania, the number of crimes in Abstania is still high.
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2011, 03:31
i misinterpreted E , and the explanation definitely helped.
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Re: Monrovians in Abstantia [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2011, 01:12
clear and clean E here.
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(A) Each year more violent criminals are apprehended in Abstania than in Monrovia. Strengthen.
(B) During 1998 more violent crimes were reported in Abstania than in Monrovia. Strengthen.
C) In 1998 no Monrovians migrated from either Monrovia or Abstania to any country other than Monrovia or Abstania. Neutral.
(D) In 1998 the number of unreported violent crimes in Abstania increased as well. Strengthen.
(E) In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania than [Monrovians migrated] from Abstania to Monrovia.

If you were to drop in "Monrovians migrated" to make the comparison clearer (because you can do so), then option E jumps out. The net number of Monrovians in Abstania is down, so it is less probable that Monrovians themselves were responsible for the increase in crime.
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Re: In 1998, more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2014, 01:56
IMO D,


How can D strengthen as said above.D clearly gives an alternative that unreported crimes were also cited in As. So the migration wasnt responsible but the unreported crimes led to an increase.

Still not convinced about E.

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Re: In 1998, more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2014, 04:22
Question is "Which of the following statements, if true, would most seriously weaken the claim that Monrovians were responsible for the increase in violent crime in Abstania during 1998?"
though D is correct in terms of weakening conclusion that crime did not increase in 1998.
but E is exact as per the question.
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Re: In 1998, more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2014, 19:28
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In 1998, more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated from Monrovia to neighboring Abstania than during any prior year. In 1998, the number of reported violent crimes in Abstania increased dramatically over 1997. The unavoidable conclusion is that Monrovians who migrated from Monrovia to Abstania were responsible for this increase.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most seriously weaken the claim that Monrovians were responsible for the increase in violent crime in Abstania during 1998?

(A) Each year more violent criminals are apprehended in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(B) During 1998 more violent crimes were reported in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(C) In 1998 no Monrovians migrated from either Monrovia or Abstania to any country other than Monrovia or Abstania.
(D) In 1998 the number of unreported violent crimes in Abstania increased as well.
(E) In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania than from Abstania to Monrovia.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Explaination:The correct response is (E). The argument relies on the unstated assumption that Abstania's Monrovian population either remained stable or increased during 1998. However, (E) provides that this population actually declined in 1998, despite the influx of Monrovians. Given that the number of Monrovians residing in Abstania decreased while the crime rate increased, (E) reduces the likelihood that it was Monrovians who were responsible for the increase in violent crime in 1998.


i selected "E" as balance were clearly off.......
now " E" is'nt a clear weakener too....How many people migrated is'nt a measure of more or less crime.....
say both towns have population of one million......
crime in Monrovia in 1997- 1000
1998 - 1000 people migrate from monrovia to abstancia, mostly all simpletons, .... and 500 , mostly rogue,vice versa.......
but crime goes up to 1500 in Monrovia despite population little less than one million.....
By what logic can the - 500 migrated from Abstancia to Monrovia be exonerated due to the fact that a larger strength of persons have migrated otherway.......
THE ONLY LOGIC I SEE IS THAT- ONLY FEW PEOPLE MIGRATED.... THOUGH ITS A "WEAK" WEAKENER.........
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Re: In 1998, more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2014, 10:57
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(E) In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania than [Monrovians migrated] from Abstania to Monrovia.[/color]



What you explained, if true, makes absolute sense but I understood something else by reading the option... :? But this is the only explanation that can make E the correct option. :roll:
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