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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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 [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2003, 01:32
yes its E. use elimination. first 4 do strenghen rather than weaken the conclusion.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2003, 05:52
mbamantra wrote:
yes its E. use elimination. first 4 do strenghen rather than weaken the conclusion.


I voted for A, because the argument based on that the increasing viloation crime rate results from immigrator of another place, so the weakeness shall be on not that factor causes increase in viloation crime.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2003, 10:35
The official answer is E.

Because it says that population of Monrovians decreased in the year 1998 in Abstania.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2003, 08:03
E is pretty controversial. Population in Abstania may in fact increase, say due to re-immigration of Monrovians from the third countries.
I would say that E does nothing--neither strengthens, nor weakens.
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