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# In a recent survey, people were given a list of civil

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In a recent survey, people were given a list of civil conflicts throughout the world and asked to name those conflicts in which they thought international power might reasonably be used to effect a solution. It was found that individuals were consistently optimistic or pessimistic in their attitude toward the usefulness of international power, and that there was almost no difference in individual attitude according to whether or not the areas in question were under democratic governments. It is clear that the people surveyed do not consider a country's form of government relevant in deciding whether its internal conflicts should be solved by international power.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

A) Democracies are no more likely than other states to favor international interference on their domestic affairs
B) Many of the conflicts described took part in countries that are rarely subject to in-depth news coverage, and most respondents did not know the for of government in those countries.
C) The survey respondents tended to be from a homogeneous social background and were therefore not representative of the nation as a whole.
D) There was considerable variation in the intensity of civil conflicts that were included on the survey list.
E) Most of the survey respondents had no more than an average knowledge of foreign affairs and could not be expected to make informed decisions on the feasibility of using international force in conflicts described
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but B clearly explaing that participants are unaware of the form of the government in those countries..
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16 Sep 2012, 07:46
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Should be B.
It's stated in the argument that " It is clear that the people surveyed do not consider a country's form of government relevant in deciding whether its internal conflicts should be solved by international power". While B gives a possible explanation that its not because people do not consider the country's form of government, its because people doesn't know the form of government in those countries.
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16 Sep 2012, 20:36
can someone explain why A is incorrect , I chose A as answer
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17 Sep 2012, 03:08
I do got it correct but time elapsed is 2.30 Minutes.

Very contradictory answers. I opted B as the conclusion of the argument makes emphasis on country's form of government and the option B told us that the people are also not knowing the form of government there.
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17 Sep 2012, 03:25
'A' just states that like all other states, democracies too doesn't favor international interference in their domestic issues. It is not giving any information regarding people not considering the form of government in making their decisions. So, it doesnt seem to weaken the conclusion.
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17 Sep 2012, 03:45
Premise - In a recent survey, people were given a list of civil conflicts throughout the world and asked to name those conflicts in which they thought international power might reasonably be used to effect a solution. It was found that individuals were consistently optimistic or pessimistic in their attitude toward the usefulness of international power, and that there was almost no difference in individual attitude according to whether or not the areas in question were under democratic governments

Conclusion - the people surveyed do not consider a country's form of government relevant in deciding whether its internal conflicts should be solved by international power.

Anything which weakens the conclusion is our answer

Clearly option B is our answer. The people did not take into account the form of governement in the survey not because they were not bothere but because they were not aware.If the people surveyed did not know the form of the governement in those countries, they would have not considered the form of governement in the survey. This weakens the consludion.

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17 Sep 2012, 03:53
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can someone explain why A is incorrect , I chose A as answer

A doesnot weaken the conclusion that "the people surveyed do not consider a country's form of government relevant in deciding whether its internal conflicts should be solved by international power".
We are not talking about countries here, but the people who have been surveyed whereas option A talks about democratic state and what these states favor in domestic affairs.

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31 Jul 2013, 07:27
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C is a tempting ans

but B clearly explaing that participants are unaware of the form of the government in those countries..

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In a recent survey, people were given a list of civil conflicts throughout the world and asked to name those conflicts in which they thought international power might reasonably be used to effect a solution. It was found that individuals were consistently optimistic or pessimistic in their attitude toward the usefulness of international power, and that there was almost no difference in individual attitude according to whether or not the areas in question were under democratic governments. It is clear that the people surveyed do not consider a country's form of government relevant in deciding whether its internal conflicts should be solved by international power.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

A) Democracies are no more likely than other states to favor international interference on their domestic affairs
the author argument is that, as the respondents are indifferent to the government democracy state, the serveyeds do not consider the country's form of goverment relevant. This choice therefore is not relevant

B) Many of the conflicts described took part in countries that are rarely subject to in-depth news coverage, and most respondents did not know the for of government in those countries.
correct. As the respondents did not know the form of the government in those country, the author cannot make conclusion that the serveyeds are indifferent to the government's form

C) The survey respondents tended to be from a homogeneous social background and were therefore not representative of the nation as a whole.
the author makes conclusion on the people serveyed, not the people of the nation as a whole

D) There was considerable variation in the intensity of civil conflicts that were included on the survey list.
it somewhat weakens the argument, but not seriously

E) Most of the survey respondents had no more than an average knowledge of foreign affairs and could not be expected to make informed decisions on the feasibility of using international force in conflicts described
even thought the serveyed respondents are not able to take informed decision on the feasbility of using the international force in conflicts, it does not weaken the conclusion that the serveyed respondents do not consider a country's form in deciding whether its internal conflicts should ben solved by international power
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19 Oct 2016, 01:57
Part of Premise: that there was almost no difference in individual attitude according to whether or not the areas in question were under democratic governments

Conc: It is clear that the people surveyed do not consider a country's form of government relevant in deciding whether its internal conflicts should be solved by international
power.

While the premise spoke about democratic govt. The conclusion makes a more generalized statement that country's form of govt. is irrelevant.

Something which would weaken is that respondents were not aware about the form of the govt. before replying and could be a possible reason that there was almost no difference in attitude.

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