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Re: Slede by children [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2010, 06:48
well I went for A. Because if few kids still use wood sledge, it'd be better to first figure out how many accidents this year could be attributed to wood sledge before attributing it all to plastic sledge.
It does not "seriously" undermine the evidence the force of the argument, but still....

But maybe C is better ...though I don't quite get it ...
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Re: Slede by children [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2010, 09:00
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well I went for A. ...


That's my thought too and C looks kind of irrelevant to the context as the discussion is not about application of slede. Answer 'A' looks to be correct answer as it makes the conclusion weaker by adding the fact that kids still use wooden sledes and they are very likely to add up to the no of accidents.
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Re: Slede by children [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 18:32
Hey All,

chix475ntu did a great job trying to explain this one, but there still seems to be some confusion, so I thought I'd weigh in. The one thing I try to avoid when reviewing is writing off too many answer choices as "no effect" or "out of scope". This tends to ignore the subtlety of certain answer choices, and leads one to an attitude of ALL or NOTHING in terms of answer choices. Dangerous.

Conclusion: Plastic sleds are more dangerous than wooden sleds.

Premises: In past 10 years, plastic sleds have become more popular than wooden. More children injured on sleds now than 10 years ago.

Already, you should be able to see the assumption. We jumped to danger, without considering any other factors

Assumption: Some other factor is responsible for the jump in injuries (more people using sled, for example).


(A) A few children still use traditional wooden sleds.
PROBLEM: This doesn't weaken the argument. In fact, this is the argument. The whole idea is that lots of people are using plastic sleds, which are dangerous. A few children doesn't change that.

(B) Very few children wear any kind of protective gear, such as helmets, while sledding.
PROBLEM: This doesn't compare wooden sleds to plastic sleds, so doesn't explain why one might be more dangerous.

(C) Plastic sleds can be used in a much wider variety of snow conditions than wooden sleds can.
ANSWER: Now the plastic sled can get used a lot more often. This would explain why there are so many more injuries, because there's a lot more sledding going on. The argument that plastic sleds are more dangerous is now unlikely.

(D) Most sledding injuries occur when a sled collides with a tree, a rock, or another sled.
PROBLEM: Like B, this doesn't differentiate between wooden and plastic sleds.

(E) Because the traditional wooden sleds can carry more than one rider, an accident involving a wooden sled can result in several children being injured.
PROBLEM: We want to weaken the argument that plastic sleds are dangerous. Making wooden sleds hurt more people doesn't actually affect that. If anything, this strengthens the argument. If multiple people could get wounded on one wooden sled, then why would the #s be EVEN HIGHER for injuries on a plastic sled?

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Re: Slede by children [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 20:16
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(C) Plastic sleds can be used in a much wider variety of snow conditions than wooden sleds can.
ANSWER: Now the plastic sled can get used a lot more often. This would explain why there are so many more injuries, because there's a lot more sledding going on. The argument that plastic sleds are more dangerous is now unlikely.

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Re: Slede by children [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2010, 00:18
Hey Tommy! Great explanation. But the problem is that in exam I'd have picked up A because from first impression it seems correct. How to avoid the trap?
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Re: Slede by children [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2010, 06:41
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Hey Tommy! Great explanation. But the problem is that in exam I'd have picked up A because from first impression it seems correct. How to avoid the trap?


This and several others has taught me to mark the obvious ans (in this case let's say A) but scan rest and look for other probable ones. On the first read several options pop up and if i mark them so that i can evaluate which is THE BEST during the 2nd read. This has saved me in many occassions but i am ending up spending more time (for CR questions it is 1.30 mins?) and that's where the trick lies............ :x

With another 3 weeks to go for my exam, hoping to become time efficient with practice. More suggestions welcome.
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Re: Slede by children [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2010, 12:45
Hey Honeyrai,

Glad that helped. Siddartho makes a great point here. Basically, you have to go through the answer choices with a detective's eye. Remember that there is very seldom a perfect answer to any GMAT verbal question. What there is is the best choice out of five not great choices. This means that even a good-looking answer can turn out to be not as good as the one next to it. Don't decide which one you think is the answer while reading through them, just keep track of which ones work and which ones don't. When you're down to a couple, really think through the argument using both of them.

There's not much else you can do than this. The best advice I can give is not to get tied to one answer choice while reading through all five, much as Siddartho described.

Also, doing a little bit of predictive work can help. In this argument, notice how my assumption pointed to some other reason why plastic sleds might lead to more injuries (other than their being more unsafe). Answer choice A doesn't address this at all. Prediction is dangerous in itself, but it can really help you sort the wheat from the chaff.

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Re: Slede by children [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2010, 02:56
(C) Plastic sleds can be used in a much wider variety of snow conditions than wooden sleds can.

if plastic sleds can be used in more places then no. of injuries bound to increases

so ans is C
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Re: In the past, most children who went sledding in the winter [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2012, 00:24
How is C correct when the conclusion clearly states "The concern that plastic sleds are more dangerous is clearly borne out by the fact that the number of children injured while sledding was much higher last winter than it was 10 years ago."

Choosing C implies injurie while not sledding. How is C weakening to this?

I personally like E but the OA is C!!

Bad question in my opinion.
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Re: In the past, most children who went sledding in the winter [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 13:11
I have problem with understanding the question stem....after reading the question it's clearly a weaken question but then the question is asking you to undermine the force of the evidence(= number of injuries have went up). The question does not ask you to weaken any claim but attack the force of the evidence...What is that supposed to mean?
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Re: In the past, most children who went sledding in the winter [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2013, 11:12
I've never seen on GMAT club so many wrong answers :) the answer is C according to OG. Quite a weird question though
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Re: In the past, most children who went sledding in the winter [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2013, 07:24
Very Tricky question.....Level should be 650- 700.

Came down to B and D....Did not realize that it will gonna be the same for both plastic and wooden sleds...On the other hand Since plastic is used on all kind of snows there for the frequency is usage is higher and that must have resulted in increased no. of accidents.
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