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Insect infestation is a danger for households in which certain standards of cleanliness are not maintained. So that householders are able to detect such infestations before they become serious enough to pose a danger, the county sanitation board has mailed a newsletter to all residents of the county, listing those signs that indicate the beginnings of an insect infestation and encouraging householders to check for such signs.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the sanitation department's goals?

A)Many insect infestations have certain characteristics that cannot be detected by the investigation of a householder.

B)Once an insect infestation is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such an infestation vary according to the species of insect and the locale of the infestation.

C)The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of cleanliness that preclude the possibility of insect infestation.

D)Insect infestation is more common in single-family homes than it is in apartments.

E)People who do not maintain minimal standards of cleanliness are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of early insect infestation.
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19 Sep 2010, 10:20
Insect infestation is a danger for households in which certain standards of cleanliness are not maintained. So that householders are able to detect such infestations before they become serious enough to pose a danger, the county sanitation board has mailed a newsletter to all residents of the county, listing those signs that indicate the beginnings of an insect infestation and encouraging householders to check for such signs.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the sanitation department's goals?

B)Once an insect infestation is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such an infestation vary according to the species of insect and the locale of the infestation.
Irrelevant.

C)The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of cleanliness that preclude the possibility of insect infestation.
Irrelevant.

D)Insect infestation is more common in single-family homes than it is in apartments.
Irrelevant.

A)Many insect infestations have certain characteristics that cannot be detected by the investigation of a householder.
This says that even though a person may read the newsletter, there are some signs which can only be detected by an expert. But then why would the newsletter publish highly expert advice? The newsletter would obviously print advice helpful to the common householder.

E)People who do not maintain minimal standards of cleanliness are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of early insect infestation.
This says some people are unlikely to inspect the house inspite of the newsletter. But it says 'unlikely', so there are many people who do not maintain minimal standards of cleanliness who would still check for infestation after reading the newsletter. This does not COMPLETELY weaken the departments goals.

So i go for A.
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Insect infestation is a danger for households in which certain standards of cleanliness are not maintained. So that householders are able to detect such infestations before they become serious enough to pose a danger, the county sanitation board has mailed a newsletter to all residents of the county, listing those signs that indicate the beginnings of an insect infestation and encouraging householders to check for such signs.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the sanitation department's goals?

A)Many insect infestations have certain characteristics that cannot be detected by the investigation of a householder.
may be true but there are also crtain char. they can be detected.
B)Once an insect infestation is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such an infestation vary according to the species of insect and the locale of the infestation.
irrelevant
C)The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of cleanliness that preclude the possibility of insect infestation.
so what?
D)Insect infestation is more common in single-family homes than it is in apartments.
irrelevant
E)People who do not maintain minimal standards of cleanliness are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of early insect infestation.

E. because lazy people who dont care about the cleanliness wont really care for inspecting their homes so
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19 Sep 2010, 10:49
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Insect infestation is a danger for households in which certain standards of cleanliness are not maintained. So that householders are able to detect such infestations before they become serious enough to pose a danger, the county sanitation board has mailed a newsletter to all residents of the county, listing those signs that indicate the beginnings of an insect infestation and encouraging householders to check for such signs.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the sanitation department's goals?

B)Once an insect infestation is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such an infestation vary according to the species of insect and the locale of the infestation.
Irrelevant.

C)The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of cleanliness that preclude the possibility of insect infestation.
Irrelevant.

D)Insect infestation is more common in single-family homes than it is in apartments.
Irrelevant.

A)Many insect infestations have certain characteristics that cannot be detected by the investigation of a householder.
This says that even though a person may read the newsletter, there are some signs which can only be detected by an expert. But then why would the newsletter publish highly expert advice? The newsletter would obviously print advice helpful to the common householder.

E)People who do not maintain minimal standards of cleanliness are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of early insect infestation.
This says some people are unlikely to inspect the house inspite of the newsletter. But it says 'unlikely', so there are many people who do not maintain minimal standards of cleanliness who would still check for infestation after reading the newsletter. This does not COMPLETELY weaken the departments goals.

So i go for A.

So did I. The official answer seems to suggest E. I think it's A
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Let me try to explain why it shouldn't be A:

"A)Many insect infestations have certain characteristics that cannot be detected by the investigation of a householder."

This statement tells us that there are *certain* characteristics that can't be detected (presumably by the methods outlined in the newsletter). But what about *other* characteristics of the same infestation? It appears that these other characteristics *can* be investigated. In contrast to the slightly-doubtful A, E is more resounding. The whole plan would fall apart since the guys who don't main cleanliness won't read the newsletter (remember the "if true" part of the question).

Hope that helps.

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19 Sep 2010, 16:06
themangoman wrote:
Insect infestation is a danger for households in which certain standards of cleanliness are not maintained. So that householders are able to detect such infestations before they become serious enough to pose a danger, the county sanitation board has mailed a newsletter to all residents of the county, listing those signs that indicate the beginnings of an insect infestation and encouraging householders to check for such signs.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the sanitation department's goals?

A)Many insect infestations have certain characteristics that cannot be detected by the investigation of a householder.
may be true but there are also crtain char. they can be detected.
B)Once an insect infestation is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such an infestation vary according to the species of insect and the locale of the infestation.
irrelevant
C)The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of cleanliness that preclude the possibility of insect infestation.
so what?
D)Insect infestation is more common in single-family homes than it is in apartments.
irrelevant
E)People who do not maintain minimal standards of cleanliness are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of early insect infestation.

Narrowed down on choice A and E. Finally chose E.
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19 Sep 2010, 20:18
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21 Sep 2010, 08:04
The goal of the newsletter was to assist householders to detect insect infestation before they become serious.

Many some can't be detect, but not all. The letter can help detect some. Therefore, can't be criticized. A)Many insect infestations have certain characteristics that cannot be detected by the investigation of a householder.

Irrelevant B)Once an insect infestation is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such an infestation vary according to the species of insect and the locale of the infestation.

Irrelevant C)The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of cleanliness that preclude the possibility of insect infestation.

Irrelevant D)Insect infestation is more common in single-family homes than it is in apartments.

Makes sense. People who do not maintain cleanliness can't be expected to look for signs !E)People who do not maintain minimal standards of cleanliness are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of early insect infestation.
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21 Sep 2010, 12:43
I'm between C and E.

Can some one please explain why not C.
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21 Sep 2010, 14:47
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I'm between C and E.

Can some one please explain why not C.

C is not a wrong statement but does it achieve what question wants ? The question is looking for the choice that criticizes the idea of sending out newsletter. It is looking for something that will weaken the conclusion.

Conclusion was that this idea will work because people will get the newsletter and they will act accordingly.

Assumption was that EVERYONE will read the newsletter and act as per the instruction.

In order to weaken/criticize the newsletter idea, we need to pick something that will attack the assumption. Therefore, something that mentions that people who do not maintain cleanliness will not even act per the instructions of the newsletter, makes more sense. If they are not maintaining cleanliness, they will not look and in that case the who idea of a newsletter is wasted.
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22 Sep 2010, 02:46
E for me.
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23 Sep 2010, 21:18
Assume urself as a critque while answering this question...
A also sounds close, but our answer should have have a point which states that there is no use in sending the newsletter.
When few lazy people don't care of following the newsletter then what is the use in sending those..
So E wins.
Hope it help few...
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09 Apr 2011, 10:50
Great questions, but it is more like 600s.
A)Many insect infestations have certain characteristics that cannot be detected by the investigation of a householder. << trick, we talk about inf sites, not their characteristics! It means I still can detect a bugs' nest, but I will not know, for example, how old is their nest.

B)Once an insect infestation is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such an infestation vary according to the species of insect and the locale of the infestation. << out of scope, we don't care about eliminations

C)The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of cleanliness that preclude the possibility of insect infestation. << actually, this strenghten

D)Insect infestation is more common in single-family homes than it is in apartments. << out of scope

E)People who do not maintain minimal standards of cleanliness are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of early insect infestation. << bingo! Lazy people won't read mail, so bugs will enjoy nice undisturbed life further
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07 Aug 2011, 02:18
no doubt for E
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I initially chose A, because I thought that "householders are able to detect such infestations" is the goal of the Sanitation Department.
But new I see that A states "many" which does not mean "all".
Nevertheless, I do not like E because it talks about preference of the people, not their ability to detect infestations.
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