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It is easy to see that the board of directors of the
construction company is full of corruption and should
be replaced. There are many instances of bribery by
various persons on the staff of board member Wagston
that are a matter of public record. These bribes
perniciously influenced the awarding of government
contracts.
The argument’s reasoning is most vulnerable to
criticism on the grounds that
(A) the argument fails to show that corruption is not
limited to Wagston’s staff
(B) the argument fails to show that Wagston’s staff
engaged in any bribery other than bribery of
government officials
(C) the argument fails to specify the relation
between bribery and corruption
(D) the argument presumes without giving
justification that all of Wagston’s staff have
engaged in corruption
(E) the argument attempts to deflect attention away
from substantive issues by attacking the
character of the board
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2011, 22:18
Its B. The arg should state who is taking the bribe otherwise it is vulnerable to criticism.
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2011, 22:47
B is not the answer.
B only says that the argument should mention about different sources of bribes from where staff is getting the bribe,But what about the board of directors? It has to show that board of directors are involved in some way or other.Because the argument is about that idea.
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2011, 22:51
IMO C because Corruption is a larger term to be issued to bribery. For better support, the linkage between bribe and corruption must be established. Not sure of my reasoning, but among other options, Option C fits the bill.
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2011, 22:58
Is it D? "presumes" is a wrong and assuming "all - go" is wrong.
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2011, 23:00
I think its C finally :lol:
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Posted the official answer. I think its a very good question,which requires to read the TEXT of answer choices very closely.
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2011, 23:04
+1 Brilliant question ! I will use this reasoning 8-)
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2011, 23:40
Help me friends, to me the answer is still not clear.
Option A says that "the argument fails to show that corruption is not limited to Wagston’s staff"
Suppose we eliminate this loop hole in the argument, and now the argument says that corruption is rampant in construction companies.
However, even this inclusion does not makes an impeccable argument. The author concern is that if any board is corrupt, it must be replaced !!...if all the companies are corrupt, the this exercise extends to all.

Option C is also not a perfect fit, but other options can be easily eliminated..
Option A team..please help !!!
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2011, 23:56
The argument has a logical flaw in deriving its conclusion

Con: Board of directors are corrupt and should be replaced.
Premise: staff of the Wagston is taking bribes.
Logical gap: Argument provides no information to assess that the board members are also involved in the bribery.

It makes a generalization on the basis of the subset(Wagston's staff),which may or may not include the board members.
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 00:09
This argument is based on probability not certainty. To effect any direct conclusion and link its bad effect on the Govt contracts, the premise should state categorically that Wagston's staff ALONE are responsible. Clearly the argument fails to confirm this and is therefore questionable.

We have learnt from reasoning concepts that any alternate cause will weaken the causal argument. So be it !
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Re: Corruption of board of directors [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2011, 01:09
Even D is a Weakener.To Blame the whole of wagstons staff for the wrongs of a few ppl on his staff is unjustified.
What are the others' views ?
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