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It is true of both men and women that those who marry as [#permalink]
14 Jun 2006, 14:52
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It is true of both men and women that those who marry as young adults live longer than those who never marry. This dos not show that marriage causes people to live longer, since, as compared with other people of the same age, young adults who are about to get married have fewer of the unhealthy habits that can cause a person to have a shorter life, most notably smoking and immoderate drinking of alcohol.
Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?
A. Marriage tends to cause people to engage less regularly in sports that involve risk of bodily harm.
B. A married person who has an unhealthy habit is more likely to give up that habit than a person with the same habit who is unmarried.
C. A person who smokes is much more likely than a nonsmoker to marry a person who smokes at the time of marriage, and the same is true for people who drink alcohol immoderately.
D. Among people who marry as young adults, most of those who give up an unhealthy habit after marriage do not resume the habit later in life.
E. Among people who as young adults neither drink alcohol immoderately nor smoke, those who never marry live as long as those who marry.
I don't have an OA for this one. I met with this question on this forum. The discussion was a long thread. And I am curious about the OA. I would like to hear your comments. Please tell why you chose which.
If I understand correctly, we are looking for something that support the idea that getting married young is not the main cause of a long life, since younger people tend to smoke and drink more...............
Let us analys the argument...the story goes like this..
There are 2 families - married when young & married when relatively old
and the truth is family red lives longer thant family green.
the 2nd truth is it is not that marrying young prolongs life but the fewer unhealthy habits which doesn't grow further prolongs their life span
'A' - out of context 'C' - couples interest. no clue about this analysis or statistics in the argument . out of context.
'D' - it is a fact. red family, if they have fewer unhealthy habits, then its number reduces (doesn't grow) and therefore adds more days to their life. Strenghtens the first truth and second as well 'B' - red family is more likely (how likely ???) to give up when compared to an unknown entity (unmarried people..)
'E' - it is a fact. unknown people who tend have either similar or better healthy habits when compared to red family tend to live almost same as the red family...
The argument is that marriage has nothing to do with people living longer.
To strengthen the argument we need to show something simmilar.
E does that.
The author argues that studies have found young people marrying earlier to live a longer live.
And E says that a young person with similar habits to another yougn man gettign married has the same chance of living longer as the person marrying. Hence marriage is not a factor in their longer lives.