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Marianna: The problem of drunk driving has been somewhat [#permalink]
27 Jan 2007, 19:38
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Marianna: The problem of drunk driving has been somewhat ameliorated by public education and stricter laws. Additional measures are nevertheless needed. People still drive after drinking, and when they do, the probability is greatly increased that they will cause an accident involving death or serious injury.
David: I think you exaggerate the dangers of driving while drunk. Actually, a driver who is in an automobile accident is slightly less likely to be seriously injured if drunk than if sober.
In responding to Mariannaâ€™s argument, David makes which one of the following errors of reasoning?
(A) He contradicts himself.
(B) He assumes what he is seeking to establish.
(C) He contradicts Mariannaâ€™s conclusion without giving any evidence for his point of view.
(D) He argues against a point that is not one that Marianna was making.
(E) He directs his criticism against the person making the argument rather than directing it against the argument itself.
David argues that drunk drivers are not seriously hurt. But Marianna is not arguing that drunk driving is dangerous for the drivers. She only says that they cause serious accidents(which could affect other people).
D is the correct answer.
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