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Mel: The official salary for judges has always been too low [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 01:00
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Mel: The official salary for judges has always been too low to attract the best
Candidates to the job. The legislature’s move to raise the salary has
done nothing to improve the situation, because it was coupled with
a ban on receiving money for lectures and teaching engagements.

Pat: No, the raise in salary really does improve the situation. Since very few
judges teach or give lectures, the ban will have little or no negative
effect.

Pat’s response to Mel is inadequate in that it

A. attempts to assess how a certain change will affect potential members
of a group by providing evidence about its effect on the current members.
B. mistakenly takes the cause of a certain change to be an effect of that change
C. attempts to argue that a certain change will have a positive effect merely
by pointing to the absence of negative effects
D. simply denies Mel’s claim without putting forward any evidence in support
of that denial
E. assumes that changes that benefit the most able members of a group
necessarily benefit all members of that group.
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2010, 19:38
I would go with A. What is OA?
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 06:05
why not C?
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 06:52
My take is E. What is the OA?
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 07:59
C? What's the OA?
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 08:17
it is E,WHAT IS OA
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 09:38
Mel: The official salary for judges has always been too low to attract the best
Candidates to the job. The legislature’s move to raise the salary has
done nothing to improve the situation, because it was coupled with
a ban on receiving money for lectures and teaching engagements.

Pat: No, the raise in salary really does improve the situation. Since very few
judges teach or give lectures, the ban will have little or no negative
effect.

Pat’s response to Mel is inadequate in that it

A. attempts to assess how a certain change will affect potential members
of a group by providing evidence about its effect on the current members.CORRECT. Usage of WILL in the last sentence
B. mistakenly takes the cause of a certain change to be an effect of that changeINCORRECT
C. attempts to argue that a certain change will have a positive effect merely
by pointing to the absence of negative effectsPat says that the ban will have little OR no negative effectsTherefore, he does not entirely rule out the effects (negative or other). Just points to the gravity of the effects
D. simply denies Mel’s claim without putting forward any evidence in support
of that denialINCORRECT
E. assumes that changes that benefit the most able members of a group
necessarily benefit all members of that group.There is no connection between delivering lectures and ability of the judges

I initially picked C. But OA given is A and hence I formulated the above reasoning
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 22:29
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why not C?

In C, pat doesnt say that there is positive effect (there is little or no negative
effect)
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 22:36
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Mel: The official salary for judges has always been too low to attract the best
Candidates to the job. The legislature’s move to raise the salary has
done nothing to improve the situation, because it was coupled with
a ban on receiving money for lectures and teaching engagements.

Pat: No, the raise in salary really does improve the situation. Since very few
judges teach or give lectures, the ban will have little or no negative
effect.

Pat’s response to Mel is inadequate in that it

A. attempts to assess how a certain change will affect potential members
of a group by providing evidence about its effect on the current members.
B. mistakenly takes the cause of a certain change to be an effect of that change
C. attempts to argue that a certain change will have a positive effect merely
by pointing to the absence of negative effects
D. simply denies Mel’s claim without putting forward any evidence in support
of that denial
E. assumes that changes that benefit the most able members of a group
necessarily benefit all members of that group.

Would go with A.... as the same is best option. Pat does give his analysis on checking the current members of the group being discussed. He doesn't take into account the future aspect of it... What if more judges begin to teach!!!

E was a close contender but the wording talks about most able members.... this implies that judges who do not teach are most able and hence this is incorrect.

Hence A should be correct...
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 02:59
zaarathelab wrote:
Mel: The official salary for judges has always been too low to attract the best
Candidates to the job. The legislature’s move to raise the salary has
done nothing to improve the situation, because it was coupled with
a ban on receiving money for lectures and teaching engagements.

Pat: No, the raise in salary really does improve the situation. Since very few
judges teach or give lectures, the ban will have little or no negative
effect.

Pat’s response to Mel is inadequate in that it

A. attempts to assess how a certain change will affect potential members
of a group by providing evidence about its effect on the current members.
B. mistakenly takes the cause of a certain change to be an effect of that change
C. attempts to argue that a certain change will have a positive effect merely
by pointing to the absence of negative effects
D. simply denies Mel’s claim without putting forward any evidence in support
of that denial
E. assumes that changes that benefit the most able members of a group
necessarily benefit all members of that group.


I picked C ..but confused after reading Points in favor of A..
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 23:35
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2011, 01:29
attempts to assess how a certain change will affect potential members.

weird logic : what if more judges begin to teach... what if donkeys become horses.
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 01 May 2011, 12:21
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 02 May 2011, 21:32
Definitely A.
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Re: Pat and Mel:Good one [#permalink] New post 02 May 2011, 23:15
classic group question. A comparison between two groups is what is made by P.
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Re: Mel: The official salary for judges has always been too low [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2013, 12:44
to attract the best candidates to the job - so we(well, Mel, but it is good to be sympathetic to the argument) are looking for what is favored by potential candidates and do not care about what current members do.

And Pat simply talks about current judges.

So, reading through choices was a breeze and I immediately chose A.

But I admit this problem is bit tricky. I tutor GMAT and two of my brighter students who recently tried this problem got it wrong. So, let me illustrate a fail-safe elimination based approach if one missed this critical fact during the first reading that the argument is about future candidates. Let's say we are simply looking for why raise in salary cant compensate ban on teaching although few judges teach.

A. the word 'potential' should make us think that we missed something. Good if you see connection. But if you don't, at least the second half of choice is spot on ie. Pat does provide evidence about effect on current members. So, don't eliminate even if your eyes don't light up

B, D - clearly wrong.

C - tempting choice..come back to it.
E - doesn't have much to say. increase in salary benefits all members and nothing being said about 'most able' members - so kinda illogical.

Reviewing choices C and A, Pat does admit to negative effects and does not deny them. So, C is wrong.

But, to be sure of the answer, at least at this stage of carefully re-reading the choice and perhaps glancing at the argument again, the word 'potential' should click.
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Re: Mel: The official salary for judges has always been too low [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 20:14
Yep its A. Tricky question though.
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