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# Nearly everybody who is serving a sentence in a British

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30 Sep 2010, 12:29
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Nearly everybody who is serving a sentence in a British prison watched more than an hour of television in childhood. Therefore, we may assume that watching television in childhood encourages criminal behaviour.

Which of the following facts, if true, would most damage the conclusion drawn?

1. Many children continue to watch television when they become adults.
2. Modern British prisons provide television viewing to the prisoners.
3. The majority of people who have not been convicted of crimes also watched a great deal of television in childhood.
4. Some people who did not watch television in childhood have been sent to prison.
5. Some television programs aimed at children contain moral messages and encourage good behaviour.
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30 Sep 2010, 12:47
C for me. It is the only one that directly attacks the premise that watching TV as a child will put you in prison.
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30 Sep 2010, 13:22
Irrelevant - conclusion is that watching TV as kids lead to criminal behavior. Continued TV watching has not relevance in the statement 1. Many children continue to watch television when they become adults.

Again. Irrelevant. Conclusion is based on watching TV as kids 2. Modern British prisons provide television viewing to the prisoners.

Breaks the conclusion by saying that there are people who are not criminals and who had watched TV as kids. Opposed the assumption used to reach to conclusion (Assumption - watching TV as a kid will make you a criminal) 3. The majority of people who have not been convicted of crimes also watched a great deal of television in childhood.

Possible, but irrelevant in this case. Conclusion is all those who watched TV will become criminals. Nothing has been said about ppl who didn't watch TV 4. Some people who did not watch television in childhood have been sent to prison.

Irrelevant. Nothing has been said about the kind of programs. 5. Some television programs aimed at children contain moral messages and encourage good behaviour.
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30 Sep 2010, 13:44
Easy C.

All other choices are not relevant
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02 Oct 2010, 22:39
Conclusion
watching television in childhood encourages criminal behaviour.
Stimulus
Nearly everybody who is serving a sentence in a British prison watched more than an hour of television in childhood

To damage the argument we have to prove that there are people who watched television in their childhood but have not ended up in the prison.

C clearly states that.

C is my ans
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03 Oct 2010, 00:02
C.It was easy.
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15 Jan 2011, 08:57
C. That's why this is a warm-up question.
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04 Mar 2011, 22:32
I was between C & D..

But C is the better answer!
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