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In generation past, women and their suitors spent relatively little time together before getting married . Arranged marriages, in which the partners were not previously acquainted , were commonplace. most other marriages resulted from brief courtships, during which the future bride and groom spent little time alone together. yet marriages in modern day societies , in which partners date and even cohabitate for years, are much more likely to end in divorce than those of previous generations. despite all the self help books "relationship experts" and emphasis on romance, modern marriages are clearly lacking the quality of those in decades past.


which of the following would least weaken the above argument?

a. life in modern society places more challenges to marriages than did life in previous societies
b. divorce was more socially objectionable in past societies
c. most modern couples seek counseling before considering divorce
d. the quality of modern marriages is only slightly better than that associated with marriages of generations past
e. while a majority of marriages in past generations stayed intact, discreet extramarital affairs were more common than they are in contemporary society.
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which of the following would least weaken the above argument?

Least weaken is an interesting curve ball! I didn't notice it at first. I'd be cautious to not confuse this with trying to find the argument that 'most strengthens' because they all might weaken the argument. Anyway, the passage has a lot of preamble but the argument comes down to: Past marriages were better than current marriages, based on the rate of divorce. Let's take a look:

a. life in modern society places more challenges to marriages than did life in previous societies
This suggests the cause for divorce is not only related to the quality of the marriage but on the culture at the time. This DOES weaken the argument... it does a decent job at it too.

b. divorce was more socially objectionable in past societies
This suggests the reason for the divorce discrepancy was again a cultural thing. This weakening argument is equally as powerful as A, IMO.

c. most modern couples seek counseling before considering divorce
Doesn't say anything about past marriages... so this has no bearing on the argument. Currently, this is the TOP CHOICE because its "weakening power" is zero.

d. the quality of modern marriages is only slightly better than that associated with marriages of generations past
This directly contradicts the argument. Very strongly weakens.

e. while a majority of marriages in past generations stayed intact, discreet extramarital affairs were more common than they are in contemporary society.
This is suggesting that divorce is a poor measure of "quality" and is weakening the argument to some degree by undermining its assumption.

This was a weird one. I think I went through it properly but am curious to see the OA!
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Agreed its a stran question.

I have a doubt, isn't it mandatory for 'least weaken' to atleast weaken a bit, in mathematical terms weakening score>0.

Going by that I'll vouch for D, for atleast weakening a bit rather than zero weakning one, curious to know the OA but more so the OE :)
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nilabjaball wrote:
which of the following would least weaken the above argument?

Least weaken is an interesting curve ball! I didn't notice it at first. I'd be cautious to not confuse this with trying to find the argument that 'most strengthens' because they all might weaken the argument. Anyway, the passage has a lot of preamble but the argument comes down to: Past marriages were better than current marriages, based on the rate of divorce. Let's take a look:

a. life in modern society places more challenges to marriages than did life in previous societies
This suggests the cause for divorce is not only related to the quality of the marriage but on the culture at the time. This DOES weaken the argument... it does a decent job at it too.



b. divorce was more socially objectionable in past societies
This suggests the reason for the divorce discrepancy was again a cultural thing. This weakening argument is equally as powerful as A, IMO.

c. most modern couples seek counseling before considering divorce
Doesn't say anything about past marriages... so this has no bearing on the argument. Currently, this is the TOP CHOICE because its "weakening power" is zero.

d. the quality of modern marriages is only slightly better than that associated with marriages of generations past
This directly contradicts the argument. Very strongly weakens.

e. while a majority of marriages in past generations stayed intact, discreet extramarital affairs were more common than they are in contemporary society.
This is suggesting that divorce is a poor measure of "quality" and is weakening the argument to some degree by undermining its assumption.

This was a weird one. I think I went through it properly but am curious to see the OA!





dalmba You nailed it man
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agree with C.
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seekmba wrote:
agree with C.


I see this pattern -
a = b
c = d

so a is better c. But what if a and c are totally different. Can you compare them?
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a. life in modern society places more challenges to marriages than did life in previous societies >>> Answer
b. divorce was more socially objectionable in past societies >> so what?? Nothing
c. most modern couples seek counseling before considering divorce >> So what?? Do they end up divorcing??
d. the quality of modern marriages is only slightly better than that associated with marriages of generations past >> Strengthens the arg
e. while a majority of marriages in past generations stayed intact, discreet extramarital affairs were more common than they are in contemporary society. >> >> Strengthens the arg

IMO : A >>which says that we have a different situation in modern society.
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