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# Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate,

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Newspaper editorial:

In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governorâ€™s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmateâ€™s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governorâ€™s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

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05 Nov 2004, 19:19
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I picked C.

If the inmates who chose to take college class were already less likely to commit crimes after release, then taking away access to college classes may not have any affect on their crime rates after prison.

Sinced the conclusion states that "inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates", this conclusion must assume that all inmates have the same likelihood to commit a crime after release and it's the college classes that reduces this likelihood.
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05 Nov 2004, 19:43
Yes, it is C.
Thank you for your nice explanation, nzgmat.
The answer, which is attached to the question,
says it is A. But the correct answer is C.
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16 Sep 2009, 12:46
Lemme guess, you got this from a pdf floating around the internet?
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17 Sep 2009, 04:41
I wud go with option C
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26 Sep 2009, 02:47
C seems the only logical answer.
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27 Sep 2009, 21:17
Yeap C
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28 Sep 2009, 23:33
C looks good
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01 Dec 2009, 07:04
The governorâ€™s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

I think the argument is based of fact as mentioned in E option and not C.
Not C because: It mentioned that crime rate is lower in criminals who have taken college level course, which is in contrast to what C says
E because governer is taking some action to show the effect is clear.
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01 Dec 2009, 07:33
Newspaper editorial:

In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governorâ€™s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmateâ€™s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governorâ€™s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

conclusion - since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.

Assumption for this conclusion - The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.

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03 Dec 2009, 00:30
+1 for C
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05 Jan 2015, 12:50
Isn't the answer A ? Also checked at Manhattan forum, the answer seems to be A. Also, crime rate will ultimately reduce if not being able to take college level courses not deter anyone to do crime. Please explain.
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24 Jan 2015, 10:58
Conclusion: Inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes than others, because of which the crime rate decreases.
Assumption: Inmates who took the courses had same potential to commit the crime as others.

Best match : C

Newspaper editorial:
In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governorâ€™s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmateâ€™s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governorâ€™s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

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Isn't the answer A ? Also checked at Manhattan forum, the answer seems to be A. Please explain.

This question has an incorrect answer in various forums. C is definitely the correct answer (try negating). A is not an assumption, it actually weakens the argument by saying courses have not deterring effect on crime.

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Hi KyleWiddison :

I think you are wrong on this one. A indeed says that taking college level courses has deterring effect. I don't blame you though as it has double negative and double-negative choices are indeed tough to make sense off.

Having said that C is the answer as it is superior to A

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virendermidha wrote:
Isn't the answer A ? Also checked at Manhattan forum, the answer seems to be A. Please explain.

This question has an incorrect answer in various forums. C is definitely the correct answer (try negating). A is not an assumption, it actually weakens the argument by saying courses have not deterring effect on crime.

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Newspaper editorial:

In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governorâ€™s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmateâ€™s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governorâ€™s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

Its very difficult to comprehend what option A says.

not being able to take college-level courses is unlikely to deter from committing crime.

conclusion says "inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates"

can someone advise how to relate option 'A' to conclusion.
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