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No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above?

(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?
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So the structure of the argument is : Loss of tradition => economic growth => no one should be sad.
To evaluate this argument we should see whether there are any other causes that lead to the conclusion. So choice B is correct.
A, C, D are irrelevant.
E, if true, cannot evaluate the argument.
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B it is,

No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above? How can we be sure that loss of tribal traditions has caused this and thus not consider loss of tribal traditions as tragedy

(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost? Irrelevant
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?Relevant, if this is the only change then it validates the argument. On the contrary, if it is not the only reason you can make up many others. So this is useful in establishing the validity of the argument
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?We do not need other examples, if they are there its good, if not there then also its okay
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?the author says no resident, so percentages here don't come into the picture
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs? High technology, seriously ! where did this come from ? Totally irrelevant.
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12 Dec 2014, 06:43
This one is a bit tricky, and I admit that I picked C. After reviewing, it seems like B is a better answer.
It is rather obvious that A, D, and E are all irrelevant.

Answer choice B would help us evaluate if the economic change happened following only the loss of traditional tribal structure, or if other changes were made as well. Depending on the answer, it can either strengthen or weaken the argument. Good answer.

Answer choice C could also help us make a determination, but not the same one. I fell into this trap. Answer choice C would help us determine if the loss in tribal structure leading to economic growth can be generalized statement. However, the argument in this case is SPECIFIC to those people who reside in country X, not to ALL countries with tribal structure. Therefore, B is a better answer.
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12 Dec 2014, 11:30
I don't like the option B) at all.
We have to evaluate the argument "No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy"

B says Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost . The answer "Yes" should strengthen the argument, while a "No" should weaken.

Let's say "tribal structure" is the only part of traditional culture that was lost. But, still we can't say the argument to be acceptable, since that one loss could be a significant loss. The argument is not strengthened.

If "tribal structure" is not the only part of traditional culture that was lost, then the loss is even higher and therefore the argument in unjustified

C) seems to be better than B).

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No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above?

(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?

i agree with kinghytes.......
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
1. first scenario.... YES. SO STILL HOW CAN WE SAY THAT THE ECONOMIC GROWTH IS DUE TO TRIBAL STRUCTURE LOSS.... IT COULD STILL BE SOMETHING ELSE......
2. second scenario.....NO. THIS MEANS THAT THERE COULD BE OTHER ASPECTS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURE LOSS THAT COULD HAVE RESULTED IN ECONOMIC GROWTH.....

HENCE, answer (B) is not conclusive...... ANSWER (C) AT LEAST BRINGS OUT EXAMPLESOF SIMILAR SITUATION IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH MAY INDICATE THE SCENARIO HERE......

(C) IS A BETTER ANSWER THAN (B)........
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17 Apr 2015, 03:55
gmatpapa wrote:
No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above?

(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?

Can anyone help me on this?
Sometimes i see "other " things are been considered in answer choices and sometimes the explanation is that " it is beyond scope".
I really have trouble with this part.
I was able to reach B and C.
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01 Jun 2015, 03:03
So strange... Frankly, I didn't like any of the answers but I eventually went with C. B seems out of scope to me, while C at least implies that the causal relationship " loss of tradition -> economic growth" does not necessarily hold true. If we find that other countries with similar structures have experienced economic growth, then there is probably some other reason, not just the loss of traditional society
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01 Jun 2015, 04:24
I think it can either be B or C
Conclusion - the loss of the traditional tribal structure lead to development of the country

(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost? - This will help evaluate whether the country has gained much because of the loss of tribal structure or because of any other influencing factor that was also a part of traditional culture
C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth? - This will help evaluate whether the same results are true for any other country and thus help to generalize and strengthen the findings/conclusion
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02 Jun 2015, 21:13
B relates to whole traditional culture but conclusion says that people concerns only loss of tribal structure.

C for me
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16 Jun 2015, 00:28
gmatpapa wrote:
No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above?

(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?

hard one,
the key to success is how to criticize the argument.
if the tribal structure is only part of the tradition, the disappearance of tribal structure possibly would not cause the good economic benifit and can make person sad.

this is why B is correct
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21 Oct 2015, 02:10
Nice one really.
Ok, so the q is really about "following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above"?
The argument above is that Loss of Traditional Tribal tradition = Higher Economic growth for Country X .
So the answer choices ,when giving either a YES or a NO should help us to evaluate the validity of the statement.

(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
10 years or 100 years or 0 years. Whatever be the answer to this one, its not going to help evaluate the statement. Irrelevant fact.
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
ANS: Yes, ok then the statement is validated as being true cause the loss of tribal structure did contribute to the Economic growth
ANS: No, ok so the statement is not entirely true, as there could be some other traditional culture whose loss contributed to the Economic growth.

(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
ANS: Yes, ok so how does that help in assessing Country X's condition ? The question clearly states that when traditional tribal traditions dominated country X. so outside scope doesnt help.
ANS: No, ok again how does that help in assessing Country X's condition ? Same reasoning !!

(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
ANS: 50% to 97% to 0%, doesn't help in the least in evaluating the statement. Might help in assessing the sentiments of the people but thats not what is asked.

(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?
[color=#0000ff]ANS: YES or NO, either ways how does this help ? It would help in assessing how much technology had a role but thats not the statement we need to evaluate.
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So in the end, only B truly helps in evaluating the ststement. I get the allure of C but if you look at the quest. u find that the author is clearly picking out tribal traditions in Country X's case, so in fact C can be dismissed as irrelevant itself.
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