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Pedro: Unlike cloth diapers, disposable diapers are a threat

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Pedro: Unlike cloth diapers, disposable diapers are a threat [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 12:03
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Pedro: Unlike cloth diapers, disposable diapers are a threat to the environment. Sixteen billion disposable diapers are discarded annually, filling up landfills at an alarming rate. So people must stop buying disposable diapers and use cloth diapers.

Maria: But you forget that cloth diapers must be washed in hot water, which requires energy. Moreover, the resulting wastewater pollutes our rivers. When families use diaper services, diapers

must be delivered by fuel-burning trucks that pollute the air and add to traffic congestion.

Maria objects to Pedro's argument by

(A) claiming that Pedro overstates the negative evidence about disposable diapers in the course of his argument in favor of cloth diapers.

(B) indicating that Pedro draws a hasty conclusion, based on inadequate evidence about cloth diapers.

(C) pointing out that there is an ambiguous use of the word "disposable" in Pedro's argument

(D) demonstrating that cloth diapers are a far more serious threat to the environment than disposable diapers are

(E) suggesting that the economic advantages of cloth diapers outweigh whatever environmental damage they may cause

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 12:18
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 13:08
Would go for D.

He cites examples to show that it has many disadvantages too and it also causes environmental damges.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 17:04
This is tough. Contenders are B and D.

Choosing D would need an implicit assumption. I will go with B because of the word "but you forget" meaning something related to haste.
I am sure GMAT will not hav such a question as B also can be refuted.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 18:28
This is a subtle question.
I would go with D because B says that Pedro provides inadequate evidence about cloth diapers. However, Pedro does not give any evidence as to cloth diapers. He only mentions the cons of disposable diapers. Therefore, B can be refuted in that sense

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 19:07
Guys, this is going to disappoint most of you and is sure to generate lots of debate.

The official answer is B.

Even I selected D. But seems now Anandnk has to explain us where we went wrong.

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 19:43
D can also be negated because Maria does not really mention how cloth diapers are far more serious a threat than disposable diapers are. She just mentions that cloth diapers represent a threat to the environment but never establishes the magnitude of one's danger over another. Yet, as I previously mentioned, Pedro never mentioned any evidence about cloth diapers. Both B and D can each be refuted and this means that actually none of the answer should really be good.

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 20:21
No way I can explain it. I just wanted to be different ( I can do that on the forum ) but believe me I would have chosen D in the test. I think Paul did a good job explaining it.

What is the source of this question ?
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 20:31
Actually this is an LSAT question. I got this question on the web when I searched for LSAT questions.

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 20:51
aspire wrote:
Actually this is an LSAT question. I got this question on the web when I searched for LSAT questions.


Its great that you are working on LSAT's. LSAT's are great practice. the idea is to develop the logic of analyzing arguments and to understand what the questions is really about.

I recommend LSAT's as they complement the CR and RC's of the OG. Practice will improve these skills.

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2004, 20:56
praetorian123 wrote:
aspire wrote:
Actually this is an LSAT question. I got this question on the web when I searched for LSAT questions.


Its great that you are working on LSAT's. LSAT's are great practice. the idea is to develop the logic of analyzing arguments and to understand what the questions is really about.

I recommend LSAT's as they complement the CR and RC's of the OG. Practice will improve these skills.

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After doing LSAT CR, you sure will find GMAT CR so much easier. I'm also quoting Vicky on this :)

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2004, 07:43
I understand OA is B. But still I am not getting convinced between B and D.

Reasons :
1. D is wrong because as Paul said, there doesnt seem to be any indication of comparison . Maira is just stating facts.

2. B is wrong because when Pedro says 'Unlike clothe diapers', he seems to know about clothe diapers and 'inadequate evidence' is surely not appropriate.

If someone can find a much convincing explanation, please put forward.

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2004, 08:02
Well my final answer is B. In drawing conclusion Pedro uses insufficient evidence and hence B should be correct. There is nothing mentioed about the threat or comparitive threat. Both the answers mention negatives about the both types of uses but we cannot realize that one diaper is a threat and the other is not.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2004, 12:07
Pedro draws a hasty conclusion insofar as he concludes they are not a threat to the environment, without considering all the evidence (which is conveniently supplied by Mary). Hence his evidence (of which none was supplied) was insufficient.
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