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People who have spent a lot of time in contact with animals often develop animal-induced allergies, some of them quite serious. In a survey of current employees in major zoos, about 30 percent had animal-induced allergies. Based on this sample, experts conclude that among members of the general population who have spent a similarly large amount of time in close contact with animals, the percentage with animal-induced allergies is not 30 percent but substantially more. Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest grounds for the experts’ conclusion?

A. A zoo employee who develops a serious animal-induced allergy is very likely to switch to some other occupation.
B. A zoo employee is more likely than a person in the general population to keep one or more animal pets at home
C. The percentage of the general population whose level of exposure to animals matches that of a zoo employee is quite small.
D. Exposure to domestic pets is, on the whole, less likely to cause animal induced allergy than exposure to many of the animals kept in zoos.
E. Zoo employees seldom wear protective gear when they handle animals in their care.

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16 Nov 2011, 07:53
A is the best, because if a zoo worker moves to some other occupation then the other workers in that occupation might be affected because of the zoo worker...
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16 Nov 2011, 14:15
why not E? any help please.if the employee doesn't wear protective gear, then he would spread the allergies he catches to other people?!
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16 Nov 2011, 22:39
Here in E experts say "the % of people induced with allergies is more than 30%" that itself suggests that people might not have used any protective cover which suggests strongest conclusion of experts argument, if the people have used protective cover then the % of people induced with allergies might have decreased.

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we can't assume that human beings i.e. zoo workers can transmit "animal-induced allergies"
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11 Dec 2011, 21:41
Its A
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we can't assume that human beings i.e. zoo workers can transmit "animal-induced allergies"

A is the correct answer in my opinion and you are right, we can't assume that they transmit animal-induced allergies after changing jobs.
When a zoo worker leaves the zoo, he becomes part of the population that is referred to as "general public", basically anyone who is currently not working as a zoo worker. As over the years many such zoo workers would have switched jobs, the percent of general public with animal exposure and animal-induced allergies would have increased.

hope this makes sense.

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13 Dec 2011, 00:40
straight A
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21 Dec 2011, 21:47
I picked E, but A also seems to be a good candidate after a little thought

What is OA?
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cant be E as
we need to prove that number of people having animal allergy is more then the sample collected
A ) proves that people who have got these allergies have already left there jobs
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27 Dec 2011, 02:30
Yes I agree. A makes the most sense. The other choices are not quite likely. A can safely be inferred.
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27 Dec 2011, 18:39
A makes sense
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People who have spent a lot of time in contact with animals often develop animal-induced allergies, some of them quite serious. In a survey of current employees in major zoos, about 30 percent had animal-induced allergies. Based on this sample, experts conclude that among members of the general population who have spent a similarly large amount of time in close contact with animals, the percentage with animal-induced allergies is not 30 percent but substantially more. Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest grounds for the experts’ conclusion?

A. A zoo employee who develops a serious animal-induced allergy is very likely to switch to some other occupation. if zoo employee transfer to other profession then they would be counted in general population and hence would increase the percentage
B. A zoo employee is more likely than a person in the general population to keep one or more animal pets at home does n't impact conclusion that general public will have higher percentage of allergy
C. The percentage of the general population whose level of exposure to animals matches that of a zoo employee is quite small. this actually weaken the conclusion. If level of exposure is low so would be percentage of people having allergy
D. Exposure to domestic pets is, on the whole, less likely to cause animal induced allergy than exposure to many of the animals kept in zoos. weakens the conclusion
E. Zoo employees seldom wear protective gear when they handle animals in their care. weaken the conclusion
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03 Mar 2012, 18:59
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A. If they change professions then it is very possible that 30% reflects a lower number of people than were actually affected by animal induced allergies.
B. B weakens the conclusion so wrong
C. Weakens
D. Weakens
E. Does not strengthen.

Hence A
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04 Mar 2012, 12:28
IMO A.

Reasoning is on the fact that the first choice ( eventhough not best fit IMO) is a better justification for the conclusion mentioned in the passage.
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20 Mar 2012, 00:45
IMO A

First thout C but A should be answer as ppl from zoo leave their % is not real representetive.
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21 Mar 2012, 23:22
...........straight A rest options are not that strong
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28 Nov 2013, 01:40
There is no other choice other than A that strengthens the expert's position.
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24 Jan 2014, 09:02
Experts need more help here with choice E. Pet owners also do not wear mask and hence more risk. Thus increasing cases.
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