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Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.

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

A. The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.

B. Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.

C. Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.

D. People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.

E. An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.
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Re: CR publicity campaigns (assumption type) [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2006, 06:49
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Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.

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

A. The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.

B. Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.

C. Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.

D. People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.

E. An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.


I would go with C. Sympathy is the focus of the argument. And C is the assumption on which the argument relies on.

Laxie, is there some repition in the argument?
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Re: CR publicity campaigns (assumption type) [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2006, 07:00
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Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.

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

A. The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.

B. Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.

C. Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.

D. People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.

E. An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.


I would go with C. Sympathy is the focus of the argument. And C is the assumption on which the argument relies on.

Laxie, is there some repition in the argument?


Just a small typo, but I will let her edit it because she can :-D

My choice is (D) here. For example, most humans are sympathetic to cute little cuddly koala bears that they can see and touch, but really don't care about nearly invisible plankton or microscopic bacteria.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2006, 07:27
Going with D .


Narrowed down to C and D, Both are assumptions.
D is a much broader assumption.
C is much narrow by saying that sympathy is the only factor affecting peoples concern for environment.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2006, 19:12
A in this case.
"Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems". This campaign is not effective because of its only focus on large mammals which is not the most important part of the environmental problem. So A it is.
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Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2009, 11:51
16. Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
(A) The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.
(B) Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.
(C) Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.
(D) People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.
(E) An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.
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Re: Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2009, 12:25
Got D after POE. Other choices are either too strong or irrelevant.
If D is not true then the conclusion that the campaigns will not have much impact falls apart.
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Re: Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 06:11
C seems to be the answer.
C assumes that "sympathy" is important for "impact on the environment".
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Re: Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 07:03
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A directly is mentioned in the passage. If the most important environmental problems involve endangered mammals then the whole argument falls apart. C is close but can't be right because the campaign is not for the environment but endangered species instead. So it's out of scope. D talks about environmental problems in general, not the most important ones, and makes a judgement about the set based upon the characteristics of the subset. So it doesn't make sense.
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Re: Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 08:17
C is the answer as per my opinion

The argument can be deconstructed as follows:
1. Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems...why exactly??
Because...
It is easier to attribute pain and hence elicit sympathy to large mammals than to micro organisms even though these might affect ecosystems
The hidden premise would then obviosuly be the fact that sympathy is necessary for the success of the campaign.

But what is the official answer??
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Re: Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 10:03
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16. Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
Conclusion: Plublicity compaign will not much impact the most important environmental problems.
Now I will use denial method to test if negation of the answer choice undermines the conclusion. If it undermines, the answer choice will be the correct assumtion.
(A) The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.
==> The negation of the choice is "The most important environmental problem includes only the large mammals." Now since large mammals evoke sympathy easily, publicity compaign must have impact on the most important environmental problems. This clearly undermines the conclusion and hence it is correct assumption.
(B) Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.
==>Irrelevent
(C) Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.
==> "the most effective" is too extreme. The conclusion talks about some impact not the most effective way to impact.
(D) People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.
==>The negation of the choice is "People do care about environmental problems even if it affect the creature they do not sympathize". This has no effect on the conclusion as we are not sure what the most important environmental problem involves.
(E) An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.

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Re: Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 10:22
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16. Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
Conclusion: Plublicity compaign will not much impact the most important environmental problems.
Now I will use denial method to test if negation of the answer choice undermines the conclusion. If it undermines, the answer choice will be the correct assumtion.
(A) The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.
==> The negation of the choice is "The most important environmental problem includes only the large mammals." Now since large mammals evoke sympathy easily, publicity compaign must have impact on the most important environmental problems. This clearly undermines the conclusion and hence it is correct assumption.
(B) Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.
==>Irrelevent
(C) Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.
==> "the most effective" is too extreme. The conclusion talks about some impact not the most effective way to impact.
(D) People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.
==>The negation of the choice is "People do care about environmental problems even if it affect the creature they do not sympathize". This has no effect on the conclusion as we are not sure what the most important environmental problem involves.
(E) An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.


I still donot understand, how if option E were assumed, will the conclusion be supported? Even if an organism were environmentally significant, it need not draw sympathy since it may not be shown to elicit pain/feelings. In such a case either way E would not affect the conclusion
Also I couldnot get you reasoning for eliminating C. Most effective does not mean the only effective way, further if say one could elicit lot of sympathy, then obviously, the public campaign would succeed
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Re: Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 10:28
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A directly is mentioned in the passage. If the most important environmental problems involve endangered mammals then the whole argument falls apart. C is close but can't be right because the campaign is not for the environment but endangered species instead. So it's out of scope. D talks about environmental problems in general, not the most important ones, and makes a judgement about the set based upon the characteristics of the subset. So it doesn't make sense.


I too thought it to be A for some time. But then, consider this if it was mentioned as a premise, may be we cannot chose it, since assumptions are supposed to be certain invisible deductions or elements which hold the coherence of the statement.
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Re: Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 23:00
Look for explanation at http://gmat-cr.blogspot.com/
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Assumption question. need help.. [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2009, 04:53
Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.

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

A. The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.
B. Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.
C. Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.
D. People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.
E. An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.

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Re: Assumption question. need help.. [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2009, 05:08
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What is the question exactly???

Sorry, it is an assumption question.

Question Stem: Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
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Re: Assumption question. need help.. [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2009, 05:43
evidence 1. large mammal - easy to elicit sympathy
evidence 2. other kinds of organism - difficul to elicit sympathy

Conclusion. Campaign unlikely to have much impact on important environmental problems

Assumption - between evidences and conclusion.
A clearly fills the gap.


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Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.

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

A. The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.
B. Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.
C. Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.
D. People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.
E. An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.
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Re: Assumption question. need help.. [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2009, 20:34
In stimulus, it says "...other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend." So the other kinds of organism related to environmental problems. But in the stimulus the author did not say or hint that the endangered species are/include other kinds of organism. Choice A means endangered species relate to environmental problem not the other kinds of organism; it didn't claim other species are actually/include the other kinds of organism either. So I thought this is not right? Can you still explain on this logic? Thanks.

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evidence 1. large mammal - easy to elicit sympathy
evidence 2. other kinds of organism - difficul to elicit sympathy

Conclusion. Campaign unlikely to have much impact on important environmental problems

Assumption - between evidences and conclusion.
A clearly fills the gap.


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Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.

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

A. The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.
B. Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.
C. Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.
D. People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.
E. An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.
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Re: Assumption question. need help.. [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 01:17
Assumption 'A' proves the importance of micro-organisms which are important for environment. Premises show that their importance is ignored and hence the campaign will not be successful.

In other words,

Author is assuming that micro-organism are important contributor (micro-organism)and since they are not cared for (sympathized), the campaign will be a failure.

Hope it clarifies.
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1000CR:Publicity campaigns [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2010, 02:05
Q28)Publicity campaigns for endangered species are unlikely to have much impact on the most important environmental problems, for while the ease of attributing feelings to large mammals facilitates evoking sympathy for them, it is more difficult to elicit sympathy for other kinds of organisms, such as the soil microorganisms on which large ecosystems and agriculture depend.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
(A) The most important environmental problems involve endangered species other than large mammals.
(B) Microorganisms cannot experience pain or have other feelings.
(C) Publicity campaigns for the environment are the most effective when they elicit sympathy for some organism.
(D) People ignore environmental problems unless they believe the problems will affect creatures with which they sympathize.
(E) An organism can be environmentally significant only if it affects large ecosystems or agriculture.
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