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Q21: Editorial: The roof of Northtown Council s [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2007, 07:26
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Editorial: The roof of Northtown Council’s equipment-storage building collapsed under the weight of last week’s heavy snowfall. The building was constructed recently and met local building-safety codes in every particular, except that the nails used for attaching roof supports to the building’s columns were of a smaller size than the codes specify for this purpose. Clearly, this collapse exemplifies how even a single, apparently insignificant, departure from safety standards can have severe consequences.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the editorial’s argument?

A. The only other buildings whose roofs collapsed from the weight of the snowfall were older buildings constructed according to less exacting standards than those in the safety codes.
B. Because of the particular location of the equipment-storage building, the weight of snow on its roof was greater than the maximum weight allowed for in the safety codes.
C. Because the equipment-storage building was not intended for human occupation, some safety-code provisions that would have applied to an office building did not apply to it.
D. The columns of the building were no stronger than the building-safety codes required for such a building.
E. Because the equipment-storage building was where the council kept snow-removal equipment, the building was almost completely empty when the roof collapsed.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2007, 08:10
A, because you want to show a comparison with the building collapse and other building collapses to make the argument hold true.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2007, 08:20
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2007, 10:54
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Re: CR The roof of Northtown [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2007, 11:05
jet1445 wrote:
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Editorial: The roof of Northtown Council’s equipment-storage building collapsed under the weight of last week’s heavy snowfall. The building was constructed recently and met local building-safety codes in every particular, except that the nails used for attaching roof supports to the building’s columns were of a smaller size than the codes specify for this purpose. Clearly, this collapse exemplifies how even a single, apparently insignificant, departure from safety standards can have severe consequences.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the editorial’s argument?

A. The only other buildings whose roofs collapsed from the weight of the snowfall were older buildings constructed according to less exacting standards than those in the safety codes.
B. Because of the particular location of the equipment-storage building, the weight of snow on its roof was greater than the maximum weight allowed for in the safety codes.
C. Because the equipment-storage building was not intended for human occupation, some safety-code provisions that would have applied to an office building did not apply to it.
D. The columns of the building were no stronger than the building-safety codes required for such a building.
E. Because the equipment-storage building was where the council kept snow-removal equipment, the building was almost completely empty when the roof collapsed.


I think D.

in A, there are endless possibilities of violation of standards. Also, A talks about older buildings. Hence normal wear and tear could also be involved.

D tells us that the columns adhered to the safety code. So, it's the nail that caused the damage.
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Re: CR The roof of Northtown [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2007, 11:10
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jet1445 wrote:
Q21:
Editorial: The roof of Northtown Council’s equipment-storage building collapsed under the weight of last week’s heavy snowfall. The building was constructed recently and met local building-safety codes in every particular, except that the nails used for attaching roof supports to the building’s columns were of a smaller size than the codes specify for this purpose. Clearly, this collapse exemplifies how even a single, apparently insignificant, departure from safety standards can have severe consequences.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the editorial’s argument?

A. The only other buildings whose roofs collapsed from the weight of the snowfall were older buildings constructed according to less exacting standards than those in the safety codes.
B. Because of the particular location of the equipment-storage building, the weight of snow on its roof was greater than the maximum weight allowed for in the safety codes.
C. Because the equipment-storage building was not intended for human occupation, some safety-code provisions that would have applied to an office building did not apply to it.
D. The columns of the building were no stronger than the building-safety codes required for such a building.
E. Because the equipment-storage building was where the council kept snow-removal equipment, the building was almost completely empty when the roof collapsed.


I think D.

in A, there are endless possibilities of violation of standards. Also, A talks about older buildings. Hence normal wear and tear could also be involved.

D tells us that the columns adhered to the safety code. So, it's the nail that caused the damage.


Welll - it will be D if you want to prove (which incidentally has already been shown to be true in the passage) that the building collapsed due to the nail being non-standard.

The point the author is trying to make is that even miniscule violations from prescribed standards can lead to damages as indicated. A buttresses this fact by illustrating more such cases where lack of compliance has caused buildings to be damaged.
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Re: CR The roof of Northtown [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2007, 11:17
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jet1445 wrote:
Q21:
Editorial: The roof of Northtown Council’s equipment-storage building collapsed under the weight of last week’s heavy snowfall. The building was constructed recently and met local building-safety codes in every particular, except that the nails used for attaching roof supports to the building’s columns were of a smaller size than the codes specify for this purpose. Clearly, this collapse exemplifies how even a single, apparently insignificant, departure from safety standards can have severe consequences.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the editorial’s argument?

wA. The only other buildings whose roofs collapsed from the weight of the snowfall were older buildings constructed according to less exacting standards than those in the safety codes.
B. Because of the particular location of the equipment-storage building, the weight of snow on its roof was greater than the maximum weight allowed for in the safety codes.
C. Because the equipment-storage building was not intended for human occupation, some safety-code provisions that would have applied to an office building did not apply to it.
D. The columns of the building were no stronger than the building-safety codes required for such a building.
E. Because the equipment-storage building was where the council kept snow-removal equipment, the building was almost completely empty when the roof collapsed.


I think D.

in A, there are endless possibilities of violation of standards. Also, A talks about older buildings. Hence normal wear and tear could also be involved.

D tells us that the columns adhered to the safety code. So, it's the nail that caused the damage.


Welll - it will be D if you want to prove (which incidentally has already been shown to be true in the passage) that the building collapsed due to the nail being non-standard.

The point the author is trying to make is that even miniscule violations from prescribed standards can lead to damages as indicated. A buttresses this fact by illustrating more such cases where lack of compliance has caused buildings to be damaged.


I see your point. But A talks about older buildings. How would you know that the problems with those buildings were insignificant? Author's editorial doesn't talk about any other problem with the building. D gives enough reasons to believe that it's the nails and nothing else that caused the damage. It supports the argument.
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Jet, what's the OA?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2007, 11:28
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How would you know that the problems with those buildings were insignificant?


It's not the degree of problems that's important - what's notable is the fact that all the buildings which violated code (regardless of the degree of non-compliance) were damaged.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2007, 09:59
Hi shoonya,read D carefully.
D says: The columns of the building were no stronger than the building-safety codes required for such a building.

no stronger=as strong as or less stronger than

In that case,the argument can be weakened as well.
So,D is incorrect.
A is the answer.
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cr [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2007, 03:45
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Re: Q21: Editorial: The roof of Northtown Council s [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2014, 02:08
Because of the particular location of the equipment-storage building, the weight of snow on
its roof was greater than the maximum weight allowed for in the safety codes.

Option B gives one example saying how another minor isssue can prove big later. Why not B
option A doesnt tell the significance. See, the conclusion of this arg. is that MINOR things ignored come out to be big.
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Re: Q21: Editorial: The roof of Northtown Council s [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2014, 02:08
Because of the particular location of the equipment-storage building, the weight of snow on
its roof was greater than the maximum weight allowed for in the safety codes.

Option B gives one example saying how another minor isssue can prove big later. Why not B
option A doesnt tell the significance. See, the conclusion of this arg. is that MINOR things ignored come out to be big.
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Re: Q21: Editorial: The roof of Northtown Council s   [#permalink] 10 Jun 2014, 02:08
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