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Re: CR - Marital bliss [#permalink]
15 Aug 2011, 04:37
The author cites a correlation between marriage and conditions like happiness and health , and concludes that marriage leads to happiness and health. Hence he’s assuming that the causation doesn’t run the other way.
Re: Recent research has indicated that married people are not [#permalink]
19 Jun 2012, 06:16
Unwaveringly D. Broken down, D says that marriage is not undertaken only by healthy and non-depressed people but that sad and sickly souls are as likely to get hitched as their jolly contemporaries. Therefore marriage is not dominated by already pre-marriage happy people, but rather it is the institution of marriage which bestows healthy and cheery dispositions to those who enter it. This assumption effectively rules out a consideration that opposes the argument that marriage brings happiness and health.
OE: Research indicates that there is a connection between being married and being happy and healthy. Media commentators have concluded that marriage causes happiness and health. However, one could reasonably conclude from the research that the cause and effect are the reverse: being happy and healthy makes a person more likely to get married.
(A) The research compared married people to unmarried people. Neither the researchers nor the media commentators made any distinction between newlyweds and those who had been married a long time, so this assumption is not necessary.
(B) The type of wedding is outside the scope of this argument. The research compared married people to unmarried people, but made no distinction based upon the type of wedding. Thus, this assumption is unnecessary.
(C) At first, this statement may seem necessary—after all, if the commentators conclude that marriage causes happiness, a lack of depression in married people would certainly support that conclusion. However, the statement is too extreme. One depressed married person does not invalidate the research indicating that, on average, married people are healthier and happier than non-married people.
(D) CORRECT. This statement eliminates the alternative interpretation of the research findings—that being happy and healthy makes a person more likely to get married.
(E) The research compared married people to unmarried people. Neither the researchers nor the media commentators made any distinction between harmonious marriages and combative marriages, so this assumption is not necessary.
But per Power Score's Assumption negation technique, Option C hold so true. Per rule, we remove a "not" in the sentence. Then option C becomes, "Married people can get depressed. "
Which actually hurts the argument and must therefore be the right answer. Isn't the answer choices are ambiguous here?