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Reviewing historical data, medical researchers in California

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4. Reviewing historical data, medical researchers in California found that counties with the largest number of television sets per capita have had the lowest incidence of a serious brain disease, mosquito-borne encephalitis. The researchers have concluded that people in these counties stay indoors more and thus avoid exposure to the disease.
The researchers’ conclusion would be most strengthened if which of the following were true?

(A) Programs designed to control the size of disease-bearing mosquito populations have not affected the incidence of mosquito borne encephalitis.
(B) The occupations of county residents affect their risk of exposure to mosquito-borne encephalitis more than does television-watching.
(C) The incidence of mosquito-borne encephalitis in counties with the largest number of television sets per capita is likely to decrease even further.
(D) The more time people in a county spend outdoors, the greater their awareness of the dangers of mosquito-borne encephalitis.
(E) The more television sets there are per capita in a county, the more time the average county resident spends watching television.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 10:42
I was debating between (A) and (E)

I believe (E) is the assumption and hence the best answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 10:44
OA is E
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 21:06
Only E will strengthen the claim.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2006, 01:54
Can someone tell me why (A) is not the right answer? :?
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2006, 03:34
Reena_prabs wrote:
Can someone tell me why (A) is not the right answer? :?


The conclusion is - because people spend more time indoors they don't get exposed to mosquito-borne encephalitis.

E strengthens the argument by saying that in countries with more television sets, people spend more time watching tv (and thus les time outdoors).

A can't be the answer because it does not say anything about the time people spend indoors/outdoors.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2006, 04:22
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Reena_prabs wrote:
Can someone tell me why (A) is not the right answer? :?


The conclusion is - because people spend more time indoors they don't get exposed to mosquito-borne encephalitis.

E strengthens the argument by saying that in countries with more television sets, people spend more time watching tv (and thus les time outdoors).

A can't be the answer because it does not say anything about the time people spend indoors/outdoors.


True. A is simply an irrelevant statement.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2006, 06:29
This is a straight E.

Negate E and argument falls apart.
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