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31 Dec 2003, 14:34
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11. Scientific research at a certain university was supported in part by an annual grant from a major foundation. When the university' s physics department embarked on weapons-related research, the foundation, which has a purely humanitarian mission, threatened to cancel its grant. The university then promised that none of the foundation' s money would be used for the weapons research, whereupon the foundation withdrew its threat, concluding that the weapons research would not benefit from the foundation' s grants.
Which one of the following describes a flaw in the reasoning underlying the foundation's conclusion?
(A) It overlooks the possibility that the availability of the foundation's money for humanitarian uses will allow the university to redirect other funds from humanitarian uses to weapons research.
(B) It overlooks the possibility that the physics department' s weapons research is not he only one of the university's research activities with other than purely humanitarian purposes.
(C) It overlooks the possibility that the university made its promise specifically in order to induce the foundation to withdraw its threat.
(D) It confuses the intention of not using a sum of money for a particular purpose with the intention of not using that sum of money at all.
(E) It assumes that if the means to achieve an objective are humanitarian in character, then the objective is also humanitarian in character.
I chose A and A is the correct answer. I felt that C is not a flaw at all. C proves that the university is lying and this cannot be a flaw. As asandeep said A gives indirect reasons making it better than C.
hey i think all these questions you are posting violating the GMAT principles, in GMAT the question has one and only one choice. But several(or almost all) question posted by you have debatable answers. You mentioned the source is studa.com but i can not read this coz of fonts. I am doing well with Kaplan, OG and other standard material but these questions just drive me crazy. can u please tell me how to access this questions from studa.com, and how reliable it is,
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Goto this site and you will some garbled stuff. You will also see something in English. Use those liks to access the tests. I also heard that ETS spends millions of dollars to come with questions which dont have questionable answers. The site I mentioned and their answers/questions along with grammatical problems do have some issues, but I just cannot ignore the number of tests present.
If you are doing good in tests that adhere to strict GMAT rules( if there are any ) then you should feel confident. I am sure you will do good.
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