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# Since Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as

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Since Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as [#permalink]  08 Feb 2007, 22:57
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Since Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as soon as possible, she will almost certainly appoint Lee to be the new head of the arts commission. Lee has wanted that job for a long time, and Drabble owes Lee a lot for his support in the last election.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
(A) Mayor Drabble has no political debt that is both of longer standing than the one she owes to Lee and could as suitably be repaid by an appointment to be the new head of the arts commission.
(B) There is no one to whom Mayor Drabble owes a greater political debt for support in the last election than the political debt she owes to Lee.
(C) Lee is the only person to whom Mayor Drabble owes a political debt who would be willing to accept an appointment from her as the new head of the arts commission.
(D) Whether Lee is qualified to head the arts commission is irrelevant to Mayor Drabbleâ€™s decision.
(E) The only way that Mayor Drabble can adequately repay her political debt to Lee is by appointing him to head the arts commission.

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I go with D [#permalink]  08 Feb 2007, 23:07
D it is. The only assumption I made in this question was that probably Mr. Lee is the perfect candidate for the position. Means that he is the qualified for the job. More or less political debt Mayor Drabble has does not actually matter.In any case, he/she will repay it in the future. So, the answe is D.
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A tempted me for some time. D seems a better option.
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Re: I go with D [#permalink]  09 Feb 2007, 00:08
eokhonko wrote:
D it is. The only assumption I made in this question was that probably Mr. Lee is the perfect candidate for the position. Means that he is the qualified for the job. More or less political debt Mayor Drabble has does not actually matter.In any case, he/she will repay it in the future. So, the answe is D.

Premise 1 - Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as soon as possible
Premise 2 - Lee has wanted that job for a long time, and Drabble owes Lee a lot for his support in the last election.

Conclusion - She will almost certainly appoint Lee to be the new head of the arts commission

We need an assumption(missing premise) which together with the other premises supports the conclusion drawn. D doesn't fit in with the other premises. If D is indeed the assumption, then the 2 original premises seem irrelevant.

Lets examine A. According to A,

Mayor Drabble has no political debt that is both of longer standing than the one she owes to Lee and could as suitably be repaid by an appointment to be the new head of the arts commission.

We can see that this assumption fits nicely with the 2 premises in the argument and allows for the conclusion to be drawn.

Premise 1 - Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as soon as possible
Premise 2 - Lee has wanted that job for a long time, and Drabble owes Lee a lot for his support in the last election.
Our answer - Mayor Drabble has no political debt that is both of longer standing than the one she owes to Lee and could as suitably be repaid by an appointment to be the new head of the arts commission.

Conclusion - She will almost certainly appoint Lee to be the new head of the arts commission

I believe A is a better choice than D.
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I will go with E).

If an assumption is negated, then the conclusion should become invalid.
This happens only in choice E)

(E) The only way that Mayor Drabble can adequately repay her political debt to Lee is by appointing him to head the arts commission.

If E) is negated, it implies that Mayor can repay his political debt to Lee through other means apart from appointing him to head the arts commission. If this is true, the conclusion drawn that Mayor will certainly appoint Lee to commission becomes invalid.

D) brings up a 'qualification' which was no where mentioned in the original stem. Even negating D) will not make the conclusion invalid.
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I think that C is best
If there is another supporter of the Mayor, other than Lee, who also desires the place in the museum then the conclusion:
"she will almost certainly appoint Lee to be the new head of the arts commission.."
is flawed.
C eliminates the flaw
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BG wrote:
I think that C is best
If there is another supporter of the Mayor, other than Lee, who also desires the place in the museum then the conclusion:
"she will almost certainly appoint Lee to be the new head of the arts commission.."
is flawed.
C eliminates the flaw

Same reasoning
C it is
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Unable to decide between A and D
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i lean towards E...

I think D is out of context.. nothing is mentioned about the qualification of the job...

in A, whether the re-payment should be suitable is not talked about either..

others, felt not so good choices either..

if there are other ways to re-pay Lee, then why not? negating E also makes the argument fall apart.. so should be the answer..
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I think it's A for the reasoning stated above

C is wrong because the question says she will almost certainly appoint Lee, however that leaves the opening that she may not, however slim and choice C states Lee is the ONLY person.

D seems out of scope

E is wrong, because question states she always pays her political debt, however in the answer choice there is some doubt if she will repay the debt by appotinting him to the arts dept (because she almost certaintly, but not definitely) so she could repay in some other way

B we dont know what other people she owes debts too that she could owe a greater debt to
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Conclusion is 'she will certainly appoint Lee...'

It is possible when there is no other choices from those she owes, and Lee is willing to do the job (here Lee is looking forward for the position). And, top of all Mayor owes to Lee.

Assumption 'C' perfectly fits in this conclusion.

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I vote for C.

Can we have OA and OE?
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I can argue as to why A is not the answer:

A has two parts: 1. there is no one else ahead of Lee for repayment
2. there is no one else who wants the job as much as Lee.

Both these conditions are to be satisfied for choice A.

Let's say condition 2. is not satisfied, i.e. there is an X who wants the job more than Lee.

Now, the situation becomes: Lee is first in line, but there is an X who wants the job more than Lee.

We know that Drabble always repays her debts asap, but a statement that someone wants the job more than Lee or Lee wants the job more than someone doesn't support the conclusion as much as saying:

"the only way to adequately repay Lee is to appoint him"

So E seems better than A. I'm discounting B,C,D for the same arguments are others.

The word "adequately" in choice E troubles me though.
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Straight A.
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A is the answer. stmt says "as soon as possible". only A mentions this point. Along with it, negation does tell the story.
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Re: CR: Political Favor [#permalink]  04 Apr 2007, 15:36
Vote E
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My bet on A . Can anyone tell us the OA?
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Wow this is a tough one.

I would have to go with E, because the argument DEPENDS on the mayor having no other way to pay off her debt. It does not depend on other debt she has to repay, or whether or not he is qualified.
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