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Re: Lee [#permalink]  19 Jul 2010, 10:36
In an assumption question, one needs to target the conclusion and the conclusion in the present case is "she will almost certainly appoint Lee to be the new head of the arts commission" and this conclusion is following a premise. So the major premise of the argument becomes, that the Mayor repays her debts as soon as possible.

One small trick in this argument is that " there is no mention of how does the Mayor repay her debt". One has to ask, does Mayor have to pay back Lee by appointing him to head the Arts commission..No reason to accept this as fact.. Hence this also should go in as one of the assumption..

Now look at A..it captures both the points of the assumption,
1. that Mayor is owing Lee for a long time (time longer than most of her bebt periods, and that since she pays it asap..she will soon clear Lee's loan)

2. And she finds paying Lee by appointing him to Arts commission as most suitable

Hence the assumption becomes A
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  19 Jul 2010, 17:32
cano wrote:
vbarrozo,
I may be wrong, but from my point of view (E) is stronger than (A).
I agree that the word "both" forces us to take both parts of the assumption together. And I lean towards the second part as more compelling than the first one.
I think that the conclusion doesn't depend on: Drabble has no political debt that is of longer standing than the one she owes to Lee. Even if true, she is not forced to appoint Lee just because of that. Not even because is suitable. But because there is no other way to repay him, then most probably she will appoint him. I find this reason (E) to be the one that the conclusion depends on.

Hi, cano!

I think I found a way to "break" answer E.

Let's assume that answer E is correct and "The only way that Mayor Drabble can adequately repay her political debt to Lee is by appointing him to head the arts commission."

However, what if someone else (i.e. John) can only be paid with this position AND he is waiting longer than Lee for a repayment.

So, the question would be: Whom would get the job? Lee or John?

Since the argument clearly says that Drable pays her political debts as soon as possible, John would be the one to get the position.

Using this approach, I think we can put some doubts about the conclusion (Lee will get the position) even if we consider answer E as true. Therefore, E would not be the correct answer.

By the way, thanks for the interesting debate!
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  31 Jul 2010, 13:45
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