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Since Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as [#permalink]  05 Jun 2010, 06:56
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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 Drabble’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.

For me there are more than one correct answers
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  05 Jun 2010, 08:06
I choose E.

B and C seemgood but E is better.
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  05 Jun 2010, 11:34
I will go for A, as the answer tries to cover up the "as soon as possible" aspect and also by saying suitable. E seems to exaggerate the answer mentioning "the only".
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  05 Jun 2010, 20:38
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  14 Jul 2010, 10:19
This genuinely appeared to be very tough.. I went with D. is there an oa to this one?
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  14 Jul 2010, 10:43
(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.
-- Since Drabble has long standing political debt, he would like to repay it as quickly as possible by appointing Lee. Hence A is a correct answer choice.

(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 Drabble’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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Re: Lee [#permalink]  14 Jul 2010, 20:22
What's wrong with D?
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  14 Jul 2010, 20:55
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What's wrong with D?
that's the more difficult part of Critical reasoning to understand. While it is a valid consideration - yet - it's fairly possible that despite lack of conformance - she may choose the person because of her political obligation - in other words it is possible that her political obligations may weigh in more than the sense of fairness in judging the suitability for role. I fell for this choice too. GMAT really extracts a tough penalty - the moment one wanders OUTSIDE the confines of the argument - assume not what is warranted or can be easily dispensed with!!!!!
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  14 Jul 2010, 21:48
On top of that passage doesn't say anything about Lee's qualifications. So, applying negation test will not guarantee the argument to break apart...phew!!I just hope I get these things in my head before answering on the test day!
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  14 Jul 2010, 22:24
Premise 1: Since Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as soon as possible,
Premise 2: she will almost certainly appoint Lee to be the new head of the arts commission.
Premise 3: Lee has wanted that job for a long time, and 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.
Conclusion: 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) Comparison between the debt Drable owes to Lee than some1 else is irrelevant
(B) Correct..explained above
(C) Lees' willingness to accept the post is OOS
(D) compleatly OOS..stupid
(E) How do we know thats the only way ?????????????

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Re: Lee [#permalink]  14 Jul 2010, 23:02
IMHO answer choice E is fine to assume here.
An assumption always weakens a weakner.
If there are other ways through which the mayor can return the political debt, she probably will not appoint Lee the head of the Arts commission. To weaken this we should assume that there are not any alternative means through which she can repay her debt but to appoint Lee the head.
I suppose i am making any sense here.
Difficult question though.
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  14 Jul 2010, 23:20

(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. – Question says about Lee’s support for last election but answer says about longer standing debt. -- Incorrect

(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. – Question says that Drabble owes Lee a lot for his support in the last election. -- Incorrect

(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. – Question says that Lee has wanted that job for a long time. -- Incorrect

(D) Whether Lee is qualified to head the arts commission is irrelevant to Mayor Drabble’s decision. – We are not concerned about Lee’s qualification. -- Incorrect

(E) The only way that Mayor Drabble can adequately repay her political debt to Lee is by appointing him to head the arts commission. – Drabble can only pay for Lee’s support only by appointing him head of the arts commission. -- Correct

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Re: Lee [#permalink]  15 Jul 2010, 00:34
OA is A for this. Searched some other forums!!
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  15 Jul 2010, 05:52
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(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.

Polical debt is nowhere mentioned to be only for last election.

(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.

Willingness is not being discussed. Its just that Lee would want Drabble.Drabble does not wants to be a mayor can be a another story

(D) Whether Lee is qualified to head the arts commission is irrelevant to Mayor Drabble’s decision.

Qualification. Who cares. As if our politician are checked for dis( on a lighter side) But no,

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

She can pay him later.
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  17 Jul 2010, 12:33
tryingharder wrote:
Premise 1: Since Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as soon as possible,
Premise 2: she will almost certainly appoint Lee to be the new head of the arts commission.
Premise 3: Lee has wanted that job for a long time, and 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.
Conclusion: 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) Comparison between the debt Drable owes to Lee than some1 else is irrelevant
(B) Correct..explained above
(C) Lees' willingness to accept the post is OOS
(D) compleatly OOS..stupid
(E) How do we know thats the only way ?????????????

Agree with you. Vote for B. What's OA? Thanks
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  17 Jul 2010, 13:33
I went for A.

I think the key in the question is "as soon as possible".

So, she will only repay her debt to Lee if:

- Nobody else is waiting longer for a repayment than Lee; (Mayor Drabble has no political debt that is both of longer standing than the one she owes to Lee)
- Even if someone is waiting longer than Lee, he/she won't be satisfied with this repayment. (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. Stem talks about repayment as soon as possible and doesn´t talk about "importance" of debt
(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. Someone else can also accept the position as a repayment, but he/she is waiting for less time than Lee.
(D) Whether Lee is qualified to head the arts commission is irrelevant to Mayor Drabble’s decision. Maybe true, but is not relevant to the conclusion, in my opinion.
(E) The only way that Mayor Drabble can adequately repay her political debt to Lee is by appointing him to head the arts commission. She could pay Lee later with another position or anything else.

Just my 2 cents.
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  17 Jul 2010, 23:29
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  18 Jul 2010, 02:43
Premises:
1. Lee has wanted the job for a long time.
2. Drabble owes Lee a lot for his support in the last election.
3. Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as soon as possible.
Conclusion:
Drabble will almost certainly appoint Lee to the job.

Assumptions:
1. She could have debts of longer standing but not suitable to be repaid by the appointment, so the first part of this assumption is not necessarily right. Suitable or not, she could repay in other ways as well.
2. She could have greater debts and still appoint Lee.
3. She could appoint someone that she doesn't owe a political debt and would be willing to accept.
4. Yes, correct, but... it's not the point really. Others could not be qualified as well and it could be irrelevant to Drabble anyways.
5. Right answer. If she could pay in any other way then the conclusion would be weak, but with this assumption then the conclusion is valid.
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  18 Jul 2010, 11:01
cano wrote:
Premises:
1. Lee has wanted the job for a long time.
2. Drabble owes Lee a lot for his support in the last election.
3. Mayor Drabble always repays her political debts as soon as possible.
Conclusion:
Drabble will almost certainly appoint Lee to the job.

Assumptions:
1. She could have debts of longer standing but not suitable to be repaid by the appointment, so the first part of this assumption is not necessarily right. Suitable or not, she could repay in other ways as well.
2. She could have greater debts and still appoint Lee.
3. She could appoint someone that she doesn't owe a political debt and would be willing to accept.
4. Yes, correct, but... it's not the point really. Others could not be qualified as well and it could be irrelevant to Drabble anyways.
5. Right answer. If she could pay in any other way then the conclusion would be weak, but with this assumption then the conclusion is valid.

Hello, cano and everybody else!

Let me ask you a question:

(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.

Don't you think that the word "both" forces us to take both parts of this assumption at the same time? I mean:

1) If somebody was waiting longer than Lee and would accept the position as a repayment (opposite case), he/she would get the job since Drabble pays her debts as soon as possible;
2) If somebody was waiting longer than Lee, but he/she would not be satisfied with the position as a repayment, Lee would get the position;
3) If somebody would accept the position as a repayment, but he/she was waiting less time than Lee, Lee would get the job.

So, IMHO, I think that answer A would be the correct answer since it states that nobody fulfills the requiriments of scenario 1.

What do you think?
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Re: Lee [#permalink]  19 Jul 2010, 09:12
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.
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