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# Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false

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Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms
are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street
these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we
propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the
number of prank calls without hampering peopleâ€™s ability to report a fire.
Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the
proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

A.The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private tele-
phones and records where they came from.

B.Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately
five million dollars annually.

C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more informa-
tion about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.

D.Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire depart-
mentâ€™s capacity for responding to fires.

E.On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones
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12 Sep 2006, 06:06
Jerry, the question is incomplete
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12 Sep 2006, 08:42
A out of scope
B irrelevant
C -- makes sense.
D so what? even false telephone can do the same.
E * answer choice is incomplete
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12 Sep 2006, 09:51
jerrywu wrote:
Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms
are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street
these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we
propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the
number of prank calls without hampering peopleâ€™s ability to report a fire.
Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the
proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

A.The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private tele-
phones and records where they came from.

Best Answer --> this asserts that calls from private phones are an effective way for people to report a fire. If it weren't then removing fireboxes might not be such a good idea. Therefore, removing firexboxes will not hamper people's ability to report fires.

B.Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately
five million dollars annually.

We're not talking about cost. Out of scope. Eliminate.

C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more informa-
tion about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.

We don't care about the nature & size of the fire. All we care about is the impact of removing boxes not hampering the ability of people to report fire. Eliminate.

D.Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire depart-
mentâ€™s capacity for responding to fires.

Don't care. Eliminate.
E.On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones
Incomplete. But out of scope. Don't care about public phones. Argument is based on private phones. Eliminate.

I go with A.
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12 Sep 2006, 10:04
Yeah you are right. A should be the answer.
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12 Sep 2006, 22:05
Agree with 'A'
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12 Sep 2006, 22:37
A is the one.
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12 Sep 2006, 23:27
A - CORRECT. Indicates that the telephones will allow the fire department to trace the location of the fire (just like the fire alarms).
B - Out of scope
C - Hmmm....This also makes sense, but A is BETTER.
D - Irrelevant
E - incomplete
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13 Sep 2006, 04:51
A for me.
13 Sep 2006, 04:51
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