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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 corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone, 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 people’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 telephones 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 information
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 department’s
capacity for responding to fires.
E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.
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17 Oct 2007, 13:14
singh_amit19 wrote:
Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone, 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 people’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 telephones 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 information
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 department’s
capacity for responding to fires.
E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.

I will go with A.

The conclusion of the argument is "Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire."

Choice A shows that once the fire alarm boxes are gone it will be difficult/impossible for people to make prank calls.

Choices C and D are tempting but they are not really relevant to the central issue of eliminating prank calls.
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17 Oct 2007, 13:51
Actually on second thought I am now confused between A and C.

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

The conclusion again "Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire."

C strengthens the second part of the argument. Removing fire alarm boxes does not hamper people reporting fire because telephones are everywhere. Using a telephone also gives more information to the fire department. Hence the argument is strengthened.

But my first instinct was to go with A. That's what I would have chosen on exam day.
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17 Oct 2007, 13:58
IMO D
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17 Oct 2007, 16:41
gluon wrote:
Actually on second thought I am now confused between A and C.

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

The conclusion again "Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire."

C strengthens the second part of the argument. Removing fire alarm boxes does not hamper people reporting fire because telephones are everywhere. Using a telephone also gives more information to the fire department. Hence the argument is strengthened.

But my first instinct was to go with A. That's what I would have chosen on exam day.

Will go for 'C' as well.
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17 Oct 2007, 17:12
The proposal (remove boxes) will have the desired effect (reduce the number of prank calls without hampering the ability to report)

A - Correct - tracing calls ensures that prank calls are reduced
B - Not relevant... No discussion about cost
C - It may be true, but doesn't speak to the reduction of prank calls... This one is close, as it speak to the ability to report
D - Doesn't speak to the box removal
E - Doesn't speak to the proposal to remove boxes and reduce calls.

A and C are close, but A wins out

singh_amit19 wrote:
Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone, 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 people’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 telephones 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 information
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 department’s
capacity for responding to fires.
E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.
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18 Oct 2007, 00:19
OA is C........but not convinced
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18 Oct 2007, 18:52
This one is tricky.
No doubt that C strengthens the second part of the conclusion.
So, I looked at A and said that to myself- this supports the first part of the conclusion. That's where I went wrong.
The first part of the conclusion is "Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls ..."
Choice A says " The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones and records where they came from." - Just because they trace all calls and blah blah..doesn't mean that the prank calls will reduce. Thus, i'm guessing is the reason why Choice C most strongly supports.
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30 Jul 2008, 10:12
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A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones
and records where they came from.
it's giving more stress on private telephone
C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information
about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed
from an alarm box.
here it's talking about all the phones in general
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30 Jul 2008, 12:19
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones
and records where they came from.
it's giving more stress on private telephone
C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information
about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed
from an alarm box.
here it's talking about all the phones in general

good catch.. +1 for you

C is strongly supports the claim
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