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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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The proposed affect is: "Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire".

A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones
and records where they came from. Seems to support the argument

B. Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately
five million dollars annually. Out of scope...issue not associated with cost

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. Issue is not about the details of the fire

D. Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department’s
capacity for responding to fires. Issue is not about reliability...its about prank calls

E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones
in Springfield are out of service.Out of scope

What is the OA?
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22 Mar 2010, 23:18
I think its A.

Options B & E are out of scope.
Option D -response time is not related to making prank calls .
Option C - nature and size of fire is irrelevant here.
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23 Mar 2010, 13:37
IMO it is A. I Agree with sagmat's explanation.
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Passage is primarily about eliminating prank calls. If calls are traced and specific details of the telephone
calls recorded (as stated in A) then, the need to erase unwanted, "noise calls" is highlighted.

In C, nature and size of fire are irrelevant to the stem.

B & E do not address the issue at hand.
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I still cannot get why A is correct. Are you guys going by elimination because B,C,D,E may be eliminated. I guess we want to support removal of boxes reducing prank calls
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I still cannot get why A is correct. Are you guys going by elimination because B,C,D,E may be eliminated. I guess we want to support removal of boxes reducing prank calls

One of the premises given by the author is that "virtually everyone has access to a private telephone", which they can use to call in a fire alarm. This would include the people who currently use the fire alarm boxes to make prank calls. Suppose all the fire alarm boxes are removed. The pranksters can still use their private phones to make phone calls, and so the amount of prank calls will not necessarily be reduced. But if the fire department traces all calls made from private phones and are able to determine where they came from (and potentially the identity of the prank caller), this would discourage the pranksters from calling and would thus probably result in a reduction in the amount of prank calls.
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saxenashobhit wrote:
I still cannot get why A is correct. Are you guys going by elimination because B,C,D,E may be eliminated. I guess we want to support removal of boxes reducing prank calls

One of the premises given by the author is that "virtually everyone has access to a private telephone", which they can use to call in a fire alarm. This would include the people who currently use the fire alarm boxes to make prank calls. Suppose all the fire alarm boxes are removed. The pranksters can still use their private phones to make phone calls, and so the amount of prank calls will not necessarily be reduced. But if the fire department traces all calls made from private phones and are able to determine where they came from (and potentially the identity of the prank caller), this would discourage the pranksters from calling and would thus probably result in a reduction in the amount of prank calls.

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Used POE to reach A

Tracking calls from private telephones reduces the prank calls hence, supporting the whole reason why the boxes are removed in the first place A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones
and records where they came from.

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

Irrelevant 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.

True but out of Scope D. Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department’s
capacity for responding to fires.

Irrelevant E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones
in Springfield are out of service.
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I still cannot get why A is correct. Are you guys going by elimination because B,C,D,E may be eliminated. I guess we want to support removal of boxes reducing prank calls

We are not exactly looking to support removal of boxes to reduce prank calls. The issue is that the boxes are installed on street corners without any monitoring. So anyone can press it and walk away - a lot of pranks. So the idea is to REDUCE PRANKS BY REMOVING THE BOXES. HENCE FORCING PEOPLE TO USE THEIR HOME PHONE. So how does the home phone help in reducing pranks ? Coz the Fire Dept is tracking all calls made from home phone. So you better not think about playing a prank from your home phone.
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22 Sep 2010, 19:14
A is the OA. Its a OG question. the explanation is very similar to what Adhishail gave above.
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22 Sep 2010, 22:48
There is no doubt on this about OA; sure, it's (A).
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yes thanks for the explanation
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21 Apr 2011, 11:45
arent you assuming too much?

Xmarksthespot wrote:
saxenashobhit wrote:
I still cannot get why A is correct. Are you guys going by elimination because B,C,D,E may be eliminated. I guess we want to support removal of boxes reducing prank calls

One of the premises given by the author is that "virtually everyone has access to a private telephone", which they can use to call in a fire alarm. This would include the people who currently use the fire alarm boxes to make prank calls. Suppose all the fire alarm boxes are removed. The pranksters can still use their private phones to make phone calls, and so the amount of prank calls will not necessarily be reduced. But if the fire department traces all calls made from private phones and are able to determine where they came from (and potentially the identity of the prank caller), this would discourage the pranksters from calling and would thus probably result in a reduction in the amount of prank calls.

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So here is my reasoning after reviewing this thread.

Underlying assumption-people will not prank call anymore once the call boxes are removed.

Strengthen-people will not call because if they do call, they will be traced and possibly punished, so people will not prank call once the boxes are removed.
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09 Oct 2013, 00:52
Can someone explain this question... Toughie!
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Can someone explain this question... Toughie!

A,
Sure, The argument says that removing the fire alarm boxes, will reduce the number of prank calls. We need some additional information which if true would strengthen the argument. Now option A says that fire department keeps track of the phone calls and records where they came from. What this essentially means is that they can track down the people who indulge in prank calls and probably fine or punish them and this would reduce the number of prank calls.

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 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. Correct as already explained above.

B. Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately
five million dollars annually.Irrelevant we do not intend to reduce the costs. We are concerned with reducing phone calls

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.Makes em' more efficient, but does not reduce prank calls

D. Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department’s
capacity for responding to fires. It does doesn't it, But how does it help the argument

E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones
in Springfield are out of service. shell game ! public telephones are not the concern, if it were private telephones it could have been correct. But they don't intend to provide us with two correct options do they
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09 Nov 2013, 04:30
I accept the A easily by POE.
I strongly believe though that A is a far fetched argument.
One might continue the argument saying "the pranksters are not afraid of being reported by the fire dep, hence they will continue doing so, OR the pranksters would use a payphone to continue on making prank calls!"

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21 Apr 2014, 03:14
After POE, I was stuck with A and D.

D: talks about the reduced capability of fire personnel due to false fire alarms. The main issue is to reduce prank calls. so this choice doesn't tell us if prank calls can be reduced or not, it simply states one of the problems of fire department in case of false alarms.

A: Correct : If calls are traced, a person probably wouldn't fool around knowing that he can get caught
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