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Teresa: Manned spaceflight does not have a future, since it cannot compete economically with other means of accomplishing the objectives of spaceflight.
Edward: No mode of human transportation has a better record of reliability: two accidents in twenty-five years. Thus manned spaceflight definitely has a positive future.

Which of the following is the best logical evaluation of Edward’s argument as a response to Teresa’s argument?

(A) It cites evidence that, if true, tends to disprove the evidence cited by Teresa in drawing her conclusion.
(B) It indicates a logical gap in the support that Teresa offers for her conclusion.
(C) It raises a consideration that outweighs the argument Teresa makes.
(D) It does not meet Teresa’s point because it assumes that there is no serious impediment to transporting people into space, but this was the issue raised by Teresa.
(E) It fails to respond to Teresa’s argument because it does not address the fundamental issue of whether space activities should have priority over other claims on the national budget.

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Re: CR - Space travel [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2005, 17:00
(A) It cites evidence that, if true, tends to disprove the evidence cited by Teresa in drawing her conclusion.
- Stating that there have only been 2 accidents in 25 years does not alleviate the economic concern.

(B) It indicates a logical gap in the support that Teresa offers for her conclusion.
- Same as A.

(C) It raises a consideration that outweighs the argument Teresa makes.
- I don't think we can make this determination.

(D) It does not meet Teresa’s point because it assumes that there is no serious impediment to transporting people into space, but this was the issue raised by Teresa.
- I'm not sure if impediment here refers to ANY setbacks, or to Edward's point, the dangers involved in sending people into space.

(E) It fails to respond to Teresa’s argument because it does not address the fundamental issue of whether space activities should have priority over other claims on the national budget.
- This is the only choice that even touches upon the Teresa's economic concern, however, I don't know if we are taking it too far to think that it touches the national budget.

Between D and E, I'll select E.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2005, 19:25
D for me.

IMO E is out of scope. True, Ed fails to respond to Teresa's argument but not in this way.

D says that Ed assumes that there is no serious impediment (something that prevents or makes a task more difficult) to taking people to space. That is exactly what she is saying.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2005, 22:51
I think it is D
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2005, 01:14
Same here, D. E assumes too much outside knowledge.
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Re: CR - Space travel [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2005, 13:33
IMO C is correct, Edwards believes that the fact taht there are very few accidents, outweighs the fact that space flight are economically not feasilbe (which is the issue raised by teresa)

D is wrong because it says teresa's raised the issue of impediment to transport people to space...but from the statement she never raises this issue.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2005, 13:47
I will go with D.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2005, 13:51
D is correct.
In C, I dont think that anyone opinion outweighs the other, it seems too implicit for the GMAT. Anyway a comparison is not stated as to which carries more weight.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2005, 14:54
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D is correct.
In C, I dont think that anyone opinion outweighs the other, it seems too implicit for the GMAT. Anyway a comparison is not stated as to which carries more weight.


Agree C is too implicit, but D is explicitly wrong....it says some thing Teresa did not say as she said...
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2005, 15:02
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Agree C is too implicit, but D is explicitly wrong....it says some thing Teresa did not say as she said...


I'd go with C too. It does bring in personal opinion but none of the others seemed to fit, so it is C for me.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2005, 06:01
bump, OA please
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2005, 06:35
I will go with D
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Re: CR - Space travel [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2005, 07:25
One more vote for E. Edward did not reply to Teresa's argument that is the economic aspect of spacelight wheareas Edward mentioned its safety aspect.
However, I admit that E might be assumed too far when it concerns about national budget. :-D

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 [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2005, 08:28
Phew, looks like we got almost all the options among us. What is the OA, please?
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2005, 21:06
Great explanations guys! OA is D

I agree with the OA -

1. We are asked to evaluate Ed's argument

2. C is wrong as we dont know the way to evaluate which outwieghs the other and by how much?

3. E is wrong because Teresa says that spaceflight does not have a future coz it cannot accompish other objectives economically. IT has nothing to do with priority over other claims.

4. D is correct because Ed claims that there is no other better mode of human transportation just because it has a better reliability record. Reliability record and safety for humans is no way connected! SO Ed id assuming here that there is no serious impediment. But thats not Teresa's issue.
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