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The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton Act, which created a professional corps of administrators, was passed after a disappointed office-seeker assassinated President James A. Garfield. For a hundred years, this system has anchored American government service to competence rather than corruption. The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is.

Which of the following would be most useful to evaluate the argument’s conclusion?

A) The methods that the Swiss and British governments have used to prevent corruption in government service for the past one hundred years
B) The current level of job satisfaction among government office-seekers and office-holders
C) The levels of competence and corruption in American government service between 1950 and the present
D) The number of Presidents assassinated since the passage of the Pendleton Act
E) The percentage of office-holders fired or convicted on charges stemming from corruption during the first hundred years of the Pendleton Act

I have a highlighted (bolded rather) my struggle with this problem and how it relates to the OE. I'll post OA later if some want to give this a shot.

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Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 14:31
IMO E.
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Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 14:44
stopper5 wrote:
The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton Act, which created a professional corps of administrators, was passed after a disappointed office-seeker assassinated President James A. Garfield. For a hundred years, this system has anchored American government service to competence rather than corruption. The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is.

Which of the following would be most useful to evaluate the argument’s conclusion?

A) The methods that the Swiss and British governments have used to prevent corruption in government service for the past one hundred years
B) The current level of job satisfaction among government office-seekers and office-holders
C) The levels of competence and corruption in American government service between 1950 and the present
D) The number of Presidents assassinated since the passage of the Pendleton Act
E) The percentage of office-holders fired or convicted on charges stemming from corruption during the first hundred years of the Pendleton Act

I have a highlighted (bolded rather) my struggle with this problem and how it relates to the OE. I'll post OA later if some want to give this a shot.

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I rather go for C.
A - no need to know about them. Irrelevant.
B - Office-holders...why? Job satisfaction of office holders...no relevant.
D - Maybe we know how many already. It aint' affect the argument.
E - If the percentage is high, the author's argument falls apart. But what if the percentage was high at the early of the period? Not quite strong.
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Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 16:02
stopper5 wrote:
The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton Act, which created a professional corps of administrators, was passed after a disappointed office-seeker assassinated President James A. Garfield. For a hundred years, this system has anchored American government service to competence rather than corruption. The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is.

Which of the following would be most useful to evaluate the argument’s conclusion?

A) The methods that the Swiss and British governments have used to prevent corruption in government service for the past one hundred years
B) The current level of job satisfaction among government office-seekers and office-holders
C) The levels of competence and corruption in American government service between 1950 and the present
D) The number of Presidents assassinated since the passage of the Pendleton Act
E) The percentage of office-holders fired or convicted on charges stemming from corruption during the first hundred years of the Pendleton Act

I have a highlighted (bolded rather) my struggle with this problem and how it relates to the OE. I'll post OA later if some want to give this a shot.

source:manhattan

CONCL:
The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is.

Im confused between E and C
A-> irrelevant
B->disaappointed does not mean job dissatisfaction
C-> PROPERLY compared between past and present but one thing which confuses me is usage of 1950 .If levels are high or low is important in deciding the concl ,to maintain act as it is or not

D->number of presidents assasinated is just one aspect hence nkowing this would not affect the argument
E->This is to be eliminated since %age of charges of corruption may be high or low ,no comparison with previous records here hence This one fails to evaluate.Whatever may be the %age does not call in doubt the concl
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Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 16:55
The genesis for the Pendelton Act was disappointed office seeker assassinated the President. After the Act is in effect, the more through check is how the office seekers level of satisfaction or in other words how effective the act was in fixing the office seekers disappointments.

Somehow B is appealing.
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Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2008, 02:12
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stopper5 wrote:
The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton Act, which created a professional corps of administrators, was passed after a disappointed office-seeker assassinated President James A. Garfield. For a hundred years, this system has anchored American government service to competence rather than corruption. The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is.

Which of the following would be most useful to evaluate the argument’s conclusion?

A) The methods that the Swiss and British governments have used to prevent corruption in government service for the past one hundred years
B) The current level of job satisfaction among government office-seekers and office-holders
C) The levels of competence and corruption in American government service between 1950 and the present
D) The number of Presidents assassinated since the passage of the Pendleton Act
E) The percentage of office-holders fired or convicted on charges stemming from corruption during the first hundred years of the Pendleton Act

I have a highlighted (bolded rather) my struggle with this problem and how it relates to the OE. I'll post OA later if some want to give this a shot.

source:manhattan

CONCL:
The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is.

Im confused between E and C
A-> irrelevant
B->disaappointed does not mean job dissatisfaction
C-> PROPERLY compared between past and present but one thing which confuses me is usage of 1950 .If levels are high or low is important in deciding the concl ,to maintain act as it is or not

D->number of presidents assasinated is just one aspect hence nkowing this would not affect the argument
E->This is to be eliminated since %age of charges of corruption may be high or low ,no comparison with previous records here hence This one fails to evaluate.Whatever may be the %age does not call in doubt the concl


Comparison has to be made between competence & corruption & i.e.uccessfully done only in C. E talks only abt corruption & doesnt address competence.
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Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2008, 05:09
Hmm, tricky.

I'll go with B because job satisfaction can often be a reflection of the level of corruption and, to some extent, competence in a job (i.e. if you're not satisfied, you're more likely to take bribes and put incompetent people in various positions etc).
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