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The current proposal to give college students a broader [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 23:30
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The current proposal to give college students a broader choice in planning their own courses of study should be abandoned. The students who are supporting the proposal will never be satisfied, no matter what requirements are established. Some of these students have reached their third year without declaring a major. One first-year student has failed to complete four required courses. Several others have indicated a serious indifference to grades and intellectual achievement.

A flaw in the argument is that it does which one of the following?

(A) avoids the issue by focusing on supporters of the proposal
(B) argues circularly by assuming the conclusion is true in stating the premises.
(C) fails to define the critical term "satisfied"
(D) distorts the proposal advocated by opponents
(E) users the term "student" equivocally

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Re: Flaw in Argument! [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 00:05
A seems right.

The argument is attacking the messenger instead of the message :) .

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Re: Flaw in Argument! [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2011, 09:01
torn between A and B.

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Re: Flaw in Argument! [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2011, 19:16
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torn between A and B.

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OA is A.

Please post explanation why it is A or B ?
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Re: Flaw in Argument! [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2011, 00:50
The answer should be A. Below is the explaination-
A) The author argues that the proposal to give college students a broader choice in planning their own courses should be abandoned BECAUSE the students who are supporting.......... Thus here the author is avoiding the issue and focusing more on its supporters, that is, because the supporters are so and so, the plan should be abandoned and not there is any flaw in the plan.
B) IMO, there is no circular reasoning whatsoever. The stimulus does have this stat 'The students who are supporting the proposal will never be satisfied, no matter what requirements are established', and the option B has been introduced to confuse us here.
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Re: The current proposal to give college students a broader [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2012, 01:14
I think A is correct ........... 8-)
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Re: The current proposal to give college students a broader [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2012, 01:52
only A remains after POE.....!!!
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Re: The current proposal to give college students a broader [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2012, 15:03
Option A, though b had me going for a bit
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Re: The current proposal to give college students a broader [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2012, 04:06
I am not clear why Option B is not correct, can someone please explain in detail. Thanks
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Re: The current proposal to give college students a broader [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2012, 12:42
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Hey everyone, to preface I'm taking the LSAT in October, but I like gaining as much exposure as possible to questions. I really enjoy how the predominance of this site is organized around problems, where as the main LSAT site is focused on community. I'm currently projecting in the 99th%tile on the Logical Reasoning section of it, but still have a long way to go.

I've done my best below to answer the question, and indicate why the others are wrong/where one may see the others on different questions. I can tell you with certain that what seperates the high CR scorers from the low ones is the ability to identify why answer choices are incorrect, and why answers are correct. Certainly be in the habit of doing that.


The current proposal to give college students a broader choice in planning their own courses of study should be abandoned. The students who are supporting the proposal will never be satisfied, no matter what requirements are established. Some of these students have reached their third year without declaring a major. One first-year student has failed to complete four required courses. Several others have indicated a serious indifference to grades and intellectual achievement.

A flaw in the argument is that it does which one of the following?

(A) avoids the issue by focusing on supporters of the proposal Correct
(B) argues circularly by assuming the conclusion is true in stating the premises. A circular argument is essentially reiterating what you stated in your evidence, as your conclusion "Miami is in Florida. Therefore, Miami is in Florida."
(C) fails to define the critical term "satisfied" Ehh. this is a huge stretch, and isn't a flaw in the argument.
(D) distorts the proposal advocated by opponentsThis doesn't occur here. However, an example would be: "GMAT takers thought the test was hard. Then, the argument will continue by making a claim along the lines of GMAT test takers said said the GMAT was the hardest most impossible test in history.
(E) users the term "student" equivocally This is saying that student was used in different ways. An example, which was on a few LSAT questions I've done was where the passage said "Managers want to exploit the most out of the resources they have. Then, the critic claims exploiting workers for the companys gain is unethical." Essentially, the same word is used with two different meanings.
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Re: The current proposal to give college students a broader [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2012, 07:11
An unfortunate case of shooting the messenger, skirting the substantial issue.

A, clearly.


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Re: The current proposal to give college students a broader [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2013, 11:55
A must be the answer.
b is close...but the point here is the author does not presents even a single statement in opposition to the conclusion.

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