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# The current proposal to give college students a broader

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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

OA is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

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06 Dec 2012, 02:49
first let us have some discussion first?
Why do you think that the answer is C?
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06 Dec 2012, 04:41
Author asserts that students will not be satisfied if new requirements are implied , in order to prove his point he cites that students have poor performance and hence are dissatisfied..but this doesn't mean students will remain dissatisfied after the implementing new changes.

this is what i think.... what's the OA?

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06 Dec 2012, 05:27
HI daviesj
i think the answer is A and not C
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06 Dec 2012, 20:45
why it is A then?

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06 Dec 2012, 21:10
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The conclusion is to abandon the current proposal. And the premises given are history of supporters of the proposal . So clearly the flaw is that the argument is not focusing on the cause behind the students' performance.
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07 Dec 2012, 00:45
IMO A.

The argument does not talk about the proposal but rather about the supporters of proposal. The reasoning why it should be abandoned is not discussed at all.
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12 Aug 2013, 13:53
abcgroove wrote:
The conclusion is to abandon the current proposal. And the premises given are history of supporters of the proposal . So clearly the flaw is that the argument is not focusing on the cause behind the students' performance.

Nice explanation, i agree with you. Kudos for you
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27 Aug 2013, 20:41
Marcab wrote:
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

OA is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

The conclusion is the current proposal should be abandoned. The premises describe negative academic performances of supporters of the proposal in order to strengthen the abandonment. However, the premises do not mention to whether those performances of non-supporters are more positive or not. This is the partial flaw in the argument.
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30 Dec 2013, 05:05
Marcab wrote:
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

OA is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

The argument is about a proposal. The answer is about the people who propose not the argument itself.

Therefore A is the best answer.
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30 Dec 2013, 14:37
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..... by focusing on supporters the conclusion is being derived.....
(B) argues circularly by assuming the conclusion is true in stating the premises.... incorrect
(C) fails to define the critical term "satisfied" .... the defining of the term not required here...
(D) distorts the proposal advocated by opponents ... incorrect
(E) users the term "student" equivocally.... irrelevant
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31 Jan 2014, 06:44
Yes !! Indeed, the answer is option A. However, the explanations mentioned above by many of us are slightly untouched bythe actual logic. ☺

Broadly, the author has given conclusion and the judgements (assumed as facts/premisses), which are not seemingly supporting the conclusion. Arguments are more author specific not issue specific; it is known as Argumentum ad hominem -the evasion of the actual topic by directing the attack at the doer.

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