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The earthâ€™s resources are being depleted much too fast. To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.
13.The argument above depends on which of the following assumptions?
(A) Per capita resource consumption in the United States is at an all-time high.
(B) The United States wastes resources.
(C) The United States uses more resources than any other country.
(D) The United States imports most of the resources it uses.
(E) Curbing U.S. resource consumption will significantly retard world resource depletion.
14.Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument above?
(A) New resource deposits are constantly being discovered.
(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.
(C) Other countries need economic development more than the United States does.
(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.
(E) The United States has been conserving resources for several years.
How do we know that US consumes more than any other country?
It is possible that China might be consuming most, but the country may not be able to maintain the same consumption, because it is a growing economy. US might be coming close second. But as the economy has reached a matured state it may be possible to maintain the same consumption of resources. So author could be stressing on US and not on China. This logic clearly applies when we take the case amount of pollutants that different countries are allowed to release into atmosphere. Almost, all the developed countries have limits. But not countries like India, and China.
E does not have this complexity. As the author is mentioning US, one can be certain that "Curbing U.S. resource consumption will significantly retard world resource depletion"
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E because, the argument above is giving a lot of importance to US maintaining its consumption level.
B because US is consuming 1/3 of all the world resources. If US doesnt control consumption, the resources will deplete no matter what other countries do.
"the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come" is a conclusion.
What can strengthen it? any statement that says that US is consuming a lot.
If US is consuming very little, and there is no great benefit by US controlling its consumption.
If we take D, there is a possibility for the assumption that "US is consuming very little"
hmmm....so the important thing here is that 'the consumes a LOT'. so any statement reiterating that would be strengthening the argument.
The reason I picked D (in the second one) was: 1. US will reduce its consumption 2. Other countries will not increase thier consumption.
Thus overall consumption will decrease. What did I miss?
Tom should have control over his food habits, because he eats a lot..
Tom should have control over his food habits, because others are planning to do so.
Which of these statements is more logical?
You cannot compare these 2 statements with the actual question.
Your question caters specifically to Tom. i.e. Tom controls it for his own good. But if the question was about general food depletion in the state due to Tom's eating habits then the second choice would be more logical.