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I have one question here:

Why B is wrong?

The government has made great strides in implementing immunization in public school systems despite its cost. When all children are properly immunized, we will be able to ensure their health.

Which of the following identifies an assumption in the author's argument?

Only public schools require immunization.
Children are not already properly immunized.
If not immunized, most children will fall victim to disease.
Immunization is effective enough to justify its cost to the taxpayer.
Immunization is the only precaution necessary to guarantee a child's health.
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26 Aug 2009, 09:06
IMO E

Argument "When all children are properly immunized, we will be able to ensure their health."

Only public schools require immunization. - Not related to the argument
Children are not already properly immunized. - Close but I would say it is not a required assumption because some may already be immunized and some may not be.
If not immunized, most children will fall victim to disease. - Out of Scope
Immunization is effective enough to justify its cost to the taxpayer. - Argument is about health not cost
Immunization is the only precaution necessary to guarantee a child's health. - Perfect fit as argument says because of X then Y. Doesn't allow the counter of because of X and Z then Y
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26 Aug 2009, 10:21
yeah i agree. The gov is trying to ensure the children's health and immunization is a means. E basically says that to succeed (ensure health) immunization is needed.
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26 Aug 2009, 11:19
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I have one question here:

Why B is wrong?

The government has made great strides in implementing immunization in public school systems despite its cost. When all children are properly immunized, we will be able to ensure their health.

Which of the following identifies an assumption in the author's argument?

Only public schools require immunization.
Children are not already properly immunized.
If not immunized, most children will fall victim to disease.
Immunization is effective enough to justify its cost to the taxpayer.
Immunization is the only precaution necessary to guarantee a child's health.

I'd go with B only, post the OA from the source and we could dissect the train of thought.
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26 Aug 2009, 16:33
I will go with E.

Conclusion :- When all children are properly immunized, we will be able to ensure their health

E undermines this conclusion

B - using Assumption negation technique becomes:-

Children are already properly immunized.

does not undermine the conclusion. infact it agrees with the conclusion
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28 Aug 2009, 09:30
OA is E.
I do not understand the last post.
In my opinion. if you negate B you negate the conclusion, but it is wrong here and I want to know WHY!!!
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28 Aug 2009, 09:42
I think the issue in B is that it comes down to do we really need to assume this for the conclusion to be correct.

Conclusion
Through Immunization we will be able to ensure their health.

Scenario a) Children are not immunized vs b) Children are immunized
Does it really change whether or not we will be able to ensure their health? Not really. The question comes down do how can we ensure their health. The author is claiming immunization ensures health.
This is why E is correct
Immunization is the only precaution necessary to guarantee a child's health.

If E wasn't true then there would no way to ensure health because immunization might not protect against second hand smoke, radiation etc.
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28 Aug 2009, 10:27
IMO E

Not B because its not only about immunization but also about ensuring of health..
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23 Apr 2012, 08:28
+1 E

As the Powerscore CR Bible mentions: In CR, when the author concludes about a causality relationship, he or she assumes that the cause mentioned is the ONLY cause for the described effect. There are NOT other possible causes.
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23 Apr 2012, 21:08
I went with C, E sounds too strong, since it uses "only"
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23 Apr 2012, 23:04
ashish8 wrote:
I went with C, E sounds too strong, since it uses "only"

The answer can be strong because in this case the use of word all makes the conclusion strong. On the other hand: B can be or cannot be true according to the conclusion, because the disease is not mentioned in the argument.
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