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The purpose of the proposed law requiring a doctor's prescription for obtaining hypodermic needles is to lower the incidence of drug-related deaths, both accidental and intentional, involving hypodermic needles. But even knitting needles can be lethal if they fall into the wrong hands; yet everyone would agree that imposing legal restrictions on obtaining knitting needles would be preposterous. Hence the proposed law involving hypodermic makes no sense and should not be enacted.

Which of the following, if true, would provide most support for the
argument above?

(A) Knitting needles have been known to cause injury
and death.
(B) The benefits of hypodermic needles outweigh those
of knitting needles.
(C) The proposed law would not deter the sort of activity
known to result in drug-related deaths.
(D) The proposed law could not be effectively enforced.
(E) Knitting needles are not readily available to anybody
who wants to obtain them.

A
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The purpose of the proposed law requiring a doctor's prescription for obtaining hypodermic needles is to lower the incidence of drug-related deaths, both accidental and intentional, involving hypodermic needles. But even knitting needles can be lethal if they fall into the wrong hands; yet everyone would agree that imposing legal restrictions on obtaining knitting needles would be preposterous. Hence the proposed law involving hypodermic makes no sense and should not be enacted.

Which of the following, if true, would provide most support for the
argument above?

(A) Knitting needles have been known to cause injury
and death.
(B) The benefits of hypodermic needles outweigh those
of knitting needles.
(C) The proposed law would not deter the sort of activity
known to result in drug-related deaths.
(D) The proposed law could not be effectively enforced.
(E) Knitting needles are not readily available to anybody
who wants to obtain them.

A

1. the argument focuses on WHY the proposed law makes no sense and should not be enacted rather than compares the benifits of kinds of needles, so B is IRRELEVANT, B out

2. C very subtle, but C out. Although the law WOULD NOT deter many activities that result in deaths, C CANNOT suggest that the law WOULD deter knitting needles (which is assumed to be the cause of drug-related deaths).

3. The effectiveness of the law does not mean that the law making no sense, so D cannot help explain why the law should not be enacted. D out

4. E suggests that knitting needles available to amost every persons. That is, the proposed law must make sense. E weakens rather than strenthens the argument, E out

A is the best
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Wow, great question (and tricky) I actually went with D on this one.

The conclusion is this: Hence the proposed law involving hypodermic makes no sense and should not be enacted.

We need to strengthen the conclusion.

(A) Knitting needles have been known to cause injury and death -
This doesn't explain why the law makes no sense.

(D) The proposed law could not be effectively enforced.
The assumption in the argument is that knitting needles are like hypodermic needles in that they are both readily available.

Thus, you can't ask doctors' for prescriptions because it's hard to enforce. You can't enforce knitting needles either. Therefore, the law makes no sense because both of these things can't be enforced.

In all honesty I think this is a really stupid question.
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22 Jan 2009, 17:20
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Wow, great question (and tricky) I actually went with D on this one.

The conclusion is this: Hence the proposed law involving hypodermic makes no sense and should not be enacted.

We need to strengthen the conclusion.

(A) Knitting needles have been known to cause injury and death -
This doesn't explain why the law makes no sense.

(D) The proposed law could not be effectively enforced.
The assumption in the argument is that knitting needles are like hypodermic needles in that they are both readily available.

Thus, you can't ask doctors' for prescriptions because it's hard to enforce. You can't enforce knitting needles either. Therefore, the law makes no sense because both of these things can't be enforced.

Completely agree! I went with D too. And my explanation was exactly the same.
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21 Jan 2009, 15:22
Is it C?

Last edited by chicagocubsrule on 21 Jan 2009, 22:01, edited 2 times in total.
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21 Jan 2009, 21:29
agree with A.
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21 Jan 2009, 22:01
What's the OA?
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21 Jan 2009, 23:07
I'll go with C
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22 Jan 2009, 14:36
Wow, great question (and tricky) I actually went with D on this one.

The conclusion is this: Hence the proposed law involving hypodermic makes no sense and should not be enacted.

We need to strengthen the conclusion.

(A) Knitting needles have been known to cause injury and death -
This doesn't explain why the law makes no sense.

(D) The proposed law could not be effectively enforced.
The assumption in the argument is that knitting needles are like hypodermic needles in that they are both readily available.

Thus, you can't ask doctors' for prescriptions because it's hard to enforce. You can't enforce knitting needles either. Therefore, the law makes no sense because both of these things can't be enforced.
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22 Jan 2009, 17:24
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agree with A.

A does nothing with hypodermic ones!
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22 Jan 2009, 17:47
IMO C.. not sure why A is wrong though ..
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23 Jan 2009, 03:07
It shld be C. If the law does nothing 2 stop wrong activities, then there is no use in implementing it. Hence C
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24 Jan 2009, 08:29
OA A
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24 Jan 2009, 08:50
A?????????????????How?
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24 Jan 2009, 09:14
you need to support the argument and argument is "Hence the proposed law involving hypodermic makes no sense and should not be enacted"....to support this you have to show that Knitting needles are harmful as much as hypodermic needles....A shows it clearly....therefore A. make sense?
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A?????????????????How?
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24 Jan 2009, 20:11
If knitting needles r as harmful,then this does not mean restictions shld nt be imposed on hypodermic.Althogh this may lead 2 additional restrcitions on knitting needles as well.
Somehow, im not coinvinced with the OA and OE. Can sum1 explain this?
you need to support the argument and argument is "Hence the proposed law involving hypodermic makes no sense and should not be enacted"....to support this you have to show that Knitting needles are harmful as much as hypodermic needles....A shows it clearly....therefore A. make sense?
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A?????????????????How?
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29 Jan 2009, 10:38
I dont get it. How is A correct?

Proposed law makes no sense and it should not be enacted is the conclusion

proposed law's purpose is to stop accidental and intentional deaths caused by HN and not by KN. KN is used as an example to show that deaths can also be caused by them. pick the needle, which ever, death is a possibility. In essence needles are just the conduit and the root cause is some thing else.

So if proposed law does not deter the activity that is the root cause of deaths, there is no point in enacting the law.

i got C.
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19 Jun 2014, 05:11
This is from GMAT Pill, and the OA according to Zeke is A. However, I competely disagree, because A doesn't even affect the argument. I chose C, because it clearly shows that the law would not meet its goal of reducing the misuse of the needles.
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04 Jul 2016, 08:57
I have been googling this question for while but have not come across any satisfactory explanation why A is the answer. My theory is that the argument employs analogy in its reasoning by comparing knitting needles to hypodermic ones. In order to strengthen the argument, we need to show that the knitting needles have something in common with hypodermic ones, thus making the analogy more likely to support the argument.

A) does just that by showing knitting needles are indeed lethal like hypodermic ones. The argument mentions that knitting needles can be lethal, but now we know they in fact are lethal.

Any CR guru wants to take a stab and tell me how right/wrong I am?
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