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# The suicide wave that followed the United States stock

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The “suicide wave” that followed the United States stock market crash of October
1929 is more legend than fact. Careful examination of the monthly figures on the
causes of death in 1929 shows that the number of suicides in October and in
November was comparatively low. In only three other months were the monthly
figures lower. During the summer months, when the stock market was flourishing,
the number of suicides was substantially higher.

Which one of the following, if true, would best challenge the conclusion of the
passage?

(A) The suicide rate is influenced by many psychological, interpersonal, and societal
factors during any given historical period.

(B) October and November have almost always had relatively high suicide rates,
even during the 1920s and 1930s.

OA later.

(C) The suicide rate in October and November of 1929 was considerably higher
than the average for those months during several preceding and following
years.

(D) During the years surrounding the stock market crash, suicide rates were
typically lower at the beginning of any calendar year than toward the end of
that year.

(E) Because of seasonal differences, the number of suicides in October and
November of 1929 would not be expected to be the same as those for other
months.
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03 Feb 2011, 23:44
I'd go with C..
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04 Feb 2011, 02:11
+1 for C
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04 Feb 2011, 08:52
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The “suicide wave” that followed the United States stock market crash of October
1929 is more legend than fact. Careful examination of the monthly figures on the
causes of death in 1929 shows that the number of suicides in October and in
November was comparatively low. In only three other months were the monthly
figures lower. During the summer months, when the stock market was flourishing,
the number of suicides was substantially higher.

Which one of the following, if true, would best challenge the conclusion of the
passage?

(A) The suicide rate is influenced by many psychological, interpersonal, and societal
factors during any given historical period.

(B) October and November have almost always had relatively high suicide rates,
even during the 1920s and 1930s.

OA later.

(C) The suicide rate in October and November of 1929 was considerably higher
than the average for those months during several preceding and following
years.

(D) During the years surrounding the stock market crash, suicide rates were
typically lower at the beginning of any calendar year than toward the end of
that year.

(E) Because of seasonal differences, the number of suicides in October and
November of 1929 would not be expected to be the same as those for other
months.

(A) Talks nothing about suicides in Oct/ Nov of 1929. Wrong.
(B) This supports the authors claim. Opposite answer. Wrong
(C) The suicide rate was higher than normal. The reason according to the passage points at stock market crash to be the reason behind this. Keep.
(D) Talks about the years surrounding the year in question. Out of scope. Wrong.
(E) Actually strengthens the author's argument. Opposite answer. Wrong.

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05 Feb 2011, 12:58
How Does E strengthen the Argument ? I too chose c but can some one give a good reason why we should eliminate E
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How Does E strengthen the Argument ? I too chose c but can some one give a good reason why we should eliminate E

Author's main conclusion is that the higher suicide rates are not because of the stock market crash . E, in saying that suicide rates fluctuate due to seasonal differences, points out to the same thing that suicide rates are because of seasonal differences and not because of the stock market crash. Hence, E concurs with the authors conclusion, thereby strengthening the conclusion.
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05 Feb 2011, 14:20
@gmatpapa
Arent u misinterpreting choice E
the stimulus says the suicide wave is more a legend than a fact because the rates in oct and nov were lower than the rates in the other months.
E is giving an alternate reason why the rate in Oct and Nov is not as high as the other months, so there is no reason to believe that the suicide wave was a legend because the rates were not as high as the rates in the other months.
I think u got the conc wrong
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05 Feb 2011, 17:44
C for me too. IMO C poses stronger challenge than other choices do.
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06 Feb 2011, 23:04
C is absolutely correct!
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gmatpapa, thats a funny user name. and your logic is flawed in saying that E strengthens the argument.

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13 Jun 2011, 22:07
C is crystal and plain.
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13 Jul 2011, 08:00
C it is. reasonably straight forward.

E does not weaken the conclusion - infact it supports the conclusion that suicide rates were not due to stock market failure but other reasons.
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