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28 Dec 2004, 12:24
The U.S. census is not perfect: thousands of Americans probably go uncounted. However, the basic statistical portrait of the nation painted by the census is accurate. Certainly some of the poor go uncounted, particularly the homeless; but some of the rich go uncounted as well, because they are often abroad or traveling between one residence and another.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?

(A) Both the rich and the poor have personal and economic reasons to avoid being counted by the census.
(B) All Americans may reasonably be classified as either poor or rich.
(C) The percentage of poor Americans uncounted by the census is close to the percentage of rich Americans uncounted.
(D) The number of homeless Americans is approximately equal to the number of rich Americans.
(E) The primary purpose of the census is to analyze the economic status of the American population.
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28 Nov 2006, 21:43
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The U.S. census is not perfect: thousands of Americans probably go uncounted. However, the basic statistical portrait of the nation painted by the census is accurate. Certainly some of the poor go uncounted, particularly the homeless; but some of the rich go uncounted as well, because they are often abroad or traveling between one residence and another.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?

(A) Both the rich and the poor have personal and economic reasons to avoid being counted by the census.

(B) All Americans may reasonably be classified as either poor or rich.

(C) The percentage of poor Americans uncounted by the census is close to the percentage of rich Americans uncounted.

(D) The number of homeless Americans is approximately equal to the number of rich Americans.

(E) The primary purpose of the census is to analyze the economic status of the American population.

Why not E.

Only if the primary purpose of census is to analyse economic status, the argument holds good. Else, if you assume that census also analyses the average working population, or average working women..etc, the argument does not hold good.....
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28 Nov 2006, 21:47
Only C.
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29 Nov 2006, 07:31
B.
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29 Nov 2006, 18:53
going with C. same reasoning as ak_idc's
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08 Jan 2008, 10:11
The U.S. census is not perfect: thousands of Americans probably go uncounted. However, the basic statistical portrait of the nation painted by the census is accurate. Certainly some of the poor go uncounted, particularly the homeless; but some of the rich go uncounted as well, because they are often abroad or traveling between one residence and another.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
(A) Both the rich and the poor have personal and economic reasons to avoid being counted by the census.
(B) All Americans may reasonably be classified as either poor or rich.
(C) The percentage of poor Americans uncounted by the census is close to the percentage of rich Americans uncounted.
(D) The number of homeless Americans is approximately equal to the number of rich Americans.
(E) The primary purpose of the census is to analyze the economic status of the American population.
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08 Jan 2008, 11:55
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08 Jan 2008, 13:31
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Its down to C and D. I dont know which one makes the census weaker; comparing the number, or the percentage ....
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08 Jan 2008, 20:00
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Id go for D. Its more accurate than C.
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08 Jan 2008, 23:13
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D for me. Numberical
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08 Jan 2008, 23:22
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The U.S. census is not perfect: thousands of Americans probably go uncounted. However, the basic statistical portrait of the nation painted by the census is accurate. Certainly some of the poor go uncounted, particularly the homeless; but some of the rich go uncounted as well, because they are often abroad or traveling between one residence and another.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
(A) Both the rich and the poor have personal and economic reasons to avoid being counted by the census.
(B) All Americans may reasonably be classified as either poor or rich.
(C) The percentage of poor Americans uncounted by the census is close to the percentage of rich Americans uncounted.
(D) The number of homeless Americans is approximately equal to the number of rich Americans.
(E) The primary purpose of the census is to analyze the economic status of the American population.

I have a doubt between C and D...C is better because we care for people uncounted and D refers only to the total number of homeless and rich...is OA C?
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08 Jan 2008, 23:48
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i think it is C.
1. because the author talks about statistical portrait being accurate. So i guess it must be talking about the relative figures of number rich and poor.
2. D does not talk about people who are uncounted. It only talks about rich and poor. C does so.
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29 Jan 2008, 17:58
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I would go for D.
C is wrong because it talks about percentage of poor Americans uncounted and the percentage of rich Americans uncounted.
It does not say how many poor/rich there are in America.

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29 Jan 2008, 19:35
JCLEONES wrote:
The U.S. census is not perfect: thousands of Americans probably go uncounted. However, the basic statistical portrait of the nation painted by the census is accurate. Certainly some of the poor go uncounted, particularly the homeless; but some of the rich go uncounted as well, because they are often abroad or traveling between one residence and another.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
(A) Both the rich and the poor have personal and economic reasons to avoid being counted by the census.
(B) All Americans may reasonably be classified as either poor or rich.
(C) The percentage of poor Americans uncounted by the census is close to the percentage of rich Americans uncounted.
(D) The number of homeless Americans is approximately equal to the number of rich Americans.
(E) The primary purpose of the census is to analyze the economic status of the American population.

Hunch is (C). The numbers need not be approximately the same, but the percentages should be. I was also fixated on (B).. any explicit reason why that's wrong? It does sound like a valid assumption to me, though (C) looks like a stronger implication.
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30 Jan 2008, 12:11
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I shoot for B.

For this kind of questions, the answer must be stated in the argument. There is no way mentioning any numbers, or percentages, therefore C and D is out. The primary purpose of the census is NOT to analyze the economic status of the American population, therefore E is out, and "Both the rich and the poor have personal and economic reasons to avoid being counted by the census" there are no reasons mentioned, thereofre the best answer remains B. It's not the best and the most clear answer, but it is supported by the passage.
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