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9. Until he was dismissed amid great controversy, Hastings was considered one of the greatest intelligence agents of all time. It is clear that if his dismissal was justified, then Hastings was either incompetent or else disloyal. Soon after the dismissal, however, it was shown that he had never been incompetent. Thus, one is forced to conclude that Hastings must have been disloyal.

Which one of the following states an assumption upon which the argument depends?

(A) Hastings’s dismissal was justified.
(B) Hastings was a high-ranking intelligence officer.
(C) The dismissal of anyone who was disloyal would be justified.
(D) Anyone whose dismissal was justified was disloyal.
(E) If someone was disloyal or incompetent, then his dismissal was justified.
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choose E.
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Definitely A
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Its a blinder. A
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(E) for me.
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A)...the line of reasoning is: if justified then disloyal or incompetent. so negate A). if not justified then not disloyal or not incompetent. the conclusion of the author cannot be maintained, because it is based on the first line of reasoning, that presupposes that it is justified.
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gandy_achar wrote:
Its a blinder. A


I hate doing this at least once a day. It sure is a blinder. I'm changing to (A). My life savings on this question!
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A for sure.
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The OA is A, but what's wrong with E ? Is it too broad ?
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The OA is A, but what's wrong with E ? Is it too broad ?


if you refute E, you still get 2 possibilities: loyal or disloyal, so E cannot be right.

A it is
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