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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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30 Jul 2008, 17:15
hanumayamma wrote:
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.
IMO C

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.

Premise: If A (dismissed) then B (incompetent) or C (disloyal)
Conclusion: If not B then C

The assumption should then be if C than A
Only A and C have this reasoning. However, A is mentioned in the passage so IMO C

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30 Jul 2008, 17:17
Confused between C and E. Will go with C though.
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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.

My confusion is between A and C. However I shall go with A.
The passage clearly says "if his dismissal was justified, then Hastings was either incompetent or else disloyal" ...inshort it states that if someone was dismissed, then they would be either incompetent or disloyal....Later passage concludes that hastings must have been disloyal because he was not incompetent
All this rests on the assumption that Hasting's dismissal was justified.

What is OA ?
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30 Jul 2008, 18:51
What about E..I like E better
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31 Jul 2008, 19:05
hanumayamma wrote:
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.

IMO A)
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01 Aug 2008, 05:44
hanumayamma wrote:

please post OE ? I did not get it.
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01 Aug 2008, 06:05
It is clear that if his dismissal was justified, then Hastings was either incompetent or else disloyal.

Look at the if in the first part of the sentence. it does not establish that H's disimissal was justified. So its not stated in the stimulus that H's dismissal was justified.

Thus, one is forced to conclude that Hastings must have been disloyal.

Conclusion says that H must have been disloyal. For H to be disloyal and NOT incompetent, his dismissal must be justified.

Apply the negation test H's dismissal is not justified, which in turn means that he cannot be disloyal. Conclusion falls apart.

C D E all use generic answers. I am not sure we can use generic answers, when we have a clear subject in the stimulus. Can some one talk about this?
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