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V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2009, 08:55
Because city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve, they clearly have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities.

The conclusion above rests on which of the following assumptions?

A, Working directly with members of the public is the one of the most challenging aspects of serving on a city council.

B, Managing the affairs of a large city requires a more significant time commitment than working directly with the public.

C, City council members in small towns are often related to a certain percentage of the population, making them intimately acquainted with the people they serve.

D, Residents of small towns often attend city council meetings to present their concerns.

E, City council members in large cities rarely engage the public directly.
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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2009, 10:15
E IMO

The author assumes that only council members of smaller cities are intimately acquainted with public, the ones in large cities are not. E is stating this assumption.

Whats the OA?
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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2009, 11:55
I opt for A.

Working directly with members of the public is the one of the most challenging aspects of serving on a city council.

Because city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve( Working directly with members of the public is the one of the most challenging aspects of serving on a city council. ), they clearly have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities.


OA,please.
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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2009, 16:43
I know the OA is A but I am heavily bent on E.Could smebody please clarify the reasons why E is wrong?
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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 28 May 2010, 04:09
In A, it is mentioned that working closely with the public is a challenging aspects of serving on a city council.

Does it mean that only this case is applicable for small city and not for large cities?
I think it is a generalised case for all cities.

Experts please comment.
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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 29 May 2010, 12:27
am not an expert but seems to me:
(a) and (e) are both assumptions of the author,
(e) is somewhat implied by "Because city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve" (the oposite is implied) and (a) is a completely hidden assumption
also (e) is too extreme: "rarly" (the author could only assume "City council members in large cities engage the public directly less than small cities city council members do)
therefore (a) is better
not sure if that one would pass as an official GMAT explanation...
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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2010, 12:47
Lets try negating the statements.

vnbui wrote:
Because city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve, they clearly have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities.

The conclusion above rests on which of the following assumptions?

A, Working directly with members of the public is the one of the most challenging aspects of serving on a city council.

Negating this statement calls into question the entire premise of the argument. If a) is not assumed, then the argument falls apart. A is the correct choice.

B, Managing the affairs of a large city requires a more significant time commitment than working directly with the public.

Negating this statement supports the argument

C, City council members in small towns are often related to a certain percentage of the population, making them intimately acquainted with the people they serve.

Negating this statement does not affect the conclusion.
First, this says nothing about larger cities. Second, the premise does not rely on personal relationships.


D, Residents of small towns often attend city council meetings to present their concerns.

Negating this statement does not influence the conclusion. Even if residents of small towns rarely city council meetings, it says nothing about residents of larger cities.

E, City council members in large cities rarely engage the public directly.


Negating this statement does not violate the premise. This says nothing about members in smaller towns
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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2011, 20:17
Am also confused with (a) and (e)

If you negate (e) it becomes :
"City council members in large cities always engage the public directly" . That means the City council members in large cities also have a difficult job ahead.

Hence the conclusion "the city council members in small towns have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities" falls apart . Both now have difficult job.No one has "more difficult" job.

Could anyone clarify why (a) suits better here than (e)?

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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2011, 04:24
I know the OA is given as A, but still, i would prefer E.
Reason: "intimately acquainted" and "Working directly with members of the public" are two different things.
If we choose A, then the statement A assumes that only the city council members in small towns are working directly with members of public.

Now in case of option E "City council members in large cities rarely engage the public directly." This clarifies that even if the City council members in large cities are intimately acquainted with the public they serve they will have no issue because council members of large cities do not engage directly with public.
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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2011, 08:19
Oh yeah will go with A...though was confused with the wordings...

A, Working directly with members of the public is the one of the most challenging aspects of serving on a city council

I guess it is not mentioned in the premise but assumption ques's are from family 2.
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Re: V1, #6 CR, city council members [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2011, 14:05
The statement concludes that small city council has a more difficult job than a large city council. It says nothing about the difficulty of each. The assumption must be about the relative difficulty and not difficulty of any particular place.

In this case, we should be comparing small city council's involvement with public with that of the large city council.

E makes the best choice.
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