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# Working shorter workweeks causes managers to feel less

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Working shorter workweeks causes managers to feel less stress than does working longer workweeks. In addition, greater perceived control over oneâ€™s work life reduces stress levels. It can be concluded, therefore, that shorter workweeks cause managers to feel they have more control over their work life.
The argument made above uses which of the following questionable techniques?
(A) Associating two conditions as cause and effect on the basis of their being causally associated with the same phenomenon
(B) Taking for granted that two factors that have a certain effect individually produce that effect more strongly when both act together
(C) Assuming what it sets out to prove
(D) Using an irrelevant point in order to draw a conclusion
(E) Basing a conclusion on preconceived views about the needs of managers
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12 Oct 2006, 10:19
A seems like the best to me.

B - Not true (no where does it say a greater effect is produced)
C,D,E - not applicable/irrelevant
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12 Oct 2006, 10:41
Going with B

X causes Y
Z causes Y

Does that mean X causes Z ?

B is irrelevant and out of scope.
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12 Oct 2006, 14:16
What is the OA/OE and where is this question from please. Thanks
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12 Oct 2006, 15:01
Straight a.
Shorter work week --> less stress
More control over work --> less stress
So, the specious argument: Shorter work week = more control over work.
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12 Oct 2006, 15:13
OA is A

Matrix 02, this question is from CR-1000
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12 Oct 2006, 18:18
A 2
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12 Oct 2006, 21:28
straight A.
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13 Oct 2006, 01:15
Matrix02 wrote:
A seems like the best to me.

B - Not true (no where does it say a greater effect is produced)
C,D,E - not applicable/irrelevant

The argument does not say anything about combined effect of shorter workweeks and greater control.
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13 Oct 2006, 08:54

Only (A) and (B) were close. And (B) could be true only if the conclusion was something like "It can be concluded, therefore, that shorter workweeks and greater perceived control over oneâ€™s work life causes the stress to be reduced to null/nill."
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13 Oct 2006, 09:26
ayushi wrote:
Working shorter workweeks causes managers to feel less stress than does working longer workweeks. In addition, greater perceived control over oneâ€™s work life reduces stress levels. It can be concluded, therefore, that shorter workweeks cause managers to feel they have more control over their work life.
The argument made above uses which of the following questionable techniques?
(A) Associating two conditions as cause and effect on the basis of their

Wouldn't that be nice... more like a "pipe dream."
Re: CR   [#permalink] 13 Oct 2006, 09:26
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