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# Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer

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07 Aug 2017, 04:29
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Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

The editor’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

A.does not account for the fact that the problem may have been caused by unavoidable issues rather than carelessness.
B. tries to address the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the problem.
C. does not fully consider the scope of the problem.
D. does not consider a scenario in which the suggestion could further compound the problem at hand.
E. suggests a solution that is irrelevant to the problem.

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07 Aug 2017, 04:34
Lost between B and C.

Kindly help with explanation!!

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07 Aug 2017, 06:16
The question tells us:

"The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts"

That's a premise, so it's a fact. The conclusion is:

"to eliminate the problem, writers should... date their scripts"

That clearly solves the problem. There is no logical criticism you can make of that argument. So I don't understand this question.
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07 Aug 2017, 06:53
goforgmat wrote:
Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

The editor’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

A.does not account for the fact that the problem may have been caused by unavoidable issues rather than carelessness.
B. tries to address the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the problem.
C. does not fully consider the scope of the problem.
D. does not consider a scenario in which the suggestion could further compound the problem at hand.
E. suggests a solution that is irrelevant to the problem.

Hello can anyone explain why option E is wrong ?
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09 Aug 2017, 07:09
Here's a summary of the OA from Egmat :

Conclusion : The problems editors face will be eliminated.

Premises: 1. Writers should date their scripts.
2. Writers should specify which version the new script replaces.

Assumption : Recent version of the script from the set will be the same as the last written version of the script.

Flaw : recent version from the available scripts is not the same as last written version by the writer.

Result of the flaw : editor mistakes an earlier , though properly dated , version of the manuscript to be the latest one.

A.does not account for the fact that the problem may have been caused by unavoidable issues rather than carelessness. Why authors forget to date is not relevant for the authors solution to be valid
B. tries to address the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the problem. the author has identified the actual cause
C. does not fully consider the scope of the problem. Correct choice. The author overlooks situations in which the final version may not be the same as the latest available
D. does not consider a scenario in which the suggestion could further compound the problem at hand. The Auhtors suggestion doesn't compound the problem. It partially solves it

E. suggests a solution that is irrelevant to the problem. The auhtor's solution is relevant to the problem

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09 Aug 2017, 09:00
That analysis doesn't even identify the premises and conclusion correctly.

Answering this question is more a matter of guessing what the question writer was thinking about than it is about applying logic to an argument. There's no suggestion in the question that there are other manuscripts that editors might not have access to. And the writing isn't precise enough to know exactly what this sentence means: "The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts" but since that statement isn't qualified in any way (it doesn't say "One reason the problem arises..." or "The problem sometimes arises because...") I took that to mean that not dating drafts was the sole cause of the problem. If you eliminate the sole cause of a problem, you eliminate the problem; there are no logical flaws with that argument.

Long story short, I don't think this question is worth studying.

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