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# A deadly virus that has claimed the lives of local villagers has been

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07 Aug 2015, 14:55
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A deadly virus that has claimed the lives of local villagers has been traced to the spotted fruit bat, in which the virus resides between periodic outbreaks. Biologists speculate that the bat might also be one of the reservoirs for a number of other viruses that have led to village fatalities. The local government has proposed to eliminate the spotted fruit bat by cutting off passageways that allow the bat to emerge from its caves. Once the bat is unable to emerge from the caves, the government will have achieved its objective of reducing the number of village deaths attributable to viruses.

Which of the following, if true, would best indicate that the government’s plan will not lead to its objective?

A) The bat caves in which the spotted fruit bat dwell are filled with bat dung, or guano, which provides a significant source of revenue for the country.
B) Another species of bat has been observed feeding on small animals, and has also been reported to have bitten human beings, who report feeling severely weakened after awakening from the attack.
C) Many villagers who would have otherwise succumbed to a viral disease have been cured after ingesting a serum derived from a local flower whose only means of germinating is via the fur of the spotted fruit bat
D) The spotted fruit bat dwells deep inside the caves where government workers, despite using sophisticated technology, have been unable to penetrate completely.
E) Though there are several other species of fruit bats in the area, the spotted fruit bat is the only one that serves as a reservoir for deadly viruses, which result in a majority of the village’s fatalities.

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07 Aug 2015, 23:58
Would go with C.

We need a reason that if true will ensure that there will probably be more deaths than saves due to the proposal.

As per option C..the flower which is the cure spreads only because of the bat.. If the bats are terminated its possible that the viral disease to which the flower serves as the cure, will spread and kill even more people..

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A deadly virus that has claimed the lives of local villagers has been traced to the spotted fruit bat, in which the virus resides between periodic outbreaks. Biologists speculate that the bat might also be one of the reservoirs for a number of other viruses that have led to village fatalities. The local government has proposed to eliminate the spotted fruit bat by cutting off passageways that allow the bat to emerge from its caves. Once the bat is unable to emerge from the caves, the government will have achieved its objective of reducing the number of village deaths attributable to viruses.

Which of the following, if true, would best indicate that the government’s plan will not lead to its objective?

A) The bat caves in which the spotted fruit bat dwell are filled with bat dung, or guano, which provides a significant source of revenue for the country.
B) Another species of bat has been observed feeding on small animals, and has also been reported to have bitten human beings, who report feeling severely weakened after awakening from the attack.
C) Many villagers who would have otherwise succumbed to a viral disease have been cured after ingesting a serum derived from a local flower whose only means of germinating is via the fur of the spotted fruit bat
D) The spotted fruit bat dwells deep inside the caves where government workers, despite using sophisticated technology, have been unable to penetrate completely.
E) Though there are several other species of fruit bats in the area, the spotted fruit bat is the only one that serves as a reservoir for deadly viruses, which result in a majority of the village’s fatalities.

A- personalise the situation and you will realise that if you were there in government and same situation had occurred then would you have cared about REVENUE?? ofcourse not. human life is most important.

B- Now this choice is tricky because it says even if you get away with the bat mentioned in argument, there is another bat species which is making people sick. SICK? hey wait, conclusion is about reducing DEATHS not SICKNESS. so OFS.

C-so this choice does follow the pattern of choices that GMAC presents in questions. CONCLUSION would say get rid of something to achieve something. to weaken such conclusion you have to SHOW THE BENIFITS of that thing or have to proof getting rid of that particular thing would bring other disadvantages which are of equal importance like the current situation.

D- it says they have not been able to do what government intends to do. BUT government is making plan to cut off the passage ways so that might work.

E- this only strengthens the plan. easy to eliminate.
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11 Jan 2018, 21:04
this question makes me think of SARS epidemic.
Lesson ere: never think of any outside knowledge.
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11 Jan 2018, 22:57
well made question with some traps
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