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A Famous Editor: American writers today lack skills that were common

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A Famous Editor: American writers today lack skills that were common among American writers of preceding centuries. I believe this because my analysis of 100 books, 50 old and 50 contemporary, demonstrates convincingly that none of the contemporary writings are executed as skillfully as the older writings.

Which of the following points to the most serious logical flaw in the Editor’s argument?

A.There could be criteria other than the technical skill of the writer by which to evaluate a book.
B.The particular methods currently used by American writers could require less literary skill than do methods used by writers in other parts of the world.
C.The editors fame could cause people to accept the editors thesis even without their reading the books to consider the validity of his thesis.
D.An individual who was not familiar with the language of literary criticism might not be convinced by the editors analysis of the 100 books
E.The books chosen for analysis could be those that most support his thesis.

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A Famous Editor: American writers today lack skills that were common among American writers of preceding centuries. I believe this because my analysis of 100 books, 50 old and 50 contemporary, demonstrates convincingly that none of the contemporary writings are executed as skillfully as the older writings.

Which of the following points to the most serious logical flaw in the Editor’s argument?

A.There could be criteria other than the technical skill of the writer by which to evaluate a book.
B.The particular methods currently used by American writers could require less literary skill than do methods used by writers in other parts of the world.
C.The editors fame could cause people to accept the editors thesis even without their reading the books to consider the validity of his thesis.
D.An individual who was not familiar with the language of literary criticism might not be convinced by the editors analysis of the 100 books
E.The books chosen for analysis could be those that most support his thesis.

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IMO the right answer is E. The entire conclusion is based only on the analysis of 100 books and nothing else. There is no guarantee that the selected books represent a good sample set to make that conclusion.
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Thanks for the answer. I was stuck in between A and E. The weightage of the answer in my case was more for E than for A but I dont understand how I can completely eliminate A. Is it because there is no mention of the word technical in the para?


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Thanks for the answer. I was stuck in between A and E. The weightage of the answer in my case was more for E than for A but I dont understand how I can completely eliminate A. Is it because there is no mention of the word technical in the para?


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Good point. I shall take a shot at addressing your point.
IMO even if there is a different skill with which one could evaluate an authors, the Editor in the argument can still come to the same conclusion provided his selected books are representative ones. The entire argument crumbles if books aren't the right ones.
Also, the key of the argument is on comparing the skills of older and newer writers but not on the what type of skills to compare with.
So, I eliminated A considering it out of scope for the current argument.
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Thanks for the answer. I was stuck in between A and E. The weightage of the answer in my case was more for E than for A but I dont understand how I can completely eliminate A. Is it because there is no mention of the word technical in the para?


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A talks about evaluating a book. The premise nowhere mentions that the editor was evaluating the book. The editor simply compares the SKILLS of old writers with those of contemporary writers.
A is out of scope in terms of the Purpose (evaluation of book).

E rightly weakens the conclusion of editor by reversing the causality i.e. by doubting the sample itself.
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New post 07 May 2018, 23:10
We should not select choice which is somehow talk about other factor
A mentions other reason whereas our intention is to find an choice which if true amkes it analysis in doubt

E is surely better than A in that regard

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