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A group of children of various ages was read stories in which people caused harm, some of those people doing so intentionally, and some accidentally. When asked about appropriate punishments for those who had caused harm, the younger children, unlike the older ones, assigned punishments that did not vary according to whether the harm was done intentionally or accidentally. Younger children, then, do not regard people's intentions as relevant to punishment.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

In interpreting these stories, the listeners had to draw on a relatively mature sense of human psychology in order to tell whether harm was produced intentionally or accidentally.

In these stories, the severity of the harm produced was clearly stated.

Younger children are as likely to produce harm unintentionally as are older children.

The older children assigned punishment in a way that closely resembled the way adults had assigned punishment in a similar experiment.

The younger children assigned punishments that varied according to the severity of the harm done by the agents in the stories.
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D and E strengthen the argument.
A presents an alternate reason why the group of children gave random punishments. If it needs a high level of intellect to choose respective punishments, then the children were not capable enough to do so. We can't say that younger children do not regard people's intentions relevant to punishment. In other words A is an alternate cause.
C and B are nor relevant.
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A group of children of various ages was read stories in which people caused harm, some of those people doing so intentionally, and some accidentally. When asked about appropriate punishments for those who had caused harm, the younger children, unlike the older ones, assigned punishments that did not vary according to whether the harm was done intentionally or accidentally. Younger children, then, do not regard people's intentions as relevant to punishment.

I got A by POE

The younger children assigned punishments that varied according to the severity of the harm done by the agents in the stories.

we don't know the severity of the harm done we only have 2 options intentionally or accidentally.

Also if you use !A > B
if we negate A we can arrive at B

In interpreting these stories, the listeners had NOT drawn on a relatively mature sense of human psychology in order to tell whether harm was produced intentionally or accidentally

what happens if they are mature then they can use that as a basis for punishment.
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05 Oct 2014, 21:46
Marcab wrote:
D and E strengthen the argument.
A presents an alternate reason why the group of children gave random punishments. If it needs a high level of intellect to choose respective punishments, then the children were not capable enough to do so. We can't say that younger children do not regard people's intentions relevant to punishment. In other words A is an alternate cause.
C and B are nor relevant.

Hi Marcab,
Can u please elaborate a lil more on A is weakening.What I can make out of it is that A says that since a high level of intellect is needed, younger kids are unable to decide on punishment, hence its supporting the argument! Please guide.
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maggie27 wrote:
Marcab wrote:
D and E strengthen the argument.
A presents an alternate reason why the group of children gave random punishments. If it needs a high level of intellect to choose respective punishments, then the children were not capable enough to do so. We can't say that younger children do not regard people's intentions relevant to punishment. In other words A is an alternate cause.
C and B are nor relevant.

Hi Marcab,
Can u please elaborate a lil more on A is weakening.What I can make out of it is that A says that since a high level of intellect is needed, younger kids are unable to decide on punishment, hence its supporting the argument! Please guide.

A group of children of various ages was read stories in which people caused harm, some of those people doing so intentionally, and some accidentally. When asked about appropriate punishments for those who had caused harm, the younger children, unlike the older ones, assigned punishments that did not vary according to whether the harm was done intentionally or accidentally. Younger children, then, do not regard people's intentions as relevant to punishment.

Premise: Children read stories in which people caused harm, some of those people doing so intentionally, and some accidentally. the younger children, unlike the older ones, assigned punishments that did not vary according to whether the harm was done intentionally or accidentally.When asked about appropriate punishments for those who had caused harm, the younger children, unlike the older ones
Conclusion: Younger children do not regard people's intentions as relevant to punishment.

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In interpreting these stories, the listeners had to draw on a relatively mature sense of human psychology in order to tell whether harm was produced intentionally or accidentally.

The option states that to interpret these stories, listeners had to draw on a relatively mature sense of human psychology in order to tell whether harm was produced intentionally or accidentally.Maturity comes with a age and children might not be mature enough to interpret these stories.

This undermines the conclusion because children didn't disregard the intentions in fact they couldn't understand the intentions of people i.e whether ppl did crimes intentionally or accidentally.

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07 Oct 2014, 06:21
VarunBhardwaj wrote:
maggie27 wrote:
Marcab wrote:
D and E strengthen the argument.
A presents an alternate reason why the group of children gave random punishments. If it needs a high level of intellect to choose respective punishments, then the children were not capable enough to do so. We can't say that younger children do not regard people's intentions relevant to punishment. In other words A is an alternate cause.
C and B are nor relevant.

Hi Marcab,
Can u please elaborate a lil more on A is weakening.What I can make out of it is that A says that since a high level of intellect is needed, younger kids are unable to decide on punishment, hence its supporting the argument! Please guide.

A group of children of various ages was read stories in which people caused harm, some of those people doing so intentionally, and some accidentally. When asked about appropriate punishments for those who had caused harm, the younger children, unlike the older ones, assigned punishments that did not vary according to whether the harm was done intentionally or accidentally. Younger children, then, do not regard people's intentions as relevant to punishment.

Premise: Children read stories in which people caused harm, some of those people doing so intentionally, and some accidentally. the younger children, unlike the older ones, assigned punishments that did not vary according to whether the harm was done intentionally or accidentally.When asked about appropriate punishments for those who had caused harm, the younger children, unlike the older ones
Conclusion: Younger children do not regard people's intentions as relevant to punishment.

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In interpreting these stories, the listeners had to draw on a relatively mature sense of human psychology in order to tell whether harm was produced intentionally or accidentally.

The option states that to interpret these stories, listeners had to draw on a relatively mature sense of human psychology in order to tell whether harm was produced intentionally or accidentally.Maturity comes with a age and children might not be mature enough to interpret these stories.

This undermines the conclusion because children didn't disregard the intentions in fact they couldn't understand the intentions of people i.e whether ppl did crimes intentionally or accidentally.

press kudos if it helps

Through POE, I deduced that the answer, but not sure of the reason.....
Good Explanation!!!
Thank you very much.
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07 Oct 2014, 08:56
Thanks that really helped.
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07 Oct 2014, 10:13
carcass wrote:
A group of children of various ages was read stories in which people caused harm, some of those people doing so intentionally, and some accidentally. When asked about appropriate punishments for those who had caused harm, the younger children, unlike the older ones, assigned punishments that did not vary according to whether the harm was done intentionally or accidentally. Younger children, then, do not regard people's intentions as relevant to punishment.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

In interpreting these stories, the listeners had to draw on a relatively mature sense of human psychology in order to tell whether harm was produced intentionally or accidentally.

In these stories, the severity of the harm produced was clearly stated.

Younger children are as likely to produce harm unintentionally as are older children.

The older children assigned punishment in a way that closely resembled the way adults had assigned punishment in a similar experiment.

The younger children assigned punishments that varied according to the severity of the harm done by the agents in the stories.

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Clearly this is a Weaken question and the conclusion is that Younger children do not consider intent (whether accidental or intentional) of people while deciding a punishment..and why is that? Because the study showed that Younger people gave same punishment whether person's intent was accidental or intentional..

Gap in Logic : Younger children do not regard intent of the people (In Conclusion) where as facts presented tells about same punishment was given by younger people..irrespective of intent

A gives you the logic that it is not that younger children do not consider intent of the doer but just that they don't have enough knowledge to differentiate between harm produced intentionally or accidentally.. and thus an alternate reason for giving the same punishment..

For a weaken question...always consider the argument to be weak(When you are reading) and before going to answer try come with an answer on your own...Picking the correct answer choice becomes easier thereafter...
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07 Oct 2014, 15:12
Agree with A.

I think C is out of scope.

D/E strengthen the argument.
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07 Oct 2014, 19:42
carcass wrote:
A group of children of various ages was read stories in which people caused harm, some of those people doing so intentionally, and some accidentally. When asked about appropriate punishments for those who had caused harm, the younger children, unlike the older ones, assigned punishments that did not vary according to whether the harm was done intentionally or accidentally. Younger children, then, do not regard people's intentions as relevant to punishment.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

In interpreting these stories, the listeners had to draw on a relatively mature sense of human psychology in order to tell whether harm was produced intentionally or accidentally.

In these stories, the severity of the harm produced was clearly stated.

Younger children are as likely to produce harm unintentionally as are older children.

The older children assigned punishment in a way that closely resembled the way adults had assigned punishment in a similar experiment.

The younger children assigned punishments that varied according to the severity of the harm done by the agents in the stories.

Hi Carcass,

Do you think there is error of Correlation -----> Causation being employed in this passage??

Same Punishment by Younger Children-------> Disregard for Intent whether accidental or intentional!!
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11 Oct 2015, 02:01
Choice E, the severity is not relevant, the argument is talking about intentionally or accidentally . In choice A, If the listener do not draw a conclusion to define whether harm is intentionally or accidentally, they will give wrong answers.
Choice A is correct.
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