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# A neighborhood in downtown Pittsburgh has experienced a sharp increase

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09 Dec 2019, 21:54
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A neighborhood in downtown Pittsburgh has experienced a sharp increase in residential break-ins. The point of entry is always a basement window that is surrounded by bushes or some other object. The neighborhood watchgroup believes these entry points are chosen because they are difficult to view from public thoroughfares such as adjacent streets or back alleys and has recommended trimming all large hedges that obscure basement windows.

Which of the following contains a flaw in logic that most closely parallels the one contained in the passage?

(A) People who like rabbits can't possibly like dogs because dogs hunt rabbits.

(B) Martha's geraniums always die; she must be buying weak geraniums.

(C) When it is dark Sandra can't drive. Sandra is not driving, so it must be dark.

(D) if priests oppose murder, then all religions must oppose murder.

(E) Highly trained dogs can track and this dog can track, therefore it must be highly trained.
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14 Dec 2019, 13:42
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Reasoning in the stimulus is [event A kept happening because of A's own feature].

Event A in the stimulus is "break-in through the basement (windows)", feature is "difficult to view"

Event A in the answer choice is "geraniums die", feature is "geraniums are weak".
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26 Dec 2019, 23:30
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shridhar786 wrote:
A neighborhood in downtown Pittsburgh has experienced a sharp increase in residential break-ins. The point of entry is always a basement window that is surrounded by bushes or some other object. The neighborhood watchgroup believes these entry points are chosen because they are difficult to view from public thoroughfares such as adjacent streets or back alleys and has recommended trimming all large hedges that obscure basement windows.

Which of the following contains a flaw in logic that most closely parallels the one contained in the passage?

(A) People who like rabbits can't possibly like dogs because dogs hunt rabbits.

(B) Martha's geraniums always die; she must be buying weak geraniums.

(C) When it is dark Sandra can't drive. Sandra is not driving, so it must be dark.

(D) if priests oppose murder, then all religions must oppose murder.

(E) Highly trained dogs can track and this dog can track, therefore it must be highly trained.

The logic of the argument is this - Break ins are happening in houses. It is because of a weakness in the house itself - hidden basement window. Clear up the window to avoid break ins.

Option (B) reflects the same flaw in logic: (B) Martha's geraniums always die; the reason must be in a weakness in her geraniums. Presumably, if she buys stronger geraniums, they will survive.

None of the other options are even close.
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17 Dec 2019, 21:47
Please someone draw the flaw in the argument and the options given.
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