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A newspaper recently reported the story of a group of hunters who found a heavily damaged mobile home suspended in the treetops in a forest. Although mobile homes in many towns in the surrounding area had recently been swept away by tornados, officials suspect that this particular mobile home came from nearby New City, which had been almost completely destroyed by a tornado three months earlier, on March 10th.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the officials' hypothesis about the origin of the mobile home?

-Many residents of New City and the surrounding areas live in trailer homes.
-A calendar found inside the mobile home was turned to March 10th.
-Weather stations widely reported the tornado of March 10th.
-Sales of this particular brand of mobile home have been very strong in New City and other surrounding towns for the past six months.
-Decals supporting the nearby State University football team were found on the mobile home.
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interested in the answer choice D. any explanation?
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A newspaper recently reported the story of a group of hunters who found a heavily damaged mobile home suspended in the treetops in a forest. Although mobile homes in many towns in the surrounding area had recently been swept away by tornados, officials suspect that this particular mobile home came from nearby New City, which had been almost completely destroyed by a tornado three months earlier, on March 10th.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the officials' hypothesis about the origin of the mobile home?

-Many residents of New City and the surrounding areas live in trailer homes.
-A calendar found inside the mobile home was turned to March 10th.
-Weather stations widely reported the tornado of March 10th.
-Sales of this particular brand of mobile home have been very strong in New City and other surrounding towns for the past six months.
-Decals supporting the nearby State University football team were found on the mobile home.
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interested in the answer choice D. any explanation?

there is two problems with alternative D: 1) "other surrounding towns" means that the house can possibly been carried from any town on the vicinities. 2) "past six months" indicate that it is a brand new house, and the facts presented on the questions don't support any assumption that it is new home.
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+1 B. D does not address the problem
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I'm still not convinced by B. It is entirely possible for the page to be turned to March 10 because of the tornado

B is not pretty, but D is just plain nasty. D does not weaken or strengthen, the answer choice implies that the trailer could have come from one of multiple locations.

B is the lesser of all the evils, but at least it strengthens by implying that the trailer may have come from the location where a tornado occurred 3 months ago. Pretty Loosy Goosy IMO
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How can one say by choosing option B that the tailor van only came from nearby New City?
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WE NEED A CLEAR EVIDENCE TO RELATE THE heavily damaged mobile home TO ONE DESTROYED IN NEW CITY..........SINCE HOMES WERE DESTROYED ON MARCH 10 IN NEW CITY ONLY AND NO OTHER CITY........THIS HOME WITH calendar turned to March 10th- IS A CLOSE EVIDENCE OF BEING FROM NEW CITY....................HENCE " B" CORRECT......

"D" IS NOT AS STRONG AN EVIDENCE, AS THE DAMAGED HOME DESCRIBED COULD BE FROM NEW CITY OR ANY OTHER SURROUNDING TOWNS........

The argument says that " Although mobile homes in many towns in the surrounding area had recently been swept away by tornados". Hence there is no evidence that it only came from "New City".

I think you want a perfect link between the mobile home from New City and the tornado on March 10. To support the statement, the evidence that you want would be ideal, but since we don't have the perfect answer, option B leaves us with less doubt than option D. After all, how can you be so sure the mobile home came from New City after sales of those mobile homes have been equal among the other cities? At least option B links the date of the tornado in New City and the last date on the calendar in mobile home.

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Really interesting problem
I also chose D first, by eliminating others that indicate anything other than place. Agree with all that Correct Answer is B.

I just listed down the facts.
1. Damaged mobile home found suspended in the treetops.
2. Mobile home came from nearby New City.
3. New City had been destroyed by a tornado on March 10.

B & D are possible contenders.
Option (D) says sales have been strong in New City and other surrounding towns. So, It's not strongly supports that its surely from New City.
Option (B) There is weak link between premises and Option B.
[New city destroyed on March 10] + [10 March cal date in the Home]=> [Place of Home is from New City].
Its sufficient to prove the place as the New City.

The question stem is asking for a reason that strengthens the hypothesis about ORIGIN of the mobile home. i want to know how does the option B,that specifies a date, strengthens the hypothesis about origin "New City". I agree that that date confirms that the home must have got blown away by tornado, dated on March 10 but how does the sentence confirms that the home is from New City. So in fact only Option D speaks about the origin. i admit that the phrase "for the past six months" is a flaw in option D.

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27 Mar 2012, 11:32
lamanxa, thank you for ur reply.

I agree with you about "other surrounding towns", but disagree about periods.
since the q.stem stated that a tornado destroyed the city three months earlier, I thought it is ok to think that these homes have been there for the past six months. dont u think so?
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27 Mar 2012, 12:28
LalaB wrote:
lamanxa, thank you for ur reply.

I agree with you about "other surrounding towns", but disagree about periods.
since the q.stem stated that a tornado destroyed the city three months earlier, I thought it is ok to think that these homes have been there for the past six months. dont u think so?

LalaB, this information only would be relevant if it was stated that the house were brought AFTER the tornado. Since the tornado destroyed the city 3 months earlier, it is irrelevant if the houses are 6 months old or 50 years old. All of them were possibly carried away by the tornado.
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27 Mar 2012, 14:21
This is an interesting question

Initially voted for D - but yes agree with why it should not be the best option "New City and other surrounding towns "

and then by POE B supports the hypothesis - we have exact date "March 10" and on March 10 - the tornado destroyed New City

"New City, which had been almost completely destroyed by a tornado three months earlier, on March 10th"
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27 Mar 2012, 20:20
Went with B, because New City was screwed on March 10, and the calendar had March 10 on it.

There was a mention that trailers were in the surrounding area which includes New city, but also other cities too, which muddies up choice D. We know New City was bye bye on March 10, but we know nothing on the other cities. We know the calendar showed March 10 inside, so that's how 2 and 2 went together here.
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27 Mar 2012, 20:47
What if the calendar page turned during the tornado? Its a storm & the mobile home is hanging in a tree. I would suspect that a calendar can move be tossed around. This seems to be a very loose argument

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28 Mar 2012, 00:58
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What if the calendar page turned during the tornado? Its a storm & the mobile home is hanging in a tree. I would suspect that a calendar can move be tossed around. This seems to be a very loose argument

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good point! I thought the same , when crossed out this answer choice
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02 Apr 2012, 04:39
fell for D... Thought B was weak... cos ppl stopped using the trailer home and since tornado is common in the area... maybe the home was crashed by a tornado after March.. But When comparing B and D,... Now I cld see B is way better option than D...
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28 Nov 2012, 21:31
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boomtangboy wrote:
What if the calendar page turned during the tornado? Its a storm & the mobile home is hanging in a tree. I would suspect that a calendar can move be tossed around. This seems to be a very loose argument

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good point! I thought the same , when crossed out this answer choice

B) A calendar found inside the mobile home was turned to March 10th.

D) Sales of this particular brand of mobile home have been very strong in New City and other surrounding towns for the past six months.

I guess ur point is valid...

But between B and D... If u add weights for both choices B will win...

So actual contenders are B and D.
First of all D says this home has proof that it would have been sold in past 6 months... This itself fails... This weakens argument...
There is no possibility here.. Its viable...

On other hand, B says about date in calendar.. There is possibility here..

IMO tornado will turn calendar to March 10th no it might be some person...
Anyways it strengthen our argument ....
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Really interesting problem
I also chose D first, by eliminating others that indicate anything other than place. Agree with all that Correct Answer is B.

I just listed down the facts.
1. Damaged mobile home found suspended in the treetops.
2. Mobile home came from nearby New City.
3. New City had been destroyed by a tornado on March 10.

B & D are possible contenders.
Option (D) says sales have been strong in New City and other surrounding towns. So, It's not strongly supports that its surely from New City.
Option (B) There is weak link between premises and Option B.
[New city destroyed on March 10] + [10 March cal date in the Home]=> [Place of Home is from New City].
Its sufficient to prove the place as the New City.
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I'm still not convinced by B. It is entirely possible for the page to be turned to March 10 because of the tornado
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I'm still not convinced by B. It is entirely possible for the page to be turned to March 10 because of the tornado

B is not pretty, but D is just plain nasty. D does not weaken or strengthen, the answer choice implies that the trailer could have come from one of multiple locations.

B is the lesser of all the evils, but at least it strengthens by implying that the trailer may have come from the location where a tornado occurred 3 months ago. Pretty Loosy Goosy IMO

hahaha, ok i guess your explanation does make sense. Thanks
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WE NEED A CLEAR EVIDENCE TO RELATE THE heavily damaged mobile home TO ONE DESTROYED IN NEW CITY..........SINCE HOMES WERE DESTROYED ON MARCH 10 IN NEW CITY ONLY AND NO OTHER CITY........THIS HOME WITH calendar turned to March 10th- IS A CLOSE EVIDENCE OF BEING FROM NEW CITY....................HENCE " B" CORRECT......

"D" IS NOT AS STRONG AN EVIDENCE, AS THE DAMAGED HOME DESCRIBED COULD BE FROM NEW CITY OR ANY OTHER SURROUNDING TOWNS........
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semwal wrote:
WE NEED A CLEAR EVIDENCE TO RELATE THE heavily damaged mobile home TO ONE DESTROYED IN NEW CITY..........SINCE HOMES WERE DESTROYED ON MARCH 10 IN NEW CITY ONLY AND NO OTHER CITY........THIS HOME WITH calendar turned to March 10th- IS A CLOSE EVIDENCE OF BEING FROM NEW CITY....................HENCE " B" CORRECT......

"D" IS NOT AS STRONG AN EVIDENCE, AS THE DAMAGED HOME DESCRIBED COULD BE FROM NEW CITY OR ANY OTHER SURROUNDING TOWNS........

The argument says that " Although mobile homes in many towns in the surrounding area had recently been swept away by tornados". Hence there is no evidence that it only came from "New City".
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