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A physically active lifestyle has been shown to help increase longevity. In the Wistar region of Bellaria, the average age at death is considerably higher than in any other part of the country. Wistar is the only mountainous part of Bellaria. A mountainous terrain makes even such basic activities as walking relatively strenuous; it essentially imposes a physically active lifestyle on people. Clearly, this circumstance explains the long lives of people in Wistar.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) In Bellaria all medical expenses are paid by the government, so that personal income does not affect the quality of health care a person receives.
B) The Wistar region is one of Bellaria, s least populated regions.
C) Many people who live in the Wistar region have moved there in middle age or upon retirement.
D) The many opportunities for hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities that Wistar's mountains offer make it a favorite destination for vacationing Bellarians.
E) Per capita spending on recreational activities is no higher in Wistar than it is in other regions of Bellaria.
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C is the correct answer. If people moved to the place in. the middle of their lifes, they had no taken such a big advantage of the region's opportunities to lead active life and this is not the reason to live long
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Option A also gotta a effect...Since the medical expense is government paid, people are more likely to visit a doctor.If this provision was missing or the medical treatment was expensive people would have avoided or could not afford to visit a doctor...

So the average death rate can be high because of this reason too,,
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16 Sep 2013, 09:12
A can also be a possible answer choice as it provides an alternate explanation to live longer. As the Government takes care of the health care expenses, people receive better medical care.

How is this wrong? Any help on this?
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16 Sep 2013, 09:41
A can also be a possible answer choice as it provides an alternate explanation to live longer. As the Government takes care of the health care expenses, people receive better medical care.

How is this wrong? Any help on this?

The argument assumes that since the life in that location is tough/requires lot of activity to survive, people remain fit solely because of physical exercise that they are doing for years.

WHAT IF, they majority of there population has shifted there after there retirement??? This leaves no provision to conclude that there average death rate is high because of exercise factor....

Although option A also got a practical effect we need to choose the best answer, the options there can be 3 correct answers but our job is to weigh them as which one effects the conclusion at most.
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19 Sep 2013, 11:01
prateekbhatt wrote:
A can also be a possible answer choice as it provides an alternate explanation to live longer. As the Government takes care of the health care expenses, people receive better medical care.

How is this wrong? Any help on this?

The argument assumes that since the life in that location is tough/requires lot of activity to survive, people remain fit solely because of physical exercise that they are doing for years.

WHAT IF, they majority of there population has shifted there after there retirement??? This leaves no provision to conclude that there average death rate is high because of exercise factor....

Although option A also got a practical effect we need to choose the best answer, the options there can be 3 correct answers but our job is to weigh them as which one effects the conclusion at most.

Hi there,

But we could negate C too, by the simple logic that even if these people have moved to mountainous regions in middle ages, atleast now they live in a place that has a relatively better environment, adds to physical activities and a complementary lifestyle, etc. Concludingly, past be undone, atleast now they are leading an improved lifestyle. That's the reasoning I used to negate choice C.

In comparison, choice A does not add two different dimensions like the just discussed choice. It is somewhat more clear.
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I guess it is important to mention something in A :
A) In Bellaria all medical expenses are paid by the government, so that personal income does not affect the quality of health care a person receives.

We are interested in Wistar region of Bellaria, not Bellaria.
So, only left choice is C.
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29 Sep 2013, 07:04
engin09 wrote:
I guess it is important to mention something in A :
A) In Bellaria all medical expenses are paid by the government, so that personal income does not affect the quality of health care a person receives.

We are interested in Wistar region of Bellaria, not Bellaria.
So, only left choice is C.

what about B.I guess B also weakens arguement.
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02 Oct 2013, 21:06
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engin09 wrote:
I guess it is important to mention something in A :
A) In Bellaria all medical expenses are paid by the government, so that personal income does not affect the quality of health care a person receives.

We are interested in Wistar region of Bellaria, not Bellaria.
So, only left choice is C.

what about B.I guess B also weakens arguement.

Try to attack conclusion : "this circumstance explains the long lives of people in Wistar"
And circumstance is " physically active lifestyle"

So, basically our first mission is finding an answer that weakens " physically active lifestyle explains the long lives of people in Wistar "

Finally, I believe "B)The Wistar region is one of Bellaria, s least populated regions." does not attack above sentence.
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20 Jun 2014, 20:46
C

We are looking for an answer that will provide an alternative means for why the mountainous region of Wistar is not responsible for long life.

A) This choice does not do the above, so it has no effect on the argument.
C) Only answer choice that does the above.
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25 Jun 2014, 07:24
engin09 wrote:
I guess it is important to mention something in A :
A) In Bellaria all medical expenses are paid by the government, so that personal income does not affect the quality of health care a person receives.

We are interested in Wistar region of Bellaria, not Bellaria.
So, only left choice is C.

I was also confused about this option but this small catch explains it. A is applicable for entire Bellaria so it is not a differentiating factor for Wistar region only
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A physically active lifestyle has been shown to help increase longevity. In the Wistar region of Bellaria, the average age at death is considerably higher than in any other part of the country. Wistar is the only mountainous part of Bellaria. A mountainous terrain makes even such basic activities as walking relatively strenuous; it essentially imposes a physically active lifestyle on people. Clearly, this circumstance explains the long lives of people in Wistar.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) In Bellaria all medical expenses are paid by the government, so that personal income does not affect the quality of health care a person receives.
B) The Wistar region is one of Bellaria, s least populated regions.
C) Many people who live in the Wistar region have moved there in middle age or upon retirement.
D) The many opportunities for hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities that Wistar's mountains offer make it a favorite destination for vacationing Bellarians.
E) Per capita spending on recreational activities is no higher in Wistar than it is in other regions of Bellaria.

Premise: Physical activity increases longevity and as Wister has higher average age at death > then rest of Bellaria, hence people do physical activity and that explains their longevity.

A) In Bellaria all medical expenses are paid by the government, so that personal income does not affect the quality of health care a person receives.
No distinction made between Bellaria and Wister -> Incorrect

B) The Wistar region is one of Bellaria is least populated regions.
This doesn't explain why there is higher than average age at death -> Incorrect

C) Many people who live in the Wistar region have moved there in middle age or upon retirement.
So most of the people are already higher than average age when they moved to Wister and that provides an alternate explanation -> Correct

D) The many opportunities for hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities that Wistar's mountains offer make it a favorite destination for vacationing Bellarians.
Out of scope -> Incorrect

E) Per capita spending on recreational activities is no higher in Wistar than it is in other regions of Bellaria.
There is no indication as to why residents of Wister have higher than average age at death -> Incorrect
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There is a small point I need to focus:

1) So there is an area where the population age is mix : 10,20,30,80,90 Avg Age(46)
2) There is an area where the population age is only of retirement and middle age ones : 50,60,70,80,90 Avg Age(70)
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01 May 2017, 04:39
I chose C since its obvious

but in fact B is also correct, if the population consists of only three people of course it would weaken the argument
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I chose C since its obvious

but in fact B is also correct, if the population consists of only three people of course it would weaken the argument

B cannot be the correct answer as we need to assume we have 3 people to validate your point. What if number of people are in millions. B won't hold true in that case.

Also, notice the question is saying "most seriously". Only C does that. Hence, the correct answer.
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