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# A prominent statesman in Country X has recently claimed that the

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A prominent statesman in Country X has recently claimed that the increased amount of recycling indicates that Country X's natural resources are no longer diminishing and that the amount of waste is no longer increasing. This specious argument is as illogical as it would be to assert that the ever increasing rate at which rain forests are being cut down demonstrates a lack of danger to that resource. The real cause of the increased amount of recycling is an increase in overall consumption, including that of recyclable materials such as paper and plastic.

The above argument, if true, best supports which of the following as a conclusion?

A. The statesman's claim is a deliberate fallacy intended to promote his political interests.
B. Country X recycles 100% of the waste generated by its population and industries.
C. Country X's natural resources continue to diminish and the amount of waste continues to grow.
D. Recycling is the reason for the increasing consumption of recyclable materials in Country X.
E. The more waste Country X's population and industry generate, the more rain forests need to be cut down.

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21 Sep 2016, 13:27
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A prominent statesman in Country X has recently claimed that the increased amount of recycling indicates that Country X's natural resources are no longer diminishing and that the amount of waste is no longer increasing. This specious argument is as illogical as it would be to assert that the ever increasing rate at which rain forests are being cut down demonstrates a lack of danger to that resource. The real cause of the increased amount of recycling is an increase in overall consumption, including that of recyclable materials such as paper and plastic.

The above argument, if true, best supports which of the following as a conclusion?

A. The statesman's claim is a deliberate fallacy intended to promote his political interests.
B. Country X recycles 100% of the waste generated by its population and industries.
C. Country X's natural resources continue to diminish and the amount of waste continues to grow.
D. Recycling is the reason for the increasing consumption of recyclable materials in Country X.
E. The more waste Country X's population and industry generate, the more rain forests need to be cut down.

Best support - inference or must be true question
A. The statesman's claim is a deliberate fallacy intended to promote his political interests. - New data
B. Country X recycles 100% of the waste generated by its population and industries. - not given in the passage
C. Country X's natural resources continue to diminish and the amount of waste continues to grow. - resembles as per the passage.
D. Recycling is the reason for the increasing consumption of recyclable materials in Country X. - This is not mentioned in the passage.
E. The more waste Country X's population and industry generate, the more rain forests need to be cut down.[/quote] - The more cause and effect is not given in the passage.
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02 Sep 2017, 00:53
A. The statesman's claim is a deliberate fallacy intended to promote his political interests. ----> This is out of scope as new data in this option.
B. Country X recycles 100% of the waste generated by its population and industries. ----> Not mentioned in the passage.
C. Country X's natural resources continue to diminish and the amount of waste continues to grow. ----> MUST BE TRUE based on the information given.
D. Recycling is the reason for the increasing consumption of recyclable materials in Country X. ----> On the contrary, the lase sentence mentions a reversed relation.
E. The more waste Country X's population and industry generate, the more rain forests need to be cut down. ----> No hint on this mentioned in the passage and no relation between the 2 also.
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26 May 2018, 10:24
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A. The statesman's claim is a deliberate fallacy intended to promote his political interests. ----> This is out of scope as new data in this option.
B. Country X recycles 100% of the waste generated by its population and industries. ----> Not mentioned in the passage.
C. Country X's natural resources continue to diminish and the amount of waste continues to grow. ----> MUST BE TRUE based on the information given.
D. Recycling is the reason for the increasing consumption of recyclable materials in Country X. ----> On the contrary, the lase sentence mentions a reversed relation.
E. The more waste Country X's population and industry generate, the more rain forests need to be cut down. ----> No hint on this mentioned in the passage and no relation between the 2 also.
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I agree with the first part of statement C, however, the politician was "that the amount of waste is no longer increasing". but in statement C it states the amount of waste continues to grow.
How is that the correct solution
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20 Jun 2018, 18:39
Can someone help me with this. Since the 2nd part of the option C is weaken the premise that's stated in initial part of the argument how can that be the correct answer ??
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28 Jun 2018, 00:30
longhaul123 wrote:
Can someone help me with this. Since the 2nd part of the option C is weaken the premise that's stated in initial part of the argument how can that be the correct answer ??

The answer choice has to be a conclusion that is supported by the passage. You're not supposed to be looking for a statement/assumption that supports the passage. You need to do the opposite.

The argument is saying that the increase in recycling doesn't mean that waste is decreasing, as the statesman claims. So, it must mean the opposite, which is choice C. There is more recycling because there is more consumption and then waste of recyclable products.
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