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# A recent report compared the crime figures of today with those of 200

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A recent report compared the crime figures of today with those of 200 years ago. The report showed that today, the proportion of people who break the law is 22% lower than that of 200 years ago. It can be deduced that people are more morally aware today than people were 200 years ago.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the argument's conclusion?

A. Many actions that were considered morally acceptable 200 years ago have been criminalized by modern legal systems

B. Today, morals are taught in schools, and since more children are educated, immoral behavior is decreasing.

C. Some people consider certain illegal acts as not being immoral.

D. Modern methods for controlling crime have been implemented so that less of the taxpayer's money is now spent on the penal system.

E. Reports analyzing the crime figures of certain time periods are always conducted by a team of government and private researchers.

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10 Jun 2018, 14:59
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Very nice question. I spend too many minutes trying to figure it out but still I am not sure.

IMO, A is wrong because it rather supports argument's conclusion.

When the proportion of people who break the law drops by 22% in comparison to the past and now many former actions, which were considered as amoral in past are considered as breaking the law the very opposite effect should occur and there should be evidence in the increase of people who break the law not decrease. So this A options is supporting argument conclusion.

Option B is also supportive to the argument conclusion

Option C is one after I did POE which I was left with.

Option D is in my point of view out of scope because it talks about crime and not touching the issue of amoral behavior.

Option E This one seems to me once again as an out of scope, or I am just unable to notice any kind of connection.

After this reasoning and my "POE" I am for an answer C
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10 Jun 2018, 15:17
It is D. C talks about people and not government

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11 Jun 2018, 05:53
I could come up with A as the answer can you help me with the solution
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11 Jun 2018, 06:10
D as it gives an alternative reason to the conclusion

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11 Jun 2018, 07:25
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A recent report compared the crime figures of today with those of 200 years ago. The report showed that today, the proportion of people who break the law is 22% lower than that of 200 years ago. It can be deduced that people are more morally aware today than people were 200 years ago.
Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the argument's conclusion?

A. Many actions that were considered morally acceptable 200 years ago have been criminalized by modern legal systems

B. Today, morals are taught in schools, and since more children are educated, immoral behavior is decreasing.

C. Some people consider certain illegal acts as not being immoral.

D. Modern methods for controlling crime have been implemented so that less of the taxpayer's money is now spent on the penal system.

E. Reports analyzing the crime figures of certain time periods are always conducted by a team of government and private researchers.

IF some acts which were considered illegal 200 years ago are not considered so now, it will lead to decrease in Crimes reported now, hence answer must be (C)
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12 Jun 2018, 05:30
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A,B are supporting instead of doubting and D,E are out of scope and C is correct choice because if illegal thing will be considered as legal then crime will reduce and it will result in pseudo reduction in crime.
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Re: A recent report compared the crime figures of today with those of 200  [#permalink]

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12 Jun 2018, 20:46
By POE came down to A and C.
Can anyone explain this question with reasoning for each option.
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13 Jun 2018, 00:01
D it is..... as C doesn't talk about the period when people considered such..so it's difficult to compare ...whereas D says modern methods which means the current era.. the crimes have been curbed to reduce the tax money... thus the point of pop becoming more aware and thus crimes have reduced us weakened

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