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A recent sociological study found that more than 40% of the members of a large conservative Christian church were the adult children of divorce. This led the researchers to conclude that growing up in a family where there is divorce leads people to become more religious.

Which of the following would be the best way to test the researchers' conclusions?


A Interview a large random sample of adult children of divorce to see if they are also very religious.

B Interview the congregants of the large conservative church to find out if they grew up in the church of converted as adults.

C Interview a local atheist group to see how many adult children of divorce are among its members.

D Gather statistics on how many marriages end in divorce each year.

E Facilitate a therapy group for adult children of divorce.

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why cant the answer be C ?? since the argument wants to test on the credibility that if the divorce led to religious people , the by interviewing the atheist who are non religious who grew up to adults in a divorce family then we can prove that it is divorce that's making people more religious
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Well I feel the answer is C . Could someone please explain why C is wrong?
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for me the C is incorrect because suppose we interview 100 atheist adults and 70 of them say they are of divorce still author conclusion holds because may be the divorce happened recently while argument is about growing up in a family .....

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New post 26 Feb 2018, 19:33
the pick is between A and B.

A Interview a large random sample of adult children of divorce to see if they are also very religious.
The presence of "if they are also religious'' spoils the pie. We are looking for a 40% or more..not the whole community.

B gives a better connection to the matter under discussion.
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Well I feel the answer is C . Could someone please explain why C is wrong?


Option C: Interview a local atheist group to see how many adult children of divorce are among its members.

This will not affect the conclusion that growing up in a family where there is a divorce leads to children becoming more religious.

Option B: Interview the congregants of the large conservative church to find out if they grew up in the church of converted as adults.

This however will question the validity of the conclusion and hence this data will help either strengthen the conclusion or quash it.
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B is correct:

Premise: 40 percent of congregates (Religious believers) who attended church are Adult children of divorce parents.
Conclusion: Growing up in a family of divorced people makes them religious.

Assumptions: People grew up with divorced people before becoming congregates.

B answers the same intention. but i think the wording is wrong. Its not church of converted but grew up in church before converting (or becoming) adults.

abhimahna, Bunuel, Can you correct me if i were wrong?
If it is so can you edit option B, else it changes the meaning- church of converted.

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B is correct:

Premise: 40 percent of congregates (Religious believers) who attended church are Adult children of divorce parents.
Conclusion: Growing up in a family of divorced people makes them religious.

Assumptions: People grew up with divorced people before becoming congregates.

B answers the same intention. but i think the wording is wrong. Its not church of converted but grew up in church before converting (or becoming) adults.

abhimahna, Bunuel, Can you correct me if i were wrong?
If it is so can you edit option B, else it changes the meaning- church of converted.

Thank you

I feel the same too... The wording is wrong. It can also be grew up in the church or converted as adults although I prefer your nightmare002 version

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A recent sociological study found that more than 40% of the members of a large conservative Christian church were the adult children of divorce. This led the researchers to conclude that growing up in a family where there is divorce leads people to become more religious.

Which of the following would be the best way to test the researchers' conclusions?


A Interview a large random sample of adult children of divorce to see if they are also very religious.

B Interview the congregants of the large conservative church to find out if they grew up in the church of converted as adults.

C Interview a local atheist group to see how many adult children of divorce are among its members.

D Gather statistics on how many marriages end in divorce each year.

E Facilitate a therapy group for adult children of divorce.

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Answer is (B)
It says divorce makes people religious. What if its the other way around. What if children of divorced people had no other way but to live in churches
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Well I feel the answer is C . Could someone please explain why C is wrong?

As per answer C even if atheist people say that they are children of divorce, we cannot judge the conclusion because we dont whether their parents got divorced before or after children became adults.
So this cannot be answer.
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