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A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

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10 Oct 2007, 09:00
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A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

Is it A? Smoking by itself can induce snoring? A says stress induces both snoring and smoking, so stress can cause snoring?

or is this one just too out of scope?

B: almost like A, but doesn't connect obesity to snoring so I say out.
E: throat problems aren't said to cause snoring but snoring and smoking causes throat problems.

CD: I don't see how this adds anything.
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10 Oct 2007, 09:23
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A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

Tough choice between C and A, both look lovely.
I went with A for the reason that C is the opposite of what is being said. A points out that stress is the cause, not smoking.
D is not correct because the stem said it snoring is not common and therefore, this is already true.
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10 Oct 2007, 09:41
Seems like D to me.
If smoking were tin induce snoring then most smoking would be snoring...
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10 Oct 2007, 10:01
eyunni wrote:
A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

i get A because if you look what the author hypothesizes "smoking by itself can induce snoring." A says that stress also induce snoring

is this correct to assume?
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10 Oct 2007, 10:23
eyunni wrote:
A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

A - is the right answer. If stress is the cause then weakens the Conclusion
B - Irrelevant
C- Strengthens the Conclusion
D - Irrelevant
E - Irrelevant
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10 Oct 2007, 13:11
eyunni wrote:
A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

(D) does cast doubt.
Hypothesis: Smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Weaken: Most smokers do not snore.
I don't understand why it is irrelevant or does not add up. Don't you think that if it is true that most smokers do not snore, how can smoking induce snoring???
IMO, (D) is a potential choice and stacks up well against (A).
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10 Oct 2007, 13:17
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eyunni wrote:
A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

(D) does cast doubt.
Hypothesis: Smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Weaken: Most smokers do not snore.
I don't understand why it is irrelevant or does not add up. Don't you think that if it is true that most smokers do not snore, how can smoking induce snoring???
IMO, (D) is a potential choice and stacks up well against (A).

i do not think D is a good answer because if you look at the beginning snoring is "not common" in general - for smokers and nonsmokers, so D is stating the obvious from what we are given
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10 Oct 2007, 13:23
very tough question. the fact i like b scares me, considering no one else picked it. it does seem that its not apropos of the argument intially but i think it is.

mainly, the argument that smoking is the reason behind the fact more smokers snore than non smokers can best be refuted by showing a relationship between people who smoke and another ailment; such as obesity; that itself might be the reason behind the increased odds of snoring.

B. does that.
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10 Oct 2007, 13:28

A. does exactly what B does, but without the assumption (connecting obesity to snoring)
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10 Oct 2007, 21:21
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A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

It's A. A successfully explains why people smoke and snore by showing a relationship that isn't "Smoking causing Snoring"

B is irrelevant because it makes no claim about the relationship between smoking and snoring.

C and D are immaterial in this argument because it makes no statement about the increased chances of being a smoking snorer

E is irrelevant because it makes no claim about the causality.
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11 Oct 2007, 05:07
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eyunni wrote:
eyunni wrote:
A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

(D) does cast doubt.
Hypothesis: Smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Weaken: Most smokers do not snore.
I don't understand why it is irrelevant or does not add up. Don't you think that if it is true that most smokers do not snore, how can smoking induce snoring???
IMO, (D) is a potential choice and stacks up well against (A).

i do not think D is a good answer because if you look at the beginning snoring is "not common" in general - for smokers and nonsmokers, so D is stating the obvious from what we are given

That was a very good point. I get it now. Thanks for the clarification.

OA is A.
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11 Oct 2007, 10:12
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eyunni wrote:
A recent study found that snoring, though not common in either group, is more common among smokers than among nonsmokers. On the basis of this evidence, the author hypothesized that smoking by itself can induce snoring.
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the author’s hypothesis?
(A) Stress induces both snoring and smoking in certain individuals.
(B) Obesity induces many individuals to smoke.
(C) Most snorers do not smoke.
(D) Most smokers do not snore.
(E) Both smoking and snoring cause throat problems.

Tough choice between C and A, both look lovely.
I went with A for the reason that C is the opposite of what is being said. A points out that stress is the cause, not smoking.
D is not correct because the stem said it snoring is not common and therefore, this is already true.

I got completely stumped on this one. Good explanation.
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