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13. A six-month public health campaign sought to limit the spread of influenza by encouraging people to take precautions such as washing their hands frequently and avoiding public places when they experience influenza symptoms. Since the incidence of influenza was much lower during those months than experts had predicted, the public evidently heeded the campaign.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The incidence of food-borne illnesses, which can be effectively controlled by frequent hand washing, was markedly lower than usual during the six-month period.

(B) During the six-month period, the incidence of the common cold, which has many of the same symptoms as influenza, was about the same as usual.

(C) There were fewer large public gatherings than usual during the six-month period.

(D) Independently of the public health campaign, the news media spread the message that one's risk of contracting influenza can be lessened by frequent hand washing.

(E) In a survey completed before the campaign began, many people admitted that they should do more to limit the spread of influenza.



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13. A six-month public health campaign sought to limit the spread of influenza by encouraging people to take precautions such as washing their hands frequently and avoiding public places when they experience influenza symptoms. Since the incidence of influenza was much lower during those months than experts had predicted, the public evidently heeded the campaign.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The incidence of food-borne illnesses, which can be effectively controlled by frequent hand washing, was markedly lower than usual during the six-month period.

(B) During the six-month period, the incidence of the common cold, which has many of the same symptoms as influenza, was about the same as usual.

(C) There were fewer large public gatherings than usual during the six-month period.

(D) Independently of the public health campaign, the news media spread the message that one's risk of contracting influenza can be lessened by frequent hand washing.

(E) In a survey completed before the campaign began, many people admitted that they should do more to limit the spread of influenza.



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I will choose C. Since it tells fewer public gatherings in six month which is a precaution .

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13. A six-month public health campaign sought to limit the spread of influenza by encouraging people to take precautions such as washing their hands frequently and avoiding public places when they experience influenza symptoms. Since the incidence of influenza was much lower during those months than experts had predicted, the public evidently heeded the campaign.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The incidence of food-borne illnesses, which can be effectively controlled by frequent hand washing, was markedly lower than usual during the six-month period.

(B) During the six-month period, the incidence of the common cold, which has many of the same symptoms as influenza, was about the same as usual.

(C) There were fewer large public gatherings than usual during the six-month period.

(D) Independently of the public health campaign, the news media spread the message that one's risk of contracting influenza can be lessened by frequent hand washing.

(E) In a survey completed before the campaign began, many people admitted that they should do more to limit the spread of influenza.



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IMO, answer is C.

Pre thinking:
Anything which provides a strong evidence regarding people paying more attention and support to campaign will be our answer

(A) The incidence of food-borne illnesses, which can be effectively controlled by frequent hand washing, was markedly lower than usual during the six-month period.
- Incorrect. Food-borne illness is irrelevant.

(B) During the six-month period, the incidence of the common cold, which has many of the same symptoms as influenza, was about the same as usual.
- Incorrect. Common cold is irrelevant
(C) There were fewer large public gatherings than usual during the six-month period.
- Correct. This is in line with our pre thinking. This tells us that people were strictly following the campaign and avoided public gatherings
(D) Independently of the public health campaign, the news media spread the message that one's risk of contracting influenza can be lessened by frequent hand washing.
- Incorrect. This talks about media spreading the news and nothing about people following the campaign.
(E) In a survey completed before the campaign began, many people admitted that they should do more to limit the spread of influenza.
- Incorrect. We don't know the basis of the survey and how many people were involved in it.

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I would like to go with A.
Since A is only option which says that some more side effects ( food born infection) have been observed those can be a result of the campaign.

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A gives evidence to believe that public took the campaign seriously by washing hands frequently, an aspect of the campaign.
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13. A six-month public health campaign sought to limit the spread of influenza by encouraging people to take precautions such as washing their hands frequently and avoiding public places when they experience influenza symptoms. Since the incidence of influenza was much lower during those months than experts had predicted, the public evidently heeded the campaign.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The incidence of food-borne illnesses, which can be effectively controlled by frequent hand washing, was markedly lower than usual during the six-month period.

(B) During the six-month period, the incidence of the common cold, which has many of the same symptoms as influenza, was about the same as usual.

(C) There were fewer large public gatherings than usual during the six-month period.

(D) Independently of the public health campaign, the news media spread the message that one's risk of contracting influenza can be lessened by frequent hand washing.

(E) In a survey completed before the campaign began, many people admitted that they should do more to limit the spread of influenza.

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Compaign: encouraging people to take precautions
1. washing their hands frequently and
2. avoiding public places when they experience influenza symptoms
Evidence: incidence of influenza was much lower during those months than experts had predicted
Conclution: the public evidently heeded the campaign
Here we have link: campaign=> lower incident.
To strenthen the argument, answer should prove campaign does lead to 1 or 2 precautious.

C look attractive. But we our precautious dont include not to gather in public places.
From "fewer gatherings in public places" to "those who have fluenza avoids public places" needs very big asumptions.
Example:
100 gatherings to 99 also means fewer
Those who dont have fluenza dont gather but those who have still appear at public places.

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New post 22 Jul 2018, 04:30
Correct and to the point reasoning!
I don't know why I chose option (E). But now it makes much more sense.

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I would like to go with A.
Since A is only option which says that some more side effects ( food born infection) have been observed those can be a result of the campaign.

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