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# A teacher in an English literature class analyzed answers given by her

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A teacher in an English literature class analyzed answers given by her students on a written test and concluded that their answers for a given essay were right, on average, 60 percent of the time.

The conclusion above depends on the presumption that_________________.

(A) literature classes can teach students successfully even if they are only right a fraction of the time.

(B) teachers that analyze the success of their students are just as good teachers as those that don’t.

(C) teachers consistently teaching literature must be careful in giving essay tests to avoid the presumption that their point of view is always correct.

(D) answers to essays on a literature exam are just as likely to be correct as they are to be incorrect.

(E) it is possible to classify an answer to an essay question as being either right or wrong.

Originally posted by Nightmare007 on 17 Apr 2017, 19:01.
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17 Apr 2017, 19:49
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d shows that probability of a question being correct is same as being incorrect. even if this is not the case, the teacher still can say that 60% students gave correct answers.

While E states that it's possible to classify. If it's not possible, then we can doubt the teacher's statement. This is a defender assumption.

Hence E IMO.

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17 Apr 2017, 19:55
Nightmare007 wrote:
A teacher in an English literature class analyzed answers given by her students on
a written test and concluded that their answers for a given essay were right, on
average, 60 percent of the time.

The conclusion above depends on the presumption that_________________.

(A) literature classes can teach students successfully even if they are only right
a fraction of the time.
(B) teachers that analyze the success of their students are just as good teachers
as those that don’t.
(C) teachers consistently teaching literature must be careful in giving essay tests
to avoid the presumption that their point of view is always correct.
(D) answers to essays on a literature exam are just as likely to be correct as they
are to be incorrect.
(E) it is possible to classify an answer to an essay question as being either right
or wrong.

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[spoiler=]Hi Can you please tell me difference between D and E . ?
[/spoiler]

Between D and E
My reasoning:
D is telling that an answer can be correct or incorrect that is a kind of general assumption .Here the important point is that whether a teacher can correctly classify the essay.As he/ she claimed that 60% essay are correct .E is the missing link here .It is possible to classify an essay.
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17 Apr 2017, 20:01
sobby wrote:
Nightmare007 wrote:
A teacher in an English literature class analyzed answers given by her students on
a written test and concluded that their answers for a given essay were right, on
average, 60 percent of the time.

The conclusion above depends on the presumption that_________________.

(A) literature classes can teach students successfully even if they are only right
a fraction of the time.
(B) teachers that analyze the success of their students are just as good teachers
as those that don’t.
(C) teachers consistently teaching literature must be careful in giving essay tests
to avoid the presumption that their point of view is always correct.
(D) answers to essays on a literature exam are just as likely to be correct as they
are to be incorrect.
(E) it is possible to classify an answer to an essay question as being either right
or wrong.

Hit Kudos if you like the question.
[spoiler=]Hi Can you please tell me difference between D and E . ?
[/spoiler]

Between D and E
My reasoning:
D is telling that an answer can be correct or incorrect that is a kind of general assumption .Here the important point is that whether a teacher can correctly classify the essay.As he/ she claimed that 60% essay are correct .E is the missing link here .It is possible to classify an essay.

So D is the OA?

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17 Apr 2017, 20:04
valardohaeris wrote:
sobby wrote:
Nightmare007 wrote:
A teacher in an English literature class analyzed answers given by her students on
a written test and concluded that their answers for a given essay were right, on
average, 60 percent of the time.

The conclusion above depends on the presumption that_________________.

(A) literature classes can teach students successfully even if they are only right
a fraction of the time.
(B) teachers that analyze the success of their students are just as good teachers
as those that don’t.
(C) teachers consistently teaching literature must be careful in giving essay tests
to avoid the presumption that their point of view is always correct.
(D) answers to essays on a literature exam are just as likely to be correct as they
are to be incorrect.
(E) it is possible to classify an answer to an essay question as being either right
or wrong.

Hit Kudos if you like the question.
[spoiler=]Hi Can you please tell me difference between D and E . ?
[/spoiler]

Between D and E
My reasoning:
D is telling that an answer can be correct or incorrect that is a kind of general assumption .Here the important point is that whether a teacher can correctly classify the essay.As he/ she claimed that 60% essay are correct .E is the missing link here .It is possible to classify an essay.

So D is the OA?

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12 Sep 2017, 01:13
sobby wrote:
Nightmare007 wrote:
A teacher in an English literature class analyzed answers given by her students on
a written test and concluded that their answers for a given essay were right, on
average, 60 percent of the time.

The conclusion above depends on the presumption that_________________.

(A) literature classes can teach students successfully even if they are only right
a fraction of the time.
(B) teachers that analyze the success of their students are just as good teachers
as those that don’t.
(C) teachers consistently teaching literature must be careful in giving essay tests
to avoid the presumption that their point of view is always correct.
(D) answers to essays on a literature exam are just as likely to be correct as they
are to be incorrect.
(E) it is possible to classify an answer to an essay question as being either right
or wrong.

Hit Kudos if you like the question.
[spoiler=]Hi Can you please tell me difference between D and E . ?
[/spoiler]

Between D and E
My reasoning:
D is telling that an answer can be correct or incorrect that is a kind of general assumption .Here the important point is that whether a teacher can correctly classify the essay.As he/ she claimed that 60% essay are correct .E is the missing link here .It is possible to classify an essay.

i think D is saying just opposite of E.
IF D is true then conclusion falls apart. as any question that can be true as correct or incorrect at the same time (relative) then it can't be classified as right or wrong.
but we have to find an answer if that's negated, then only conclusion fall apart.

I think that's why D is wrong.
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12 Sep 2017, 02:45
Nightmare007 wrote:
A teacher in an English literature class analyzed answers given by her students on a written test and concluded that their answers for a given essay were right, on average, 60 percent of the time.

The conclusion above depends on the presumption that_________________.

(A) literature classes can teach students successfully even if they are only right a fraction of the time.
(B) teachers that analyze the success of their students are just as good teachers as those that don’t.
(C) teachers consistently teaching literature must be careful in giving essay tests to avoid the presumption that their point of view is always correct.
(D) answers to essays on a literature exam are just as likely to be correct as they are to be incorrect.
(E) it is possible to classify an answer to an essay question as being either right or wrong.

Negate E and the conclusion falls apart - It is not possible to classify an answer to an essay question as being either right or wrong .
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17 Sep 2017, 10:16
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19 Sep 2017, 08:26
Nightmare007 wrote:
A teacher in an English literature class analyzed answers given by her students on a written test and concluded that their answers for a given essay were right, on average, 60 percent of the time.

The conclusion above depends on the presumption that_________________.

(A) literature classes can teach students successfully even if they are only right a fraction of the time.
(B) teachers that analyze the success of their students are just as good teachers as those that don’t.
(C) teachers consistently teaching literature must be careful in giving essay tests to avoid the presumption that their point of view is always correct.
(D) answers to essays on a literature exam are just as likely to be correct as they are to be incorrect.
(E) it is possible to classify an answer to an essay question as being either right or wrong.

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[spoiler=]Hi Can you please tell me difference between D and E . ?
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Premise : A teacher in an English literature class analyzed answers given by her students on a written tes

Conclusion: their answers for a given essay were right, on average, 60 percent of the time.

Pre-thinking - teacher can correctly determine if the answer can be classified as correct or incorrect and they have the capability to do so efficiently.

(A) literature classes can teach students successfully even if they are only right a fraction of the time. [Out of Scope - we are not concerned if literature classes can be successful or not]
(B) teachers that analyze the success of their students are just as good teachers as those that don’t. [Suppose even if they are not good teachers, does it impact the way the teacher assesses that 60% of the time the answer is correct? Nah, it doesn't. So this can't be the answer]
(C) teachers consistently teaching literature must be careful in giving essay tests to avoid the presumption that their point of view is always correct. [Out of Scope - no such mention of avoiding the presumption]
(D) answers to essays on a literature exam are just as likely to be correct as they are to be incorrect. [Even if the likeliness is not the same, it can still be calculated by the teacher and come to the conclusion given above - hence this can't be the answer.]
(E) it is possible to classify an answer to an essay question as being either right or wrong. [Now this seems correct. If it say NOT possible to classify them as right or wrong, them the whole argument will fall apart. Hence, this is a correct assumption and the CORRECT answer.]
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