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# Although most scholars agree that the Black Plague was a massive bligh

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Although most scholars agree that the Black Plague was a massive bligh [#permalink]
PyjamaScientist wrote:
Option E looks like the right answer.
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(E) Historians have found that a thriving middle class was already in development when the Black Plague first struck Europe in the 1340s.

This is a weakening type question.
Stem says, A caused B. If I can prove B was already happening when A happened then my reasoning in the stem breaks. Option E does that exactly.

The argument claims that the Black Plague, by wiping out large portions of the land-owning aristocracy across Europe, contributed to the development of the middle class: the now-freed. So, it is not saying that A caused B but rather saying that A helped B in gaining momentum.

So, Option C seems a good option, an alternate reason for rise in new trades eventhough it does not provide a clear nexus between the middle class and rising trade.

(C) Some scholars have noticed an increase in pre-industrial productivity immediately after the Black Plague, suggesting a rise in new trades.
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Re: Although most scholars agree that the Black Plague was a massive bligh [#permalink]
IMO E.
Although C does undermine the claim presented in the passage to some extent, E does it the most.
nehasheela2 wrote:
PyjamaScientist wrote:
Option E looks like the right answer.
Quote:
(E) Historians have found that a thriving middle class was already in development when the Black Plague first struck Europe in the 1340s.

This is a weakening type question.
Stem says, A caused B. If I can prove B was already happening when A happened then my reasoning in the stem breaks. Option E does that exactly.

The argument claims that the Black Plague, by wiping out large portions of the land-owning aristocracy across Europe, contributed to the development of the middle class: the now-freed. So, it is not saying that A caused B but rather saying that A helped B in gaining momentum.

So, Option C seems a good option, an alternate reason for rise in new trades eventhough it does not provide a clear nexus between the middle class and rising trade.

(C) Some scholars have noticed an increase in pre-industrial productivity immediately after the Black Plague, suggesting a rise in new trades.

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Re: Although most scholars agree that the Black Plague was a massive bligh [#permalink]
IMO E

C apparently strengthens the argument ..
the author has said that there was rise in new trades after the black plague
“ the now-freed serfs began developing trades and grew wealthy and powerful over time”

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