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An undergraduate degree is necessary for appointment to the executive board. Further, no one with a felony conviction can be appointed to the board. Thus, Murray, an accountant with both a bachelor's and a master's degree, cannot be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator, since he has a felony conviction.

The argument's conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?
a. Anyone with a master's degree and without a felony conviction is eligible for appointment to the executive board.
b. Only candidates eligible for appointment to the executive board can be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator.
c. An undergraduate degree is not necessary for acceptance for the position of Executive Administrator.
d. If Murray did not have a felony conviction, he would be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator.
e. The felony charge on which Murray was convicted is relevant to the duties of the position of Executive Administrator

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Please help me by validating my reasoning:
Conclusion:Murray, an accountant with both a bachelor's and a master's degree, cannot be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator
Premise: he has a felony conviction and no one with a felony conviction can be appointed to the board

I am supposed to find correct assumption for this Q type

A and C -> Goes against the premise, rejected

E - > irrelevant

I am confused between B and D.
D -> If Murray did not have a felony conviction, he would be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator. This seems to be a MAY BE TRUE and not MUST BE TRUE statement. My reasoning is that if we fails later in technical / HR rounds he may still be rejected though he may aptly qualified.

But why is (B) correct?
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Undergraduate degree Required for appointment to the executive board.

If felony conviction, then no appointment.

Conclusion: Murray cannot be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator, since he has a felony conviction.(even though his is undergraduate).

Pre Thinking: Appointment to board is the only way for the position of Executive Administrator.

a. Anyone with a master's degree and without a felony conviction is eligible for appointment to the executive board. --> TRAP, Don't assume he must be undergraduate. We don't know.

b. Only candidates eligible for appointment to the executive board can be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator. --> As per our pre thinking.

c. An undergraduate degree is not necessary for acceptance for the position of Executive Administrator. --> It is necessary, man.

d. If Murray did not have a felony conviction, he would be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator. --> ACCEPTED is the problem here. Getting a chance for appointment doesn't mean he would be accepted. I have my interview appointment with Google. But does that mean I would be accepted? I wish I were. :)


e. The felony charge on which Murray was convicted is relevant to the duties of the position of Executive Administrator --> Really? How do we know?
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How did you link position of Executive Administrator to be on same level as position in executive board?
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How did you link position of Executive Administrator to be on same level as position in executive board?


Hi adkikani ,

That is what author is assuming while concluding anything for Mr Murray.

Notice that initially author is talking about position in executive board and then concluded about Mr Murray's position of Executive Administrator. Otherwise, how dare he talk about one thing and concluded about another.

Hence, he can do so if he assume what I mentioned.

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Please help me by validating my reasoning:
Conclusion:Murray, an accountant with both a bachelor's and a master's degree, cannot be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator
Premise: he has a felony conviction and no one with a felony conviction can be appointed to the board

I am supposed to find correct assumption for this Q type

A and C -> Goes against the premise, rejected

E - > irrelevant

I am confused between B and D.
D -> If Murray did not have a felony conviction, he would be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator. This seems to be a MAY BE TRUE and not MUST BE TRUE statement. My reasoning is that if we fails later in technical / HR rounds he may still be rejected though he may aptly qualified.

But why is (B) correct?

Thanks abhimahna for the explanations!

The author gives two necessary conditions that must be met before you can be appointed to the executive board: 1) you have an undergraduate degree and 2) you do not have a felony conviction.

Although Murray has an undergraduate degree, he cannot be appointed to the executive board because he has a felony conviction. But the author concludes that Murray cannot be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator, not that Murray cannot be appointed to the executive board. The argument's conclusion only follows logically if we make the assumption stated in choice (B): "Only candidates eligible for appointment to the executive board can be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator."

If this statement were not true, the two conditions necessary for appointment to the executive board might not necessarily be required for the position of Executive Administrator.

I hope that helps!
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An undergraduate degree is necessary for appointment to the executive board. Further, no one with a felony conviction can be appointed to the board. Thus, Murray, an accountant with both a bachelor's and a master's degree, cannot be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator, since he has a felony conviction.

The argument's conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?
a. Anyone with a master's degree and without a felony conviction is eligible for appointment to the executive board. -We know necessary conditions, not all the conditions.
b. Only candidates eligible for appointment to the executive board can be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator. -Correct
c. An undergraduate degree is not necessary for acceptance for the position of Executive Administrator. -Wrong
d. If Murray did not have a felony conviction, he would be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator. -Can't say
e. The felony charge on which Murray was convicted is relevant to the duties of the position of Executive Administrator -Doesn't matter. He had a felony charge and that is what matters.
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An undergraduate degree is necessary for appointment to the executive board. Further, no one with a felony conviction can be appointed to the board. Thus, Murray, an accountant with both a bachelor's and a master's degree, cannot be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator, since he has a felony conviction.

- There are 2 necessary conditions for appointment to executive board -
- undergrad degree
- Absence of felony conviction

--> Murray fulfills the first of the two necessary conditions for appointment to Exec board , but fails in second. Therefore , he won't be accepted for Exec admin
Pre-thinking -- To be eligible to be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator , one should be eligible for appointment to the executive board

The argument's conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

a. Anyone with a master's degree and without a felony conviction is eligible for appointment to the executive board.--Incorrect
b. Only candidates eligible for appointment to the executive board can be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator. -- Correct
c. An undergraduate degree is not necessary for acceptance for the position of Executive Administrator. -- Incorrect
d. If Murray did not have a felony conviction, he would be accepted for the position of Executive Administrator. -- Incorrect -- confuses necessary condition and sufficient condition
e. The felony charge on which Murray was convicted is relevant to the duties of the position of Executive Administrator -- Irrelevant

Answer B
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