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# As an experienced labor organizer and the former head of one

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As an experienced labor organizer and the former head of one of the nation’s most powerful labor unions, Grayson is an excellent choice to chair the new council on business-labor relations.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?
(A) The new council must have the support of the nation’s labor leaders if it is to succeed.
(B) During his years as a labor leader, Grayson established a record of good relations with business leaders.
(C) The chair of the new council must be a person who can communicate directly with the leaders of the nation’s largest labor unions.
(D) Most of the other members of the new council will be representatives of business management interests.
(E) An understanding of the needs and problems of labor is the only qualification necessary for the job of chairing the new council.
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19 Jul 2007, 09:56
E it is...this fills in the assumption.

This question has been discussed a thousand times...Make a search on the forum and u'll find great explanations.
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30 Jul 2007, 02:02
A very very weak CR. Where do you guys find these crappy problems? Only trust CR problems from ETS!!!!!!!
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30 Jul 2007, 16:58
A very very weak CR. Where do you guys find these crappy problems? Only trust CR problems from ETS!!!!!!!

I remember this Q; I think it came from the OG
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30 Jul 2007, 17:06
vineetgupta wrote:
E it is...this fills in the assumption.

This question has been discussed a thousand times...Make a search on the forum and u'll find great explanations.

Agreed. E.... This doesn't seem crappy to me?
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09 Aug 2007, 02:16
A very very weak CR. Where do you guys find these crappy problems? Only trust CR problems from ETS!!!!!!!

Answer should be E for this question.

startupaddict, you better be ready these kind of questions; they are common!

In general, argument can be strengthened in following ways:
-something that makes the conclusion more likely to materialise
-just stating central assumption!
-excluding alternatives - this one relates to this question!

Can we have OA for this?
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09 Aug 2007, 05:19
anonymousegmat wrote:
A very very weak CR. Where do you guys find these crappy problems? Only trust CR problems from ETS!!!!!!!

I remember this Q; I think it came from the OG

E. its like too strong question as it says "only"
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09 Aug 2007, 07:06
(E) An understanding of the needs and problems of labor is the only qualification necessary for the job of chairing the new council.

also agreed with E
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09 Aug 2007, 08:33
I go with D.
E does not explain why this guy is the best one to represent.
If (E) An understanding of the needs and problems of labor is the only qualification necessary for the job of chairing the new council, then why not any other members of the labour union. Infact anybody can represent them.
So D is reasonable that this guy with experience in labour relations can represent the intersets of the labour union as 'Most of the other members of the new council will be representatives of business management interests'.
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Re: CR - Labor Organizer [#permalink]

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09 Aug 2007, 09:21
asaf wrote:

As an experienced labor organizer and the former head of one of the nation’s most powerful labor unions, Grayson is an excellent choice to chair the new council on business-labor relations.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?

(A) The new council must have the support of the nation’s labor leaders if it is to succeed.

This choice tries to justify the selection of Grayson on the grounds that due to his past status as head of nation's most powerful labout unions, he would be well suited to garnerinig support for the new council. It does strengthen the conclusion somewhat. However this will require us to assume that Grayson would STILL be able to command the respect of the labor he used to in the past. So we will wait until we have seen the other choices.

(B) During his years as a labor leader, Grayson established a record of good relations with business leaders.

This one seems good too; This establishes Grayson not only as having headed the labour union but also as having had good relationship with biz leaders - so in a way it strengthens his candidature. However, we still need to assume he would be able to carry his charisma through into his present assignment as well. Let's see the other choices.

(C) The chair of the new council must be a person who can communicate directly with the leaders of the nation’s largest labor unions.

THis does not necessarily establish Grayson as an excellent choice.

(D) Most of the other members of the new council will be representatives of business management interests.

There's no reason to believe why Grayson might not end up being like these other members

(E) An understanding of the needs and problems of labor is the only qualification necessary for the job of chairing the new council.

This is the strongest choice because, the stem has already established Grayson as being a person who is an experienced labour organizer and hence well completely well suited for the role. He has EVERYTHING that's required of the role and hence a great strengthener

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