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# At Flordyce University any student who wants to participate

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At Flordyce University any student who wants to participate [#permalink]

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At Flordyce University any student who wants to participate in a certain archaeological dig is eligible to do so but only if the student has taken at least one archaeology course and has shown an interest in the field. Many students who have shown an interest in archaeology never take even one archaeology course. Therefore, many students who want to participate in the dig will be ineligible to do so.
The flawed reasoning of which one of the following arguments is most similar to that of the argument above?
(A) Theoretically, any jar is worth saving regardless of its size, but only if it has a lid. Therefore, since some jars are sure not to have lids, there are certain sizes of jar that are actually not worth saving.
(B) For a horse that is well schooled to be ideal for beginning riders that horse must also be surefooted and gentle. Many horses that are surefooted are not gentle. Therefore many well-schooled horses are not ideal for beginning riders.
(C) If an author’s first novel has a romantic setting and a suspenseful plot, it will become a best-seller. Since many authors’ first novels have neither, not many first novels become best-sellers.
(D) Any automobile that is more than a few years old is eventually sure to need repairs if it is not regularly maintained. Many automobiles are more than a few years old, but still do not need repairs. Therefore, many automobiles are regularly maintained.
(E) An expensive new building will prove to be a good investment only if it is aesthetically pleasing or provides lots of office space. However, since many expensive new buildings are not aesthetically pleasing, few expensive new buildings will prove to be good investments.

I got this question correct but can anyone tell me the flaw in the reasoning of the argument??
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15 Jul 2007, 08:24
Answer B has the closest reasoning to the one in the passage. This is one of those parallel reasoning question type.
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15 Jul 2007, 10:59
where did you get that question from?
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15 Jul 2007, 11:04
The question says flawed reasoning in the argument...Thats what I want to know??

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Re: CR - Flordyce University [#permalink]

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15 Jul 2007, 11:25
vineetgupta wrote:
At Flordyce University any student who wants to participate in a certain archaeological dig is eligible to do so but only if the student has taken at least one archaeology course and has shown an interest in the field. Many students who have shown an interest in archaeology never take even one archaeology course. Therefore, many students who want to participate in the dig will be ineligible to do so.

My take -

For a student to be eligible for participating in arch dig = he/she must have taken at least one course AND must have shown interest in the field. (Premise 1)

Many students who have shown interest in archaeology have never taken even one arch course (Premise 2)

The passage concludes - therefore MANY students who want to participate in the dig will be ineligible to do so

Clearly it must be assumed that these many students who are interested in arch but have never taken a course would WANT to participate in the dig. Only then would the argument that MANY STUDENTS
WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DIG would be ineligible hold true.

On the contrary it is still possible that those who have applied to participate in the dig qualify completely for the expedition (even though they may form a minority when compared with the total strength of the students)
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16 Jul 2007, 10:40
dwivedys wrote:
vineetgupta wrote:
At Flordyce University any student who wants to participate in a certain archaeological dig is eligible to do so but only if the student has taken at least one archaeology course and has shown an interest in the field. Many students who have shown an interest in archaeology never take even one archaeology course. Therefore, many students who want to participate in the dig will be ineligible to do so.

My take -

For a student to be eligible for participating in arch dig = he/she must have taken at least one course AND must have shown interest in the field. (Premise 1)

Many students who have shown interest in archaeology have never taken even one arch course (Premise 2)

The passage concludes - therefore MANY students who want to participate in the dig will be ineligible to do so

Clearly it must be assumed that these many students who are interested in arch but have never taken a course would WANT to participate in the dig. Only then would the argument that MANY STUDENTS
WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DIG would be ineligible hold true.

On the contrary it is still possible that those who have applied to participate in the dig qualify completely for the expedition (even though they may form a minority when compared with the total strength of the students)

Thanks for pointing out the flaw.
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16 Jul 2007, 14:25
In actual GMAT one does not have to worry about the reasoning, flawed or not. Find the closest parallel reasoning and hit the bull's eye. In this question it is clear that the reasoning is the not the most intelligent one so I would tend to find the closest reasoning and move on.
16 Jul 2007, 14:25
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