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Athletic director: “Members of our sports team included, for the fall

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Athletic director: “Members of our sports team included, for the fall season, 80 football player and 40 cross-country runners; for the winter season, 20 wrestlers and 40 swimmers; for the spring season, 50 track-team members and 20 lacrosse players. Each tea athlete participates in his or her sports five days a week for the whole three-month season, and no athlete is on two teams during any one season. Therefore, adding these figures, we find our team sports program serves 250 different individual athletes.”

In drawing the conclusion, the athletic director fails to consider the relevant possibility that

A. athletes can be on more than one team in a single season
B. athletes can be on teams in more than on season
C. some of the team sports require a larger number of athletes on the team than do others
D. more athletes participate in team sports during one season than during another
E. an athlete might not participate in every one of the practice sessions and athletic contests in his or her sport
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Key point here that atheles participate is based on season.

What if same participants are good at multiple sports,i. e. They participate in one season for one game and in other season for other game.

B clearly states that
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the director states his conclusion-'team sports program serves 250 different individual athletes'
on the basis-that there are a total of 250 athletes and none of them will be playing in other teams

A. athletes can be on more than one team in a single season - it is clearly stated that players will not be repeated in other teams. eliminated
C. some of the team sports require a larger number of athletes on the team than do others - even if they do, it doesn't weaken the argument. eliminated
D. more athletes participate in team sports during one season than during another - I almost picked this, but then even if they do, this doesn't harm the argument... eliminated.
E. an athlete might not participate in every one of the practice sessions and athletic contests in his or her sport- this was another one that I almost picked...but it seemed too good to be true...the argument doesn't talk about practice sessions...eliminated.

hence by process of elimination answer is B, i got lucky, I can't explain why B is right but I could tell why the other answers are wrong...
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Athletic director: “Members of our sports team included, for the fall season, 80 football player and 40 cross-country runners; for the winter season, 20 wrestlers and 40 swimmers; for the spring season, 50 track-team members and 20 lacrosse players. Each tea athlete participates in his or her sports five days a week for the whole three-month season, and no athlete is on two teams during any one season. Therefore, adding these figures, we find our team sports program serves 250 different individual athletes.”

In drawing the conclusion, the athletic director fails to consider the relevant possibility that

A. athletes can be on more than one team in a single season
B. athletes can be on teams in more than on season
C. some of the team sports require a larger number of athletes on the team than do others
D. more athletes participate in team sports during one season than during another
E. an athlete might not participate in every one of the practice sessions and athletic contests in his or her sport


The fallacy - The argument specifies that no athlete participates in more than one event in ONE SEASON. The conclusion is about ALL SEASONS (80+40+20+40+50+20 = 250). Athletes that participate in one season might also be participating in some other season as well. The duplication is not accounted for.

Straight and simple B.
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