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# Chris will have a great future as a lawyer. In high school,

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Chris will have a great future as a lawyer. In high school, he won all the debate competitions he participated in.

Which of the following can be said about the above claim?

A.The veracity of the claim is doubtful because it is based on an incorrect analogy
B.The claim is ambiguous, as there is a shifting in the meaning of the terms
C.The above argument obtains its strength from a similarity of two compared situations
D.The two statements are logically inconsistent with each other
E.The claim is built upon a concealed assumption.

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13 Feb 2005, 18:12
Wierd question.

I can think of (E)

Underlying assumption could be that
anyone who is good at debates has a great future a lawyer.
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13 Feb 2005, 18:32
(E) is best of the lot.

Rest all goes too beyond.
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13 Feb 2005, 18:48
Is there a typo in this question? -- Is it 'had a great future' because he was great in debates in highschool?. This seems illogical to me.

So, pick D. Someone can have a great future ahead of themselves, but not sure of 'had a great future'. Although my reasoning here is more like an SC's than a CR's.
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13 Feb 2005, 19:35
prep_gmat wrote:
Is there a typo in this question? -- Is it 'had a great future' because he was great in debates in highschool?. This seems illogical to me.

So, pick D. Someone can have a great future ahead of themselves, but not sure of 'had a great future'. Although my reasoning here is more like an SC's than a CR's.

Thank you, prep_gmat. Yes, it was a typo and I corrected it, the sentence should be "will have a great future" and not "had a great future" as I posted first. Sorry about any confusions...
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13 Feb 2005, 20:14
No Problem Marina. Thanks for promptly editing the q.

Regarding E, aren't all assumptions concealed in GMAT CR parlance?, so i think that makes choice E a bit too generic.

C, to me seems a bit more specific and some what relevant. I know that the connection in the stem is not real 'strong', but whatever the degree of the strength, the claim derives its strength from the similarity between debating and being a lawyer i guess.
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13 Feb 2005, 21:31
This one is very strange. E can definitely "be said", I would say. The asumption is that anybody who won all debates the he/she participated in can be a good lawyer.

Now look at the other ones:
A. Veracity of the claim is doubtful, definitely. Is it based on an analogy? From lawyer to debate? Definitely incorrect. I don't know if you'd call it an analogy though?
B. Don't think there is any shifting in meanings for terms, unless he was thinking about debate for a lawyer?
C. Definitely wrong
D. Can't really say that.

So I'd have to say E, unless it could be A?
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14 Feb 2005, 05:29
Marina wrote:
Chris will have a great future as a lawyer. In high school, he won all the debate competitions he participated in.

Which of the following can be said about the above claim?

A.The veracity of the claim is doubtful because it is based on an incorrect analogy
B.The claim is ambiguous, as there is a shifting in the meaning of the terms
C.The above argument obtains its strength from a similarity of two compared situations
D.The two statements are logically inconsistent with each other
E.The claim is built upon a concealed assumption.

My thoughts:

A.The veracity of the claim is doubtful because it is based on an incorrect analogy
What if the analogy is correct? (wrong)

B.The claim is ambiguous, as there is a shifting in the meaning of the terms
Fallacy of Equivocation? we cannot prove that an actual shift exists since we cannot define the actual meanings of each term (lawyer vs good debator) (wrong)

C.The above argument obtains its strength from a similarity of two compared situations
Are the two situations actually similar? What if they are not? (Wrong).

D.The two statements are logically inconsistent with each other
We can't prove this. Afterall they may be consistent, but we don't care. (Wrong)

E.The claim is built upon a concealed assumption.[/quote]
My first choice, but it's generic!

OA ps.
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14 Feb 2005, 09:27
OA is E
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14 Feb 2005, 09:29
I did not like this question as well not to mention I answered it wrong (I chose C). I posted it to get your opinion on it
14 Feb 2005, 09:29
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