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Compared to us, people who lived a century ago had very few diversions to amuse them. Therefore they likely read much more than we do today.

Which of the following statements, if true, most weakens the argument?

A. Many of the books published a century ago were of low literary quality.

B. On average, people who lived a century ago had considerably less leisure time than we do today.

C. The number of books sold today is larger than it was a century ago.

D. On the average, books today cost slightly less is relation to other goods than they did a century ago.

E. One of the popular diversions of a century ago was horse racing.
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New post 28 May 2017, 22:58
looks like B...let me try to explain
A - quality is irrelevant
B- only if people have leisure time, they will read more,,,what if they dnt have leisure time... clearly weakens.
C- number is irrelevant
D - cost is also out of scope
E- looks convincing,,but less convincing than B
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Main argument is that: people in past likely read much more Because they had very few diversions to amuse them in comparison to today.

A - eliminated because argument doesn't mention anything about quality of books effecting the reading.

C - just because more books are sold today, doesn't mean that people today read more. Population today is much more than it was 100 years ago, so this point is refuted.

D - eliminated because the author doesn't mention 'cost of reading' being a valid cause. This is about having a diversion or amusement, not related to the cost of the diversion

E - even if horse racing was popular back then so what? That is just one diversion of the past, but we don't know whether there were many more diversions then or not. Eliminated

Only B seems correct, because if people back then had considerably less leisure time than we have today, then they were less likely to engage in their available diversions - whether those be reading or something else. Hence B answer
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Compared to us, people who lived a century ago had very few diversions to amuse them. Therefore they likely read much more than we do today.

Which of the following statements, if true, most weakens the argument?

A. Many of the books published a century ago were of low literary quality.

B. On average, people who lived a century ago had considerably less leisure time than we do today.

C. The number of books sold today is larger than it was a century ago.

D. On the average, books today cost slightly less is relation to other goods than they did a century ago.

E. One of the popular diversions of a century ago was horse racing.



the correlation between leisure time and reading for amusement isnt given straightaway. Even if they had less leisure time ,they could have read more than we do today. There isnt a better answer but i feel this question isn't a sound one. Experts Please let me know your thoughts on this one.
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goforgmat - Yup I agree with you. B doesn't seem right to me as well
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Main argument is that: people in past likely read much more Because they had very few diversions to amuse them in comparison to today.

A - eliminated because argument doesn't mention anything about quality of books effecting the reading.

C - just because more books are sold today, doesn't mean that people today read more. Population today is much more than it was 100 years ago, so this point is refuted.

D - eliminated because the author doesn't mention 'cost of reading' being a valid cause. This is about having a diversion or amusement, not related to the cost of the diversion

E - even if horse racing was popular back then so what? That is just one diversion of the past, but we don't know whether there were many more diversions then or not. Eliminated

Only B seems correct, because if people back then had considerably less leisure time than we have today, then they were less likely to engage in their available diversions - whether those be reading or something else. Hence B answer



amanvermagmat How can we assume that population today is much more? Moreover if they had less leisure time then probably they would have been less likely to engage not only in other diversions but also in reading. Can anyone please clarify this?
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vikasp99 wrote:
Compared to us, people who lived a century ago had very few diversions to amuse them. Therefore they likely read much more than we do today.

Which of the following statements, if true, most weakens the argument?

A. Many of the books published a century ago were of low literary quality.

B. On average, people who lived a century ago had considerably less leisure time than we do today.

C. The number of books sold today is larger than it was a century ago.

D. On the average, books today cost slightly less is relation to other goods than they did a century ago.

E. One of the popular diversions of a century ago was horse racing.


Few diversions to amuse = More opportunity to read book.

(A) , (C) and (D) are clearly out of scope for the highlighted reasons...

(E) Talks about popular diversion as horse-riding which is one of the few Diversions available to people a century ago.

Only (B) weakens the argument by stating that fewer amusements were not responsible for more reading habit, further it suggests that people were genuinely Interested in reading despite less leisure time available to them than we have now....
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vikasp99 wrote:
Compared to us, people who lived a century ago had very few diversions to amuse them. Therefore they likely read much more than we do today.

Which of the following statements, if true, most weakens the argument?

A. Many of the books published a century ago were of low literary quality.

B. On average, people who lived a century ago had considerably less leisure time than we do today.

C. The number of books sold today is larger than it was a century ago.

D. On the average, books today cost slightly less is relation to other goods than they did a century ago.

E. One of the popular diversions of a century ago was horse racing.



Few diversions to amuse = More opportunity to read book.

(A) , (C) and (D) are clearly out of scope for the highlighted reasons...

(E) Talks about popular diversion as horse-riding which is one of the few Diversions available to people a century ago.

Only (B) weakens the argument by stating that fewer amusements were not responsible for more reading habit, further it suggests that people were genuinely Interested in reading despite less leisure time available to them than we have now....


Abhishek009 Still didn't understand why C is out of scope. If The number of books sold earlier was less than that sold a century earlier, doesn't it mean that people read less earlier??
I perfectly understand why B is a weakener but i am still not fully convinced with C as a wrong choice. A lil help!!!
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Abhishek009 wrote:
vikasp99 wrote:
Compared to us, people who lived a century ago had very few diversions to amuse them. Therefore they likely read much more than we do today.

Which of the following statements, if true, most weakens the argument?

A. Many of the books published a century ago were of low literary quality.

B. On average, people who lived a century ago had considerably less leisure time than we do today.

C. The number of books sold today is larger than it was a century ago.

D. On the average, books today cost slightly less is relation to other goods than they did a century ago.

E. One of the popular diversions of a century ago was horse racing.



Few diversions to amuse = More opportunity to read book.

(A) , (C) and (D) are clearly out of scope for the highlighted reasons...

(E) Talks about popular diversion as horse-riding which is one of the few Diversions available to people a century ago.

Only (B) weakens the argument by stating that fewer amusements were not responsible for more reading habit, further it suggests that people were genuinely Interested in reading despite less leisure time available to them than we have now....


Abhishek009 Still didn't understand why C is out of scope. If The number of books sold earlier was less than that sold a century earlier, doesn't it mean that people read less earlier??
I perfectly understand why B is a weakener but i am still not fully convinced with C as a wrong choice. A lil help!!!

Maybe I can help...

The number of books sold does not necessarily tell us anything about how much people read.

  • Maybe a century ago most people got their books for free from libraries or borrowed books from friends.
  • Just because you BUY a lot of books does not necessarily mean that you read a lot. Maybe you bought the books to give them as gifts or bought them and never read them.
  • Maybe book sales have increased only because population has increased. The average number of book purchases per person might be the same now as it was a century ago (or even less!). If population has grown, the number of book sales would be higher today.

Increased book sales do not necessarily imply increased reading frequency. Eliminate choice (C).

I hope that helps!
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