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# CR: Mouth Cancer

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16 Oct 2008, 13:55
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Mouth cancer is a danger for people who rarely brush their teeth. In order to achieve early detection of mouth cancer in these individuals, a town's public health officials sent pamphlet to all town residents, describing how to perform weekly self-examinations of the mouth for lumps

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the pamphlet as a method of achieving the public health official's goal?
a. Many dental diseases produce symptoms that cannot be detected in a weekly self-examination.

b. Once mouth cancer has been detected, the effectiveness of treatment can vary from person to person.

c. The pamphlet was sent to all town residents, including those individuals who brush their teeth regularly.

d. Mouth cancer is much more common in adults than in children.

e. People who rarely brush their teeth are unlikely to perform a weekly examination of their mouth.

I have 2 questions regarding this question
1. what is the answer.. and what is the explanation for getting to that answer choice.
2. more importantly... how do I do these CR questions.. I mean ones that ask me to figure out the best criticism??
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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16 Oct 2008, 14:00
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E (this question has a strong chance of prephrasing)

best criticism is the one that hurts the argument the most.

If you see rest all options dont really hurt .. they talk talk about peripheral issues

lemme know if you need a deeper insight into this question (i will suggest you try to give it one more shot by urself , first understand the stimulus and ask urself what might weaken the argument ; dnt worry about the time spent (as of now) )

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16 Oct 2008, 14:06
hbs2012 wrote:
The Question is:

Mouth cancer is a danger for people who rarely brush their teeth. In order to achieve early detection of mouth cancer in these individuals, a town's public health officials sent pamphlet to all town residents, describing how to perform weekly self-examinations of the mouth for lumps

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the pamphlet as a method of achieving the public health official's goal?
a. Many dental diseases produce symptoms that cannot be detected in a weekly self-examination.

b. Once mouth cancer has been detected, the effectiveness of treatment can vary from person to person.

c. The pamphlet was sent to all town residents, including those individuals who brush their teeth regularly.

d. Mouth cancer is much more common in adults than in children.

e. People who rarely brush their teeth are unlikely to perform a weekly examination of their mouth.

I have 2 questions regarding this question
1. what is the answer.. and what is the explanation for getting to that answer choice.
2. more importantly... how do I do these CR questions.. I mean ones that ask me to figure out the best criticism??

E

the answer choice E attacks the objective of the public health official. If people don't brush their teeth they will also not/or are unlikely to examine their mouth or teeth for any problems.

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17 Oct 2008, 01:28
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17 Oct 2008, 02:14
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17 Oct 2008, 03:10
the answer is between A and E.

IMO E

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17 Oct 2008, 09:04

A talks about the dental diseases in general - we're only referring to mouth cancer.

Remember guys, atleast 2x a day, best if one after every meal.

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17 Oct 2008, 14:16
Another E. Although, before reaching E, I had almost made up for C

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17 Oct 2008, 17:41
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19 Oct 2008, 09:08
Straight E)

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19 Oct 2008, 09:54
E

Best criticism means which is the one that weakens the argument most.

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19 Oct 2008, 16:29
E...Best of the lot

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19 Oct 2008, 23:07
E.....
The best way to answer this question is by the elimination method....

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16 Sep 2011, 14:51
Can you eliminate A just because they speak about general diseases?

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16 Sep 2011, 15:42
I picked E...It is clear.

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16 Sep 2011, 16:07
Oh really arzard please explain your logic since it is so clear

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16 Sep 2011, 16:21
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Oh really arzard please explain your logic since it is so clear

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A is not correct because For example: Dental Caries are a type of dental disease that most of the time can not be detected through self examination

D is correct because if you don't have the habit of brushing your teeth, it is not likely that you will perform regular dental self examinations.

Let me know if you need further clarification.

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16 Sep 2011, 19:19
A straight E.

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