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Dana intentionally watered the plant

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Dana intentionally watered the plant every other day. But since the plant was a succulent, and needed dry soil, the frequent watering killed the plant. Therefore Dana intentionally killed the plant. Which one of the following arguments exhibits a flawed pattern of reasoning most similar to the flawed pattern of reasoning exhibited in the argument above?

(A) Jack stole $10 from Kelly and bet it on a race. The bet returned $100 to Jack. Therefore Jack really stole $100 from Kelly.
(B) Celeste knows that coffee is grown in the mountains in Peru and that Peru is in South America. Therefore Celeste should know that coffee is grown in South America.
(C) The restaurant owner decided to take an item off her restaurant’s menu. This decision disappointed Jerry because that item was his favorite dish. Therefore the restaurant owner decided to disappoint Jerry.
(D) The heavy rain caused the dam to break, and the breaking of the dam caused the fields downstream to be flooded. Therefore the heavy rain caused the flooding of the fields.
(E) The power plant raised the water temperature, and whatever raised the water temperature is responsible for the decrease in fish. Therefore the power plant is responsible for the decrease in fish.
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Original argument pattern:

Dana gave water intentionally.

Plant dies because of its succulent nature and dry soil requirements.

So, Dana intentionally killed plants. Non sense. May be she doesn't the requirements of that plant. SO, how can we blame the poor Dana?

Now, we need find out some logic similar to the above one.

(A) Jack stole $10 from Kelly and bet it on a race. The bet returned $100 to Jack. Therefore Jack really stole $100 from Kelly. : Oh. Still he is a thief. How can we say if he si going to return those $10, he is not a thief? But this pattern is not similar to what we want.

(B) Celeste knows that coffee is grown in the mountains in Peru and that Peru is in South America. Therefore Celeste should know that coffee is grown in South America. : Fine, he should know about this. Good Logic not as weird as we are looking for.

(C) The restaurant owner decided to take an item off her restaurant’s menu. This decision disappointed Jerry because that item was his favorite dish. Therefore the restaurant owner decided to disappoint Jerry. Oh, Mr Jerry is a customer. May be the owner doesn't know Mr Jerry. So, how can we say he did so just to disappoint Mr Jerry. Non sense. Matches with what we want. Hence, correct.

(D) The heavy rain caused the dam to break, and the breaking of the dam caused the fields downstream to be flooded. Therefore the heavy rain caused the flooding of the fields. Yes, A caused B. B caused C, Therefore, A caused C. Transitive property. Maths experts would know what I am talking about. :)

(E) The power plant raised the water temperature, and whatever raised the water temperature is responsible for the decrease in fish. Therefore the power plant is responsible for the decrease in fish. Same as D
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