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Democracy is the best form of government yet created. Therefore, we must be vigilant in its defense; that is, we must be prepared to defend the right to freedom. Because this right is fundamental to any progressive form of government, it is clear that democracy is better than any other form of government.

Which one of the following illustrates the same flawed reasoning as found in the passage?

(A) I never get a headache when I eat onlyChinese food, nor when I drink only wine.But when I eat Chinese food and drink wine, I get a headache. So the combination of the two must be the cause of my headaches.
(B) The two times I have gone to that restaurant something bad has happened. The first time the waiter dropped a glass and it shattered all over the table. And after the second time I went there, I got sick. So why should I go there again—something bad will just happen again.
(C) I would much rather live a life dedicated to helping my fellow man than one dedicated to gaining material possessions and seeing my fellow man as a competitor. At the end of each day, the satisfaction of having helped people is infinitely greater than the satisfaction of having achieved something material.
(D) I’m obsessed with volleyball; that’s why I play it constantly. I train seven days a week, and I enter every tournament. Since I’m always playing it, I must be obsessed with it.
(E) In my academic studies, I have repeatedly changed majors. I decide to major in each new subject that I’m introduced to. Just as a bee lights from one flower to the next, tasting the nectar of each, I jump from one subject to the next getting just a taste of each.
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Original flaw:
Circular reasoning. Presupposes what it sets to prove.
Presupposed: Democracy is the best form of government yet created
conclusion: Because this right is fundamental to any progressive form of government, it is clear that democracy is better than any other form of government

Only option D has the circular reasoning flaw:
Presupposed: I’m obsessed with volleyball; that’s why I play it constantly
conclusion: Since I’m always playing it, I must be obsessed with it.

Answer (D)

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