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# The village is overrun by poisonous snakes.

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The village is overrun by poisonous snakes. The mayor argues that paying a 10\$ bounty for each dead snakes turned in by a villager will result in riddling the village of snakes

Which of the following does NOT weaken the mayor's argument?
A) the bounty ensures that breeding the snakes is in the economic interest of the villagers
B) village taxes will triple if the mayor's proposal is implemented
C) the villagers do not trust the mayor
D) the snakes control the rat population, so the villagers will not kill the snakes
E) a drug company pays villagers 15\$ for each live snake delivered to it
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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04 Apr 2004, 09:29
I would go with E..........The mayor's intention is to get rid of snakes..and if the drug company is willing to the job for him...then why not...I hope I am correct.....
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04 Apr 2004, 10:41
Another good one, which test the fundamentals!

My choice is C.
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04 Apr 2004, 13:15
E does not weaken the argument.
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04 Apr 2004, 13:33
E actually strengthens the arguement. Either b/c of the mayors proposal, or the Pharma's bounty, the village will get rid of snakes. Hmmm, here I go again, actually, if the bounty is \$15, it gives the incentive to keep snakes.

What do TAXES have to do with anything? NOTHING!

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04 Apr 2004, 14:19
The company gives 15\$ to give away the snakes, not for keeping it. So they will get rid of the snakes.

Regarding the taxes, if the taxes increase then the mayor MAY NOT prpose to give 10\$ to get rid of snakes, Just my 2 cents
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04 Apr 2004, 15:01
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The company gives 15\$ to give away the snakes, not for keeping it. So they will get rid of the snakes.

Regarding the taxes, if the taxes increase then the mayor MAY NOT prpose to give 10\$ to get rid of snakes, Just my 2 cents

Monarc, see choice A. I dint mean that they would keep the snakes, I ment that it might give an incentive to keep constant supply of snakes @\$15. Maybe I am a bit braindead today.
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04 Apr 2004, 20:11
OA is C. Nice one Kpadma.
E is wrong but we cannot relate it to A because each choices should be seen as independent clauses.
E can be negated in the sense that if a company already has a system whereby they pay 15\$ to villagers to bring them back snake but yet, the city is still overrun by snakes as the opening sentence implies, then what is the use of paying less to get rid of snakes?
B can also be negated. If village taxes are to triple, then will villagers accept the given plan? Will that not weaken the argument in the sense that the plan is then futile?
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04 Apr 2004, 20:29
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OA is C. Nice one Kpadma.
E is wrong but we cannot relate it to A because each choices should be seen as independent clauses.
E can be negated in the sense that if a company already has a system whereby they pay 15\$ to villagers to bring them back snake but yet, the city is still overrun by snakes as the opening sentence implies, then what is the use of paying less to get rid of snakes?
B can also be negated. If village taxes are to triple, then will villagers accept the given plan? Will that not weaken the argument in the sense that the plan is then futile?

Ok, I think its time for my brain to enter a retirement home:

But before I do that, IMO, or am I missing something here. C weakens the argument the MOST. If the villagers DO NOT trust the mayor, they won't t collect snakes, and the village will not be rid of snakes. DOESNT that weaken his argument that his \$10 bounty will result in city with fewer snakes??? His argument is invalid, b/c it won't work, thus weakens.. Please explain why I am wrong!
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04 Apr 2004, 20:55
I agree with you lvb9th that if the villagers do not trust the mayor, then it would be pointless to propose the plan. However(yes, of course), in light of all the other answers which clearly weaken the argument, then C stands as the best answer. We can look at it this way: whether or not the villagers trust the mayor, we are interested in evaluating the mayor's proposal, not the mayor himself, which would be besides the point. Moreover, a personal attack on the mayor rather than an attack to the "proposal" itself would invalidate C and make it the "best" answer.
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04 Apr 2004, 21:01
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I agree with you lvb9th that if the villagers do not trust the mayor, then it would be pointless to propose the plan. However(yes, of course), in light of all the other answers which clearly weaken the argument, then C stands as the best answer. We can look at it this way: whether or not the villagers trust the mayor, we are interested in evaluating the mayor's proposal, not the mayor himself, which would be besides the point. Moreover, a personal attack on the mayor rather than an attack to the "proposal" itself would invalidate C and make it the "best" answer.

Hmm, thanks Paul. Maybe Kpadma can chip in. His statement of the FUNDUMENTALS really concerns me. If in fact these are the fundumentals, and the questions is fairly easy, I am SCREWED!
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23 Aug 2010, 12:03
cr-poisonous-snakes-5350.html

The village is overrun by poisonous snakes. The mayor argues that paying a 10\$ bounty for each dead snakes turned in by a villager will result in riddling the village of snakes

Which of the following does NOT weaken the mayor's argument?
A) the bounty ensures that breeding the snakes is in the economic interest of the villagers
B) village taxes will triple if the mayor's proposal is implemented
C) the villagers do not trust the mayor
D) the snakes control the rat population, so the villagers will not kill the snakes
E) a drug company pays villagers 15\$ for each live snake delivered to it

Can someone explain this better? Kinda lost
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23 Aug 2010, 18:01
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cr-poisonous-snakes-5350.html

The village is overrun by poisonous snakes. The mayor argues that paying a 10\$ bounty for each dead snakes turned in by a villager will result in riddling the village of snakes

Which of the following does NOT weaken the mayor's argument?
A) the bounty ensures that breeding the snakes is in the economic interest of the villagers
B) village taxes will triple if the mayor's proposal is implemented
C) the villagers do not trust the mayor : No effect on the conclusion so does not Weaken
D) the snakes control the rat population, so the villagers will not kill the snakes
E) a drug company pays villagers 15\$ for each live snake delivered to it

Can someone explain this better? Kinda lost

All 4 choices except C , weaken the argument because of highlighted text. C is neither talking of any economic criteria nor talking of dead snakes.
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23 Aug 2010, 19:56
C it is.

C is just a fact that we don't know the definite consequence that might come after ward. We don't know whether because they don't trust the major, they won't catch the snake.
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23 Aug 2010, 21:17
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C it is.

C is just a fact that we don't know the definite consequence that might come after ward. We don't know whether because they don't trust the major, they won't catch the snake.

But shouldn't this weaken the argument gautrang. The villagers dont trust the mayor --> they wont catch the snakes --> the mayor plan fails

How does B weaken the arg?
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24 Aug 2010, 01:09
IMO B...
In C, if they did not believe on Mayor, the plan will itself be not implemented, and hence weakens the argument !!
While in B, tax is tripled , it also means that their income has also increased Right !!!
So this point does'nt weakens the argument...
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24 Aug 2010, 02:07
rohitgoel15 wrote:

But shouldn't this weaken the argument gautrang. The villagers dont trust the mayor --> they wont catch the snakes --> the mayor plan fails

How does B weaken the arg?

The villagers dont trust the mayor --> they wont catch the snakes --> the mayor plan fails

These two arrows indicate your own two assumptions. It's too far from the argument, there is no indication just because you don't believe in your major doesn't mean that the \$10 paying won't be paid. There are many who don't trust Obama but that doesn't mean that his policy will not come true.

We don't even know from the argument whether the \$10 payment is the major's idea or if the major has any power in deciding whether to pay or not.
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24 Aug 2010, 02:11
praveenism wrote:
IMO B...
In C, if they did not believe on Mayor, the plan will itself be not implemented, and hence weakens the argument !!
While in B, tax is tripled , it also means that their income has also increased Right !!!
So this point does'nt weakens the argument...

Tax is tripled doesn't mean their income increased!

B - You get \$10 for each snake, but then you have to pay 3 times the tax. I wouldn't want that. It gives the reason that affects the economic of the villager directly. Hence, incorrect.
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24 Aug 2010, 02:27
Thanks gautrang,
I got your point. I am assuming too much in that part !!!
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24 Aug 2010, 08:12
What is the sourse of the question?
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