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Either Perry s faction or Tucker s faction, but not both,

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22 Mar 2005, 13:30
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Either Perryâ€™s faction or Tuckerâ€™s faction, but not both, will win control of the government. If Perryâ€™s faction wins, the nation will suffer economically. If Tuckerâ€™s faction wins, the nation will suffer militarily.

Given the statements in the passage, which one of the following statements must be true?
(A) It is possible, but not certain, that the nation will neither suffer economically nor suffer militarily.
(B) If the nation suffers economically, it is certain that Perryâ€™s faction has won control of the government.
(C) It is certain that the nation will suffer either economically or militarily, and also certain that it will not suffer both.
(D) If the nation suffers militarily, it is possible, but not certain, that Tuckerâ€™s faction has won control of the government.
(E) If the nation suffers both economically and militarily, it is certain that neither Perryâ€™s faction nor Tuckerâ€™s has won control of the government.
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22 Mar 2005, 15:12
I would go with "D".

Basic assumptions :
1. Either of these 2 factions would win.
2. Perry's faction => Certain economic suffering. maybe military suffering.
3. Tucker's faction => Certain military suffering, maybe economic suffering.

A. Since either of the factions are going to gain control of govt, one suffering is assured. False.
B. Perry's faction's control ensures economic suffering, but Tucket's faction could cause economic suffering too (which is not ruled out). False.
C. That the nation would not suffer militarily when Perry's faction wins and that the nation would not suffer economically when Tucker's faction win is not assured. False.
D. True. Military suffering would definitely caused by Tucker's faction and maybe by Perry's. So from knowing that the nation suffered militarily, we cannot definitely say who won.
E. Violates our assumption #1. False.

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22 Mar 2005, 15:30
moved the posting to the verbal section . can you please re answer there kapslock?
22 Mar 2005, 15:30
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