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extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest the habitant of a large population of deer.Because deer
feed at the edges of forests,there deer will be attracted to the spaces alongside the new roads being cut through the Patska forest to serve the new residential areas.Consequently,once the housing is occupied,the annual number of the forest's deer hit by cars will be much higher than before construction started.

which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

a)the number of deer hit by comercial vehicles will not increase significantly when the housing is occupied.

b)Deer will be as attracted to the forest edge around new houses as to the forest edge alongside roads.

c)In years past,the annual number of deer that have been hit by cars on existing roads through Pataska Forest has been very low.

d)the development will leave sufficient forest to sustain a significant population of deer

e)no deer hunting will be allowed in Pataska forest when the housing is occupied
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14 Oct 2012, 21:04
A, B & C are out of scope. Finally boils down to either D or E. D gives a more direct reason as to why the deer population would still exist even after the constructions.

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15 Oct 2012, 01:04
What is the source? The question is written so badly.
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extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest the habitant of a large population of deer.Because deer
feed at the edges of forests,there deer will be attracted to the spaces alongside the new roads being cut through the Patska forest to serve the new residential areas.Consequently,once the housing is occupied,the annual number of the forest's deer hit by cars will be much higher than before construction started.

which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

a)the number of deer hit by comercial vehicles will not increase significantly when the housing is occupied.

b)Deer will be as attracted to the forest edge around new houses as to the forest edge alongside roads.

c)In years past,the annual number of deer that have been hit by cars on existing roads through Pataska Forest has been very low.

d)the development will leave sufficient forest to sustain a significant population of deer

e)no deer hunting will be allowed in Pataska forest when the housing is occupied

Hi,

The best way to find underlying assumptions is to negate the answer choices to see which one threatens the conclusion the most.

A) If the number of commercial vehicles plying through the new roads increased, then more deers would be hit even irrespective of the fact that the housing would be occupied or not. Moreover, the conclusion leaves a huge void with the phrase."once the housing is occupied". This leads us to question: "what if the houses were not occupied?". That would lead us to answer A. Hence this seems to be correct. But let us go through the other statements before marking A.

B) If the deers were not as attracted to the forest edges near the houses as to the edges near the streets, it is not affecting the conclusion that strongly. It doesn't matter where the deers are getting hit, so long they are hit by cars going to the houses.

C) This choice is 'out of context'.

D) What if this were not true? There would not be sufficient forest left for the deers. Hence, negating this choice is, actually, strengthening the conclusion. This is an 'opposite answer choice'.

E) This choice is 'out of context'.

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15 Oct 2012, 03:14
mrinal2100 wrote:
extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest the habitant of a large population of deer.Because deer
feed at the edges of forests,there deer will be attracted to the spaces alongside the new roads being cut through the Patska forest to serve the new residential areas.Consequently,once the housing is occupied,the annual number of the forest's deer hit by cars will be much higher than before construction started.

which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

a)the number of deer hit by comercial vehicles will not increase significantly when the housing is occupied.

b)Deer will be as attracted to the forest edge around new houses as to the forest edge alongside roads.

c)In years past,the annual number of deer that have been hit by cars on existing roads through Pataska Forest has been very low.

d)the development will leave sufficient forest to sustain a significant population of deer

e)no deer hunting will be allowed in Pataska forest when the housing is occupied

Very great question, guy!
it costs me 2:25 with a right shot.

A and E out right away because of "Out of scope"
A. deer hit by commercial vehicles
E. Dear hunting
B. The argument does not focus on the comparison BTW the number of deers attactedto the forest edge around new houses AND
the number of deers to the forest edge alongside roads, but ON the number hit by car before and after the development.
B out
C. The prediction is based on the current context, so C, in years past, does not work, C out
D remains.
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08 Nov 2012, 03:19
I chose D and I believe its correct
I am also convinced by the explanation given by Edvento.
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06 Sep 2014, 21:24
Hi,

I picked B. Would someone explain why B is wrong over D. Thank you!
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In Option B

The argument is talking about the forest edges of houses and the forest edges of streets.However what we are looking for is forest edges and forest edges of streets.If we had in the option that the deers consider forest edges and forest edges of new roads similar than the option might be correct.

In Option D

Negating Option D, we get that the the development ll not leave sufficient deer population so sustain. Accordingly the deer population will fall. Hence the number of hits ll decline too
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@sun1526: B is irrelevant to the argument. We are not concerned if deers are attracted to the edges near the houses (where they arguably have little danger) as much as they are attracted to the edges near the road (where they have the most danger). This option has no role to play in arriving at the conclusion.
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07 Sep 2014, 07:36
Thank you very much "dream21" and " AmoyV "!
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04 Apr 2017, 02:03
[quote="shreerajp99"]What is the source? The question is written so badly.[/quote

agree this question is written so badly!
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05 Apr 2017, 01:46
Narrowed down to B and D - Used negation technique - B - not same frequency of attraction - ambiguous may increase deaths , may decrease deaths, D negation - not significant deer left - Very few deer come out - Breaks Conclusion

IMO its D .
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