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Franklin: The only clue I have as to the identity of the practical jok

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Franklin: The only clue I have as to the identity of the practical joker is the handwriting on the note. Ordinarily I would suspect Miller, who has always been jealous of me, but the handwriting is not hers. So the joker is apparently someone else.

Which one of the following provides the strongest grounds for criticizing Franklin’s reasoning?


(A) It fails to consider the possibility that there was more than one practical joker.

(B) It fails to indicate the degree to which handwriting samples should look alike in order to be considered of the same source.

(C) It provides no explanation for why Miller should be the prime suspect.

(D) It provides no explanation for why only one piece of evidence was obtained.

(E) It takes for granted that if the handwriting on the note had been Miller’s, then the identity of the joker would have been ascertained to be Miller.

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Franklin: The only clue I have as to the identity of the practical joker is the handwriting on the note. Ordinarily I would suspect Miller, who has always been jealous of me, but the handwriting is not hers. So the joker is apparently someone else.

Which one of the following provides the strongest grounds for criticizing Franklin???s reasoning?


(A) It fails to consider the possibility that there was more than one practical joker.

(B) It fails to indicate the degree to which handwriting samples should look alike in order to be considered of the same source.

(C) It provides no explanation for why Miller should be the prime suspect.

(D) It provides no explanation for why only one piece of evidence was obtained.

(E) It takes for granted that if the handwriting on the note had been Miller???s, then the identity of the joker would have been ascertained to be Miller.
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I would consider this a weaken question, honestly. We need to find the gap in logic, since we are asked to criticize Franklin's reasoning.

(A) It fails to consider the possibility that there was more than one practical joker.
IMO Correct - multiple people could have played the prank, and we don't know what the prank was. It could have been multi-faceted with a note and something else. Miller could have designed the prank and then had someone else execute it.

(B) It fails to indicate the degree to which handwriting samples should look alike in order to be considered of the same source.

The premise "the handwriting was not hers" is pretty black and white. If the premise instead said, "the handwriting does not appear to be hers," then this could work. Eliminate

(C) It provides no explanation for why Miller should be the prime suspect.
False - it says that she "has always been jealous of me." Eliminate

(D) It provides no explanation for why only one piece of evidence was obtained.
Out of scope - the argument doesn't say you need multiple pieces of evidence to determine who is the culprit

(E) It takes for granted that if the handwriting on the note had been Miller's, then the identity of the joker would have been ascertained to be Miller.
Who else could have Miller's handwriting other than Miller? Assuming someone falsified her handwriting would be out of scope and would hijack the conclusion.
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Wat? i donut get it
Someone watered my plants. Miller did not water my plants because he was not at my house.
Criticize the reasoning - maybe more than 1 person watered my plants.
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Franklin: The only clue I have as to the identity of the practical joker is the handwriting on the note. Ordinarily I would suspect Miller, who has always been jealous of me, but the handwriting is not hers. So the joker is apparently someone else.

Which one of the following provides the strongest grounds for criticizing Franklin’s reasoning?


(A) It fails to consider the possibility that there was more than one practical joker.

(B) It fails to indicate the degree to which handwriting samples should look alike in order to be considered of the same source.

(C) It provides no explanation for why Miller should be the prime suspect.

(D) It provides no explanation for why only one piece of evidence was obtained.

(E) It takes for granted that if the handwriting on the note had been Miller’s, then the identity of the joker would have been ascertained to be Miller.


Hi kindly provide official explanation of the solution.
because IMO OA should have been E
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