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# Free public education is the best form of education there

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Free public education is the best form of education there is. Therefore, we must fight to ensure its continued existence; that is, we must be ready to defend the principle of equality of educational opportunity. Because this principle is we worth defending, it is clear that free public education is better than any other form of education.

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

(A) I love music, and that’s why I listen to it constantly. I have my stereo or radio on every waking minute. Since I play music all the time, I must really love it.
(B) Books are my most valuable possessions. My books are like my friends—each pleases me in different ways. Just as I would give up everything to save my friends, so too with my books.
(C) I would much rather be poor and respected than be rich and despised. To have the respect of others is far more valuable than to have millions of dollars.
(D) I have never been betrayed by any of my friends. They have been true to me through good times and bad. Therefore I will never betray any of my friends.
(E) Because every plant I have ever seen has green leaves, I have concluded that all plants must have green leaves. This looks like a plant but it does not have green leaves, so it cannot be a plant.

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11 Jun 2009, 01:05
tenaman10 wrote:
Free public education is the best form of education there is. Therefore, we must fight to ensure its continued existence; that is, we must be ready to defend the principle of equality of educational opportunity. Because this principle is we worth defending, it is clear that free public education is better than any other form of education.

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

(A) I love music, and that’s why I listen to it constantly. I have my stereo or radio on every waking minute. Since I play music all the time, I must really love it.
(B) Books are my most valuable possessions. My books are like my friends—each pleases me in different ways. Just as I would give up everything to save my friends, so too with my books.
(C) I would much rather be poor and respected than be rich and despised. To have the respect of others is far more valuable than to have millions of dollars.
(D) I have never been betrayed by any of my friends. They have been true to me through good times and bad. Therefore I will never betray any of my friends.
(E) Because every plant I have ever seen has green leaves, I have concluded that all plants must have green leaves. This looks like a plant but it does not have green leaves, so it cannot be a plant.

Looks like circular reasoning to me, my initial guess is (A).
Seems like the argument goes something like this:
Public edu is the best ---> therefore its worth defending;
public edu is worth defending ---> therefore it must be the best;

(A) I love music ---> I listen to it all the time; I listen to music all the time ---> therefore I must really love it. This seem to match the original logic better than the other options.

None of the other choices seem circular.
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11 Jun 2009, 07:04
I go with A too. I think this was an easy one since B-E are out of scope really.
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11 Jun 2009, 11:42
i will go with A too.
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11 Jun 2009, 11:59
'A' for me too.

Free public education is the best form of education there is.(just a statement)
Therefore, we must fight to ensure its continued existence; that is, we must be ready to defend the principle of equality of educational opportunity.(in support of the above stmnt.)
Because this principle is we worth defending,(because I have a support for the stmnt)
it is clear that free public education is better than any other form of education.(stmnt is correct)

Similarly:

I love music,(Just a statement)
that’s why I listen to it constantly. I have my stereo or radio on every waking minute.(in support of the stmnt)
Since I play music all the time,(because I have a reason to support)
I must really love it.(stmnt is correct)
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12 Jun 2009, 06:20
A For me.
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13 Jun 2009, 12:12
I choose B.
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13 Jun 2009, 22:27
OA Plz?

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