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# Gas leaks are a danger for households in which certain standards of sa

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Gas leaks are a danger for households in which certain standards of safety are not maintained. So that householders are able to detect such hazards before they become serious enough to pose a danger, the county fire safety board has mailed a newsletter to all residents of the county, listing ways to detect a gas leak and encouraging householders to check for such signs.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the fire safety board’s goals?

A. Many gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder.
B. Once a gas leak is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such a hazard vary according to the type and location of the leak.
C. The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of safety that preclude the possibility of a gas leak.
D. Gas leaks are more common in single-family homes than they are in apartments.
E. People who do not maintain minimal standards of safety are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of gas leaks.

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Gas leaks are a danger for households in which certain standards of safety are not maintained. So that householders are able to detect such hazards before they become serious enough to pose a danger, the county fire safety board has mailed a newsletter to all residents of the county, listing ways to detect a gas leak and encouraging householders to check for such signs.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the fire safety board’s goals?

A. Many gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder.
B. Once a gas leak is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such a hazard vary according to the type and location of the leak.
C. The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of safety that preclude the possibility of a gas leak.
D. Gas leaks are more common in single-family homes than they are in apartments.
E. People who do not maintain minimal standards of safety are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of gas leaks.

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E

This is a weaken question, so we need to attack the author’s assumption that the newsletter will cause early detection of gas leak hazards. Since his assumption is a causal one, the best attack will either show that the newsletter will not cause early detection of gas leaks, or that something else will cause early detection of gas leaks, so the newsletter is not necessary.

(A) No. The nondetectable signs of gas leaks are out of scope. We are concerned only with the detectable warning signs of a gas leak.

(B) No. This answer choice focuses on what happens after detection, so it’s out of scope. We’re interested only in detection.

(C) No. This does not attack the causal assumption, so eliminate it.

(D) No. It doesn’t matter what kind of dwelling is involved. It’s out of scope.

(E) Yes. Here we learn that the newsletter probably won’t cause early detection, because the people who are at risk won’t check for leaks.
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10 May 2017, 13:39
Since the argument talks about those households who don't maintain certain standards of safety,
a newsletter(containing ways to detect a gas leak and encouraging householders to check for such signs)
seems like an absurd suggestion to give in order to curb these safety issues encountered.

The reason for that is if somebody doesn't take care of maintaining safety standards, how could you expect
somebody to check for signs to detect a gas leak?

Option E gives us the exact same reason as a criticism for using the newsletter
as a means to achieving the fire safety board's goals.
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21 Jul 2017, 07:04
Hi pushpitkc ,

Can you please explain why option A is wrong .

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21 Jul 2017, 08:06
Gas leaks are a danger for households in which certain standards of safety are not maintained. So that householders are able to detect such hazards before they become serious enough to pose a danger, the county fire safety board has mailed a newsletter to all residents of the county, listing ways to detect a gas leak and encouraging householders to check for such signs.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the fire safety board’s goals?

A. Many gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder: Looks good-If warning signs cant be detected by the householder during an investigation, then the newsletter will useless.
B. Once a gas leak is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such a hazard vary according to the type and location of the leak.
C. The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of safety that preclude the possibility of a gas leak.
D. Gas leaks are more common in single-family homes than they are in apartments.
E. People who do not maintain minimal standards of safety are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of gas leaks.
: We do not know what proportion of households do not maintain minimal standards-so we can eliminate this.

IMO Answer should be A and not E. Not a good question(if the answer is E). Experts can ofcourse comment.

Let us try out both A and E
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21 Jul 2017, 09:45
Gas leaks are a danger for households in which certain standards of safety are not maintained. So that householders are able to detect such hazards before they become serious enough to pose a danger, the county fire safety board has mailed a newsletter to all residents of the county, listing ways to detect a gas leak and encouraging householders to check for such signs.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the fire safety board’s goals?

A. Many gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder.ther may be type of gas leaks that are detectable and then those can be done to prevent dangers from leaks.
B. Once a gas leak is known to exist, the steps taken to eliminate such a hazard vary according to the type and location of the leak.
Does not impact
C. The newsletter was sent to all residents of the county, including those who maintain the standards of safety that preclude the possibility of a gas leak.Does not weaken
D. Gas leaks are more common in single-family homes than they are in apartments.single family home or apartment is not discussed
E. People who do not maintain minimal standards of safety are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of gas leaks.
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21 Jul 2017, 12:11
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AbhijitGoswami wrote:
Hi pushpitkc ,

Can you please explain why option A is wrong .

Regards,
Abhijit

AbhijitGoswami,

Option A(Many gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder)
has no direct impact of the newsletter.
Since we have been asked to point out to a criticism of the newsletter as a means of achieving the goals of the fire safety
board, unless and until the investigation happens, it will not be clear whether gas leaks can be avoided.

Option E(People who do not maintain minimal standards of safety are unlikely to inspect their homes for the signs of gas leaks)
is a better weakener of the newsletter not achieving its aim.

Hope that helps.

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05 Dec 2018, 22:19
AbhijitGoswami wrote:
Hi pushpitkc ,

Can you please explain why option A is wrong .

Regards,
Abhijit

You have to criticize the newsletter( you have to prove that customers can not detect the gas leak).

option A : Many gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder

Many gas leaks= here you have no idea if it cover majority of gas leaks. it can be 1% or 99% of gas leaks .
So you are nor sure how many gas leaks will be of such type.

however if it was like: Most of the gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder.
then it could have been the right answer.

"Many" is making this choice wrong.
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06 Dec 2018, 04:42
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AbhijitGoswami wrote:
Hi pushpitkc ,

Can you please explain why option A is wrong .

Regards,
Abhijit

You have to criticize the newsletter( you have to prove that customers can not detect the gas leak).

option A : Many gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder

Many gas leaks= here you have no idea if it cover majority of gas leaks. it can be 1% or 99% of gas leaks .
So you are nor sure how many gas leaks will be of such type.

however if it was like: Most of the gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder.
then it could have been the right answer.

"Many" is making this choice wrong.

I would just like to state A : Many gas leaks have certain warning signs that cannot be detected during an investigation by a householder
In option A it is mentioned householder ( person who maintain minimum standard + person who does not maintain minimum standard), this includes a very broad set where is Argument is concerned only about people who do not maintain minimum standard of gas leak prevention
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