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# George: The economics taught in college is very confusing

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George: The economics taught in college is very confusing—and that’s because it’s all wrong.
Harold: If it’s all wrong, why is college economics still force-fed to students?
George: It’s very difficult to learn something that’s all wrong, and if, by chance, someone does waste all that time and learn it, he or she will be inclined to defend it ferociously and pass it on to others.

Which one of the following, if true, would most directly challenge George’s reasoning?

(A) Many college graduates who have taken economics go on to successful careers in a variety of other fields.
(B) College students who major in economics tend to earn higher grades in economics than in their other subjects.
(C) “Right” and “wrong” are relative terms in the field of economics.
(D) Many economics professors agree with journal articles that strongly criticize college economics.
(E) Interviews five years after graduation show that economics majors are just as likely to say that their college experience was enjoyable as are those who did not major in economics.

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12 Sep 2007, 22:23
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I'd say D. George is claiming that those that learn economics defend it ferociously and pass it on to students. however D is essentially saying that many econ professors criticize college economics. this is a clear contradiction to George's argument.

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12 Sep 2007, 15:57
Fistail wrote:
George: The economics taught in college is very confusing—and that’s because it’s all wrong.
Harold: If it’s all wrong, why is college economics still force-fed to students?
George: It’s very difficult to learn something that’s all wrong, and if, by chance, someone does waste all that time and learn it, he or she will be inclined to defend it ferociously and pass it on to others.

Which one of the following, if true, would most directly challenge George’s reasoning?

(A) Many college graduates who have taken economics go on to successful careers in a variety of other fields.
(B) College students who major in economics tend to earn higher grades in economics than in their other subjects.
(C) “Right” and “wrong” are relative terms in the field of economics.
(D) Many economics professors agree with journal articles that strongly criticize college economics.
(E) Interviews five years after graduation show that economics majors are just as likely to say that their college experience was enjoyable as are those who did not major in economics.

(B) out of scope
(C) completely irrelevant
(D) supports george's reasoning
(E) out of scope

A is the only one left. A It is.

OA?

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12 Sep 2007, 17:10
A for me as well!

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12 Sep 2007, 19:46
Fistail wrote:
George: The economics taught in college is very confusing—and that’s because it’s all wrong.
Harold: If it’s all wrong, why is college economics still force-fed to students?
George: It’s very difficult to learn something that’s all wrong, and if, by chance, someone does waste all that time and learn it, he or she will be inclined to defend it ferociously and pass it on to others.

Which one of the following, if true, would most directly challenge George’s reasoning?

(A) Many college graduates who have taken economics go on to successful careers in a variety of other fields.
(B) College students who major in economics tend to earn higher grades in economics than in their other subjects.
(C) “Right” and “wrong” are relative terms in the field of economics.
(D) Many economics professors agree with journal articles that strongly criticize college economics.
(E) Interviews five years after graduation show that economics majors are just as likely to say that their college experience was enjoyable as are those who did not major in economics.

A too

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Re: CR: George: The economics taught in college is very conf [#permalink]

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12 Sep 2007, 19:57
bkk145 wrote:
Fistail wrote:
George: The economics taught in college is very confusing—and that’s because it’s all wrong.
Harold: If it’s all wrong, why is college economics still force-fed to students?
George: It’s very difficult to learn something that’s all wrong, and if, by chance, someone does waste all that time and learn it, he or she will be inclined to defend it ferociously and pass it on to others.

Which one of the following, if true, would most directly challenge George’s reasoning?

(A) Many college graduates who have taken economics go on to successful careers in a variety of other fields.
(B) College students who major in economics tend to earn higher grades in economics than in their other subjects.
(C) “Right” and “wrong” are relative terms in the field of economics.
(D) Many economics professors agree with journal articles that strongly criticize college economics.
(E) Interviews five years after graduation show that economics majors are just as likely to say that their college experience was enjoyable as are those who did not major in economics.

A too

trying to be the devil's advocate but why cant it be B. If its difficult and confusing and only some learn it by chance, how can "College students who major in economics tend to earn higher grades in economics". Also A says "go on to successful careers in a variety of other fields". can anyone explain ?

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Re: CR: George: The economics taught in college is very conf [#permalink]

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12 Sep 2007, 20:09
vinaym wrote:
Fistail wrote:
George: The economics taught in college is very confusing—and that’s because it’s all wrong.
Harold: If it’s all wrong, why is college economics still force-fed to students?
George: It’s very difficult to learn something that’s all wrong, and if, by chance, someone does waste all that time and learn it, he or she will be inclined to defend it ferociously and pass it on to others.

Which one of the following, if true, would most directly challenge George’s reasoning?

(A) Many college graduates who have taken economics go on to successful careers in a variety of other fields.
(B) College students who major in economics tend to earn higher grades in economics than in their other subjects.
(C) “Right” and “wrong” are relative terms in the field of economics.
(D) Many economics professors agree with journal articles that strongly criticize college economics.
(E) Interviews five years after graduation show that economics majors are just as likely to say that their college experience was enjoyable as are those who did not major in economics.

(B) out of scope
(C) completely irrelevant
(D) supports george's reasoning
(E) out of scope

A is the only one left. A It is.

OA?

A says "many" succeed in "other" fields. I am inclined towards B.

All wrong/Difficult/Confusing... Yet higher grades. That is a challenge for me!

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12 Sep 2007, 22:33
CalSpeedRacer wrote:
I'd say D. George is claiming that those that learn economics defend it ferociously and pass it on to students. however D is essentially saying that many econ professors criticize college economics. this is a clear contradiction to George's argument.

WOW.. Yes. I agree with you now.

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12 Sep 2007, 22:35
Straight D.

George: ......someone does waste all that time and learn it, he or she will be inclined to defend it ferociously .....

D says: economics professors agree with journal articles that strongly criticize college economics.

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Re: CR: George: The economics taught in college is very conf [#permalink]

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12 Sep 2007, 23:16
Fistail wrote:
George: The economics taught in college is very confusing—and that’s because it’s all wrong.
Harold: If it’s all wrong, why is college economics still force-fed to students?
George: It’s very difficult to learn something that’s all wrong, and if, by chance, someone does waste all that time and learn it, he or she will be inclined to defend it ferociously and pass it on to others.

Which one of the following, if true, would most directly challenge George’s reasoning?

(A) Many college graduates who have taken economics go on to successful careers in a variety of other fields.
(B) College students who major in economics tend to earn higher grades in economics than in their other subjects.
(C) “Right” and “wrong” are relative terms in the field of economics.
(D) Many economics professors agree with journal articles that strongly criticize college economics.
(E) Interviews five years after graduation show that economics majors are just as likely to say that their college experience was enjoyable as are those who did not major in economics.

OA is D.

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13 Sep 2007, 00:52
D seems to support Georges argument, but the other choices are just so irrelevant its the only choice left.

After picking this choice in 2min. It makes much more sense now. If the college proffessors agree on the articles about college economics, then the students are less likely to adhere so feircely to what they learned in college.

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13 Sep 2007, 00:52
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