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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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15 May 2010, 08:32
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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.

Either of A or C.
All other choices seems irelevant or incorrect.
I would go with A, as it says there are many people who makes career in some other field than economics.
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15 May 2010, 11:32
nverma 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.

I would go with C ..... other choices dont challenge George's reasoning ....this one doesnt strongly challenge his reasoning ..but its not that bad compared to the rest

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15 May 2010, 11:54
ok on second thoughts ....im gonna go with D ...

I just noticed that George said a lot of things ...one of which was "he or she will be inclined to defend it ferociously and pass it on to others." ....so to negate that ....we should pick D

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17 May 2010, 09:43
my pick is (D)

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.

(D) Many economics professors agree with journal articles that strongly criticize college economics. - this statement challenges George’s reasoning

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18 May 2010, 05:37
C for me. George's reasoning revolves around 'wrong economics'. If 'wrong' turns out to 'right' then his reasoning becomes completely invalid.

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18 May 2010, 17:34
nverma 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.

here we would have to concetrate on the wordsof goerge " inclined to defend it ferociously " only option D challenge that and says that collage professors do not defend it but support it.hence D is the right answer.

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19 May 2010, 01:04
my bad. C is a trap.

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19 May 2010, 01:15
I fell for C as well.
D appears strengthening the argument first, but it actually weakens. It contradicts the conclusion that people who learned economics would defend it. So, D should be the right answer.

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07 May 2011, 04:04
thats why it is very important to read and elicit the conclusion very carefully. defend is the key word in the conclusion here, but the professors are in fact attacking.

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26 May 2011, 01:32
nothing except D clearly crashes George's conclusion of defending ferociously and passing it onto the others.

D it is.
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30 May 2011, 05:51
no E here? what is OA?

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30 May 2011, 07:30
Going with D. "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." Geroge's reasoning is challenged by econ profs themselves criticizing the field.
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30 May 2011, 18:33
I'll support D. It is an example that contradicts George's second statement since "Many economics professors" agree with criticism instead of defending college economics.

C could undermine the argument but it could also support it if "wrong" turns out to be "wrong".
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31 May 2011, 02:45
nverma 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.

D- Economic professors must have studied all wrong college economics and yet not defending it. On the contrary, they are disapproving it.
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