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Government representative: Between 1996 and 2005, the gray

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Government representative: Between 1996 and 2005, the gray wolf popula­tion in Minnesota grew nearly 50 percent; the gray wolf population in Montana increased by only 13 percent during the same period. Clearly, the Minnesota gray wolf population is more likely to survive and thrive long term.

Environmentalist: But the gray wolf population in Montana is nearly 8 times the population in Minnesota; above a certain critical breeding number, the popula­ tion is stable and does not require growth in order to survive.

The environmentalist challenges the government representative's argument by doing which of the following?
(A) introducing additional evidence that undermines an assumption made by the representative
(B) challenging the representative's definition of a critical breeding number
(C) demonstrating that the critical breeding number of the two wolf popula­tions differs significantly
(D) implying that the two populations of wolves could be combined in order to preserve the species
(E) suggesting that the Montana wolf population grew at a faster rate than stated in the representative's argument

Originally posted by mba1382 on 10 Mar 2014, 08:39.
Last edited by bb on 30 Apr 2018, 14:24, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Government representative: Between 1996 and 2005, the gray  [#permalink]

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10 Mar 2014, 09:25
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A- The representative assumes that the % of growth is the only criterion for deciding whether or not a species is endangered.The Envormmentalist introduces another criterion , the critical breeding number, which undermines the assumption of the GR.

B- Naaa

C- The GR did not even consider Critical breeding ... in his argument

D-

E- Naaa
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Re: Government representative: Between 1996 and 2005, the gray  [#permalink]

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10 Mar 2014, 11:55
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I would go for A
Here goes my reasoning.

(A) introducing additional evidence that undermines an assumption made by the representative
Correct: Assumption made by GR is "the growth of population decides the probability of survival". This assumption is challenged and undermined by Environmentalist.

(B) challenging the representative's definition of a critical breeding number
Out of scope.

(C) demonstrating that the critical breeding number of the two wolf popula­tions differs significantly
Critical breeding number is never compared for two breeds. Irrelevant.

(D) implying that the two populations of wolves could be combined in order to preserve the species
Out of scope.

(E) suggesting that the Montana wolf population grew at a faster rate than stated in the representative's argument
Never done this. Irrelevant.
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10 Mar 2014, 19:20
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Option A.
GR:GW pop. In Minnesota grew at a faster rate than that in Montana.
Conclusion-Minnesota's GW Pop is MORE LIKELY TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE LONG TERM.
The GR is assuming that ONLY GROWTH=long term survival.
The env. Undermines this assumption by contending that above a certain CB NUMBER(additional evidence),pop. DOESNT NEED GROWTH TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE LONG TERM.

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05 Feb 2016, 02:06
Government representative: Between 1996 and 2005, the gray wolf popula­tion in Minnesota grew nearly 50 percent; the gray wolf population in Montana increased by only 13 percent during the same period. Clearly, the Minnesota gray wolf population is more likely to survive and thrive long term.

Environmentalist: But the gray wolf population in Montana is nearly 8 times the population in Minnesota; above a certain critical breeding number, the popula­tion is stable and does not require growth in order to survive.

The environmentalist challenges the government representative's argument by doing which of the following?
(A) introducing additional evidence that undermines an assumption made by the representativeBingo,this is the correct answer..The assumption made by the government representative was that the Minnesota gray wolf population will survive just because they grew faster than the Montana gray wolf population..The environmentalist introduce a new evidence which is that the gray wolf population in Montana is nearly 8 times the population in Minnesota to counter the argument that growth is needed for survival
(B) challenging the representative's definition of a critical breeding numberNot correct..The representative never made any allusion to critical number or defined anything
(C) demonstrating that the critical breeding number of the two wolf popula­tions differs significantlyTheir was no mention of any number in this argument..All that was talked about was the growth rate of the wolf population
(D) implying that the two populations of wolves could be combined in order to preserve the speciesNot correct too..Nothing of such was alluded to in the argument
(E) suggesting that the Montana wolf population grew at a faster rate than stated in the representative's argument.The environmentalist never mentioned or suggested something of that nature

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05 Feb 2016, 03:42
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Government representative: Between 1996 and 2005, the gray wolf popula­tion in Minnesota grew nearly 50 percent; the gray wolf population in Montana increased by only 13 percent during the same period. Clearly, the Minnesota gray wolf population is more likely to survive and thrive long term.

Environmentalist: But the gray wolf population in Montana is nearly 8 times the population in Minnesota; above a certain critical breeding number, the popula­ tion is stable and does not require growth in order to survive.

The environmentalist challenges the government representative's argument by doing which of the following?
(A) introducing additional evidence that undermines an assumption made by the representative
(B) challenging the representative's definition of a critical breeding number
(C) demonstrating that the critical breeding number of the two wolf popula­tions differs significantly
(D) implying that the two populations of wolves could be combined in order to preserve the species
(E) suggesting that the Montana wolf population grew at a faster rate than stated in the representative's argument

HI,
the para can eb rephrased as:-
Government representative: the population of wolf in one location, A, has grown at a higher rate than the other place, B. SO chances of survival are higher at A
Environmentalist: But at B, the numbers of wolf are already above the critical breeding number.

lets see the choices..
(A) introducing additional evidence that undermines an assumption made by the representative
CORRECT
addl evidence- number> critical breeding number
assumption of rep:- Since the increase in number was greater this year for one location over another, the survival rate too is higher
A correctly reflects the statement of Environmentalist

(B) challenging the representative's definition of a critical breeding number
The rep never gives the definitation of "critical breeding number"

(C) demonstrating that the critical breeding number of the two wolf popula­tions differs significantly
He talks of the numbers but does not compare CBN. he only claims that in one location, the number is higher than CBN

(D) implying that the two populations of wolves could be combined in order to preserve the species
He does not talk of this anywhere

(E) suggesting that the Montana wolf population grew at a faster rate than stated in the representative's argument
again out of context

ans A
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