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Governor Dupont is an outspoken critic of agricultural I I,
subsidies for farmers in his state. However, a local paper
recently published documents proving that Dupont
received $500,000 in federal money to buy equipment for
use in his apple orchards. Therefore, Dupont should be
forced to return the money or should resign from office.

If true, which of the following statements would reveal
the most serious flaw in this argument?

A. There is no precedent for the resignation of a
governor from office in the state ..
B. The governor's hypocrisy is not punishable by law.
C. Since its publication of the article, the newspaper has
lost the documents showing Dupont's receipt of money
from the government.
D. Dupont accepted the $500,000 before beginning his
term as governor.
E. Farmers in the state have raised the prices charged
for crops by more than 50 percent, while their operating
costs have remained the same.
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New post 23 Aug 2014, 22:54
A) Does not weaken the "return the money" argument.
B) Possible, option says there is no legal basis for the argument.
C) Stem says newspaper has "proved". So loss of originals is immaterial.
D) Irrelevant.
E) Actually supports Dupont's opinion.

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Governor Dupont is an outspoken critic of agricultural I I, subsidies for farmers in his state.
However, a local paper recently published documents proving that Dupont received $500,000 in federal money to buy equipment for use in his apple orchards.

Conclusion:
Therefore, Dupont should be forced to return the money or should resign from office.
Assumption:
There are laws pertaining to the mentioned scenario.
If there are no laws then authors points doesn't hold and hence D need not to obliged to comply with what author says.

If true, which of the following statements would reveal the most serious flaw in this argument?

A. There is no precedent for the resignation of a governor from office in the state .. [doesnt maters whether there are any precedent or not]
B. The governor's hypocrisy is not punishable by law. [Yes.]
C. Since its publication of the article, the newspaper has lost the documents showing Dupont's receipt of money from the government. [They may get a duplicate of it]
D. Dupont accepted the $500,000 before beginning his term as governor.[Tempting but B is better than D because everything comes down to law. Not to a personal view.]
E. Farmers in the state have raised the prices charged for crops by more than 50 percent, while their operating costs have remained the same.[Irrelevant]
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Can I know the source of this question?

I think B strengthens the argument rather than finding a flaw in it. If hypocrisy is not punishable by law then the only option left is taking moral responsibility and returning the money and stepping down - which is exactly what the argument proposes. In a flaw question we have to find a premise or an assumption and invalidate it so that the entire conclusion falls apart.

What am I overlooking here? Can some expert help?

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Governor Dupont is an outspoken critic of agricultural I I,
subsidies for farmers in his state. However, a local paper
recently published documents proving that Dupont
received $500,000 in federal money to buy equipment for
use in his apple orchards. Therefore, Dupont should be
forced to return the money or should resign from office.

If true, which of the following statements would reveal
the most serious flaw in this argument?

A. There is no precedent for the resignation of a
governor from office in the state ..
B. The governor's hypocrisy is not punishable by law.
C. Since its publication of the article, the newspaper has
lost the documents showing Dupont's receipt of money
from the government.
D. Dupont accepted the $500,000 before beginning his
term as governor.
E. Farmers in the state have raised the prices charged
for crops by more than 50 percent, while their operating
costs have remained the same.


Responding to a pm:

I do not approve of the question. The argument is not asking for legal action. It is only asking for moral action - "return money" or "quit". If someone robs a bank - which is illegal - returning money does not absolve him of the guilt. The debate is of ethics - he may be certainly within legal rights to obtain subsidies even if he is a critic of the system. It is hypocrisy, not a crime. I wouldn't pick (B) because it is not a question of law at all. The argument is looking at the ethical angle, not legal angle.

If I had to choose from the given options, I might actually pick (D) since it is a question of ethics. He had accepted subsidy before becoming the Governor and after becoming the Governor he understood the effect of subsidies on the society and hence became a critic - we could give some logic to his actions and hence not denounce him.

Not a good question.
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Thanks Karishma for the help.

But don't you think that a change of heart after being elected a governor is too big an assumption for D to be the correct choice?

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Thanks Karishma for the help.

But don't you think that a change of heart after being elected a governor is too big an assumption for D to be the correct choice?



As I said in my post before - if I HAD TO choose, I would choose (D) by stretching my imagination. The point I was making was that in any case, I would not choose (B). Also, since the question is not up to the mark, there is no point dwelling on it. I would suggest you to move on.
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AmoyV wrote:
Thanks Karishma for the help.

But don't you think that a change of heart after being elected a governor is too big an assumption for D to be the correct choice?



As I said in my post before - if I HAD TO choose, I would choose (D) by stretching my imagination. The point I was making was that in any case, I would not choose (B). Also, since the question is not up to the mark, there is no point dwelling on it. I would suggest you to move on.


Agreed! D for me as well. No way would I chose B

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Governor Dupont is an outspoken critic of agricultural I I,
subsidies for farmers in his state. However, a local paper
recently published documents proving that Dupont
received $500,000 in federal money to buy equipment for
use in his apple orchards. Therefore, Dupont should be
forced to return the money or should resign from office.

If true, which of the following statements would reveal
the most serious flaw in this argument?

A. There is no precedent for the resignation of a
governor from office in the state ..
B. The governor's hypocrisy is not punishable by law.
C. Since its publication of the article, the newspaper has
lost the documents showing Dupont's receipt of money
from the government.
D. Dupont accepted the $500,000 before beginning his
term as governor.
E. Farmers in the state have raised the prices charged
for crops by more than 50 percent, while their operating
costs have remained the same.


Responding to a pm:

I do not approve of the question. The argument is not asking for legal action. It is only asking for moral action - "return money" or "quit". If someone robs a bank - which is illegal - returning money does not absolve him of the guilt. The debate is of ethics - he may be certainly within legal rights to obtain subsidies even if he is a critic of the system. It is hypocrisy, not a crime. I wouldn't pick (B) because it is not a question of law at all. The argument is looking at the ethical angle, not legal angle.

If I had to choose from the given options, I might actually pick (D) since it is a question of ethics. He had accepted subsidy before becoming the Governor and after becoming the Governor he understood the effect of subsidies on the society and hence became a critic - we could give some logic to his actions and hence not denounce him.

Not a good question.



i completely agree with you on this. I narrowed down to A, B and D, but then B talks about a fact if a crime is punishable by law. Nowhere in the argument is it stated that taking FEDERAL money is a crime. Most importantly, its more about an ethical ground than a criminal ground. I would go with D too, i don't approve the standard of the question though.

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This question is a bit absurd in its answer choices. I haven't run across any CR answer choices that are as pointed in their conclusion as this one, and be right. Usually the answer choices with incredibly pointed language are the choices that are wrong. Bit thrown off by this one in not just the conclusion in the question stem. Also, I think I was expecting more of "the argument assumes" setup.
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