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Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that in those built before 1930 the quality of the original carpentry work is generally superior to that in hotels built afterward. Clearly carpenters working on hotels before 1930 typically worked with more skill, care, and effort than carpenters who have worked on hotels built subsequently.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the guidebook writer’s argument?
A. The quality of original carpentry in hotels is generally far superior to the quality
of original carpentry in other structures, such as houses and stores.
B. Hotels built since 1930 can generally accommodate more guests than those built
before 1930.
C. The materials available to carpenters working before 1930 were not significantly
different in quality from the materials available to carpenters working after 1930.
D. The better the quality of original carpentry in a building, the less likely that
building is to fall into disuse and be demolished.
E. The average length of apprenticeship for carpenters has declined significantly
since 1930.
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A. is irrelevant- Quality of houses and stores is not being discussed here.

B. While it compares favorably hotels built after 1930, does it praise the carpentary? Is the fact that new hotels can accomodate more people that older ones because of their better carpentary? An assumption we cannot make. A likely trap!

C. Materials were not different- so any difference in carpentary might be attributed to skills- strengthens, or neutral- doesnt weaken definitely

D. Correct option- It is simply saying that if the carpentary is good, it is more likely that the structure will not be demolished or fall out of use, and continue serving as a hotel. But what about probability of mnay of hotels built before 1930, which had bad original carpentary and were demolished or fell into disuse, so that the guidebook author never visited them. In the comparison he makes, therefore, he is comparing only the 'good carpentary' cases of hotels before 1930s with those afte 1930s, and is clearly disregarding many possible examples of bad carpentary before 1930s. Unfair comparison - hence weakening to the argument.

E. Seems to imply that therefore the quality of carpentay skills might be going down- which strengthens rather than weaken the argument
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Guidebook Writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that in those built before 1930 the quality of the original carpentry work is generally superior to that in hotels built afterward. Clearly carpenters working on hotels before 1930 typically worked with more skill, care, and effort than carpenters who have worked on hotels built subsequently.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the guidebook writer’s argument?

A. The quality of original carpentry in hotels is generally far superior to the quality of original carpentry in other structures, such as houses and stores.
It is completely out of scope as we are not comparing with other structures.

B. Hotels built since 1930 can generally accommodate more guests than those built before 1930.
This option is also out of scope as accommodation of guests is irrelevant wrt topic in discussion.

C. The materials available to carpenters working before 1930 were not significantly different in quality from the materials available to carpenters working after 1930.
This option is actually a strengthener as it states that quality of materials has not deteriorated much

D. The better the quality of original carpentry in a building, the less likely that building is to fall into disuse and be demolished.
This is a weakener as it explains that if the quality of work was not good in 1930's,then the hotel would have been probably demolished.

E. The average length of apprenticeship for carpenters has declined significantly since 1930.
This option is actually a strengthener as it explains work done now by the carpenters is not as good as it was in 1930's

Correct Answer - D
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