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# Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the

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Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that inthose 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 writerâ€™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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08 Nov 2006, 01:24
E is the answer. If the average length of apprenticeship has declined, then it is not because the carpener put in more effort, it is simply he has not mastered everything yet...

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08 Nov 2006, 02:47
I would go with D.

D because, only the best quality buildings built before 1930 remained. And all the buildings that were built without that level of skill, care, effort were demolished. So whatever buildings that remain from before 1930 are naturally better in terms of quality compared to those built later.

Argument says "noticed that in those built before 1930 the quality of the original carpentry work is generally superior to that in hotels built afterward"

Generally superior and not true in all the cases. Generally superior because the sample is not representative of the all the buildings built before 1930 and after 1930. D is weakening the argument.

E says: The average length of apprenticeship for carpenters has declined significantly since 1930. A possible consequence is less mastery, and less skill in the work done. E is not weakening, and to a certain extent strengthening the argument.
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08 Nov 2006, 02:56
yeah.. missed that point..

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08 Nov 2006, 07:01
ak_idc wrote:
I would go with D.

D because, only the best quality buildings built before 1930 remained. And all the buildings that were built without that level of skill, care, effort were demolished. So whatever buildings that remain from before 1930 are naturally better in terms of quality compared to those built later.

Argument says "noticed that in those built before 1930 the quality of the original carpentry work is generally superior to that in hotels built afterward"

Generally superior and not true in all the cases. Generally superior because the sample is not representative of the all the buildings built before 1930 and after 1930. D is weakening the argument.

E says: The average length of apprenticeship for carpenters has declined significantly since 1930. A possible consequence is less mastery, and less skill in the work done. E is not weakening, and to a certain extent strengthening the argument.

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08 Nov 2006, 09:19
D for me as well.

Well only buildings with good carpentary work are still standing. All the others have been demolished...

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09 Nov 2006, 00:21
Only the best hotels built since 1930 have survived. What about the other 95% that have been leveled or refurbished.

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