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If Sarah were a concert pianist for a major orchestra, she would be famous. She is not a concert pianist since she is not famous.
The conclusion above is unsound because the author does not consider that
(A) Sarah could be a famous actress.
(B) Sarah could be a harpist for a major orchestra.
(C) Sarah could be a pianist with a rock group.
(D) Sarah could be a concert pianist with a minor orchestra.
(E) Sarah could be famous for another reason.
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21 Mar 2005, 13:25
vprabhala wrote:
If Sarah were a concert pianist for a major orchestra, she would be famous. She is not a concert pianist since she is not famous.
The conclusion above is unsound because the author does not consider that
(A) Sarah could be a famous actress.
(B) Sarah could be a harpist for a major orchestra.
(C) Sarah could be a pianist with a rock group.
(D) Sarah could be a concert pianist with a minor orchestra.
(E) Sarah could be famous for another reason.

This is sort of chicken and egg situation:

if (pianist) then famous.
if (famous) then pianist.

(E) appears logical here, because Sarah could be famous for some other reason (this would include option A as well), and that makes the argument unsound ("She is not a concert pianist since she is not famous").

B, C and D are trivial reasons that in themselves appear to be disconnected from the argument.

A, as mentioned is covered as a special case of E.

Anyone with a differing viewpoint?
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21 Mar 2005, 13:37
E, is correct. kapslock explaine it very well. : )

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21 Mar 2005, 13:43
A or E.
A is a specialized case of E.

I'll go for E
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21 Mar 2005, 18:34
a: is concert pianist
b: is famous

If a->b, if !a->!b

The conclusion above is unsound because the author does not consider that
(A) Sarah could be a famous actress.
- out of scope

(B) Sarah could be a harpist for a major orchestra.
- out of scope

(C) Sarah could be a pianist with a rock group.
- out of scope

(D) Sarah could be a concert pianist with a minor orchestra.
- out of scope

(E) Sarah could be famous for another reason.
- This is the one
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21 Mar 2005, 19:10
try once again.. the OA is not E.
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21 Mar 2005, 23:11
D -> the conclusion is not that she is not famous (we have SINCE she is not famous and not Since she is not a pianist!), but that she is not a pianist for a major orchestra

If it had been-> She is not famous since she is not a concert pianist
instead of -> She is not a concert pianist since she is not famous

It should have been E
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22 Mar 2005, 02:09
(D)

The author challenges the fact that Sarah is not a concert pianist. The reason being that she is not famous.

But, Sarah could be a concert pianist if she played with ANY orchestra - not necessarily a major one. Since (D) states that Sarah could be a concert pianist, it is this option that the author ignores while reaching his conclusion in the stem.
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22 Mar 2005, 06:20
D !

E is out because it is stated as a fact in the argument that she is NOT famous.
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22 Mar 2005, 06:22
OA is D.
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24 Mar 2005, 16:16
If Sarah were a concert pianist for a major orchestra, she would be famous. She is not a concert pianist since she is not famous.
The conclusion above is unsound because the author does not consider that
(A) Sarah could be a famous actress.
(B) Sarah could be a harpist for a major orchestra.
(C) Sarah could be a pianist with a rock group.
(D) Sarah could be a concert pianist with a minor orchestra.
(E) Sarah could be famous for another reason.

i guess it is B,,,I get it through POE

its given tht "she is not famous"......so E and A are out!
D is out because it is given that "She is not a concert pianist".........i guess it includes both major and minor concerts.

If Sarah were a concert pianist for a major orchestra,,,,,guess this means that if was a [b]pianis[/b]t for a major orchestra,,,then she would be famous.......and then also it says she not a "concert pianist" ,,,,rock bands also have concerts,,,,,,,,,so C is also out!

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24 Mar 2005, 16:29
karun_aggarwal wrote:
If Sarah were a concert pianist for a major orchestra, she would be famous. She is not a concert pianist since she is not famous.
The conclusion above is unsound because the author does not consider that
(A) Sarah could be a famous actress.
(B) Sarah could be a harpist for a major orchestra.
(C) Sarah could be a pianist with a rock group.
(D) Sarah could be a concert pianist with a minor orchestra.
(E) Sarah could be famous for another reason.

i guess it is B,,,I get it through POE

its given tht "she is not famous"......so E and A are out!
D is out because it is given that "She is not a concert pianist".........i guess it includes both major and minor concerts.

If Sarah were a concert pianist for a major orchestra,,,,,guess this means that if was a pianist for a major orchestra,,,then she would be famous.......and then also it says she not a "concert pianist" ,,,,rock bands also have concerts,,,,,,,,,so C is also out!

the answer is D. it says major orchestra in the stem..!!!
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25 Mar 2005, 12:44
If pianist for a major orchestra then famous. Not famous, then not pianist.
Wrong because she could be a pianist for a small orchestra.
An easy D it is.
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