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# If the public library shared by the adjacent

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If the public library shared by the adjacent towns of Redville and Glenwood were relocated from the library’s current, overcrowded building in central Redville to a larger, available building in central Glenwood, the library would then be within walking distance of a larger number of library users. That is because there are many more people living in central Glenwood than in central Redville, and people generally will walk to the library only if it is located close to their homes.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Many more people who currently walk to the library live in central Redville than in central Glenwood.

(B) The number of people living in central Glenwood who would use the library if it were located there is smaller than the number of people living in central Redville who currently use the library.

(C) The number of people using the public library would continue to increase steadily if the library were moved to Glenwood.

(D) Most of the people who currently either drive to the library or take public transportation to reach it would continue to do so if the library were moved to central Glenwood.

(E) Most of the people who currently walk to the library would remain library users if the library were relocated to central Glenwood.

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22 Oct 2018, 05:59
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Which option shows that moving the library from Redville (town A) to Glenwood (town B) would actually suck?

C, D and E strengthen the argument instead of weakening it. They say: "Yes, move the library from town A to town B, nothing bad will happen."

A kind of weakens the argument. But the fact there are now more people who currently live in town A than in town B who walk to the library doesn't tell us much. After the library changes its location to town B, many more people from town B could start walking to the library.

Only B weakens the argument sufficiently. It says: "Now there are (say) 1000 people in town A who walk to the library, but there are only (say) 5 people in town B who would walk to the library if we move it to town B. Therefore, don't move the library to the new place."
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08 Jul 2019, 13:11
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(A) Many more people who currently walk to the library live in central Redville than in central Glenwood.
This may seem like the correct answer, but let's dissect it a bit. If more people who currently walk to the library live in Redville than in Glenwood, this would leave room for change if the library were to move to Glenwood. Remember, the argument here is that the moving the library to Glenwood will give access to more people who will be walking distance.

(B) The number of people living in central Glenwood who would use the library if it were located there is smaller than the number of people living in central Redville who currently use the library.
Bingo! This one clearly undermines the argument. If the number of people in Glenwood who would use the library is less than the number of people in Redville who currently use the library, then moving the library to Glenwood will not increase the number of people who use it. This is our answer!

(C) The number of people using the public library would continue to increase steadily if the library were moved to Glenwood.
This strengthens the argument.

(D) Most of the people who currently either drive to the library or take public transportation to reach it would continue to do so if the library were moved to central Glenwood.
This strengthens the argument.

(E) Most of the people who currently walk to the library would remain library users if the library were relocated to central Glenwood.
This strengthens the argument.

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