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In a large residential building, there is a rule that no pets are allowed. A group of pet lovers tried to change that rule but failed. The rule-changing procedure outlined in the building’s regulations states that only if a group of tenants can obtain the signatures of 10 percent of the tenants on a petition to change a rule will the proposed change be put to a majority vote of all the tenants in the building. It follows that the pet lovers were voted down on their proposal by the majority of the tenants.
The argument depends on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) The pet lovers succeeded in obtaining the signatures of 10 percent of the tenants on their petition.
(B) The signatures of less than 10 percent of the tenants were obtained on the pet lovers’ petition.
(C) Ninety percent of the tenants are against changing the rule forbidding pets.
(D) The support of 10 percent of the tenants for a rule change ensures that the rule change will be adopted.
(E) The failure of the pet lovers to obtain the signatures of 10 percent of the tenants on their petition for a rule change ensures that the rule change will be voted down by a majority of the tenants.
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25 Jun 2009, 01:09
A it is.
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25 Jun 2009, 11:39
I'll go for A....There was a majority vote...This denotes that the pet lovers succeeded in meeting the prerequisite, getting consent of 10 percent....
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25 Jun 2009, 17:13
tenaman10 wrote:
In a large residential building, there is a rule that no pets are allowed. A group of pet lovers tried to change that rule but failed. The rule-changing procedure outlined in the building’s regulations states that only if a group of tenants can obtain the signatures of 10 percent of the tenants on a petition to change a rule will the proposed change be put to a majority vote of all the tenants in the building. It follows that the pet lovers were voted down on their proposal by the majority of the tenants.
The argument depends on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) The pet lovers succeeded in obtaining the signatures of 10 percent of the tenants on their petition.
(B) The signatures of less than 10 percent of the tenants were obtained on the pet lovers’ petition.
(C) Ninety percent of the tenants are against changing the rule forbidding pets.
(D) The support of 10 percent of the tenants for a rule change ensures that the rule change will be adopted.
(E) The failure of the pet lovers to obtain the signatures of 10 percent of the tenants on their petition for a rule change ensures that the rule change will be voted down by a majority of the tenants.

I would go with (A). If the pet lovers' proposal was "voted down", then one would assume that a vote took place in the first place, since the act of signing the petition is not, in and of itself, the same as the act of voting. according to the rules, in order for a vote to take place, at least 10% of the tenants must have signed the petition. (A) must be true for the conclusion to be true.

(B) This is the reverse answer; the conclusion must be false if (B) is true.
(C) Not necessarily, only a simple majority is needed to vote down the proposal.
(D) This contradicts the given info.
(E) The conclusion must be false if (E) is true. No vote would've taken place at all.

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27 Jun 2009, 16:32
It's A for me.

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