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In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

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30 Jul 2008, 17:11
C???
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30 Jul 2008, 23:14
In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

The assumption is that prisoners who take college level courses commit less crimes after being released BECAUSE they took college level courses.

A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed. Opposite of Q
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population. Doesn't help
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released. Correct. Attributes lack of repeat crime to inmate himself NOT the college course. Therefore (not) taking the courses will not impact repeat crime rate
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does. irrelevant
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime. out of scope and irrelevant
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30 Jul 2008, 23:56
x97agarwal wrote:
In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

Please explain.

C.

since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.

This part of the passage clearly assumes that the courses were the only factor that made the inmates to do fewer crimes.
But there are chances that the same guys were doing fewer crimes before getting arrested. Argument assumes that this was not the case.
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31 Jul 2008, 02:20
I agree with C.
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31 Jul 2008, 05:29
Sorry OA is none of the above.

Please try again.
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31 Jul 2008, 05:41
My second tought is A.
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31 Jul 2008, 05:45
Conclusion: this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal

Negate A: Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is likely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed

The conclusion fall apart.

It is difficult to see in 2 min.
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31 Jul 2008, 08:11
x97agarwal wrote:
In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

Please explain.

A?
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01 Aug 2008, 00:28
x97agarwal wrote:
In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

Please explain.

IMO C)
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02 Aug 2008, 19:48
it is apparent the A and C are the choices in contention

C) The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released. the conclusion is college level courses are really doing good to prisoners what this does is it weakens the argument applying negation test this does ntg to the conclusion

A) Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.applying negation test to this one "being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed" conclusion cannpot be drawn

hence A
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02 Aug 2008, 21:07
x97agarwal wrote:
In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released. -> this is a valid assumption negate this argument falls apart -> if the group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released. then doing college level courses will not have any effect on crimes commited by them once releasd hence the argument saying steps taken by governor counters his ultimate goal will be wrong.Hence this assumtion is necessary
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

Please explain.

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02 Aug 2008, 21:13
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x97agarwal wrote:
In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed. -> this is opposite of whats required by the argument.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.-> irrelevant
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released. -> this is a valid assumption negate this argument falls apart -> if the group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released. then doing college level courses will not have any effect on crimes commited by them once releasd hence the argument saying steps taken by governor counters his ultimate goal will be wrong.Hence this assumtion is necessary
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does. -> irrelevant
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime. -> OOS

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04 Aug 2008, 02:05
BOth A and C are possible answers. How do you know which is correct? I'm torn between these two choices
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04 Aug 2008, 03:42
x97agarwal wrote:
In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

Please explain.

IMO B)
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23 Dec 2011, 03:38
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x97agarwal wrote:
In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses. However, this action is clearly counter to the governor’s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

Please explain.

IMO B)

It should be C
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23 Dec 2011, 03:58
will go with A, if anyone has doubt please negate the option check and see if conclusion falls apart, if you negate it doesn't effect the conclusion
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26 Dec 2011, 06:44
We need to make governor convince that stopping collage level course will not deter criminal from committing crime, but will defiantly harm the chances of repeat crime

So A ) it is
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