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In Australia, the population that is of driving age has grown

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In Australia, the population that is of driving age has grown large over the last five years, but the annual number of traffic fatalities has declined. This leads to the conclusion that, overall, the driving-age population of Australia consists of more skillful drivers now than five years ago.

Each of the statements below, if true, weakens the argument EXCEPT:

(A) Three years ago, a mandatory seat-belt law went into effect throughout Australia.
(B) Five years ago, Australia began a major road repair project.
(C) Because of increases in the price of fuel, Australians on average drive less each year than in the preceding year.
(D) The number of hospital emergency facilities in Australia has doubled in the last five years.
(E) In response to an increase in traffic fatalities, Australia instituted a program of mandatory driver education five years ago.

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In Australia, the population that is of driving age has grown large over the last five years, but the annual number of traffic fatalities has declined. This leads to the conclusion that, overall, the driving-age population of Australia consists of more skillful drivers now than five years ago.

Each of the statements below, if true, weakens the argument EXCEPT:

(A) Three years ago, a mandatory seat-belt law went into effect throughout Australia. ( Weakner)
(B) Five years ago, Australia began a major road repair project.(weakner)
(C) Because of increases in the price of fuel, Australians on average drive less each year than in the preceding year.( Weakner)
(D) The number of hospital emergency facilities in Australia has doubled in the last five years. ( Correct,it contradicts the argument)
(E) In response to an increase in traffic fatalities, Australia instituted a program of mandatory driver education five years ago.( Weakner)

Will go with choice D

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In Australia, the population that is of driving age has grown large over the last five years, but the annual number of traffic fatalities has declined. This leads to the conclusion that, overall, the driving-age population of Australia consists of more skillful drivers now than five years ago.

Each of the statements below, if true, weakens the argument EXCEPT:

(A) Three years ago, a mandatory seat-belt law went into effect throughout Australia.
(B) Five years ago, Australia began a major road repair project.
(C) Because of increases in the price of fuel, Australians on average drive less each year than in the preceding year.
(D) The number of hospital emergency facilities in Australia has doubled in the last five years.
(E) In response to an increase in traffic fatalities, Australia instituted a program of mandatory driver education five years ago.


Premise: The population that is of driving age has grown large over the last five years, but the annual number of traffic fatalities has declined
Conclusion: The decline is because of skillful drivers.


(A) Three years ago, a mandatory seat-belt law went into effect throughout Australia. - This MAY provide an alternate reason for the reduction in number of accidents.
(B) Five years ago, Australia began a major road repair project. - Hold
(C) Because of increases in the price of fuel, Australians on average drive less each year than in the preceding year. - This weakens by giving an alternate reason for reduction in no of accidents.
(D) The number of hospital emergency facilities in Australia has doubled in the last five years. This MAY weaken the argument. What if the no.of accidents have increased and because of the increase in emergency facilities, the fatalities have decreased?
(E) In response to an increase in traffic fatalities, Australia instituted a program of mandatory driver education five years ago. Hold

Between B and E, E seems to strengthen the argument by saying it MAY be because of the driver's efforts, the number of accidents are reducing. I'll go with E.

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E: This is the option which states that Skilled drivers are the reason for the decrease in fatalities.

thereby it sort of strengthen the arguement
IMO E
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I think the answer must be E. Please, correct me if I am wrong

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E strengthens the argument by providing a reason why drivers are more skillful now than 5 years ago.

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Ok . Very serious question guys. Did you read in option E, fatalities as facalities ? Is this some disorder ? This happens quite a few times.
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A,B,C,D gives the counter argument by justifying the cause that lead to drivers being more aged and skillful, hence tries to weaken the statement.

Where as 'E' Strengthens the argument by proving the reason why Australia consists of more skillful drivers now than five years ago.
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