Last visit was: 23 Jul 2024, 23:02 It is currently 23 Jul 2024, 23:02
Toolkit
GMAT Club Daily Prep
Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History
Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

# In most of this forest, the expected outbreak of tree-eating tussock m

SORT BY:
Tags:
Show Tags
Hide Tags
Senior Manager
Joined: 07 Dec 2017
Posts: 324
Own Kudos [?]: 1780 [16]
Given Kudos: 348
GMAT 1: 650 Q50 V28
GMAT 2: 720 Q49 V40
Current Student
Joined: 31 Jul 2017
Status:He came. He saw. He conquered. -- Going to Business School -- Corruptus in Extremis
Posts: 1731
Own Kudos [?]: 5923 [2]
Given Kudos: 3124
Location: United States (MA)
Concentration: Finance, Economics
General Discussion
Manager
Joined: 01 Apr 2018
Posts: 100
Own Kudos [?]: 200 [2]
Given Kudos: 86
Location: India
GMAT 1: 650 Q49 V30
GPA: 3.9
Manager
Joined: 04 Aug 2019
Posts: 62
Own Kudos [?]: 73 [0]
Given Kudos: 746
Location: Viet Nam
Concentration: Organizational Behavior, Strategy
Schools: Desautels '23
GMAT 1: 740 Q49 V42
WE:Research (Other)
In most of this forest, the expected outbreak of tree-eating tussock m [#permalink]
AshutoshB wrote:
In most of this forest, the expected outbreak of tree-eating tussock moths should not be countered. After all, the moth is beneficial where suppression of forest fires, for example, has left the forest unnaturally crowded with immature trees, and _ _ _

The conclusion of the argument is most strongly supported if which one of the following completes the passage?

(A) more than half of the forest is unnaturally crowded with immature trees

(B) mature trees are usually the first to be eaten by tussock moths

(C) usually, a higher proportion of mature trees than of immature ones are destroyed in forest fires

(D) the expected outbreak of tussock moths will almost certainly occur if no attempt is made to counter it

(E) there are no completely effective countermeasures against the moth

LSAT

Great question.
Conclusion: In MOST OF this forest, the expected outbreak of tree-eating tussock moths SHOULD NOT be countered
Because the moth is BENEFICIAL WHERE suppression of forest fires has left the forest unnaturally crowded with immature trees
Goal: add a reason to strengthen the conclusion.

(A) more than half of the forest is unnaturally crowded with immature trees
(A) is correct because it confirms the CONDITION in which moths are beneficial: "more than half [ie. MOST OF] of the forest is unnaturally crowded with immature trees". So moths are beneficial in most of the forest, then in most of the forest the expected outbreak of moths should not be countered. (A) correctly strengthens the conclusion.
Non-Human User
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 17530
Own Kudos [?]: 869 [0]
Given Kudos: 0
Re: In most of this forest, the expected outbreak of tree-eating tussock m [#permalink]
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
Re: In most of this forest, the expected outbreak of tree-eating tussock m [#permalink]
Moderators:
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
6991 posts
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
236 posts
CR Forum Moderator
824 posts