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

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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.
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