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In my last English test, four of the ten multiple choice questions confused me. I answered each one of them according to my gut feeling, my first instinct. I found out that I had answered all four of them correctly. The popular belief that when stumped by a multiple-choice question on a test, always trust your first instinct must, therefore, be true.

The argument is flawed primarily because the author

A. depends of popular belief rather than documented research findings
B. does not supply information about rest of the six questions
C. uses one specific situation to prove a generalization
D. does not provide information about the times when this strategy did not work.
E. fails to distinguish between myth and reality

Originally posted by HarveyS on 23 Mar 2014, 01:24.
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In my last English test, four of the ten multiple choice questions confused me. I answered each one of them according to my gut feeling, my first instinct. I found out that I had answered all four of them correctly. The popular belief that when stumped by a multiple-choice question on a test, always trust your first instinct must, therefore, be true.

Here, it is clear that the author from a very specific instance drew a generalization, which may or may not hold true for several other situations.
From the given answer choices, only choice C fits, the pre thinking.
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New post 24 Mar 2014, 00:37
Okay, so even though I marked the option C, what is wrong with option D?
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Okay, so even though I marked the option C, what is wrong with option D?


Even I marked D at first place..... :)
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coolredwine wrote:
Okay, so even though I marked the option C, what is wrong with option D?


Even I marked D at first place..... :)

Hmmmmm, but why is D incorrect and C correct? Both seem appropriate.
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In the argument the author discusses one case in which the popular belief worked for him. He deduced from that that the popular belief is true. One example is not enough to prove a universal statement that uses ‘always’. Hence (C) is the correct answer.

(A): Incorrect. We do not know whether the author went with his instinct because he believed in the popular belief. Even if he did depend on popular belief, such a dependency doesn’t falsify the argument.

(B): Incorrect. The information about the rest of the questions may or may not have affected this argument.

(D): Incorrect. Since the author is trying to prove this popular belief, providing information about the times when this strategy did not work will not make his argument logical.

(E): We cannot say whether the popular belief is a myth or a reality.
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I still could not get why D is inappropriate.

If we know the times when this strategy did not work we can surely say that the argument is weakened.

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New post 24 Apr 2016, 04:37
The focus of the argument is "tests with multiple choice questions." Hence this strategy is being discussed only with respect to this situation. The author never mentioned the strategy pertains to all situations. Rather a specific situation is being described as a generalization out here.So "C" is more appropriate than "D."
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