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In order to be considered a contender during awards season, a film must be widely acclaimed by film critics around the time of its release. The Final Whistle, then, will not be a contender during awards season, as noted critic Benjamin Bourne has awarded the film his lowest rating of the year thus far.

Which of the following is a necessary assumption of the argument above?

A) No films other than The Final Whistle received similarly low ratings from critic Benjamin Bourne.
B) Benjamin Bourne’s film ratings do not always match the ratings of the majority of his peers.
C) No film has ever received Benjamin Bourne’s lowest rating while still remaining a contender during awards season.
D) Benjamin Bourne uses the same ratings system as does the majority of film critics.
E) Benjamin Bourne’s opinion of The Final Whistle was not dissimilar from other opinions of the film.
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For a film to be considered a contender, it has to be widely acclaimed by critics.
Final Whistle - not a contender - Why? Because the movie has received the lowest rating from a critic.

Possible Assumptions: 1. Benjamin was the sole jury deciding the contenders.
2. All the critics had common views about Final Whistle.

A) No films other than The Final Whistle received similarly low ratings from critic Benjamin Bourne. - Incorrect - Irrelevant

B) Benjamin Bourne’s film ratings do not always match the ratings of the majority of his peers. - Incorrect - Opposite

C) No film has ever received Benjamin Bourne’s lowest rating while still remaining a contender during awards season. - Incorrect - Out of scope

D) Benjamin Bourne uses the same ratings system as does the majority of film critics. - Incorrect - Ratings system may be the same but it does not address the crux of the argument.

E) Benjamin Bourne’s opinion of The Final Whistle was not dissimilar from other opinions of the film. - Correct - Benjamin's opinion were similar to the opinion of other critics.

Answer: E
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a) other films ratings dont matter....eliminate
b) ratings of benjamin and other critics dont have to match..........eliminate
c)other films can receive B's lower ratings, if other peers critically acclaimed them............eliminate
d) rating systems .? .......can be different /cant be.....out of scope.
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A) No films other than The Final Whistle received similarly low ratings from critic Benjamin Bourne.
B) Benjamin Bourne’s film ratings do not always match the ratings of the majority of his peers.
C) No film has ever received Benjamin Bourne’s lowest rating while still remaining a contender during awards season.
logical opposite -
Some films have received Benjamin Bourne’s lowest rating while still remaining a contender during awards season.
Well if this is to be true , it weakens the argument because for certain films Benjamin's ratings do not matter
, but we need to strengthen Benjamin's case

D) Benjamin Bourne uses the same ratings system as does the majority of film critics.
E) Benjamin Bourne’s opinion of The Final Whistle was not dissimilar from other opinions of the film.
This means that there were others who agreed with Benjamin ,and since in the premise it is stated

a film must be widely acclaimed by film critics around the time of its release

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i think D should be the answer...since Benjamin Bourne uses the same ratings system as does the majority of film critics the parameters should be same...hence his opinion should be considered as the over all opinion....E says others? dose that mean other critics...?? just a doubt
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sivaspurthy Using the same rating system doesn't ensure that each critic will have the same opinion about the film.

Yes, in E, by others, it means "other critics".
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I was down to C and E and got tricked! Picked C unfortunately :|


Extreme answers should always be avoided in Assumption Questions. Hence, C should be your chosen option only when you donot have any other reliable option.
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I was down to C and E and got tricked! Picked C unfortunately :|
It showing why pre-thinking the assumption is important.
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In order to be considered a contender during awards season, a film must be widely acclaimed by film critics around the time of its release. The Final Whistle, then, will not be a contender during awards season, as noted critic Benjamin Bourne has awarded the film his lowest rating of the year thus far.

Which of the following is a necessary assumption of the argument above?

A) No films other than The Final Whistle received similarly low ratings from critic Benjamin Bourne.
B) Benjamin Bourne’s film ratings do not always match the ratings of the majority of his peers.
C) No film has ever received Benjamin Bourne’s lowest rating while still remaining a contender during awards season.
D) Benjamin Bourne uses the same ratings system as does the majority of film critics.
E) Benjamin Bourne’s opinion of The Final Whistle was not dissimilar from other opinions of the film.


Official solution.

The logical flaw in the given argument is one of generalization. Given only one data point - critic Benjamin Bourne rated the film poorly - the argument makes a general claim that the film will not contend during award season (which would be the case if it were generally reviewed poorly). Therefore, in order to correct/improve the argument, one would need to make Bourne's review more indicative of other reviews. Choice E does that, by saying that Bourne's review - the single data point - was not dissimilar from other reviews, meaning that the current lone data point is now joined by others.

As always with Assumption questions, it can be helpful to consider the opposite of choice E: if Bourne's opinion was dissimilar from other opinions, then you're left with one lone data point and therefore incapable of drawing the general conclusion.
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In order to be considered a contender during awards season, a film must be widely acclaimed by film critics around the time of its release. The Final Whistle, then, will not be a contender during awards season, as noted critic Benjamin Bourne has awarded the film his lowest rating of the year thus far.

Which of the following is a necessary assumption of the argument above?

A) No films other than The Final Whistle received similarly low ratings from critic Benjamin Bourne. many other films would have received lower ratings than Final Wistle
B) Benjamin Bourne’s film ratings do not always match the ratings of the majority of his peers. out of scope
C) No film has ever received Benjamin Bourne’s lowest rating while still remaining a contender during awards season.it may be that all the critics would have given high ratings but not Benjamin Bourne,but then the films would still be the award contender.
D) Benjamin Bourne uses the same ratings system as does the majority of film critics. rating system used is out of scope of the topic
E) Benjamin Bourne’s opinion of The Final Whistle was not dissimilar from other opinions of the film.
correct answer that all of the critics have given low ratings to The Final Whistle including Benjamin Bourne
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