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# In the course of her researches, a historian recently found

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30 Apr 2011, 04:58
what would you say about E?

If S claimed in an undated document that he had been peddling for 20 years, would you believe him more without an arrest record than with a record arrest?
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30 Apr 2011, 06:24
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(E) The arrest record provides better evidence that Schnitzler peddled than does the undated document.

E is a comparison trap. You can NEVER attack the premise NOR compare the validity of the premise. Unless the evidence states it clearly that one premise is better than the other (which it will not).

Both the documents have to be given equal weightage unless it is stated that one is superior than the other.

what would you say about E?

If S claimed in an undated document that he had been peddling for 20 years, would you believe him more without an arrest record than with a record arrest?
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30 Apr 2011, 10:30
Clear C.
E is making a judgement statement which doesn't have a sound base from the argument.
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10 Aug 2015, 07:28
An arrest record doesn't necessarily mean that Schnitzler was found guilty of peddling in 1739, or that he was, in fact, peddling when arrested. It, at most, tells us that the arresting officer had reason to believe that Schnitzler was peddling and therefore arrested him. So, is an arrest record really better evidence than someone's claimed admission of guilt? How do we know the undated statement was actually written by Schnitzler?

Coming to the undated document written before 1765, we need only prove that it could have been written after 1765. Who is to say that Schnitzler was wrongfully arrested in 1739 for peddling and that, perhaps years down the line, actually started peddling. What facts are provided in the statement to eliminate the possibility that Schnitzler perhaps started peddling in 1750 and the undated statement refers to that?
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04 Sep 2015, 23:41
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gsr wrote:
E for me
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I am being totally careless today! C sounds perfectly logical.

He was peddling for 20 years. Definitely he was doing it in 1739. So the range is 1719 - 1759, which is before 1765!
He can't claim in 1765 that he was pedd. for 20 years (starting 1745), because he was arrested in 1739 doing that!

This is exactly what I was thinking initially however once you think about the undated document it only refers to the fact that he admits he had been peddling on and off for 20 years. Even though the max limit on his peddling would be up to 1750, the statement could have been said at any possible time in the future (Say he was speaking to someone on record maybe a lawyer in 1766, and he mentioned that he had a point in his life where he peddled for 20 years)
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21 Oct 2015, 07:58
I don't get this. Could not the undated document have been written in 1790 for all we know? What provides evidence that it was not written after 1765?
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21 Oct 2015, 21:09
C it is. Here's how it comes:

(1) 1739: arrested of peddling. ~> must start peddling before 1739 (ped<1739)
(2) undated: been peddling for 20 years
(1) and (2) -> undated must be found before 1759 (not sure exact date)
*Notice: (2) may be found even before (1)

A. [Stay] May be right, but not sure. We leave it here
B. [Wrong] Repeatedly arrested for peddling? No, (2) -> he peddled and quited peddling then peddled again. No mention about other arrests.
C. [Stay] This must be true as we argued above
D. [Wrong] no info about which before/after which
E. [Wrong] better evidence about peddle? No info about which one is better

So it leaves us A and C. Of course C is better as is it a MUST, while A is a MIGHT

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03 Feb 2016, 09:31
CLEARLY, its C.
When you think about it, you'll realize that since he was arrested in 1739, the range of period in which he could've peddled is 1719 to 1759.

Hence, C.
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26 Jan 2018, 06:19
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In the course of her researches, a historian recently found two documents mentioning the same person, Erich Schnitzler. One, dated May 3, 1739, is a record of Schnitzler’s arrest for peddling without a license. The second, undated, is a statement by Schnitzler asserting that he has been peddling off and on for 20 years.

The facts above best support which of the following conclusions?

(A) Schnitzler started peddling around 1719. Cannot be concluded. Probably, he had started in 1739 and done it until 1759.
(B) Schnitzler was arrested repeatedly for peddling. Cannot be concluded too. He probably would have got arrested only once.
(C) The undated document was written before 1765. Even if he started peddling in 1739, we can safely conclude he did so until 1759 i.e before 1765.
Hence right choice

(D) The arrest record was written after the undated document. May or may not be correct. Hence wrong choice.
(E) The arrest record provides better evidence that Schnitzler peddled than does the undated document. Cannot judge on how better evidence one document provides than the other. Hence wrong choice.

Choice C appears to be the only possible conclusion of the above.
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28 Jan 2018, 07:49
keyV wrote:
In the course of her researches, a historian recently found two documents mentioning the same person, Erich Schnitzler. One, dated May 3, 1739, is a record of Schnitzler’s arrest for peddling without a license. The second, undated, is a statement by Schnitzler asserting that he has been peddling off and on for 20 years.

The facts above best support which of the following conclusions?

(A) Schnitzler started peddling around 1719.
(B) Schnitzler was arrested repeatedly for peddling.
(C) The undated document was written before 1765.
(D) The arrest record was written after the undated document.
(E) The arrest record provides better evidence that Schnitzler peddled than does the undated document.

A there is nothing in the argument that suggests A
B This statement also can not be inferred from the argument he might have of might not have been arrested repeatedly.
C If he was arrested then in the undated account he said that he had been peddling on and off for 20 years then we can infer that he continued peddling even after he was arrested and therefore the undated was written before 1765 as 20 years form 1939 is 1959 .
E This choice is out of scope we are not bothered even 1 percent about the kind of evidence these two accounts provide are interested in the true statement .While this may be true or may be not .Argument does not provide info about this
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