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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.
(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.
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Clear winner C.

Covers both the following possiblities.

1) The document was written before he was arrested.
2) The document was writtedn after his arrest.
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Clear C. Its more of quant than verbal. :-D :-D

Max year when the undated was written = 1739 + 20 = 1759
Min year when the undated was written = 1739 -20 = 1719
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OA is C .

As you have mentioned :
Premise1: H found 2 documents about E.
Premise2: 1st document, dated May 3, 1739, is a record of E arrest for peddling without a license.
Premise3: 2nd document, undated, is a statement by E asserting that he has been peddling off and on for 20 years.

so , if 1739 was the 1st time Erich Schnitzler was cycling, the the second document would be from 1759, which is before 1765. And if 1739 was not the 1st time Erich Schnitzler was cycling , then definately the the second document would be before 1759.
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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.

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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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The information presented above can have 2 possible scenarios as detailed below -

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Hence we can confidently claim only statement (C) that

The undated document was written before 1765


Hence IMHO with answer (C)
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ajit257 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.

not convinced by the ans. can someone explain this.


Actually I marked the answer choice E, But after closely reading the stimulus again .

Answer choice C is the best conclusion we can make .

1) The dated doc was written in 1739 .

2) Undated says ES is paddling from last 20 years .

If you combine 1 and 2 . the extreme case is ES started in 1739 and after 20 years in 1759 undated doc is written .

Thus we can easily conclude that undated doc is written before 1765 .
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New post 30 Apr 2018, 12:12
Hello,

Guys help me to understand. According to C, there is a possibility that the document could have been written in 1763, for instance. Inference questions require that the conclusion be always true. However, we can see that in the case above it would not be true since you all claim that the latest year when the undated document could have been written was 1759.

Please can anybody explain?

Thank you in advance for your kind help.
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