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# In the effort to fire a Civil Service employee, his or her

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In the effort to fire a Civil Service employee, his or her manager may have to spend up to \$100,000 of tax money. Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf. This explains in large part why the government is so inefficient.

It can be properly inferred on the basis of the statements above that the author believes which of the following?

I. Too much job security can have a negative influence on workers.
II. More government workers should be fired.
III. Most government workers are Civil Service employees.
(A) I only
(B) I and III only
(C) II only
(D) I, II, and III
(E) III only
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31 Jul 2006, 02:26
B

1) This is stated in the para....
Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf. TRUE

2) The author doesnot call for any such action. FALSE

3) The author concludes that goverment is inefficient because civil service employees tend to be loaf. It can be infered that for this to happen, the percentage of civil service emloyees in the goverment should be large enough to affect the functioning.
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31 Jul 2006, 06:22
go with B
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31 Jul 2006, 07:55
A

II is surely out.
Now the question is why we cannot infer III?

Premise: Civil Service Employees are hard to fire.
Conclusion: This explains in large part why the government is so inefficient.

Assumption: Most of the Civil Workers work for govt.

III says most govt wrokers are civil employees i.e totally opposite of assumption.

A SIDE NOTE: Never infer on the basis of assumptions. Inference should be made on the basis of premises.

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31 Jul 2006, 13:51
It came down to B or D for me. I think that I and III are easy choices to include. I struggled for a while as to whether the author implied that more government workers should be fired with his statement 'Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf', but I think that it is covered in I.

So I will go with B.
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19 Aug 2006, 22:53
i am convinced by ps expln.
Initially I chose B. But now I feel A is correct.
THat is a point to remember: never infer on assumptions

thanks ps_dahiya
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20 Aug 2006, 00:24
I still think its (B).Also isnt it true that all civil service employees work for the government.
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20 Aug 2006, 03:00
It should be B.
20 Aug 2006, 03:00
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