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# In the past, most children who went sledding in the winter

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In the past, most children who went sledding in the winter snow in Verland used wooden sleds with runners and steering bars. Ten years ago, smooth plastic sleds became popular; they go faster than wooden sleds but are harder to steer and slow. The concern that plastic sleds are more dangerous is clearly borne out by the fact that the number of children injured while sledding was much higher last winter than it was 10 years ago.

Which of the following, if true in Verland, most seriously undermines the force of the evidence cited?

(A) A few children still use traditional wooden sleds.

(B) Very few children wear any kind of protective gear, such as helmets, while sledding.

(C) Plastic sleds can be used in a much wider variety of snow conditions than wooden sleds can.

(D) Most sledding injuries occur when a sled collides with a tree, a rock, or another sled.

(E) Because the traditional wooden sleds can carry more than one rider, an accident involving a wooden sled can result in several children being injured.

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11 Nov 2012, 10:58
I would say, (E) since this answer choice counters the the idea of the statement and particularly the last sentence. Other answer choices cite some irrelevant points not considered in the statement.

Feel free to correct me, if I went awry
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26 Sep 2016, 13:18
C calls for the question that does really plastic sledges are more harmful.

Wooden sledges are used by less people than plastic ones due to its usage and hence accidents are more but not due to the quality or design of plastic sledge.
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26 Sep 2016, 13:34
I think B is the answer. since children wear less/no safety gear, so that is wy they are getting injured, not because of plastic sledges. I might be wrong in the reasoning
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26 Sep 2016, 22:07
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(C) Plastic sleds can be used in a much wider variety of snow conditions than wooden sleds can.

If plastic sleds can be used in a wider variety of conditions than wooden sleds can, then plastic sleds can be used more frequently. It is possible that more frequent use, rather than the sleds themselves, has led to more accidents.
The absence of protective gear would affect accidents with both kinds of sleds. Therefore, B is not the appropriate answer.
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