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

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06 Nov 2017, 17:19
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arorag wrote:
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 ten 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 sled can carry more than one rider, an accident involving a wooden sled can result in several children being injured.

OA B????

Are you sure the OA is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B
? I highly doubt the OA.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C
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Anyone else any thoughts on this one ?

Thanks,
Ankit

The answer should be C. B doesn't provide the difference between the traditional and plastic. We don't know the children in the past were more likely to wear helmet or protective geat.

C provides a distinct feature of plastic, and it suggests that children may get injuries elsewhere, not necessarily from snow

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arorag wrote:
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 ten 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 sled can carry more than one rider, an accident involving a wooden sled can result in several children being injured.

PREMISE: In the past children used wooden sleds
PREMISE: 10 years ago plastic sleds became popular
PREMISE: Plastic sleds are faster and harder to control
PREMISE: More children injured sledding last year than 10 years ago
CONCLUSION: Plastic sleds are more dangerous than wooden sleds

Let's check the answer choices While also reminding ourselves what the conclusion is...

A) This does not weaken the conclusion that plastic sleds are more dangerous. ELIMINATE
B) This does not weaken the conclusion that plastic sleds are more dangerous. ELIMINATE
C) If plastic sleds can be used in more situations, then children will go sledding a lot more often. The more children go sledding the more likely they are to injure themselves. So it's quite possible that the increase in injuries is not due to the plastic sleds themselves but rather the fact that children are able to go sledding more. This weaken the conclusion that plastic sleds are more dangerous than wooden sleds.
D) This does not weaken the conclusion that plastic sleds are more dangerous than wooden sleds. ELIMINATE
E) This does not weaken the conclusion that plastic sleds are more dangerous than wooden sleds. ELIMINATE

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

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Brent
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20 Nov 2017, 13:28

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