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# In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of

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In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase
from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of
this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation
rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a
very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than
KD5.50 per hour.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have
been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.
B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00
per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.
C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must
reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level
of trainees.
D. The greatest growth in Kirlandia’s economy in recent years has been in
those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher
than the minimum wage.
E The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job
to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.
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26 Apr 2008, 09:36
A: out of scope
B: the word "SOME" suggests that the conclusion is correct.
C is my choice.
D: Only greatest growth--> boundary.
E: Irrelevant
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27 Apr 2008, 17:42
Nice toughie. I think its A. will explain further if correct.
saravalli wrote:
In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.
B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00 per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.
C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level of trainees.
D. The greatest growth in Kirlandia’s economy in recent years has been in those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher than the minimum wage.
E The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.
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27 Apr 2008, 23:25
lexis wrote:
A: out of scope
B: the word "SOME" suggests that the conclusion is correct.
C is my choice.
D: Only greatest growth--> boundary.
E: Irrelevant

Many people say "out of scope", Can you show me how to define the scope of an argument or a passage?

Many thanks!
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30 Apr 2008, 12:20
I get C

Conclusion:
In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.

We want to weaken this argument and prove that the wage increase will NOT be negligible.

A. The reason people are saying that A is out of scope is because it talks about the amount of time people are on the job who are making minimum wage. This is irrelevant. Even if you did want to infer something from this it would probably be that these people are new to the job and would likely receive a raise soon anyway which strengthes the argument that raising the minimum wayge will have negligible results.

Were looking for the answer that tells us that even though there are only a few people making minimum wage, if we raise it a lot of people will make more money thus causing an impact.

C. This tells us that if we raise the minimum wage we will also have to pay our trained workers more money as well.

ex. 95% of people already make 5.50 and 5% make 5.00 (minimum wage). If we raise the minumum wage to 5.50 we now have to pay 95% of the people more.
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