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# It is easy to see that the board of directors of the

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It is easy to see that the board of directors of the construction company is full of corruption and should be replaced. There are many instances of bribery by various persons on the staff of board member Wagston that are a matter of public record. These bribes perniciously influenced the awarding of government contracts.

The argument’s reasoning is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that

(A) the argument fails to show that corruption is not limited to Wagston’s staff

(B) the argument fails to show that Wagston’s staff engaged in any bribery other than bribery of government officials

(C) the argument fails to specify the relation between bribery and corruption

(D) the argument presumes without giving justification that all of Wagston’s staff have engaged in corruption

(E) the argument attempts to deflect attention away from substantive issues by attacking the character of the board

Originally posted by vjsharma25 on 12 Mar 2011, 21:29.
Last edited by nightblade354 on 11 Apr 2019, 07:19, edited 2 times in total.
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12 Mar 2011, 23:18
Its B. The arg should state who is taking the bribe otherwise it is vulnerable to criticism.
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12 Mar 2011, 23:47
B only says that the argument should mention about different sources of bribes from where staff is getting the bribe,But what about the board of directors? It has to show that board of directors are involved in some way or other.Because the argument is about that idea.
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12 Mar 2011, 23:51
IMO C because Corruption is a larger term to be issued to bribery. For better support, the linkage between bribe and corruption must be established. Not sure of my reasoning, but among other options, Option C fits the bill.
@ Vjsharma : whts the correct ans !!
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12 Mar 2011, 23:58
Is it D? "presumes" is a wrong and assuming "all - go" is wrong.
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13 Mar 2011, 00:02
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Posted the official answer. I think its a very good question,which requires to read the TEXT of answer choices very closely.
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13 Mar 2011, 00:04
+1 Brilliant question ! I will use this reasoning
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13 Mar 2011, 00:40
Help me friends, to me the answer is still not clear.
Option A says that "the argument fails to show that corruption is not limited to Wagston’s staff"
Suppose we eliminate this loop hole in the argument, and now the argument says that corruption is rampant in construction companies.
However, even this inclusion does not makes an impeccable argument. The author concern is that if any board is corrupt, it must be replaced !!...if all the companies are corrupt, the this exercise extends to all.

Option C is also not a perfect fit, but other options can be easily eliminated..
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13 Mar 2011, 00:56
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The argument has a logical flaw in deriving its conclusion

Con: Board of directors are corrupt and should be replaced.
Premise: staff of the Wagston is taking bribes.
Logical gap: Argument provides no information to assess that the board members are also involved in the bribery.

It makes a generalization on the basis of the subset(Wagston's staff),which may or may not include the board members.
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13 Mar 2011, 01:09
This argument is based on probability not certainty. To effect any direct conclusion and link its bad effect on the Govt contracts, the premise should state categorically that Wagston's staff ALONE are responsible. Clearly the argument fails to confirm this and is therefore questionable.

We have learnt from reasoning concepts that any alternate cause will weaken the causal argument. So be it !
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14 Mar 2011, 02:09
Even D is a Weakener.To Blame the whole of wagstons staff for the wrongs of a few ppl on his staff is unjustified.
What are the others' views ?
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16 Jan 2015, 12:50
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Even D is a Weakener.To Blame the whole of wagstons staff for the wrongs of a few ppl on his staff is unjustified.
What are the others' views ?

You may be correct but this is not what question asked. By choosing this answer you imply that there are no board members other than Wagston (this is not true, though).

Conclusion very specifically says that "It is easy to see that the board of directors of the construction company is full of corruption and should be replaced."

Point A directly reflects on that.
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15 Oct 2016, 16:10
In the argument 2 statements run in parallel

It is easy to see that the board of directors of the
construction company is full of corruption and should
be replaced. There are many instances of bribery by
various persons on the staff of board member Wagston
that are a matter of public record. These bribes
perniciously influenced the awarding of government
contracts.

Example of bribery influence is government contracts. Company is full of corruption. Where is corruption means bribery mentioned? Corruptions could be many others either by internal politics, reduction of quotation because of other intention and so.

The relation ship b/w bribery and corruption is not clearly show and it is the weaken part in the arugment.

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11 Apr 2019, 07:20
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