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Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may oneâ€™s carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of oneâ€™s mind.

Which one of the following most closely parallels the reasoning used in the argument above?

(A) Just as a clock may be wound too tightly, so may oneâ€™s time be spent fruitlessly in the pursuit of perfection.

(B) Just as a carousel may spin too quickly, so may oneâ€™s rapid concentration on several problems prevent a resolution of difficulties.

(C) Just as a machine may be oiled too much, so may oneâ€™s heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages lead to complete dissipation.

(D) Just as a raging river may be frozen into stillness during the winter, so may oneâ€™s career falter at certain times of the year.

(E) Just as a boxer may become too tense before a big fight, so may oneâ€™s personal concerns stand in the way of professional success.
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24 Feb 2007, 02:30
E for me,
Just as X, so Y leads to same effect ( slowing down speed in given statement)
Same is in E.

aurobindo wrote:
Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may oneâ€™s carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of oneâ€™s mind.

Which one of the following most closely parallels the reasoning used in the argument above?
(A) Just as a clock may be wound too tightly, so may oneâ€™s time be spent fruitlessly in the pursuit of perfection.
(B) Just as a carousel may spin too quickly, so may oneâ€™s rapid concentration on
several problems prevent a resolution of difficulties.
(C) Just as a machine may be oiled too much, so may oneâ€™s heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages lead to complete dissipation.
(D) Just as a raging river may be frozen into stillness during the winter, so may oneâ€™s career falter at certain times of the year.
(E) Just as a boxer may become too tense before a big fight, so may oneâ€™s personal concerns stand in the way of professional success.
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24 Feb 2007, 07:22
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E for me,
Just as X, so Y leads to same effect ( slowing down speed in given statement)
Same is in E.

aurobindo wrote:
Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may oneâ€™s carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of oneâ€™s mind.

Which one of the following most closely parallels the reasoning used in the argument above?
(A) Just as a clock may be wound too tightly, so may oneâ€™s time be spent fruitlessly in the pursuit of perfection.
(B) Just as a carousel may spin too quickly, so may oneâ€™s rapid concentration on
several problems prevent a resolution of difficulties.
(C) Just as a machine may be oiled too much, so may oneâ€™s heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages lead to complete dissipation.
(D) Just as a raging river may be frozen into stillness during the winter, so may oneâ€™s career falter at certain times of the year.
(E) Just as a boxer may become too tense before a big fight, so may oneâ€™s personal concerns stand in the way of professional success.

Even I chose E. But that is not the OA.
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24 Feb 2007, 12:07
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24 Feb 2007, 12:14
D

Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may oneâ€™s carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of oneâ€™s mind.
chain restricts free movement, just as one may be so tense to hinder movement of the mind.

(D) Just as a raging river may be frozen into stillness during the winter, so may oneâ€™s career falter at certain times of the year.
fast quick movement of river suddenly becomes still some time during the year, as one's career may be fast moving, but slow down some times during the year.
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24 Feb 2007, 13:02
I would say B.

The problem with E is the idea that his concern for his personal concerns might hinder his professional success.

The idea is that the concentration on a certain problem or situation, prevents the resolution of that same thing. Since professional success and personal happiness aren't the same, it can't be the answer.
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25 Feb 2007, 00:24
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(B)

Can you please explain why it is B?
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25 Feb 2007, 02:38
C

because i love heavy drinking.

OA pls.
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25 Feb 2007, 02:46
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C

because i love heavy drinking.

OA pls.

Noo..honey..thats not OA
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25 Feb 2007, 11:10
It is B because

apart from the Just as X ... so Y

the original argument has "so tense as to [b]hinder[/b] the"

and B parallels it by

concentration on several problems [b]prevent [/b]a resolution of difficulties.
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04 May 2010, 15:06
And regarding the same argument:

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

(A) Bicycle chains are used to turn wheels, but the human mind is used to “turn” ideas.
(B) People and bicycles are similar only in that both may not function well under stress.
(C) Bicycles help people with transportation, but careful, conscientious thought helps to solve many different problems.
(D) Extreme tension helps a bicycle chain to function efficiently.
(E) People engage in poor reasoning whether they are careful and conscientious or not.
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06 May 2010, 02:36
AimHigher wrote:
It is B because

apart from the Just as X ... so Y

the original argument has "so tense as to hinder the"

and B parallels it by

concentration on several problems prevent a resolution of difficulties.

Then where does critical reasoning comes into picture? I have never seen CR questions of this structure before. What is the source of this question?
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15 Jul 2010, 00:57
Confused between B and E for first one..
IMO answer should be D for second one.

What is OA for both??
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