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Landlord: Lead-based paint is the cause of many respiratory infections for our tenants, ranging from persistent coughs to even the onset of emphysema and lung cancer. In addition to the suffering of our residents, the lead-based paint in our buildings exposes us to the threat of lawsuits, which could jeopardize the building entirely and has already forced us to divert property-improvement funds to pay for a legal retainer. Because of the threat that lead paint poses to our community, we should therefore treat each affected wall with a coat of sealant.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the landlord’s argument?

A) Exposure to lead-based paint is particularly harmful to infants, children, and the elderly, groups that make up a disproportionate percentage of the building’s tenants.
B) Removing lead-based paint is a less costly option than is paying to litigate or settle tenant claims of negligence.
C) Sealing lead-based paint prevents lead chips and dust from being released into the air and vents, where it is most easily breathed by tenants.
D) Every unit in the building has at least one wall that has been painted with lead-based paint.
E) Other nearby buildings that have removed lead paint from their walls have reported massive decreases in the incidence of respiratory problems among tenants.
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Landlord: Lead-based paint is the cause of many respiratory infections for our tenants, ranging from persistent coughs to even the onset of emphysema and lung cancer. In addition to the suffering of our residents, the lead-based paint in our buildings exposes us to the threat of lawsuits, which could jeopardize the building entirely and has already forced us to divert property-improvement funds to pay for a legal retainer. Because of the threat that lead paint poses to our community, we should therefore treat each affected wall with a coat of sealant.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the landlord’s argument?

A) Exposure to lead-based paint is particularly harmful to infants, children, and the elderly, groups that make up a disproportionate percentage of the building’s tenants.
B) Removing lead-based paint is a less costly option than is paying to litigate or settle tenant claims of negligence.
C) Sealing lead-based paint prevents lead chips and dust from being released into the air and vents, where it is most easily breathed by tenants.
D) Every unit in the building has at least one wall that has been painted with lead-based paint.
E) Other nearby buildings that have removed lead paint from their walls have reported massive decreases in the incidence of respiratory problems among tenants.

Hi Harley 1980,

I was torn between option C & D .Can u kindly provide the reasoning behind the OA??

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I was torn between option C & D .Can u kindly provide the reasoning behind the OA??



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As always with Strengthen questions, the conclusion is crucial here. The conclusion isn't about removing lead paint, but instead about sealing it. So since the premises all only talk about the dangers/risks of lead paint but the conclusion takes that leap to sealing it, the gap in logic here is "why should we seal as opposed to remove (or something else)?". And choice C adds that reason, that sealing is a way to take away the detrimental effects of the lead-based paint. Note that choices B and E both strengthen the idea of removing the paint, but that doesn't fit with the conclusion which is about sealing.
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Landlord: Lead-based paint is the cause of many respiratory infections for our tenants, ranging from persistent coughs to even the onset of emphysema and lung cancer. In addition to the suffering of our residents, the lead-based paint in our buildings exposes us to the threat of lawsuits, which could jeopardize the building entirely and has already forced us to divert property-improvement funds to pay for a legal retainer. Because of the threat that lead paint poses to our community, we should therefore treat each affected wall with a coat of sealant.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the landlord’s argument?

A) Exposure to lead-based paint is particularly harmful to infants, children, and the elderly, groups that make up a disproportionate percentage of the building’s tenants. -We are not worried about the group of people who are most harmed by the lead paint.
B) Removing lead-based paint is a less costly option than is paying to litigate or settle tenant claims of negligence. -The point of argument is not that how much costly non-removal of lead paint will prove to the landlord.
C) Sealing lead-based paint prevents lead chips and dust from being released into the air and vents, where it is most easily breathed by tenants. -Correct. If the sealant is unable to do its work, then coating the walls with it won't make any difference.
D) Every unit in the building has at least one wall that has been painted with lead-based paint. -Out of scope
E) Other nearby buildings that have removed lead paint from their walls have reported massive decreases in the incidence of respiratory problems among tenants. -We are not worried about other buildings and the tenants living in those buildings.

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Landlord: Lead-based paint is the cause of many respiratory infections for our tenants, ranging from persistent coughs to even the onset of emphysema and lung cancer. In addition to the suffering of our residents, the lead-based paint in our buildings exposes us to the threat of lawsuits, which could jeopardize the building entirely and has already forced us to divert property-improvement funds to pay for a legal retainer. Because of the threat that lead paint poses to our community, we should therefore treat each affected wall with a coat of sealant.

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Boil it down - Because of the threat that lead paint poses to our community, we should therefore treat each affected wall with a coat of sealant.

A) Exposure to lead-based paint is particularly harmful to infants, children, and the elderly, groups that make up a disproportionate percentage of the building’s tenants. - Irrelevant
B) Removing lead-based paint is a less costly option than is paying to litigate or settle tenant claims of negligence. - Irrelevant - we are not comparing the costs of removal of lead based paint vs payment of settlement claims
C) Sealing lead-based paint prevents lead chips and dust from being released into the air and vents, where it is most easily breathed by tenants.-Correct
D) Every unit in the building has at least one wall that has been painted with lead-based paint. - Irrelevant
E) Other nearby buildings that have removed lead paint from their walls have reported massive decreases in the incidence of respiratory problems among tenants. - Irrelevant - It does not talk about coat of sealant

Answer C
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