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Last year, football player James McGuel faced severe criticism for his poor show that contributed significantly to OldFort United’s worst performance in the history of National Premier League Football Championship. Despite the fact that OldFort United has been winning many more games this year and that James McGuel is averaging more goals per game than last year, critics continue to doubt McGuel’s capability and are voting against his inclusion in the team for the next season of the championship.

Which of the following statements most explains the paradox in the above argument?


A. OldFort United has not been playing more matches this year

B. Football critics are often wrong in their predictions.

C. OldFort United’s decision to hire Wayne Bruce has turned out well for the team as he is the leading scorer for the team this year

D. Many critics have raised questions about the actual nationality of James McGuel, making it likely that he will be excluded from the World Championship squad for the country.

E. After last year’s poor showdown, OldFort United has been relegated from the premier league and is currently playing against weaker opponents.

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Cbirole wrote:
Last year, football player James McGuel faced severe criticism for his poor show that contributed significantly to OldFort United’s worst performance in the history of National Premier League Football Championship. Despite the fact that OldFort United has been winning many more games this year and that James McGuel is averaging more goals per game than last year, critics continue to doubt McGuel’s capability and are voting against his inclusion in the team for the next season of the championship.

Which of the following statements most explains the paradox in the above argument?


A.OldFort United has not been playing more matches this year
B. Football critics are often wrong in their predictions.
C.OldFort United’s decision to hire Wayne Bruce has turned out well for the team as he is the leading scorer for the team this year
D.Many critics have raised questions about the actual nationality of James McGuel, making it likely that he will be excluded from the World Championship squad for the country.
E.After last year’s poor showdown, OldFort United has been relegated from the premier league and is currently playing against weaker opponents.


Why critics are harsh towards James despite the fact that he is playing better and his team wins more games than it did last season?

A.This actually strengthens the arguments againts critics. The same number of games and more wins and goals. So what is wrong?
B. This is subjective and doesn't explain why James should be under fire
C. Talks about other player. James may not be the leadind scorer but still play well.
D.Nationality has nothing to do with James actuall performance.
E. Correct. James is playing against weaker opponents and his performance against them is not a true measure of his abilities.
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Prethinking : Eventhough McGuel is performing better per match compared to the previous year, the quality of the opposition needs to be considered. He might be playing against weaker teams.

A. OldFort United has not been playing more matches this year

OldFort United may not be playing more matches and as a result McGuel is playing less number of matches but this stats per match are still better compared to previous year. This doesn't explain the paradox. INCORRECT

B. Football critics are often wrong in their predictions.

Unrelated to explain the paradox why McGuel is being criticized. INCORRECT

C. OldFort United’s decision to hire Wayne Bruce has turned out well for the team as he is the leading scorer for the team this year

Even if Wayne Bruce is the leading scorer, McGuel is performing better per match compared to previous year. This doesn't explain why McGuel is being criticized. INCORRECT

D. Many critics have raised questions about the actual nationality of James McGuel, making it likely that he will be excluded from the World Championship squad for the country.

This doesn't explain why critics continue to doubt McGuel's capability. INCORRECT

E. After last year’s poor showdown, OldFort United has been relegated from the premier league and is currently playing against weaker opponents.

This aligns with the prethinking. McGuel is playing against weaker teams and hence is performing better per match compared to previous year. Since the team got relegated and is playing against weaker teams, critics continue to doubt McGuel's capability inspite of his good performance.

Hence option E
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Hope your preparation is going well.
To solve resolve and paradox questions, identify the facts and rightly understand the contradiction that exists in the argument. The correct answer will help in identifying an explanation for the apparent contradiction
According to the argument, despite the fact that McGuel is performing well as compared to his performance in the previous year, critics doubt his capabilities and don't want him to be a part of the team. The correct answer will try to explain why is it happening.
A- This strengthens the claim made by the critics without offering a resolution.
B-Not related to the context.
C-Out of scope
D-Nationality is not helping us understand why the critics are not in favor of his inclusion in the team.
E-This helps us understand the paradox by explaining that McGuel's performance is good against weak opponents.
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