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17 Jul 2003, 00:36
Taken from Get-Prepped-Sample-LSAT

Psychiatrists have for years sought ways to treat
schizophrenia, one of the most common mental
illnesses among people in the United States.
Various methods, including psychotherapy, electric
shock and medications have been employed with
some success, but the most promising means of
treating schizophrenia seems to be the combination
of clinical treatment and a regimen of depressantbased
drugs.

Which of the following assumptions is central to the
argument above?

A) The combination of a regimen of depressantbased
drugs and clinical treatment is more
likely to effectively treat schizophrenia than
the use of psychotherapy alone.
B) The use of a combination of treatments has
proven successful in treating other forms of
mental illness.
C) Schizophrenic patients have a lot of trouble
administering their own medications in the
absence of a trained medical professional.
D) Psychotherapy has generally been more
successful in treating schizophrenia than
electric shock has.
E) Depressant-based drugs that are required for
the treatment of schizophrenia can be obtained
cheaply by schizophrenic patients.
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17 Jul 2003, 12:28
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17 Jul 2003, 15:34
A- hinting that combinations are more effective?

By the way, with your help practing LSAT Argus will be easier they are much more difficult than most GMAT ones.
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17 Jul 2003, 19:50
It's strange - A just sums up the last sentence, but it fits best.
My ans is A
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18 Jul 2003, 00:39
We are asked for a premise that is CENTRAL to the conclusion that "the combination ... is most promising".

The strategy I recommend for identifying the correct choice for this type of question is to ask yourself: if this choice were NOT true, would the conclusion still be valid or reasonable?

If A were not true, then the conclusion that the combination is "most promissing" implying that it is considered THE best, compared to all of the others is certainly not true, since psychotherapy alone would be at least as, or more effective than, the combination.

IMO, none of the other choices, if NOT true, weakens the conclusion as much as the contra of A does.
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21 Jul 2003, 15:54
A is the answer....simply b/c EVERY OTHER CHOICE CAN BE EASILY ELIMINATED
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17 Aug 2006, 00:36
(A) is clearly stated in the passage. Negate it and nothing makes any sense.

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17 Aug 2006, 00:50
GMATT73 wrote:
(A) is clearly stated in the passage. Negate it and nothing makes any sense.

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That is true. But I think this question is not a GMAT type question. In GMAT assumptions are never stated in the argument.
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17 Aug 2006, 01:26
ps_dahiya wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
(A) is clearly stated in the passage. Negate it and nothing makes any sense.

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That is true. But I think this question is not a GMAT type question. In GMAT assumptions are never stated in the argument.

Are you absolutely sure about that? I have seen a few other CRs floating around here where the central assumption was nearly "word for word ver batem" stated in the passage. Then again, they could have been LSAT/GRE questions. Sometimes its hard to make the distinction.
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17 Aug 2006, 05:47
GMATT73 wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
(A) is clearly stated in the passage. Negate it and nothing makes any sense.

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That is true. But I think this question is not a GMAT type question. In GMAT assumptions are never stated in the argument.

Are you absolutely sure about that? I have seen a few other CRs floating around here where the central assumption was nearly "word for word ver batem" stated in the passage. Then again, they could have been LSAT/GRE questions. Sometimes its hard to make the distinction.

Yup I can second that assumptions on the GMAT are not stated in the passage rather just the one that links the premise/fact to the conclusion.

A is the only clear one here though...
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17 Aug 2006, 06:28
GMATT73 wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
(A) is clearly stated in the passage. Negate it and nothing makes any sense.

1:10

That is true. But I think this question is not a GMAT type question. In GMAT assumptions are never stated in the argument.

Are you absolutely sure about that? I have seen a few other CRs floating around here where the central assumption was nearly "word for word ver batem" stated in the passage. Then again, they could have been LSAT/GRE questions. Sometimes it`s hard to make the distinction.

NO ABSOLUTE STATEMENTS. But generally this is the case. I have not seen a single CR in OG11, OG Verbal Review, ETS paper tests, OG10 that has the assumption stated in the argument.

Disclaimer: I have not completed the above material so you may find some of the CRs that have the assumptions stated in the argument.
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17 Aug 2006, 10:26
A looked more like an inference to me. At least the one thing I have understood about Assumptions is that they are the MISSING links as opposed to being Visible links. But then, another way of looking at A is that indeed it is quite central to the argument. If it is negated then the argument falls.

But i was confused with the inference thing..
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