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Marilyn's editor wanted to see a rough draft of the article she was preparing for the literary journal. As Marilyn's handwriting was rather sloppy, she decided to pay someone to type her draft. Sam the typist was willing to do the work, but when he saw Marilyn's manuscript, he balked: "Nobody could possibly read this scribbling — how do you expect me to type it? Copy it over neatly and I'll see what I can do." "Well," Marilyn replied, "you must not need my business!"

In making his request, Sam has overlooked which of the following?

A. Marilyn's original goal was to have the draft typed rather than copied neatly.
B. Marilyn might obviate her need for his services by agreeing to the request.
C. It is Marilyn's editor, not her typist, who must ultimately be able to read the draft.
D. He risks losing the job by offending a potential customer.
E. He knows that Marilyn cannot successfully comply with the request.

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In the argument above

Sam does not take into account that Marilyn writing was sloppy thats why she asked himt o do the task ,if she would have been able to do the work by herself , why would she require services of SAM

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Sam has overlooked that Merilyn writing is sloppy. That's why he was hired by Merilyn
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Marilyn's editor wanted to see a rough draft of the article she was preparing for the literary journal. As Marilyn's handwriting was rather sloppy, she decided to pay someone to type her draft. Sam the typist was willing to do the work, but when he saw Marilyn's manuscript, he balked: "Nobody could possibly read this scribbling — how do you expect me to type it? Copy it over neatly and I'll see what I can do." "Well," Marilyn replied, "you must not need my business!"

In making his request, Sam has overlooked which of the following?

A. Marilyn's original goal was to have the draft typed rather than copied neatly.
B. Marilyn might obviate her need for his services by agreeing to the request.
C. It is Marilyn's editor, not her typist, who must ultimately be able to read the draft.
D. He risks losing the job by offending a potential customer.
E. He knows that Marilyn cannot successfully comply with the request.


Sam forgot that Marilyn is the client and it's Sam's job to do the dirty reading. The main reason Marilyn outsourced the job is that she knew her handwriting is sloppy.
D fits perfectly as the answer.
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I feel its B because if she manages to write it neatly, she could as it is submit the manuscript than have Sam type it. So there would be no work for Sam.

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Marilyn's editor wanted to see a rough draft of the article she was preparing for the literary journal. As Marilyn's handwriting was rather sloppy, she decided to pay someone to type her draft. Sam the typist was willing to do the work, but when he saw Marilyn's manuscript, he balked: "Nobody could possibly read this scribbling — how do you expect me to type it? Copy it over neatly and I'll see what I can do." "Well," Marilyn replied, "you must not need my business!"

In making his request, Sam has overlooked which of the following?

A. Marilyn's original goal was to have the draft typed rather than copied neatly.
B. Marilyn might obviate her need for his services by agreeing to the request.
C. It is Marilyn's editor, not her typist, who must ultimately be able to read the draft.
D. He risks losing the job by offending a potential customer.
E. He knows that Marilyn cannot successfully comply with the request.


OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

Identify the Question Type:

The phrase "Sam has overlooked which of the following?" indicates that this is a Flaw question. The "conclusion" in this case is Sam's request. There must be something Sam is not considering that would make his request seem misguided.

Untangle the Stimulus:

Sam‘s request is that Marilyn copy her manuscript over neatly so that Sam can read it and type it up. His reason for this request is that Marilyn’s handwriting is so sloppy that Sam cannot read it.

Predict the Answer:

The stimulus doesn't indicate whether or not Sam knows why Marilyn wants him to type up the manuscript. But, considering the sloppy handwriting, it's certainly possible that the reason is to have a neat manuscript. So, if Marilyn follows Sam's instructions and copies the manuscript over neatly, then she might not need it typed anymore.

Eliminate the Wrong Answer Choices:

(B) identifies the possibility that Sam has overlooked. If Marilyn agrees to Sam's request, she might not need his services after all. (B) is the correct answer.

(A) is incorrect because Sam does not overlook this goal; he actually believes this to be the goal. His request is only a preliminary step to achieving the goal.

(C) is incorrect because Sam is not overlooking who ultimately has to be able to read the draft. Sam's complaint about not being able to read it simply relates to Marilyn’s request that he type it for her.

(D) seems to be a reasonable statement, but there is no indication from the stimulus that Sam is overlooking this possibility. (D) is incorrect because it doesn't address the logical problem with Sam's request.

(E) is wrong because there is no indication that Sam knows this, nor that he is overlooking it when making his request to Marilyn.

TAKEAWAY: When asked to identify a possibility the author has overlooked, keep in mind that the correct answer will be supported by the logic in the stimulus. Avoid choices that sound reasonable, but do not relate to the logic in the stimulus.
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