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# Montgomery, a biologist who is also well read in

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Montgomery, a biologist who is also well read in archaeology, has recently written a book on the origin and purpose of ancient monumental architecture. This book has received much positive attention in the popular press but has been severely criticized by many professional archaeologists for being too extreme. Montgomery’s views do not deserve a negative appraisal, however, since those views are no more extreme than the views of some professional archaeologists.
The argument is most vulnerable to which one of following criticisms?
(A) It fails to establish that professional archaeologists’ views that are at least as extreme as Montgomery’s views do not deserve negative appraisal for that reason.
(B) It assumes without warrant that many professional archaeologists consider biologists unqualified to discuss ancient architecture.
(C) It overlooks the possibility that many professional archaeologists are unfamiliar with Montgomery’s views.
(D) It provides no independent evidence to show that the majority of professional archaeologists do not support Montgomery’s views.
(E) It attempts to support its position by calling into question the motives of anyone who supports an opposing position.
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06 Jun 2010, 08:42
noboru wrote:
Montgomery, a biologist who is also well read in archaeology, has recently written a book on the origin and purpose of ancient monumental architecture. This book has received much positive attention in the popular press but has been severely criticized by many professional archaeologists for being too extreme. Montgomery’s views do not deserve a negative appraisal, however, since those views are no more extreme than the views of some professional archaeologists.
The argument is most vulnerable to which one of following criticisms?
(A) It fails to establish that professional archaeologists’ views that are at least as extreme as Montgomery’s views do not deserve negative appraisal for that reason.
(B) It assumes without warrant that many professional archaeologists consider biologists unqualified to discuss ancient architecture.
(C) It overlooks the possibility that many professional archaeologists are unfamiliar with Montgomery’s views.
(D) It provides no independent evidence to show that the majority of professional archaeologists do not support Montgomery’s views.
(E) It attempts to support its position by calling into question the motives of anyone who supports an opposing position.

I think this is a mistake .... you pasted a CR question in SC
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10 Jun 2010, 22:40
IMO : A

I believe this is the key

those views are no more extreme than the views of some professional archaeologists.

by POE.

(A) It fails to establish that professional archaeologists’ views that are at least as extreme as Montgomery’s views do not deserve negative appraisal for that reason.
(B) It assumes without warrant that many professional archaeologists consider biologists unqualified to discuss ancient architecture. >> Non sense
(C) It overlooks the possibility that many professional archaeologists are unfamiliar with Montgomery’s views. >> Non sense
(D) It provides no independent evidence to show that the majority of professional archaeologists do not support Montgomery’s views. >> but has been severely criticized by many professional archaeologists. This rings that this choice is wrong.

(E) It attempts to support its position by calling into question the motives of anyone who supports an opposing position. >> I didn't that that being questioned. Motives ?? I really doubt if this can be questioned unless someone know the motives.
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11 Jun 2010, 06:02
IMO A too.

Montgomery's book -> Criticized for being extreme by prof archeologists.
Arguments says -> Should not be criticized by prof archeologists since their views are as extreme too.

So, anything that states the equivalent of - "there is no information on whether the prof archeologists' views were criticized" undermines the conclusion of the argument.
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11 Jun 2010, 06:12
The argument states that there are professional archaeologists with similar views, but it does not say that these archaeologists are not criticised by "the many professional archaeologists" critisising Montgomery.

Therefore: A

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Montgomery, a biologist who is also well read in archaeology, has recently written a book on the origin and purpose of ancient monumental architecture. This book has received much positive attention in the popular press but has been severely criticized by many professional archaeologists for being too extreme. Montgomery’s views do not deserve a negative appraisal, however, since those views are no more extreme than the views of some professional archaeologists.
The argument is most vulnerable to which one of following criticisms?
(A) It fails to establish that professional archaeologists’ views that are at least as extreme as Montgomery’s views do not deserve negative appraisal for that reason.
(B) It assumes without warrant that many professional archaeologists consider biologists unqualified to discuss ancient architecture.
(C) It overlooks the possibility that many professional archaeologists are unfamiliar with Montgomery’s views.
(D) It provides no independent evidence to show that the majority of professional archaeologists do not support Montgomery’s views.
(E) It attempts to support its position by calling into question the motives of anyone who supports an opposing position.
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13 Oct 2016, 12:14
Some people say his work is extreme
But he doesn't deserve this, because what some people say are just as extreme.

Clearly the author thinks those some people have higher standing, or else he wouldn't defer to their authority.
But then what if these guys are idiots? If their view was never good, then using such a bad standard could in fact suggest that he does deserve to be perceived as extreme.
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