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Mr. Lawson: We should adopt a national family policy that includes leg

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Mr. Lawson: We should adopt a national family policy that includes legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care. Such laws would decrease the stress levels of employees who have responsibility for small children. Thus, such laws would lead to happier, better-adjusted families.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?


(A) An employee’s high stress level can be a cause of unhappiness and poor adjustment for his or her family.

(B) People who have responsibility for small children and who work outside the home have higher stress levels than those who do not.

(C) The goal of a national family policy is to lower the stress levels of parents.

(D) Any national family policy that is adopted would include legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care.

(E) Most children who have been cared for in daycare centers are happy and well adjusted.

Originally posted by apramanik on 17 Aug 2009, 09:34.
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[quote="gurpreet07"]Mr. Lawson: We should adopt a national family policy that includes legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care. Such laws would decrease the stress levels of employees who have responsibility for small children. Thus, such laws would lead to happier, better-adjusted families.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?
(A) An employee’s high stress level can be a cause of unhappiness and poor adjustment for his or her family.
(B) People who have responsibility for small children and who work outside the home have higher stress levels than those who do not.
(C) The goal of a national family policy is to lower the stress levels of parents.
(D) Any national family policy that is adopted would include legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care.
(E) Most children who have been cared for in daycare centers are happy and well adjusted.

Premise 1: We should adopt a national family policy that includes legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care.
Premise 2: Such laws would decrease the stress levels of employees who have responsibility for small children.
Conclusion :Such laws would lead to happier, better-adjusted families.

There is a gap in the stem. Laws lead to happier better adjusted families but why ? Why : Because Such laws would decrease the stress levels of employees. Then how can happier better adjusted families can be established

An employee’s high stress level can be a cause of unhappiness and poor adjustment for his or her family.

If the stress level is minimal happy families can be established.
B is tempting but irrevelant because question does not care about productivity or anything else it just cares about national a national family policy and happier families.
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Mr. Lawson: We should adopt a national family policy that includes legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care. Such laws would decrease the stress levels of employees who have responsibility for small children. Thus, such laws would lead to happier, better-adjusted families.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?
(A) An employee’s high stress level can be a cause of unhappiness and poor adjustment for his or her family.
(B) People who have responsibility for small children and who work outside the home have higher stress levels than those who do not.
(C) The goal of a national family policy is to lower the stress levels of parents.
(D) Any national family policy that is adopted would include legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care.
(E) Most children who have been cared for in daycare centers are happy and well adjusted.

Answer is A : If an employee unhappiness and poor adjustment is caused due to high stress levels then the national policy would help them i.e employers will be required to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care.

I mean to say that this assumption is strengtening the conclusion

B is wrong because the argument is talking about the employee's who have responsibility for small children and not about parents who dont have any responsibility. The option is actualy out of scope.
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New post 18 Aug 2009, 08:14
strengthen questions must strengthen the conclusion of the arguement, here conclusion is
Thus, such laws would lead to happier, better-adjusted families. what laws? Such laws would decrease the stress levels of employees who have responsibility for small children

decrease stress --> happier

A states high stress level--> unhappiness due to poor adujstment , so reduce stress--> happiness strengthens conclusion

B is so close, but when you consider the conclusion of the argument, B doesnt state about anything that leads to happieness..
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B is out of scope....when asked to strengthen the argument, we can being in new information, but not new to such an extent that it is out of scope. B exactly does this.

It compares people who work and people who do not, while the argument is purely concerned about working people.
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"A states high stress level--> unhappiness due to poor adujstment , so reduce stress--> happiness strengthens conclusion"

I dont agree with above statement. Contrapositive of above statements is -

Not unhappy - > not high stress which says happy -> low stress but not low stress -> happy
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Mr. Lawson: We should adopt a national family policy that includes legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care. Such laws would decrease the stress levels of employees who have responsibility for small children. Thus, such laws would lead to happier, better-adjusted families.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?
(A) An employee’s high stress level can be a cause of unhappiness and poor adjustment for his or her family.
(B) People who have responsibility for small children and who work outside the home have higher stress levels than those who do not.
(C) The goal of a national family policy is to lower the stress levels of parents.
(D) Any national family policy that is adopted would include legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care.
(E) Most children who have been cared for in daycare centers are happy and well adjusted.


Why B not Ans ?


I think A is the correct answer here. B is not correct because it doesn't mention anything about people who work outside home. So this is out of scope
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apramanik wrote:
Mr. Lawson: We should adopt a national family policy that includes legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care. Such laws would decrease the stress levels of employees who have responsibility for small children. Thus, such laws would lead to happier, better-adjusted families.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?
(A) An employee’s high stress level can be a cause of unhappiness and poor adjustment for his or her family.
(B) People who have responsibility for small children and who work outside the home have higher stress levels than those who do not.
(C) The goal of a national family policy is to lower the stress levels of parents.
(D) Any national family policy that is adopted would include legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care.
(E) Most children who have been cared for in daycare centers are happy and well adjusted.


Why B not Ans ?


I think A is the correct answer here. B is not correct because it doesn't mention anything about people who work outside home. So this is out of scope
Hope it helps
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Are we all on the same page with A as correct answer?
Let me know what the OA is just to be sure
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A is the answer.

we need to consider employee as employer is mentioned.

people who work outside may include employee and businessman as well, who are not employed by any employer.
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D,E are eliminated. B is out too because it has nothing to do with either national law or happiness. C just repeats the conclusion of the argument. D is too extreme; "any". E is OFS
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I considered First sentence as the conclusion how is that premise ?
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Mr. Lawson: We should adopt a national family policy that includes legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care. Such laws would decrease the stress levels of employees who have responsibility for small children. Thus, such laws would lead to happier, better-adjusted families.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?



So a proponent claims that national family policy should be enacted. This law will reduce stress among employees who have children. What can be said in favor of this claim to strenghthen it ?



(A) An employee’s high stress level can be a cause of unhappiness and poor adjustment for his or her family. (without too much thinking. keep it) After eliminating rest of options. this option looks the most logical, since our primary concern is to reduce levels of stress among employees, this in turn will have positive effect on their families.

(B) People who have responsibility for small children and who work outside the home have higher stress levels than those who do not. ( We are not concerned with comparison of employees who work outside of home vs home based workers. Nowhere is mentioned. out of scope.


(C) The goal of a national family policy is to lower the stress levels of parents. ( it is already mentioned in the passage. eliminate)

(D) Any national family policy that is adopted would include legislation requiring employers to provide paid parental leave and establishing government-sponsored day care. ( neutral. doesnt strengthen at all. eliminate.

(E) Most children who have been cared for in daycare centers are happy and well adjusted. ( okay so what ? We are concerned with reduction of stress of employees) eliminate.
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