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n 1998 more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated

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n 1998 more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated from Monrovia to neighboring Abstania than during any prior year. In 1998 the number of reported violent crimes in Abstania increased dramatically over 1997. The unavoidable conclusion is that Monrovians who migrated from Monrovia to Abstania were responsible for this increase.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most seriously weaken the claim that Monrovians were responsible for the increase in violent crime in Abstania during 1998?

(A) Each year more violent criminals are apprehended in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(B) During 1998 more violent crimes were reported in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(C) In 1998 no Monrovians migrated from either Monrovia or Abstania to any country other than Monrovia or Abstania.
(D) In 1998 the number of unreported violent crimes in Abstania increased as well.
(E) In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Mo
nrovia to Abstania than from Abstania to Monrovia.

Which would the best answer and why?
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27 Jun 2007, 06:31
A --> could be most of them are Monrovians. Does not weaken.
B --> it is possible that the crimes were comitted by Monrovians. Does not weaken.
C --> Monrovians to Abstania or back to Monrovia. it is still possible that the crimes were comitted by Monrovians. Does not weaken.
D --> out of scope
E --> fewer Monrovians migrated to Abstania than coming back. So fewer number of Monrovians in Abstania. It is still possible that the crimes are committed by Monrovians. Does not weaken.

None of them weaken as per me, but given to select from the above I would go for E as the no. of Monrovians in Abstania is decreasing and so the possibility is less.
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27 Jun 2007, 08:41
E is the best as Monrovians are shown to decrease in number in Abstania.
27 Jun 2007, 08:41
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