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No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above?

(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?

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So the structure of the argument is : Loss of tradition => economic growth => no one should be sad.
To evaluate this argument we should see whether there are any other causes that lead to the conclusion. So choice B is correct.
A, C, D are irrelevant.
E, if true, cannot evaluate the argument.
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i dont understand how these fools craft these questions , and whatever absurdity they stuff in the name of reasoning

No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

paraphrase: Is it just the tribal structure,the loss of which has resulted in Economic Revival ?

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above?
(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost? -- Using Variance test. Yes- supports the argument. No - brings an element of surprise that there might be some other thing that has factored in bringing the change. Clean OA.
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?



PS: Please refrain from passing judgement over the question shared.We are here for collective understanding and fruitful discussions. People from the particular organization might take into notice activities like this,leading to unintended problem for the forum. We are sure you don't intend such thing. Its a simple request, though.

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PS: Please refrain from passing judgement over the question shared.We are here for collective understanding and fruitful discussions. People from the particular organization might take into notice activities like this,leading to unintended problem for the forum. We are sure you don't intend such thing. Its a simple request, though.


Considering that people pay quite a lot of money for GMAT practice material, I think it's perfectly appropriate to hold that material to a high standard, and to point out flawed questions so test takers know which resources are worthwhile and which are suspect. I don't see any reason to be concerned about offending the author of the material.

That said, I don't understand what in particular has prompted this string of threads all with inflammatory titles about the 'stupidity' of these questions. If you think the questions are 'stupid' you could at least explain why. I don't particularly like the questions posted either, but at least in the case of the question above, there are no logical issues with the question or OA; the question is simply testing the 'post hoc ergo propter hoc' fallacy (if Y happens after X does, it is not necessarily true that X caused Y to happen), so we're looking for an answer choice which discusses potential alternate causes. What I don't like about the question is its setup, which doesn't make much sense to me; I don't see how a country could lose its 'tribal tradition' (whatever that means) from one day to the next.
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B it is,

No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above? How can we be sure that loss of tribal traditions has caused this and thus not consider loss of tribal traditions as tragedy

(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost? Irrelevant
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?Relevant, if this is the only change then it validates the argument. On the contrary, if it is not the only reason you can make up many others. So this is useful in establishing the validity of the argument
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?We do not need other examples, if they are there its good, if not there then also its okay
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?the author says no resident, so percentages here don't come into the picture
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs? High technology, seriously ! where did this come from ? Totally irrelevant.
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This one is a bit tricky, and I admit that I picked C. After reviewing, it seems like B is a better answer.
It is rather obvious that A, D, and E are all irrelevant.

Answer choice B would help us evaluate if the economic change happened following only the loss of traditional tribal structure, or if other changes were made as well. Depending on the answer, it can either strengthen or weaken the argument. Good answer.

Answer choice C could also help us make a determination, but not the same one. I fell into this trap. Answer choice C would help us determine if the loss in tribal structure leading to economic growth can be generalized statement. However, the argument in this case is SPECIFIC to those people who reside in country X, not to ALL countries with tribal structure. Therefore, B is a better answer.
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I don't like the option B) at all.
We have to evaluate the argument "No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy"

B says Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost . The answer "Yes" should strengthen the argument, while a "No" should weaken.

1. Answer -> Yes
Let's say "tribal structure" is the only part of traditional culture that was lost. But, still we can't say the argument to be acceptable, since that one loss could be a significant loss. The argument is not strengthened.

2. Answer -> No
If "tribal structure" is not the only part of traditional culture that was lost, then the loss is even higher and therefore the argument in unjustified

C) seems to be better than B).

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No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above?

(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?



i agree with kinghytes.......
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
1. first scenario.... YES. SO STILL HOW CAN WE SAY THAT THE ECONOMIC GROWTH IS DUE TO TRIBAL STRUCTURE LOSS.... IT COULD STILL BE SOMETHING ELSE......
2. second scenario.....NO. THIS MEANS THAT THERE COULD BE OTHER ASPECTS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURE LOSS THAT COULD HAVE RESULTED IN ECONOMIC GROWTH.....


HENCE, answer (B) is not conclusive...... ANSWER (C) AT LEAST BRINGS OUT EXAMPLESOF SIMILAR SITUATION IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH MAY INDICATE THE SCENARIO HERE......

(C) IS A BETTER ANSWER THAN (B)........
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