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Of course, the Task Force on Crime is going to conclude that crime is

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Of course, the Task Force on Crime is going to conclude that crime is on the way up. If they conclude its on the way down, they would have to disband, wouldn't they?

Which of the following assumptions is most pivotal to this argument?

A. The Task Force is more concerned with its own existence than with carrying out its mission.
B. The Task Force is led by an adversary of the speaker.
C. The speaker was not asked to serve on the Task Force.
D. The speaker’s leadership ability will be questioned by the findings of the Task Force.
E. The Task Force wants to hire more police officers and other law enforcement personnel.

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The answer has to be A in my view. From the conclusion of the argument, the author assumes that task force is more concerned about its existence, implying that if they conclude that crime has gone down, there would be no need for their existence, hence they might be disbanded. The argument also suggests that the task force was specifically set up to combat crime. Hence, if crime has gone down, their work might probably be over implying they should disband.
Answer choice A suggests that the task force is more concerned with its existence than carrying out its mission which is a succinct assumption on which the author's argument relies.
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Of course, the Task Force on Crime is going to conclude that crime is on the way up. If they conclude its on the way down, they would have to disband, wouldn't they?

Conclusion: If the Task Force conclude its on the way down, they would have to disband the task force.


A. The Task Force is more concerned with its own existence than with carrying out its mission.
- if we negate this, the task force is more concerned with carrying out its mission than with its own existence. The conclusion will not hold true.

So the correct answer choice is A.
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Of course, the Task Force on Crime is going to conclude that crime is on the way up. If they conclude its on the way down, they would have to disband, wouldn't they?

assumption: If the Task Force team said that the crime is on the way down, the team will be out of job.

Which of the following assumptions is most pivotal to this argument?

A. The Task Force is more concerned with its own existence than with carrying out its mission. --> The speaker assumes that the Task Force will be reporting that the crime rate is going up in order to have keep their job which is allign with this assumption.

B. The Task Force is led by an adversary of the speaker. --> The opponent of the speaker isn't mention in the passage.

C. The speaker was not asked to serve on the Task Force. --> could be true but is not the most crucial assumption of the argument.

D. The speaker’s leadership ability will be questioned by the findings of the Task Force. --> out of scope

E. The Task Force wants to hire more police officers and other law enforcement personnel. --> out of scope

Therefore, in my opinion, A
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Of course, the Task Force on Crime is going to conclude that crime is on the way up. If they conclude its on the way down, they would have to disband, wouldn't they?

Which of the following assumptions is most pivotal to this argument?

A. The Task Force is more concerned with its own existence than with carrying out its mission.
B. The Task Force is led by an adversary of the speaker.
C. The speaker was not asked to serve on the Task Force.
D. The speaker’s leadership ability will be questioned by the findings of the Task Force.
E. The Task Force wants to hire more police officers and other law enforcement personnel.


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Correct Answer: A

This argument assumes that the main concern of the Task Force is its own existence. The speaker assumes that the Task Force will present findings that would ensure that the Task Force is not disbanded. The passage did not identify the speakers relationship to the leader of the Task Force (choice b) or indicate that the speaker was not asked to join the Task Force (choice c). Neither of these assumptions makes a logical connection between the premise and conclusion of the argument. It is possible that the speakers leadership ability will be questioned by the Task Force findings (choice d) or that the Task Force wants to hire more police officers (choice e), but these two assumptions also do not link the premise and conclusion.
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Of course, the Task Force on Crime is going to conclude that crime is on the way up. If they conclude its on the way down, they would have to disband, wouldn't they?

assumption: If the Task Force team said that the crime is on the way down, the team will be out of job.

Which of the following assumptions is most pivotal to this argument?

A. The Task Force is more concerned with its own existence than with carrying out its mission. --> The speaker assumes that the Task Force will be reporting that the crime rate is going up in order to have keep their job which is allign with this assumption.

B. The Task Force is led by an adversary of the speaker. --> The opponent of the speaker isn't mention in the passage.

C. The speaker was not asked to serve on the Task Force. --> could be true but is not the most crucial assumption of the argument.

D. The speaker’s leadership ability will be questioned by the findings of the Task Force. --> out of scope

E. The Task Force wants to hire more police officers and other law enforcement personnel. --> out of scope

Therefore, in my opinion, A



Why E is wrong ? It could be an assumption that they want to hire more officers so that they are concluding high crime rates.
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