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# OG12Q2

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12 Sep 2013, 22:42
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Scientists propose placing seismic stations on the floor of the Pacific Ocean to warn threatened coastal communities on the northwestern coast of the United States of approaching tidal waves caused by earthquakes. Since forewarned communities could take steps to evacuate, many of the injuries and deaths that would otherwise occur could be avoided if the government would implement this proposal.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most important in determining whether implementing the proposal would be likely to achieve the desired result?

(A) When was the last time that the coastal communities were threatened by an approaching tidal wave?

(8) How far below sea level would the stations be located?

(C) Would there be enough time after receiving warning of an approaching tidal wave for communities to evacuate safely?

(0) How soon after a tidal wave hits land is it safe for evacuees to return to their communities?

(E) Can the stations be equipped to collect and relay information about phenomena other than tidal waves caused by earthquakes?
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13 Sep 2013, 10:10
(A) When was the last time that the coastal communities were threatened by an approaching tidal wave?

The last time or in other words what happened in the past is not our concern. OUT

(8) How far below sea level would the stations be located?

The station is not the point at issue: we care about of people NOT stations where they are located. OUT

(C) Would there be enough time after receiving warning of an approaching tidal wave for communities to evacuate safely?

This is our answer. People have enough time or not: yes a lots of people could be saved, otherwise a lots of people could be killed

(0) How soon after a tidal wave hits land is it safe for evacuees to return to their communities?

(E) Can the stations be equipped to collect and relay information about phenomena other than tidal waves caused by earthquakes?

Other than tidal or in other words something else to check by the stations is not related to our argument. OUT
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13 Sep 2013, 10:14
I think Option C is the correct one.

The main "positive" outcome is the potential reduction in injury & deaths. But for this to happen, we must know whether the early warning system is "early enough" . Option C correctly asks this question and is the best option of the ones given.

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13 Sep 2013, 10:15
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27 Sep 2013, 18:18
can you guys help point the premise and or conclusion. Here's what I think the argument's structure is
Background, why? Outlines a descriptive plan.
Premise, Since Forewarned....evacuate.

Is the premise where I plug in the yes or no? If yes they evacuate, or if no they don't evacuate?

I'm having problems breaking down the argument, and labeling everything correctly. I'm guessing that my problem is in identifying the premise, background, conclusion, etc. please help.
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28 Oct 2013, 14:37
I would not classify this question as "mathod of reasoning".
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28 Oct 2013, 15:05
So is this find the assumption or Strengthen the conclusion?
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24 Nov 2015, 00:31
ANS = C - This question is the "Evaluate the conclusion/argument." where, we need to find the statement which provides information to decide whether the assumption in the argument is true or false.
Now, the assumption might be - Do people get enough time to evacuate?
C - ANS - If it is far away - More time - so people have time to evacuate. If too close - then no time to evacuate. So C.
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