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# On Saturday Melvin suggested that Jerome take the following week off

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On Saturday Melvin suggested that Jerome take the following week off from work and accompany him on a trip to the mountains. Jerome refused, claiming that he could not afford the cost of the trip added to the wages he would forfeit by taking off without notice. It is clear, however, that cost cannot be the real reason for Jerome’s unwillingness to go with Melvin to the Mountains since he makes the same excuse every time Melvin asks him to take an unscheduled vacation regardless of where Melvin proposes to go.

The reasoning is most vulnerable to which one of the following criticisms?

(A) It attempts to forestall an attack on Melvin’s behavior by focusing attention on the behavior of Jerome.

(B) It fails to establish that Melvin could no more afford to take an unscheduled vacation trip to the mountains than could Jerome.

(C) It overlooks the possibility that Jerome, unlike Melvin, prefers vacations that have been planned far in advance.

(D) It assumes that if Jerome’s professed reason is not his only reason, then it cannot be a real reason for Jerome at all.

(E) It does not examine the possibility that Jerome’s behavior is adequately explained by the reason the gives for it.

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Updated on: 08 Apr 2020, 08:36
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On Saturday Melvin suggested that Jerome take the following week off from work and accompany him on a trip to the mountains. Jerome refused, claiming that he could not afford the cost of the trip added to the wages he would forfeit by taking off without notice. It is clear, however, that cost cannot be the real reason for Jerome’s unwillingness to go with Melvin to the Mountains since he makes the same excuse every time Melvin asks him to take an unscheduled vacation regardless of where Melvin proposes to go.

The reasoning is most vulnerable to which one of the following criticisms?

(A) It attempts to forestall an attack on Melvin’s behavior by focusing attention on the behavior of Jerome.

(B) It fails to establish that Melvin could no more afford to take an unscheduled vacation trip to the mountains than could Jerome.

(C) It overlooks the possibility that Jerome, unlike Melvin, prefers vacations that have been planned far in advance.

(D) It assumes that if Jerome’s professed reason is not his only reason, then it cannot be a real reason for Jerome at all.

(E) It does not examine the possibility that Jerome’s behavior is adequately explained by the reason the gives for it.

argument
=mel invites jer for vacation
=jer cant afford vacation or forfeit his wage
=jer always gives the same reason
=mel thinks this is not the real reason
=since this is always the case

mel's reason
ans (E) maybe this is the real reason!

Originally posted by exc4libur on 07 Apr 2020, 09:55.
Last edited by exc4libur on 08 Apr 2020, 08:36, edited 1 time in total.
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07 Apr 2020, 23:22
Ans: E

(E) It does not examine the possibility that Jerome’s behavior is adequately explained by the reason the gives for it.

Cost reallay be the reason for Jerome. That's why he is always saying no. His answer is pretty straightforward.
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08 Apr 2020, 22:35
Hi Experts,

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11 Apr 2020, 18:52
I also would like to know why D is not the correct answer.
Re: On Saturday Melvin suggested that Jerome take the following week off   [#permalink] 11 Apr 2020, 18:52