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Outlaw motorcycle gangs are blaming media sensationalism for the growing public clamour for banning tattoo parlours run by bikers in city A. They cite crime data from the last decade, showing that only 0.37 percent of all offences are committed by bikers, in support of their claim that their culture is not a threat to mainstream society.

Evaluation of the argument of the outlaw motorcycle gangs is not possible without answer to which of the following questions?

A) What percentage of regular traffic rules violators sport a tattoo?
B) What percentage of the 0.37 percent of the offences were committed by the outlaw gang members?
C) What proportion of the offences by bikies resulted in deaths and serious injuries?
D) What percentage of crimes in cities of comparable size is committed by bikies?
E) What percentage of the offenders are bikies?

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Originally posted by AryamaDuttaSaikia on 28 Oct 2015, 22:16.
Last edited by AryamaDuttaSaikia on 09 Nov 2015, 22:45, edited 2 times in total.
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Hello Aryama,

Thanks for editing question stem.

There are some grammatical issues also. I am not that good at GMAT SC, so may be you have a further look at this argument.

Regarding the argument, it is very hard to understand that why "Outlaw motorcycle gangs were concerned about media sensationalism about tattoo parlous run by bikers in city A"

More importantly how the "low percentage of offenses committed by bikers" linked to the culture of "Outlaw gangs"??? Is there any linkage, I could not see any.

I again would like to mention that the argument is in pieces only.
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"They cite crime data from the last decade, which show that only 0.37 percent of all offences are committed by bikers, in support of their claim that their culture is not a threat to mainstream society."

Whos culture? Bikers culture (their) or Outlaw motorcycle gangs culture? This is the ambiguity that led me to false answer.

Not sure if other had the same problem.
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Thanks for the points. As with this question, we would like to keep the language the way it is..( a bit fragmented)
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Dear Aryama,

Don't you feel the obvious grammatical/typo errors need to be corrected:



1. Which in following sentence is referring to decade instead of crime data

They cite crime data from the last decade, which show that only 0.37 percent of all offences are committed by bikers, in support of their claim that their culture is not a threat to mainstream society.

2. No clear antecedent of "their" in the second sentence

Moreover answer choice B should read as

What percentage of the bikers offences were committed by the outlaw gang members?

Instead of

What percentage of the 0.37 percent of the offences were committed by the outlaw gang members?


(It is confusing to call 0.37 percent of the offences)...

Feel free to correct me, if anything wrong with analysis.

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The grammar and typos in the question should be corrected, but the answer is B.

All instances of bikies should be changed to bikers (C, D, E)

But for the answer, it says that .37% of all crimes are committed by bikers, but we don't know what portion of the biker group are outlaw gang members. That's the missing piece to the puzzle
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Outlaw motorcycle gangs are blaming media sensationalism for the growing public clamour for banning tattoo parlours run by bikers in city A. They cite crime data from the last decade, showing that only 0.37 percent of all offences are committed by bikers, in support of their claim that their culture is not a threat to mainstream society.

Thanks for the points!
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So, the argument goes this way: Outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMG) are showing data pertaining to 'bikers' in order to prove their 'safe' culture.
We need to evaluate this. and the choice that basically relates OMGs to 'bikers' is the correct one. Right??

Pls help if I still got it wrong. In the first read I comprehended a totally different story.

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"They cite crime data from the last decade, which show that only 0.37 percent of all offences are committed by bikers, in support of their claim that their culture is not a threat to mainstream society."

Whos culture? Bikers culture (their) or Outlaw motorcycle gangs culture? This is the ambiguity that led me to false answer.

Not sure if other had the same problem.



I had the same issue , I thought bikers and outlaw gangs are same thing , could not make out that outlaw gangs are subset of bikers. I think its highly ambiguous question. :( .

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I believe the question is 75% hard because the argument is not drawn correctly. It creates ambiguity.

Among the given options, I opted for C because if you take an example that -- In city A during the last decade, if Biker gang was responsible for 370 crimes and if all of them were of serious nature and some of them resulted in deaths then it would be better to curb the source.

Also, in B "their" culture is ambiguous in the argument. Unless stated clearly, we would assume they are representing the biker group.
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Argument states

Outlaw motorcycle gangs --> Blaming --> media sensationalism--> for growing public clamour . Reason ( banning tattoo parlours run by bikers in city A).

Evidence used : Last year, only 0.37 percent of all offences are committed by bikers.

We need to evaluate this argument.

A) What percentage of regular traffic rules violators sport a tattoo? --> IRRELEVANT

B) What percentage of the 0.37 percent of the offences were committed by the outlaw gang members? --> They are citing 0.37% as the evidence. If very few of these crimes were by gang members, then their point is invalid. if more than 50% of these were by gang members, then it means they point is valid. Earlier it was very less by them and now it has increased. So, may be their point is valid.

C) What proportion of the offences by bikies resulted in deaths and serious injuries? --> From where does deaths or serious injuries come in? IRRELEVANT.

D) What percentage of crimes in cities of comparable size is committed by bikies? --> OTHER CITIES?? IRRELEVANT.

E) What percentage of the offenders are bikies? --> Again IRRELEVANT.
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abhimahna wrote:
Argument states

Outlaw motorcycle gangs --> Blaming --> media sensationalism--> for growing public clamour . Reason ( banning tattoo parlours run by bikers in city A).

Evidence used : Last year, only 0.37 percent of all offences are committed by bikers.

We need to evaluate this argument.

A) What percentage of regular traffic rules violators sport a tattoo? --> IRRELEVANT

B) What percentage of the 0.37 percent of the offences were committed by the outlaw gang members? --> They are citing 0.37% as the evidence. If very few of these crimes were by gang members, then their point is invalid. if more than 50% of these were by gang members, then it means they point is valid. Earlier it was very less by them and now it has increased. So, may be their point is valid.

C) What proportion of the offences by bikies resulted in deaths and serious injuries? --> From where does deaths or serious injuries come in? IRRELEVANT.

D) What percentage of crimes in cities of comparable size is committed by bikies? --> OTHER CITIES?? IRRELEVANT.

E) What percentage of the offenders are bikies? --> Again IRRELEVANT.



in B, so you are considering both groups to be different?
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abhimahna wrote:
Argument states

Outlaw motorcycle gangs --> Blaming --> media sensationalism--> for growing public clamour . Reason ( banning tattoo parlours run by bikers in city A).

Evidence used : Last year, only 0.37 percent of all offences are committed by bikers.

We need to evaluate this argument.

A) What percentage of regular traffic rules violators sport a tattoo? --> IRRELEVANT

B) What percentage of the 0.37 percent of the offences were committed by the outlaw gang members? --> They are citing 0.37% as the evidence. If very few of these crimes were by gang members, then their point is invalid. if more than 50% of these were by gang members, then it means they point is valid. Earlier it was very less by them and now it has increased. So, may be their point is valid.

C) What proportion of the offences by bikies resulted in deaths and serious injuries? --> From where does deaths or serious injuries come in? IRRELEVANT.

D) What percentage of crimes in cities of comparable size is committed by bikies? --> OTHER CITIES?? IRRELEVANT.

E) What percentage of the offenders are bikies? --> Again IRRELEVANT.



in B, so you are considering both groups to be different?


Yes. Unless we are explicitly stated that we have only one group , we cannot assume both "Outlaw motorcycle gangs" and "bikers" same.

So, in a general sense, they would always be different. Hence, B makes sense here.
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Outlaw motorcycle gangs are blaming media sensationalism for the growing public clamour for banning tattoo parlours run by bikers in city A. They cite crime data from the last decade, showing that only 0.37 percent of all offences are committed by bikers, in support of their claim that their culture is not a threat to mainstream society.

Evaluation of the argument of the outlaw motorcycle gangs is not possible without answer to which of the following questions?

A) What percentage of regular traffic rules violators sport a tattoo?
B) What percentage of the 0.37 percent of the offences were committed by the outlaw gang members?
C) What proportion of the offences by bikies resulted in deaths and serious injuries?
D) What percentage of crimes in cities of comparable size is committed by bikies?
E) What percentage of the offenders are bikies?

The outlaw motorcycle gangs are the subject in the argument.
they cite from teh crime data that only .37% of the total crime was commited by bikers, while analysing the role of the outlaws one should check the share of crime commited by outlaw motorcycle gangs in the biker group.

Option B is correctly addressing the point of evaluation and thus the correct answer.

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