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Parents of some of the children in a particular class have claimed that the teacher is not objective and favors his male students with higher grades. But the record showed that 92% of the female students received a passing grade in this teacher’s class. This record demonstrates that the teacher has not discriminated against women when assigning grades.

The argument above is flawed in that it ignored the possibility that

A. a large number of the teacher’s student were in his class the previous year.

B. many teachers find it difficult to be objective when assigning grades to male and female students.

C. the evidence shows that more than 92% of the female students should have received a passing grade.

D. the majority of tests written by female students and that have been rechecked by another teacher were given a higher grade by the second teacher.

E. the teacher is biased against female students in the case of only some of the subjects he teachers.
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02 May 2008, 22:09
A. a large number of the teacher’s student were in his class the previous year. [Teacher is biased against female students – eliminate it]

B. many teachers find it difficult to be objective when assigning grades to male and female students. [Enticing but the argument is specific to female students – eliminate it]

C. the evidence shows that more than 92% of the female students should have received a passing grade. [This is mentioned as per argument – eliminate it]

D. the majority of tests written by female students and that have been rechecked by another teacher were given a higher grade by the second teacher. [The argument mentions about the teacher and no specifics are mentioned about re-evaluation. – eliminate it]

E. the teacher is biased against female students in the case of only some of the subjects he teachers. [Hold it]

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04 May 2008, 00:46
Straight C. If more than 92% deserved to pass and didn't the teacher may have discriminated.
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Parents of some of the children in a particular class have claimed that the teacher is not objective and favors his male students with higher grades. But the record showed that 92% of the female students received a passing grade in this teacher’s class. This record demonstrates that the teacher has not discriminated against women when assigning grades.

The argument above is flawed in that it ignored the possibility that

A. a large number of the teacher’s student were in his class the previous year.

B. many teachers find it difficult to be objective when assigning grades to male and female students.

C. the evidence shows that more than 92% of the female students should have received a passing grade.

D. the majority of tests written by female students and that have been rechecked by another teacher were given a higher grade by the second teacher.

E. the teacher is biased against female students in the case of only some of the subjects he teachers.
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04 May 2008, 06:08
The correct answer is C.
A. Out of scope. We are not interested in number of previous year students.
B. Out of scope. Argument is about specific teacher, not teachers in general.
C. It seems ok. (see bsd_lover's explanation)
D. It also seems ok, but C is much stronger. Because new teacher can favor female students.
E. Out of scope. We are not concerned about subjects. We are concerned about there is or there is not fact of discrimination of female students, no matter in what subjects.
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04 May 2008, 13:10
C for me as well. If the evidence shows that these female students really deserved the grades they got, then that cannot be cited as evidence for showing that the teacher does not discriminate.
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04 May 2008, 14:19
Straight C

The argument conclusion can be flawed if its shown that more than 92% of the females deserved higher/passing grades.

BTW C is the best among options .In choosing we are assuming that higher grades are same as passing grades which may not be the case always.
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