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# Q: The rapid rise in the rate of home foreclosures is a

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Q: The rapid rise in the rate of home foreclosures is a serious economic problem; it will undoubtedly cost of the majority party votes in the coming election.
Z: I disagree. Statistics for the past 40 years show that there is no significant relationship between the prevailing level of foreclosures and political gains or losses by the party that happens to be in the majority at election time.

Which of the following most seriously weakens the force of Z’s counter arguments?

(A) Z fails to cite any actual figures
(B) Z’s decision to consider a time span of 40 years seems arbitrary
(C) Z relies on conventional criteria for the notion of a significant relationship
(D) Z’s statistics focus on level of foreclosures rather than direction of change
(E) Z assumes that there is no connection between economic and political trends
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28 Oct 2010, 11:26
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(A) Z fails to cite any actual figures - I should have understood the 40 is the actual figure.
(B) Z’s decision to consider a time span of 40 years seems arbitrary - incorrect. no issue with using 40 years
(C) Z relies on conventional criteria for the notion of a significant relationship - out of scope
(D) Z’s statistics focus on level of foreclosures rather than direction of change - the best. the stats focuses only on foreclosures does not help the impact it is causing.
(E) Z assumes that there is no connection between economic and political trends - he is assuming nothing here. IF he was assuming the sentence would read "Z thinks blah blah..."

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28 Oct 2010, 12:10
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28 Oct 2010, 12:38
its D

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28 Oct 2010, 19:53
D !!

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29 Oct 2010, 14:29
feruz77 wrote:
Q: The rapid rise in the rate of home foreclosures is a serious economic problem; it will undoubtedly cost of the majority party votes in the coming election.
Z: I disagree. Statistics for the past 40 years show that there is no significant relationship between the prevailing level of foreclosures and political gains or losses by the party that happens to be in the majority at election time.

Which of the following most seriously weakens the force of Z’s counter arguments?

(A) Z fails to cite any actual figures
(B) Z’s decision to consider a time span of 40 years seems arbitrary
(C) Z relies on conventional criteria for the notion of a significant relationship
(D) Z’s statistics focus on level of foreclosures rather than direction of change
(E) Z assumes that there is no connection between economic and political trends

A -- Z was talking about actual figures(stats) not the estimates... incorrect answer
B -- we can't say 40 years of history is arbitrary... so, wrong
C -- there is not types of criteria discussed in stimulus, so irrelevant.
E -- Z did not assume anything, Z just went by stats...
D -- probably Z did not think about all directions, just confined to foreclosures, so others aspects of home business may have an impact on elections.. so, can not eliminate..

we could eliminate all but D, so D is the one...
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01 Nov 2010, 20:38
amma4u wrote:
(A) Z fails to cite any actual figures - I should have understood the 40 is the actual figure.
(B) Z’s decision to consider a time span of 40 years seems arbitrary - incorrect. no issue with using 40 years
(C) Z relies on conventional criteria for the notion of a significant relationship - out of scope
(D) Z’s statistics focus on level of foreclosures rather than direction of change - the best. the stats focuses only on foreclosures does not help the impact it is causing.
(E) Z assumes that there is no connection between economic and political trends - he is assuming nothing here. IF he was assuming the sentence would read "Z thinks blah blah..."

Thanks amma4u, very nice explanation +1. Crystal clear. All the best for ur G.mat!
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