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There are more than 4 topics about this question here at GmatClub and MGMAT said that is flawaled... I dont know why create a new topic...

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Recently, some critics of the U.S. government have pointed out that this country is the only advanced industrialized nation without a national vaccine laboratory and suggested that this lack makes the American public more vulnerable than other developed nations to infectious diseases, such as avian flu. A government official said these critics were disloyal and thus wrong about the public’s vulnerability. To support his claim, the official cited the generally long life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations. Mentioning the high quality of American hospitals, he added that all of the Europeans that he knew preferred to undergo major medical treatments in the United States rather than in the socialized medical systems in place in their home countries.

All of the following are weaknesses or potential weaknesses in the official’s argument EXCEPT:

A. The high quality of hospitals in the United States is not a factor affecting the public’s vulnerability to infectious disease.

B. Whether or not the critics are disloyal has no bearing on whether or not they are wrong.

C. The Europeans that the official cited are a demographically narrow sample, overwhelmingly composed of wealthy males over the age of fifty.

D. The average life span of United States citizens is determined not only by deaths due to infectious diseases but also by deaths due to all other causes.

E. Comparing the United States to all United Nations member nations does not address the concern that the U.S. is behind other advanced industrialized nations in a particular way.
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indeed one of the toughest questions in cr i have ever seen
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Hmm this one is indeed a tricky one, I came up with D

D) The average life span of United States citizens is determined not only by deaths due to infectious diseases but also
by deaths due to all other causes.

missed the important part of the argument "To support his claim, the official cited the generally long
life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations."

though, still think that this might strengthen the officials argument, as he said that mortality rate is low as compared to other nations (and with D it says , mortality rate include other reasons including infectious disease, then its - "mortality rate via infectious disease" is still lower.)
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Is it really a question from GMAT Prep??
I see it appeared on the MGMAT CATs and later was removed as it was 'flawed in several ways'.

I personally am not convinced with the answer and would be really worried if someone can confirm that it was actually from GMAT Prep .
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Thinking enough but still can't reach conclusion why a is the answer, seriously needing the expert help.
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Thinking enough but still can't reach conclusion why a is the answer, seriously needing the expert help.


read my earlier post .. Don't waste your time on this questions,

As per information available on the following site,this CR has a flaw in it and has been pulled off for rehab by Question source.

read this >> https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t1089.html
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God !! that is why I am so reluctant in trying questions that are not from OG :( . I exhausted all my GMAT prep material and questions on GMAT club so I thought to give other sources a chance . First question I tried and it was flawed :( and I wasted good 15 min on this one.

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Recently, some critics of the U.S. government have pointed out that this country is the only advanced industrialized
nation without a national vaccine laboratory and suggested that this lack makes the American public more vulnerable
than other developed nations to infectious diseases, such as avian flu. A government official said these critics were
disloyal and thus wrong about the public’s vulnerability. To support his claim, the official cited the generally long
life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations.Mentioning
the high quality of American hospitals, he added that all of the Europeans that he knew preferred to undergo major
medical treatments in the United States rather than in the socialized medical systems in place in their home
countries.

Answer should be A, because Official mentions about the high quality of American Hospitals, which is not in sync with what the critics talk about.
Critics talk about the vulnerability due to lack of vaccine Laboratory. On the basis of critics statement, the official's statement should make sense.
"Vaccine laboratory is totally different from American Hospitals."
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Recently, some critics of the U.S. government have pointed out that this country is the only advanced industrialized
nation without a national vaccine laboratory and suggested that this lack makes the American public more vulnerable
than other developed nations to infectious diseases, such as avian flu. A government official said these critics were
disloyal and thus wrong about the public’s vulnerability. To support his claim, the official cited the generally long
life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations.Mentioning
the high quality of American hospitals, he added that all of the Europeans that he knew preferred to undergo major
medical treatments in the United States rather than in the socialized medical systems in place in their home
countries.

Answer should be A, because Official mentions about the high quality of American Hospitals, which is not in sync with what the critics talk about.
Critics talk about the vulnerability due to lack of vaccine Laboratory. On the basis of critics statement, the official's statement should make sense.
"Vaccine laboratory is totally different from American Hospitals."


In that case, the official's argument is not a valid one, and hence option A also points out a weakness in the official's argument.

It has already been pointed out in the thread that this question is flawed:
recently-some-critics-of-the-u-s-government-have-pointed-139714.html#p1126116
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Recently, some critics of the U.S. government have pointed out that this country is the only advanced industrialized
nation without a national vaccine laboratory and suggested that this lack makes the American public more vulnerable
than other developed nations to infectious diseases, such as avian flu. A government official said these critics were
disloyal and thus wrong about the public’s vulnerability. To support his claim, the official cited the generally long
life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations. Mentioning
the high quality of American hospitals, he added that all of the Europeans that he knew preferred to undergo major
medical treatments in the United States rather than in the socialized medical systems in place in their home
countries.

All of the following are weaknesses or potential weaknesses in the official’s argument EXCEPT:

A) The high quality of hospitals in the United States is not a factor affecting the public’s vulnerability to infectious
disease.
The GO uses 'the high quality of hospitals' as one of his points but this option here denies the links between high quality of hospitals and public’s vulnerability to infectious disease. [Weakens]
B) Whether or not the critics are disloyal has no bearing on whether or not they are wrong.
The 'quality' of the critics, a factor which the GO used to support his claim, has been delinked with whether or not the critics are wrong. [Weakens]
C) The Europeans that the official cited are a demographically narrow sample, overwhelmingly composed of wealthy
males over the age of fifty.
Definitely weakens.
D) The average life span of United States citizens is determined not only by deaths due to infectious diseases but also
by deaths due to all other causes.
It might be possible that because of the infectious diseases, the life span is quite low but as the other death causes are brought it, the figure goes up. [Weakens]
E) Comparing the United States to all United Nations member nations does not address the concern that the U.S. is
behind other advanced industrialized nations in a particular way.
Yes, the sample space might be different. [Weakens]

For a rookie like me, it's hard when all the options appear incorrect :( so I randomly chose D. But later I learned that the question itself is Wrong :!: :-D
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Recently, some critics of the U.S. government have pointed out that this country is the only advanced industrialized
nation without a national vaccine laboratory and suggested that this lack makes the American public more vulnerable
than other developed nations to infectious diseases, such as avian flu. A government official said these critics were
disloyal and thus wrong about the public’s vulnerability. To support his claim, the official cited the generally long
life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations. Mentioning
the high quality of American hospitals, he added that all of the Europeans that he knew preferred to undergo major
medical treatments in the United States rather than in the socialized medical systems in place in their home
countries.

All of the following are weaknesses or potential weaknesses in the official’s argument EXCEPT:

• The high quality of hospitals in the United States is not a factor affecting the public’s vulnerability to infectious
disease.
• Whether or not the critics are disloyal has no bearing on whether or not they are wrong.
• The Europeans that the official cited are a demographically narrow sample, overwhelmingly composed of wealthy
males over the age of fifty.
• The average life span of United States citizens is determined not only by deaths due to infectious diseases but also
by deaths due to all other causes.
• Comparing the United States to all United Nations member nations does not address the concern that the U.S. is
behind other advanced industrialized nations in a particular way.
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Recently, some critics of the U.S. government have pointed out that this country is the only advanced industrialized
nation without a national vaccine laboratory and suggested that this lack makes the American public more vulnerable
than other developed nations to infectious diseases, such as avian flu. A government official said these critics were
disloyal and thus wrong about the public’s vulnerability. To support his claim, the official cited the generally long
life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations. Mentioning
the high quality of American hospitals, he added that all of the Europeans that he knew preferred to undergo major
medical treatments in the United States rather than in the socialized medical systems in place in their home
countries.

All of the following are weaknesses or potential weaknesses in the official’s argument EXCEPT:

• The high quality of hospitals in the United States is not a factor affecting the public’s vulnerability to infectious
disease.
• Whether or not the critics are disloyal has no bearing on whether or not they are wrong.
• The Europeans that the official cited are a demographically narrow sample, overwhelmingly composed of wealthy
males over the age of fifty.
• The average life span of United States citizens is determined not only by deaths due to infectious diseases but also
by deaths due to all other causes.
• Comparing the United States to all United Nations member nations does not address the concern that the U.S. is
behind other advanced industrialized nations in a particular way.

Dear harvardgirl1,

My friend, you appear to be relatively new to GMAT Club, and may not be familiar with some of the guidelines. As a general rule, please do not start a brand new thread for a question that already has been posted before. Always search first and add your comments & thoughts to an existing thread, and start a new thread only if you are sure that the question has never been posted before. You see, every official question and most questions from most popular sources already have been posted on GMAT club. I merged your post into this pre-existing post. If you have any questions about this CR problem, you probably will find the discussion here helpful.

Does all this make sense?
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thanks mike for your guiding :) I will search on whether the question is already posted
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in this ques the official has already mentioned high quality hospitals as a reason that US is not behind other nations so A option is weakening the argument. How this be the answer?
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in this ques the official has already mentioned high quality hospitals as a reason that US is not behind other nations so A option is weakening the argument. How this be the answer?

Dear Parickshit,

I'm happy to respond. :-) This is a MGMAT question, and apparently the folks at MGMAT have become concerned with some flaws in the question. See:
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t1089.html

I agree that this answer choice has issues.

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All the options weaken. Hard to determine which one weakens the least- if that's what GMAT is asking. :O
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Although I got this question wrong - After analysis, I am convinced that 'A' is the correct answer. Basically, we need to be sure what this question is asking us to look at in the answer options - It needs us to find the weaknesses in the argument , What i understood by the weakness is - that argument might be assuming something wrongly because of which it falls apart. For instance - in this argument, Officials have mentioned that the Critics are disloyal and thus wrong about public vulnerability. This point is weak - look at answer option no b, "Whether or not the critics are disloyal has no bearing on whether or not they are wrong". Weakness of an argument is an underlying assumption that the argument makes. Here officials assume that the critics were disloyal without providing any proof of their disloyality - were there findings about public vulnerability wrong ? May be yes may be no - but officials dont know that for sure.


Recently, some critics of the U.S. government have pointed out that this country is the only advanced industrialized
nation without a national vaccine laboratory and suggested that this lack makes the American public more vulnerable
than other developed nations to infectious diseases, such as avian flu. A government official said these critics were
disloyal and thus wrong about the public’s vulnerability. To support his claim, the official cited the generally long
life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations. Mentioning
the high quality of American hospitals, he added that all of the Europeans that he knew preferred to undergo major
medical treatments in the United States rather than in the socialized medical systems in place in their home
countries. All of the following are weaknesses or potential weaknesses in the official’s argument EXCEPT:
A) The high quality of hospitals in the United States is not a factor affecting the public’s vulnerability to infectious
disease. Correct - The high quality of hospitals is not the focus , rather the focus is the Europeans (narrow sample though) undergoing treatment in US hospitals.
B) Whether or not the critics are disloyal has no bearing on whether or not they are wrong. - Weakness , explained above in detail
C) The Europeans that the official cited are a demographically narrow sample, overwhelmingly composed of wealthy
males over the age of fifty. - Clear weakness
D) The average life span of United States citizens is determined not only by deaths due to infectious diseases but also
by deaths due to all other causes. - Official support his claim that critics are disloyal and wrong about vulnerability by citing generally long life span of people in US. Wait a minute, we are concerned about public vulnerability to the infectious disease. Weakness in the argument is that it wrongly compares general life span with life span of people with infectious disease.
E) Comparing the United States to all United Nations member nations does not address the concern that the U.S. is
behind other advanced industrialized nations in a particular way. - Clear Weakness


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Precisely as per your explanation is that I interpreted it differently. The question or the challenge presented is the following: "all of the following are weaknesses or potential weaknesses in the official’s argument EXCEPT:", "A" precisely points out a flaw in the reasoning, so it weakens the argument. How come that could be a winner then if we are looking for the one that do not weaken the official's argument. That is what I would go with D.

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Hello! One of the most amazing questions I haev done lately - so many facts and really tests your attention to question STEM. So this is the logic I have applied. Basically the question asked me to find the ONLY STRENGTH in the critics argument -and logically what he said was very weak. Would be glad to know other people's comments on the below strategy:

Recently, some critics of the U.S. government have pointed out that this country is the only advanced industrialized
nation without a national vaccine laboratory and suggested that this lack makes the American public more vulnerable
than other developed nations to infectious diseases, such as avian flu. A government official said these critics were
disloyal and thus wrong about the public’s vulnerability. To support his claim, the official cited the generally long
life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations. Mentioning
the high quality of American hospitals, he added that all of the Europeans that he knew preferred to undergo major
medical treatments in the United States rather than in the socialized medical systems in place in their home
countries.

All of the following are weaknesses or potential weaknesses in the official’s argument EXCEPT:


A) The high quality of hospitals in the United States is not a factor affecting the public’s vulnerability to infectious
disease = (it is not a FACTOR it is a STRENGTH - he said the hospitals are very good and are referred by those he knew (latter is a weakness though)
B) Whether or not the critics are disloyal has no bearing on whether or not they are wrong. (weakness - we know this because he said "A government official said these critics were disloyal and thus wrong about the public’s vulnerability" - this is a weakness in his reasoning
C) The Europeans that the official cited are a demographically narrow sample, overwhelmingly composed of wealthy
males over the age of fifty. (again a weakness in his argument)
D) The average life span of United States citizens is determined not only by deaths due to infectious diseases but also
by deaths due to all other causes. (general fact, possible weakness too- but is out of scope)
E) Comparing the United States to all United Nations member nations does not address the concern that the U.S. is
behind other advanced industrialized nations in a particular way.(What the argument started out with - saying that USA is behind nations in one aspect)
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Don't fret on this question. This question is not worded properly and has even been discussed in Manhattan blog.

I will put the link for anyone who is curious, just in case.

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