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# Reporter: The municipal department spends a lot of money

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Reporter: The municipal department spends a lot of money on constructing concrete roads. It is difficult to fathom the department’s choice to build concrete roads, when it can easily lay cheaper roads using permeable materials. Therefore, a petition should be written to the government to stop laying roads using concrete and start laying roads using permeable paving materials.

Which of the following, if known, would be most relevant in assessing the reporter’s argument?

A. Whether the municipal department’s previous plans have been cost effective
B. Whether the process of laying roads with concrete is similar to that of laying roads using permeable paving materials
C. Whether the reporter supports the present government or is a proponent of the opposition party
D. Whether other states have been using the permeable materials to construct their roads
E. Whether the price the government has to pay for maintaining roads in good condition is more for roads paved using permeable paving materials versus roads paved with concrete
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27 Jan 2019, 20:38
Why E is the correct answer? The question is about strenghten the argument of using permeable materials

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Why E is the correct answer? The question is about strenghten the argument of using permeable materials

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This is evaluate question.

I tried a negation technique:

E - Whether the price the government has to pay for maintaining roads in good condition is more for roads paved using permeable paving materials versus roads paved with concrete
Yes: The government needs to spend more for maintaining roads paved using permeable...=> Overall cost of permeable paving materials road is higher than concrete road => Argument is invalid
No: The government doesnt need to spend much for maintaining roads paved using permeable.. => Overall cost of permeable paving material road is not higher than concrete road => Can save money => Argument valid.
=>E correct
Re: Reporter: The municipal department spends a lot of money   [#permalink] 27 Jan 2019, 20:59
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# Reporter: The municipal department spends a lot of money

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