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# Senovia can be looked upon as an example of stability within an

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­Senovia can be looked upon as an example of stability within an unstable region. Of the 4 countries in the Senovian Mountain region, Senovia is the only one to have the same borders today as it did 20 years ago.

Which of the following if true, would most weaken the conclusion presented above?

A. After years of dispute between Senovia and its neighbors, the United Nation redrew the country’s borders to match their original shape last year.

B. Two of Senovia’s neighbors split from one another to create independent countries 10 years ago.

C. Many countries in the region are more interested in acquiring new territory than they are in stabilizing existing borders.

D. Senovia has had unsteady economic growth during the 20 years in question.

E. As more countries in the Senovian Mountain region have joined global alliances, border disputes have become less likely.

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­Senovia can be looked upon as an example of stability within an unstable region. Of the 4 countries in the Senovian Mountain region, Senovia is the only one to have the same borders today as it did 20 years ago.

Which of the following if true, would most weaken the conclusion presented above?

A. After years of dispute between Senovia and its neighbors, the United Nation redrew the country’s borders to match their original shape last year.

B. Two of Senovia’s neighbors split from one another to create independent countries 10 years ago.

C. Many countries in the region are more interested in acquiring new territory than they are in stabilizing existing borders.

D. Senovia has had unsteady economic growth during the 20 years in question.

E. As more countries in the Senovian Mountain region have joined global alliances, border disputes have become less likely.

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VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

For any weaken question, remember that your first step is always to fully understand the stimulus and to find the gap. This question makes a generalization: it says that because the country of Senovia is the only one in the region to have the same borders as it has 20 years ago, that it can be considered a stable force in an unstable region. However, you only have two snapshots in time: the borders of Senovia as they are now and the borders of Senovia as they were 20 years ago. You don't have any other points of reference within that 20-year period.

Choice (A) perfectly fills this gap. Even though the borders are the same as they were 20 years ago, not only have they shifted over the last 20 years, but the instability was severe enough that the United Nations had to intervene.

Among the other answers, choice (B) strengthens the assertion that the rest of the region is relatively unstable. Choice (C) can be eliminated because it has to do with the intentions of other countries rather than the stability of Senovia itself. Choice (D) can be eliminated because the argument is about the stability of Senovia rather than its economic growth, and choice (E) can be eliminated because it is a general statement about the region as a whole rather than the stability of Senovia itself.­
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