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Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby

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28 Mar 2010, 10:56
great question it went of like a beamer thanku for the explanations
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08 Apr 2010, 22:33
great question, awesome exp gaurav
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Great question and explanation! The question took me a long time to solve.
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09 Jun 2010, 07:15
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Hey All,

You got to the right answer, for the right reason, already, so I only have one thing to add. The way to improve generally at CR is to start to recognize patterns in both the passage structures and the answer choices. For what it's worth, this question falls into one of the 4 categories we separate out within the greater category of "assumption" questions.

The first category (represented in this question) is "logic gap". Just as honeyrai so efficiently explained, there is a syllogism here with a missing piece. In case you've forgotten, a syllogism is a logical argument that works in this way: If a = b and b = c, then a = c. Logic gap questions tend to say a = b, so a = c, and we lose out on that important b = c part. If you start to recognize this as a pattern that comes back again and again, you're more likely not to fall for a trick or trap.

Word up.

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Thanks Tommy. I did eliminations and saw the answer. Like this one. Is this correct? Pls comment.

Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.
Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?
(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby. IRRELEVANT. OUT
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness. HOLD
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.

WRONG FOR 2 REASONS.
ONE Y-> X IS WRONG (No friends -> No hobby)
The sequence was HOBBY -> DISTRACT LONELINESS -> FRIENDS

AND SECOND I NEED UNSTATED PREMISE

(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful IRRELEVANT. OUT
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends. IRRELEVANT. OUT

IMO : B
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20. Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?
(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby.
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends.

IMO B
Explanation. Shy adolescents devote to hobby to distract from loneliness.
Sometimes they make friends who share hobby. ( Decreases Loneliness ).
Sometimes loose interest -> loneliness increases.

Conclusion: All consuming hobby is not best strategy for overcoming loneliness.

A. It is out of scope as WIDER CIRCLE OF Friends is not mentioned
B. Since the loneliness is increasing as a result of hobby so this is the assumption behind the conclusion.
C. It is not mentioned that loss of interest in hobby is due to not making friends.
D. Out of scope.
E. It is not mentioned in the passage that adolescents devote to hobby is to make friends.
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17 Oct 2011, 19:53
+1 for B.

The introduction of the premise about making friends was a nice distraction. Nowhere in the argument did the author connected it to the reasoning.

Overall the argument is weak. Hence we needed a "Supporter" assumption - a strong statement that would fill in the logical gap. B fits the bill

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17 Oct 2011, 22:39
I believe that is B.

I used the negate test here.

If a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness intensifies that loneliness, then the argument falls apart badly. The argument basically stated the assumption without explicitly saying so.

I can see D as a tempting choice, but we're only worried about the method of overcoming loneliness with a hobby, and not anything else. Someone wrote that it's out of scope and I agree. If this is a strengthen or weaken question instead, then this is a type of answer choice that can be correct however to strengthen the argument at least superficially.
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21 Oct 2011, 13:30
Its E or C. Had it been exam i would choose E
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22 Oct 2011, 13:04
Nice question. Took almost 5 mins to reach B by POE!!

Searched for OA on other forums. Answer is given as B in the link below.

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23 Jan 2012, 10:11
I got E first. But got B later.
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
This is saying that a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness NEVER intensifies that loneliness. But the argument says that decreased interest in a hobby intensifies loneliness. This implies a hobby is not a successful strategy, which is,in fact, the conclusion.
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04 Apr 2012, 13:23
Why is D wrong? If developing an all-consuming hobby is not a succesfull strategy the author assumes there is a better strategy

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04 May 2012, 08:58
+1 B

If there are successful strategies that could intensify the loneliness, we could not claim that hobbies are not successful.
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10 Jul 2012, 07:00
The answer is B. Took me nearly four minutes to confirm B. But that's ok, because that's why there are 40-sec SC questions on the GMAT.

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18 Jan 2013, 21:58
lose interest in that hobby => intensifies/exacerbates loneliness
thus, hobby strategy is not success

gap: intensifies loniliness -> not successful strategy / no successful strategy intensifies loneliness

B fills that gap.

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28 Jan 2014, 16:43
can any one explain B meaning :
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.

i understood from B is that there are no stratigies will make the loneliness more sever . is my translation correct ? if it is not , why not correct ?

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30 Jan 2014, 09:47
Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.
Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?

(B) No successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.......links new term in conclusion-successful strategy- with term in premise-loneliness ......CORRECT ANSWER......

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13 Nov 2014, 22:07
I'm for B becase the statement says: "all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy" because in case of losing of interest in that hobby, the loneliness may be exacerbated - but B says that No successful strategy ever intensifies that loneliness, there for all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy
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14 Nov 2014, 10:33
I initially picked E but I change my answer to B. B was pretty ugly to read and understand.

(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.

The conclusion states that hobbies are not a good solution for adolescent loneliness. "B" explains this by essentially saying a successful strategy should not risk intensifying loneliness.
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