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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.

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Originally posted by noboru on 23 Sep 2009, 12:25.
Last edited by broall on 22 Feb 2018, 18:38, edited 2 times in total.
Changed OA from D to B
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28 Jan 2014, 18:49
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shagalo wrote:
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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No, your interpretation is not correct. B is saying that no SUCCESSFUL strategies will make the loneliness more severe (intense) and that single word "successful" is very important.

Remember that assumptions fill the gaps in the logic from premise to conclusion. The premise is that the hobby strategy may cause intensified (more severe) loneliness THEREFORE it cannot be a successful strategy. Why can't it be successful? There seems to be some benefits. In order to believe that because of the intensified loneliness it can't be a successful strategy we have to assume that successful strategies will NOT ever make loneliness more intense (severe).

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17 Feb 2010, 10:25
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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.
Assumptions are unsaid premises. They are those missing links that would complete the story. Everything moves fine till we encounter lasts sentence. That seems a bit out of place. Stem says that shy kids develop hobbies---> hobbies help them find friends ---> is they loose hobby then loneliness increases (fine) ---> Therefore, hobby is not a good idea?? Well there is a missing link between the last two lines.

And see that B is the only option that fits there. Hobby decreases loneliness---> loss of hobbies decrease loneliness---> any strategy that has a risk of intensifying loneliness isn't a good strategy---> Therefore, hobby isn't a good strategy.

Makes sense, doesn't it!
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23 Sep 2009, 20:20
I will go with E

(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends

Author claims that if Shy adolescents loose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. Exacerbation can happen only when they are feeling lose of friends
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27 Sep 2009, 20:20
D.
If developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness, so there must be some other successful strategy available for them, this is what D says.
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27 Sep 2009, 20:30

But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated - Why will they lose interest ?

Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
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27 Sep 2009, 22:52
I think it's D, since it suggests that there's a better strategy for overcoming it.
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29 Sep 2009, 00:28
IMO E,
D is more like a conclusion.
C apply to all cases, where as statement says sometimes.
A and B is not near by
can someone explain the best way to solve such assumption question.
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29 Sep 2009, 07:00
IMO D.

if you negate this then this will weaken the conclusion of the statment.
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22 Oct 2009, 17:22
"D" for me. Negate D and the argument falls apart. What is the "OA" ?
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23 Oct 2009, 00:27
noboru wrote:
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.

Invariably C for me.
The shy engaged in hobby to help distract them from loneliness. It means hobby overcomes loneliness to some extant.
1) The shy evantually find a friend. Then if the shy lose interest in hobby, the loneliness may be intensified.
2) The shy will not find a friend. If the shy is engaged in hobby for ever, they will be distracted from loneliness for ever. Here the missed ASSUMPTION, that the shy any way lose interest in hobby, therefore feel loneliness.

My ans is C
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25 Oct 2009, 15:53

Building blocks (just thinking with myself):
2) they have hobbies to distract them from their loneliness
3) there is a possibility of someone have the same hobby as these shy adolescents. It would be a way of know people.

[gap]

conclusion: if they choose not to have this hobby anymore, their loneliness will get worse and therefore this strategy is not "recommended". [in other words, it did not worth having this hobby]

For me, what would fill in this gap is something that says "shy people look for hobbies in order to find friends and will necessarily be disappointed if they do not find one"

I was in between E and C

I choose C because E is already said in the text

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noboru wrote:
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.
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03 Dec 2009, 09:59
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The conclusion clearly states that developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy.
We have to assume that there exists some other strategy that will be successful.
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03 Dec 2009, 13:26
IMO B

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.

so even it may help for some time but afterwords make things worst its not a good strategy!!
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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.

Conclusion states: Adolescent loneliness cannot be overcome by an all consuming hobby.
So there needs to be other methods to overcome loneliness apart from a hobby.

A- States hobby creates more friends. This does not support the conclusion.
B- This weakens the conclusion by stating there is no successful strategy for overcoming loneliness.
C- "No friends then no hobby" is what it states. But premise in the argument states "because of hobby you get friends". Mistaken Reversal
D-Correct. Strengthens the conclusion by stating that other strategies more successful than all consuming hobby to overcome loneliness
E- If they want to make friends then adolescents devote to a hobby. Again Mistaken Reversal.

Hence D is the right choice
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04 Dec 2009, 17:38
so thats restate in this way
proponent : all -consuming hobby is good strategy...
oponent: - no, it may exerbacate loneliness

so it states that if srtategy may exerbate some loneliness it not good strategy , even it will be a help for some time...

C - other strategies -not reluctant
D- Shy adolescents will lose ....- strategy must b the issue !

imo B
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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.
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26 Feb 2010, 21:35
honeyrai - thanks for the explanation. Makes sense now --
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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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honeyrai wrote:
SudiptoGmat wrote:
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.
Assumptions are unsaid premises. They are those missing links that would complete the story. Everything moves fine till we encounter lasts sentence. That seems a bit out of place. Stem says that shy kids develop hobbies---> hobbies help them find friends ---> is they loose hobby then loneliness increases (fine) ---> Therefore, hobby is not a good idea?? Well there is a missing link between the last two lines.

And see that B is the only option that fits there. Hobby decreases loneliness---> loss of hobbies increases loneliness---> any strategy that has a risk of intensifying loneliness isn't a good strategy---> Therefore, hobby isn't a good strategy.

Makes sense, doesn't it!

Excellent explanation, just one correction highlighted in red.
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