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Since Professor Smythe has been head of the department, the most distinguished member of the faculty has resigned, fewer new courses have been developed, student has dropped, and the reputation of the department has gone down. These facts provide conclusive evidence that Professor Smythe was appointed to undermine the department.

The reasoning in the argument is flawed because the argument

(A) overlooks the fact that something can have the reputation for being of poor quality without being of poor quality
(B) bases a general claim on a few exceptional instances
(C) assumes that because an action was followed by a change, the action was undertaken to bring about that change
(D) fails to distinguish between a decline in quantity and a decline in quality
(E) presupposes what it purports to establish
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Does A address the conclusion of the argument: Professor
Smythe was appointed to undermine the department.
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Since Professor Smythe has been head of the department, the most distinguished member of the faculty has resigned, fewer new courses have been developed, student enrollment has dropped, and the reputation of the department has gone down. These facts provide conclusive evidence that Professor Smythe was appointed to undermine the department.

The reasoning in the argument is flawed because the argument

(A) overlooks the fact that something can have the reputation for being of poor quality without being of poor quality

(B) bases a general claim on a few exceptional instances

(C) assumes that because an action was followed by a change, the action was undertaken to bring about that change

(D) fails to distinguish between a decline in quantity and a decline in quality

(E) presupposes what it purports to establish


C is the answer ..

appointment of prof . brought reputation of certain dept down , but it is not that the intention of appointment was to bring down reputation.
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New post 21 Jun 2017, 09:24
very easy one
Imo C
Rest all options are not relevant
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Can someone explain option B?
I selected C because it was the same thing that the conclusion is trying to state but option B also looks fine.
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