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# Some members have criticized the club's president

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02 Jun 2017, 19:20
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Some members have criticized the club's president for inviting Dr. Hines to speak at the annual awards banquet without consulting other club members beforehand. But a few years ago the previous club president hired a tax accountant even though he had not discussed it with club members beforehand. So the current president acted appropriately in the way in which she invited Dr. Hines.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument relies?

(A) The previous club president had also invited speakers without first consulting other club members.
(B) At the time the previous club president hired the tax accountant, most club members did not expect to be consulted about such matters.
(C) Dr. Hines accepted the president's invitation to speak at the club's annual awards banquet.
(D) The club president has more discretion in hiring an accountant than in hiring a speaker.
(E) The club's previous president acted appropriately in hiring the tax accountant without first consulting other club members.

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06 Oct 2017, 04:46
Current president acted appropriately. So in order for the conclusion to hold true, there must be and assumption mentioning that the previous president also acted appropriately. E serves best.
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05 Apr 2018, 22:48
I DIDNT GET THIS QUESTION . CAN SOMEONE PLS COME UP WITH AN EXPLANATION. WHY CANT IT BE D.
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09 Apr 2018, 11:27
Rollroll wrote:
I DIDNT GET THIS QUESTION . CAN SOMEONE PLS COME UP WITH AN EXPLANATION. WHY CANT IT BE D.

I think you assumed the following when picking answer D: If the discretion required to hire the accountant was higher than that one required to hire the speaker, then it was fine to hire the speaker because the accountant already got hired before. The problem with this reasoning is that we don't know whether discretion is the crucial criterium for hiring an external person.

In contrast to that, E states that the former club president acted appropriately when hiring the accountan without asking for permission. In the statement it is given that the current president acted appropriately. Hence, appropriateness is definitely a criterium by which we can judge his decision. The argument is based on the fact that the former president did the same thing as the previous president. If we negate answer E we get "the previous president didn't act appropriately in hiring the accountant without consulting with the other members". This would break our conclusion and hence E is the correct choice.

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