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# Springfi eld Fire Commissioner: The vast majority of false fire alarms

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Springfield Fire Commissioner: The vast majority of false fire alarms are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone, these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people's ability to report a fire.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

(A) The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones and records where they came from.

(B) Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately five million dollars annually.

(C) A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.

(D) Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department's capacity for responding to fires.

(E) On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.

Originally posted by jerrywu on 12 Sep 2006, 06:59.
Last edited by souvik101990 on 22 Sep 2017, 05:51, edited 3 times in total.
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Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone, these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones and records where they came from.

B. Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately five million dollars annually.

C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.

D. Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department’s capacity for responding to fires.

E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.

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12 Sep 2006, 09:42
A out of scope
B irrelevant
C -- makes sense.
D so what? even false telephone can do the same.
E * answer choice is incomplete
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12 Sep 2006, 10:51
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jerrywu wrote:
Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms
are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street
corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone,
these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we
propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the
number of prank calls without hampering peopleâ€™s ability to report a fire.
Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the
proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

A.The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private tele-
phones and records where they came from.

Best Answer --> this asserts that calls from private phones are an effective way for people to report a fire. If it weren't then removing fireboxes might not be such a good idea. Therefore, removing firexboxes will not hamper people's ability to report fires.

B.Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately
five million dollars annually.

We're not talking about cost. Out of scope. Eliminate.

C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more informa-
tion about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.

We don't care about the nature & size of the fire. All we care about is the impact of removing boxes not hampering the ability of people to report fire. Eliminate.

D.Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire depart-
mentâ€™s capacity for responding to fires.

Don't care. Eliminate.
E.On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones
Incomplete. But out of scope. Don't care about public phones. Argument is based on private phones. Eliminate.

I go with A.
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12 Sep 2006, 11:04
Yeah you are right. A should be the answer.
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13 Sep 2006, 00:27
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A - CORRECT. Indicates that the telephones will allow the fire department to trace the location of the fire (just like the fire alarms).
B - Out of scope
C - Hmmm....This also makes sense, but A is BETTER.
D - Irrelevant
E - incomplete
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24 Sep 2006, 00:36
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Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone, these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people's ability to report a fire.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones and records where they came from.
B. Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately five million dollars annually.
C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.
D. Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department's capacity for responding to fires.
E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.
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24 Sep 2006, 07:00
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I agree with C, since the statement said that a vast majority were prank calls but not all, since there could be still some correct calls from fire alarm boxes, once boxes are removed, there will be no doubt left. Private phones are still numerous to report fire.

C is a very strong statement, nature and size of fire is very important so it gives the strongest support
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24 Sep 2006, 09:27
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I did not go with C for two reasons.

i) C is not clear on whether it is referring to Private or Public phones.
ii) Also the question is more on how to reduce the prank calls. C gives us no explanation on how prank calls are/will be reduced. Some one in City A can call from a telephone and say that City B building X is on fire.

However if we do consider A as the option

i) It supports that Prank calls can be reduced as we can clearly trace to the person who used the private phone
ii) As almost every one has access to private phone, people can still report the alarms.

What do you think?
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24 Sep 2006, 09:37
The basic purpose is: Removing the boxes will reduce the
number of prank calls.

So it's A cause the objective is to reduce false calls and A supports that conclusion. Also POE is good: B,C and D support the removal but NOT the reasons of the Fire Commissioner.
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24 Sep 2006, 09:40
I think this should be A .

A clearly address the assumption that a telephone call is as easily traceable as a fire alarm call and can clearly function as one.

Do you have the OE for this ?
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29 Jul 2007, 06:59
OK - I wanted to open this up again. Sometime ago this question was disucssed. One source claimed the OA is C with which I agreed. However discussions amidst the august house yielded A as the answer. People did not agree with C.

My reasoning for C is this -

The fact that removing the alarm boxes will eliminate Prank calls has been stated directly in the passage. So, there's no further corroboration required on that front.

C affirms that a Phone call can better describe the size and nature of the fire (thus establishing a direct advantage over a fire alarm call from the sought-to-be-displaced alarm box). Thus C asserts and validates what has been announced in the passage that removing the alarm box will reduce prank calls without hampering people's ability to report fires.

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29 Jul 2007, 09:31
withme wrote:
Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms
are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street
corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone,
these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we
propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the
number of prank calls without hampering peopleâ€™s ability to report a fire.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the
proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones
and records where they came from.
B. Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately
five million dollars annually.
C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information
about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed
from an alarm box.
D. Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire departmentâ€™s
capacity for responding to fires.
E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones
in Springfield are out of service.

Highlight below for the answer.

OA is C. Am not impressed. Am thinking that A answers/supports better than option C, as A negates the Prank calls by tracing back to the person who called, without compromising the ability of the people to report.

This one is hard - we want to make sure we understand and address the question asked at hand: Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

Main conclusion: proposal to remove the fire alarm boxes
Supporting conclusion: removing the boxes will reduce the
number of prank calls without hampering people's ability to report a fire

Based on this information, I feel answer A is the best since being able to trace the calls to the origin would deter and reduce the prank calls and since everyone has access to telephones (as stated in the argument), it would still give everyone access.

Any other thoughts?
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29 Jul 2007, 15:58
I think A is a better answer.
It is the only answer claiming to solve two issues. Firstly, it reduces the numberr of prank calls while establishing identity of the caller.
Secondly, it ensures that the reporting ability of the public will not be compromised.
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29 Jul 2007, 16:17
dwivedys wrote:
OK - I wanted to open this up again. Sometime ago this question was disucssed. One source claimed the OA is C with which I agreed. However discussions amidst the august house yielded A as the answer. People did not agree with C.

My reasoning for C is this -

The fact that removing the alarm boxes will eliminate Prank calls has been stated directly in the passage. So, there's no further corroboration required on that front.

C affirms that a Phone call can better describe the size and nature of the fire (thus establishing a direct advantage over a fire alarm call from the sought-to-be-displaced alarm box). Thus C asserts and validates what has been announced in the passage that removing the alarm box will reduce prank calls without hampering people's ability to report fires.

Agree with C. Proposal to remove alarm box is already made. We need to show more reason(s) as to why this is justified. C does it.

"A" requires you make assumptions. Ability to trace back says nothing by itself, unless a clear link is showed as to how it could help
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17 Oct 2007, 12:57
Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone, these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones and records where they came from.
B. Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately five million dollars annually.
C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.
D. Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department’s capacity for responding to fires.
E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.
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17 Oct 2007, 13:14
singh_amit19 wrote:
Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone, these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the
proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones and records where they came from.
B. Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately five million dollars annually.
C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information
about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.
D. Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department’s
capacity for responding to fires.
E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.

I will go with A.

The conclusion of the argument is "Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire."

Choice A shows that once the fire alarm boxes are gone it will be difficult/impossible for people to make prank calls.

Choices C and D are tempting but they are not really relevant to the central issue of eliminating prank calls.
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17 Oct 2007, 13:51
Actually on second thought I am now confused between A and C.

Quote:
C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.

The conclusion again "Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire."

C strengthens the second part of the argument. Removing fire alarm boxes does not hamper people reporting fire because telephones are everywhere. Using a telephone also gives more information to the fire department. Hence the argument is strengthened.

But my first instinct was to go with A. That's what I would have chosen on exam day.
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17 Oct 2007, 16:41
gluon wrote:
Actually on second thought I am now confused between A and C.

Quote:
C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.

The conclusion again "Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire."

C strengthens the second part of the argument. Removing fire alarm boxes does not hamper people reporting fire because telephones are everywhere. Using a telephone also gives more information to the fire department. Hence the argument is strengthened.

But my first instinct was to go with A. That's what I would have chosen on exam day.

Will go for 'C' as well.
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17 Oct 2007, 17:12
The proposal (remove boxes) will have the desired effect (reduce the number of prank calls without hampering the ability to report)

A - Correct - tracing calls ensures that prank calls are reduced
B - Not relevant... No discussion about cost
C - It may be true, but doesn't speak to the reduction of prank calls... This one is close, as it speak to the ability to report
D - Doesn't speak to the box removal
E - Doesn't speak to the proposal to remove boxes and reduce calls.

A and C are close, but A wins out

singh_amit19 wrote:
Springfield Fire Commissioner: the vast majority of false fire alarms are prank calls made anonymously from fire alarm boxes on street corners. Since virtually everyone has access to a private telephone, these alarm boxes have outlived their usefulness. Therefore, we propose to remove the boxes. Removing the boxes will reduce the number of prank calls without hampering people’s ability to report a fire.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the claim that the
proposal, if carried out, will have the announced effect?

A. The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones and records where they came from.
B. Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs Springfield approximately five million dollars annually.
C. A telephone call can provide the fire department with more information
about the nature and size of a fire than can an alarm placed from an alarm box.
D. Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department’s
capacity for responding to fires.
E. On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.
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