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Springfield Fire Commissioner: The vast majority of false fire

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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) Springfield just enacted a new law that mandates a minimum 30-year prison term for prank-calling the fire department.
(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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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) Springfield just enacted a new law that mandates a minimum 30-year prison term for prank-calling the fire department.
(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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The KEY is 'anounced effect'..

What is the expected outcome - the number of prank calls will go down.
Anything not meeting this outcome can be eliminated..

(A) The fire department traces all alarm calls made from private telephones and records where they came from.
If the calls from the private telephones can be traced back, the prank calls will go down because of the fear of getting caught. Thus fear was missing while making prank calls from alarm system.. CORRECT

(B) Springfield just enacted a new law that mandates a minimum 30-year prison term for prank-calling the fire department.
We are concerned only with the expected outcome of the removal of public alarm system..OUT of scope

(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.
This is an advantage of a telephone call but does not touch on the intended effect

(D) Responding to false alarms significantly reduces the fire department's capacity for responding to fires.
Agreed, but nothing on the private telephones and intended effect

(E) On any given day, a significant percentage of the public telephones in Springfield are out of service.
Again nothing about intended effect.
This could be another reason to remove public telephones .


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