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04 Oct 2017, 02:45
kannu44 wrote:
option A is almost same as given in argument but still it is the answer.

Option E is promising older people do want to live the religious holiday and due their desire for that they do not die during that period which is mentioned in option E that is during spring and fall there are less number of elderly death.

There are 2 important grounds that the premise talks about -
1. Elderly people who practice a religion
2. dying immediately after holiday period - SPAN

The conclusion relates to -
3. The willingness to live longer enough to finish the holiday span
(Though you may not be able to digest this at first, but convince yourself immediately to get comfortable with such statements; else your mind will somewhere be struck at it and hence, less focus on the question. This was important for me. So, tried to reason immediately that elderly people might have prayed to celebrate this holiday period as their last one with their relatives and family - whatever works for you)

So, the strengthening option must relate to all these 3 points.
A - relates all three grounds - holiday span, religious practice and willingness to live through this span. You may ask - how is willingness related ?
Because if this particular statement is true, then only factor of willingness has made them to survive through the holiday period before dying.
C- misses out the very important ground of including Holiday Span in the statement logic. Incomplete in this context.

D & E are eliminated on identical grounds of missing to relate all the three points.
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04 Oct 2017, 08:55
Studies have shown that elderly people who practice a religion are much more likely to die immediately after an important religious holiday period than immediately before one. Researchers have concluded that the will to live can prolong life, at least for short periods of time.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the researchers conclusion?

(A) Elderly people who practice a religion are less likely to die immediately before or during an important religious holiday than at any other time of the year.
- Correct as is. Elderly people who practice a religion have a reason to WANT to avoid dying immediately before/during an important religious holiday

(B) Elderly people who practice a religion appear to experience less anxiety at the prospect of dying than do other people.
- Not sure anxiety is directly tied to prolonging life/dying. also compare religious people to other people unnecessarily -- only considered with the will to prolong life.

(C) Some elderly people who do practice a religion live much longer than most elderly people who do not.
- "Some" can be 1 or 99%. also, not concerned about living MUCH longer -- remember, Conclusion is focused on prolonging life for SHORT PERIODS OF TIME.

(D) Most elderly people who participate in religious holidays have different reasons for participating than young people do.
- Out of scope. The reasons people participate in religious holidays is irrelevant.

(E) Many religions have important holidays in the spring and fall, seasons with the lowest death rates for elderly people.
- Out of scope. Lowest death rates do NOT relate to the WILL to avoid dying.

must share that i thought this was a tough one. by using POE, i was able to knock down quite a few A/C but ultimately its about how well you understand the conclusion

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