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# Sven: Trade unions are traditionally regarded by governments

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15. Sven: Trade unions are traditionally regarded by governments and economists as restraints of trade, working against the complete freedom of the economy, but I believe that unions are indispensable since they are often the worker’s only protection against exploitation.
Ravi: I don’t agree. The exploitation of the workers and their work is a normal part of ordinary trade just like the exploitation of natural or other material resources.
Sven and Ravi will not be able to resolve their disagreement logically unless they
(A) define a key term
(B) rely on the opinions of established authorities
(C) question an unproved premise
(D) present supporting data
(E) distinguish fact from opinion

OA is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
a

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26 Jan 2010, 06:25
(A) seems logical enough. Are Sven and Ravi talking about the same thing? Or maybe each of them attaches different meaning to "exploitation"? They should agree on the definition of this key word. Otherwise, further dispute is meaningless

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27 Jan 2010, 02:03
vaivish1723 wrote:
15. Sven: Trade unions are traditionally regarded by governments and economists as restraints of trade, working against the complete freedom of the economy, but I believe that unions are indispensable since they are often the worker’s only protection against exploitation.
Ravi: I don’t agree. The exploitation of the workers and their work is a normal part of ordinary trade just like the exploitation of natural or other material resources.
Sven and Ravi will not be able to resolve their disagreement logically unless they
(A) define a key term
(B) rely on the opinions of established authorities
(C) question an unproved premise
(D) present supporting data
(E) distinguish fact from opinion

OA is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
a

My ans is A
Sven: trade union is the restraint to trade BUT it is indispensable. Trade union is the protection against exploitation.
Ravi: disagree. Exploitation is normal for trade.
IMO, both has to define the key term of "trade", specifically "Whether the exploitation is normal for trade". If so, they can run into the conclusion that whether the trade union is regarded as the restraint for trade and whether it is indispensable.
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27 Jan 2010, 06:20
(A) define a key term
(B) rely on the opinions of established authorities
(C) question an unproved premise
(D) present supporting data
(E) distinguish fact from opinion

Only credible choices are A and C,however we cannot solve the debate if the premise is questioned.
A is correct

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07 May 2011, 06:40
a is the answer but the key term which needs to be defined here is the worker. is the definition of worker same as natural or material resources ? if not then worker needs to be defined. exploitation is well understood here and needs no further clarification
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11 May 2011, 01:49
they are fighting over a key term Exploitation.
This needs to be defined as meanings interpreted here are different.
A.
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21 Oct 2013, 18:45
Meaning of the question: they talk about explotation

the first person says that explotation is not necessary
the second person emphasizes explotation is necessary as it is used for functioning purposes

both need to convey that explotation is or is not necessary

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