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# The average life expectancy for the United States population

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The average life expectancy for the United States population [#permalink]

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03 Apr 2007, 22:51
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The average life expectancy for the United States population as a whole is 73.9 years, but children born in
Hawaii will live an average of 77 years, and those born in Louisiana, 71.7 years. If a newlywed couple from
Louisiana were to begin their family in Hawaii, therefore, their children would be expected to live longer than
would be the case if the family remained in Louisiana.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion drawn in the passage?

A. Insurance company statisticians do not believe that moving to Hawaii will significantly lengthen the average
Louisiananâ€™s life.
B. The governor of Louisiana has falsely alleged that statistics for his state are inaccurate.
C. The longevity ascribed to Hawaiiâ€™s current population is attributable mostly to genetically determined factors.
D. Thirty percent of all Louisianans can expect to live longer than 77 years.
E. Most of the Hawaiian Islands have levels of air pollution well below the national average for the United
States.
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03 Apr 2007, 23:06
C .. ?
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03 Apr 2007, 23:33
Clear C. If it's genetics, then it doesn't matter where you move your family to.
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03 Apr 2007, 23:40
Yup it is C.

If the longevity at Hawaii is due to genetically determined factors, then there is no affect on people migrating in on their longevity ..

-Amit
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04 Apr 2007, 06:55
I think this question is from the OG.
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04 Apr 2007, 07:44
C.
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04 Apr 2007, 10:30

becausse, if the longevity is decided by genes, then living in hawai will not increase the life span.
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09 Mar 2008, 13:41
C
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09 Mar 2008, 16:19
Definitely C. the ability to live longer is a result of genetics
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09 Mar 2008, 21:35
C for me too!
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10 Mar 2008, 12:56
agree with C , if genetics is the determinate then it really doesn't matter where you live.
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10 Mar 2008, 15:34
pi10t wrote:
The average life expectancy for the United States population as a whole is 73.9 years, but children born in
Hawaii will live an average of 77 years, and those born in Louisiana, 71.7 years. If a newlywed couple from
Louisiana were to begin their family in Hawaii, therefore, their children would be expected to live longer than
would be the case if the family remained in Louisiana.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion drawn in the passage?

A. Insurance company statisticians do not believe that moving to Hawaii will significantly lengthen the average
Louisiananâ€™s life.
B. The governor of Louisiana has falsely alleged that statistics for his state are inaccurate.
C. The longevity ascribed to Hawaiiâ€™s current population is attributable mostly to genetically determined factors.
D. Thirty percent of all Louisianans can expect to live longer than 77 years.
E. Most of the Hawaiian Islands have levels of air pollution well below the national average for the United
States.

The sentence is weakened when we ascribe the longetivity of Hawaiian to genetically determined factors.
Despite their migration to Hawaii, children born in Louisiana will not be able to increase their life span .
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10 Mar 2008, 15:40
I like C. If most people living in Hawaii are of asian decent and people living in Louisiana is of caucasian decent, then it would be attributable to the genes rather than the area itself. Just an example I used.
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14 Mar 2008, 17:37
easy C
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