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# The fire that destroyed the Municipal Building started

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07 Jun 2005, 17:07
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The fire that destroyed the Municipal Building started before dawn this morning, and the last fire fighters did not leave until late this afternoon. No one could have been anywhere in the vicinity of a fire like that one and fail to notice it. Thomas must have seen it, whatever he now says to the contrary. He admits that, as usual, he went from his apartment to the library this morning, and there is no way for him to get from his apartment to the library without going past the Municipal Building.

11. The main conclusion of the argument is that
(A) Thomas was in the vicinity of the fire this morning
(B) Thomas claimed not to have seen the fire
(C) Thomas saw the fire this morning
(D) Thomas went directly from his apartment to the library this morning
(E) Thomas went by the Municipal Building this morning

12. The argument employs which one of the following reasoning techniques?

(A) presenting several different pieces of evidence each of which by itself would allow the conclusion to be properly drawn
(B) establishing that one thing occurred by showing that another thing occurred and that this second thing was enough to ensure the occurrence of the first thing
(C) justifying a claim that a view held by someone else is false by explaining why that view, despite its falsity, is a tempting one for that person to hold under the circumstances
(D) relying on evidence that a certain kind of event has regularly occurred in the past as a basis for concluding that an event of that kind occurred in the present case
(E) drawing a general conclusion about what is possible in a certain kind of situation on the basis of firsthand experience with one such situation

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08 Jun 2005, 08:15
C (Straight Shot)
D (Passage says: He admits that, as usual, he went from his apartment to the library this morning)

C, D

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08 Jun 2005, 09:00
A and D for me.

GA

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08 Jun 2005, 09:15
oh shoot!

i am changing my first choice. it's (A). No one could have been anywhere in the vicinity of a fire like that one and fail to notice it. The argument tries to prove (all the way) that thomas was in the vicinity, somehow.

(A) and (D)

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08 Jun 2005, 20:40
Arsene_Wenger wrote:
oh shoot!

i am changing my first choice. it's (A). No one could have been anywhere in the vicinity of a fire like that one and fail to notice it. The argument tries to prove (all the way) that thomas was in the vicinity, somehow.

(A) and (D)

So the argument tries to prove that thomas has seen the fire and he is lying so
for me

C and B

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08 Jun 2005, 20:51
11. C.
12. B.

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08 Jun 2005, 22:29
Diagramming the argument:
1) The fire that destroyed Municipal building started before dawn
2) Last fire fighters did not leave until late this afternoon
3) No one could have been anywehre in the vicinity of the fire without noticing it
4) Thomas went to library this morning and must past the Municipal Building
5) Therefore, Thomas must have seen the fire <--conclusion

11. The main conclusion of the argument is that
(A) Thomas was in the vicinity of the fire this morning
(B) Thomas claimed not to have seen the fire
(C) Thomas saw the fire this morning
(D) Thomas went directly from his apartment to the library this morning
(E) Thomas went by the Municipal Building this morning

C for me.

12. The argument employs which one of the following reasoning techniques?

(A) presenting several different pieces of evidence each of which by itself would allow the conclusion to be properly drawn
- out.

(B) establishing that one thing occurred by showing that another thing occurred and that this second thing was enough to ensure the occurrence of the first thing
- Go with this. Established that one thing (Thomas saw the fire) by showing that another thing (has to pass by municipal building and fire was of a scale where it can't be missed)

(C) justifying a claim that a view held by someone else is false by explaining why that view, despite its falsity, is a tempting one for that person to hold under the circumstances
- Out of scope

(D) relying on evidence that a certain kind of event has regularly occurred in the past as a basis for concluding that an event of that kind occurred in the present case
- Out. Can't draw on the fact that a fire has ever happened before.

(E) drawing a general conclusion about what is possible in a certain kind of situation on the basis of firsthand experience with one such situation
- out. author has no firsthand experience

B it is.

I'll go with C and B for these two questions.

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09 Jun 2005, 13:08
Silly me! For the first one it is C and not A. I thot the question stem asked for an assumption than a conclusion!

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10 Jun 2005, 00:50
OK, something is wrong with me head!

(C) and (D) - changed again!

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10 Jun 2005, 18:28
The main point of the argument is that thomas saw the fire...hence C

Second question...i pick B...its the only one that fits in with the way the argument is laid out as far as i can see

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11 Jun 2005, 08:25
The OA's are C and B.

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