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The general availability of high-quality electronic scanners and color printers for computers has made the counterfeiting of checks much easier. In order to deter such counterfeiting, several banks plan to issue to their corporate customers checks that contain dots too small to be accurately duplicated by any electronic scanner currently available; when such checks are scanned and printed, the dots seem to blend together in such a way that the word “VOID” appears on the check.

A questionable assumption of the plan is that

(A) in the territory served by the banks the proportion of counterfeit checks that are made using electronic scanners has remained approximately constant over the past few years

(B) most counterfeiters who use electronic scanners counterfeit checks only for relatively large amounts of money

(C) the smallest dots on the proposed checks cannot be distinguished visually except under strong magnification

(D) most corporations served by these banks will not have to pay more for the new checks than for traditional checks

(E) the size of the smallest dots that generally available electronic scanners are able to reproduce accurately will not decrease significantly in the near future
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I pick E

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E coz if the size of dots in current printers get small than small dots in the checks issued by bank can be reproduced.

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Good one.. I was of the opinion of C until I read E.
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yes. support e.

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E. It's not the only assumption in the argument, but of the answers, it's the best.
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The general availability of high-quality electronic scanners and color printers for computers has made the counterfeiting of checks much easier. In order to deter such counterfeiting, several banks plan to issue to their corporate customers checks that contain dots too small to be accurately duplicated by any electronic scanner currently available; when such checks are scanned and printed, the dots seem to blend together in such a way that the word "VOID" appears on the check.

A questionable assumption of the plan is that:

a) In the territory served by the banks the proportion of counterfeit checks that are made using electronic scanners has remained approximately constant over the past few years.

b) Most counterfeiters who use electronic scanners counterfeit checks only for relatively large amounts of money

c) The smallest dots on the proposed checks cannot be distinguished visually except under strong magnification.

d)Most corporations served by these banks will not have to pay more for the new checks than for traditional checks.

e) The size of the smallest dots that generally available electronic scanners are able to reproduce accurately will not decrease significantly in the near future.



Can anybody explain this question?

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The general availability of high-quality electronic scanners and color printers for computers has made the counterfeiting of checks much easier. In order to deter such counterfeiting, several banks plan to issue to their corporate customers checks that contain dots too small to be accurately duplicated by any electronic scanner currently available; when such checks are scanned and printed, the dots seem to blend together in such a way that the word "VOID" appears on the check.

A questionable assumption of the plan is that:

c) The smallest dots on the proposed checks cannot be distinguished visually except under strong magnification.

e) The size of the smallest dots that generally available electronic scanners are able to reproduce accurately will not decrease significantly in the near future.



Can anybody explain this question?


When I face this problem, I have strong senses that one of C and E will be the correct answer choice. But when I reasoning by negate technique, the choice C and E will be:

c) The smallest dots on the proposed checks can be distinguished visually (except under strong magnification.) => I do not remember what magnification means, but I can presume that this word's meaning unrelated to the scanner system and that why I eliminate this answer choice.

e) The size of the smallest dots that generally available electronic scanners are able to reproduce accurately will decrease significantly in the near future. => here is the correct answer choice. If the size of dots become smaller, the scanner will not realize (as well as reproduce) these dots whether these checks have these dots or not. So, the plan of using dots to prevent counterfeiting will be not efficient.
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E it is.

The easier way to answer this would be to negate the answer choices. That is how I chose E.

As we negate E, we realize that if the generally available scanners are able to reproduce accurately even the very small dots, then the scanners will, indeed, be able to continue counterfeiting, thus defeating the purpose of the banks.

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I went with A but explanation for E is good.

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I am also orienting towards (E), but just for the discussion sake.

Why not (C)?
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"E". They have adopted this process to distinguish the original ones from the counterfeit ones assuming that this process will not be imitated in the near future. However if the forgerers are able to mimic this pattern also then this particular technique would fail to achieve the desired result.

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In order to deter such counterfeiting, several banks plan to issue to their corporate customers checks that contain dots too small to be accurately duplicated by any electronic scanner currently available
Whenever we see something like "presently" or "currently available" in the premise, then we should start thinking about an answer which talks about the future or any tech that can be invented so that the same condition does not prevail in the future. Hence (E) stands out from the rest of the options.

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The general availability of high-quality electronic scanners and color printers for computers has made the counterfeiting of checks much easier. In order to deter such
counterfeiting, several banks plan to issue to their corporate customers checks that contain dots too small to be accurately duplicated by any electronic scanner currently available; when such checks are scanned and printed, the dots seem to blend together in such a way that the word "VOID" appears on the check.

A questionable assumption of the plan is that :

Conclusion : To void counterfeiting, banks are using small dots which cannot be duplicated accurately by the scanners.

Questionable assumption -> Is any assumption of the argument. So essentially the question is asking for assumptions.


A. in the territory served by the banks the proportion of counterfeit checks that are made using electronic scanners has remained approximately constant over
the past few years
We need to find the option which supports the conclusion. This option is giving a general observation which doesn't concern the argument. Whether proportion of checks has remained constant or not is immaterial.

B. most counterfeiters who use electronic scanners counterfeit checks only for relatively large amounts of money
Small amount of money or big sums of money is not the scope of the argument. The Scope of the argument is about counterfeiting the checks.

C. the smallest dots on the proposed checks cannot be distinguished visually except under strong magnification
The argument concerns with the scanners. If suppose dots are visible or not under strong magnification is not context of the argument. The context of the argument is whether scanners can read the reproduce the small dots.

D. most corporations served by these banks will not have to pay more for the new checks than for traditional checks
Cost of the security measure is not in the context of the argument.

E. the size of the smallest dots that generally available electronic scanners are able to reproduce accurately will not decrease significantly in the near future.
This option says size smallest dot that scanners can read and reproduce is going to remain unchanged and this is the assumption because if this is not the case, the scanners can read and reproduce the small dots and doing so breaks the argument and hence this is the assumption - Correct
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I hit E for this question. little bit tricky question. My ans would be correct

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