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# “Channel One” is a 12-minute school news show that includes two minute

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“Channel One” is a 12-minute school news show that includes two minutes of commercials. The show’s producers offer high schools \$50,000 worth of television equipment to air the program. Many parents and teachers oppose the use of commercial television in schools, arguing that advertisements are tantamount to indoctrination. But students are already familiar with television commercials and know how to distinguish programming from advertising.

The argument assumes that

(B) many educators would be willing to allow the indoctrination of students in exchange for new equipment for their schools
(C) television advertising is a more effective way of promoting a product to high school students than print advertising
(D) high school students are sufficiently interested in world affairs to learn from a television news program
(E) a television news program produced especially for high school students is an effective teaching tool

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08 Aug 2017, 05:44
I don't like this question. Although the OA is (A), I believe (D) makes an equally strong case. If you negate the answer, and students aren't interested in the program, then they do not view the advertisement and the argument is pointless.

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08 Aug 2017, 12:15
I don't like this question. Although the OA is (A), I believe (D) makes an equally strong case. If you negate the answer, and students aren't interested in the program, then they do not view the advertisement and the argument is pointless.

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[D] is talking about the students' interests in 'world affairs', which is not the argument.

The argument is about students knowing the difference between programming and advertising. The news show info just sets up the premise.

Plus, assuming the news show to be about 'world affairs' is a bit of a stretch. I mean, it could be National, Local or about Science.
The bit about being interested in 'world affairs' is the trap here. Assumptions are usually generic or somehow tied to something in the paragraph.

[D] doesn't tie to anything in the paragraph. I can only say that you assumed the news show is about 'world affairs' and picked [D].
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08 Aug 2017, 20:54
This is a good question, let me share my reasoning.
This is an assumption question, so we basically need to strengthen the conclusion. Arriving at the conclusion can get a bit tricky here as it is something which is not directly stated by is something which is indirectly implied. The author wants to say that the advertisements aired in school between news program do not indoctrinate students in other words he is refuting the apprehensions of teachers and parents, what is stated in the last sentence works as an evidence to author's conclusion. Now, if this part is understood then is question is a cakewalk, as if we need to strengthen the author's conclusion that advertisements aired in schools do not indoctrinate students then we basically need to get hold of an option which states the effect of those advertisements is the same at both school and elsewhere and this is what option A does.
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