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# The harmful effects of marijuana and other drugs have been considerabl

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19 Nov 2017, 09:48
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The harmful effects of marijuana and other drugs have been considerably overstated. Although parents and teachers have expressed much concern over the dangers that widespread usage of marijuana and other drugs pose for high school and junior high school students, a national survey of 5,000 students of ages 13 to 17 showed that fewer than 15% of those students thought such drug use was likely to be harmful. Which of the following is the strongest criticism of the author’s reasoning?

(A) The opinions of students in the age group surveyed are likely to vary with age.
(B) Alcohol use among students of ages 13 to 17 is on the rise, and is now considered by many to present greater dangers than marijuana usage.
(C) Marijuana and other drugs may be harmful to users even though the users are not themselves aware of the danger.
(D) A distinction must be drawn between victim less crimes and crimes in which an innocent person is likely to be involved.
(E) The fact that a student does not think a drug is harmful does not necessarily mean he will use it.

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20 Nov 2017, 11:04
I'm gonna go with C.
B and D are out of scope
A and E do not lead to anything conclusive.
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23 Apr 2018, 10:21
Master Gmat is a reliable source.

Based on the meaning of the argument alone, test takers can realize that C is the answer without ever reading any lines of the argument. "The harmful effects of marijuana and other drugs have been considerably overstated. " is the only main conclusion.

Based on gmat techniques, none of option choices have common patterns, but only C connects directly with the argument.
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23 Apr 2018, 20:00
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Basic structure of the argument :

Premise 1 : less than 15% of the students interviewed thought drugs are not harmful
Conclusion : The harmful effects of marijuana and other drugs have been considerably overstated

This argument is horribly flawed !

The flaw : Because students THINK the drug is not harmful, are the effects are overstated ? Students are not experts and they have no concrete evidence.
After noticing this flaw you will be able to choose answer C quite fast.

However there is a sort of trap answer if you didn't read carefully enough ! Be careful of answer choice E !

E) The fact that a student does not think a drug is harmful does not necessarily mean he will use it

The conclusion of the argument is about the overstated effects and not whether or not a student will use a drug.
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09 May 2018, 11:56
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Author says that usage of maRijauna and drugs are overstated because only 15 percent students think they will be harmful

But if students opinion does not matter i.e. students themselves don't know whether maRijauna is harmful or not in reality ,it's just their personal opinion ,they have not tried the same at their level

So then argument gets weaken

C does exactly that

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