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# The mayor plans to deactivate the city's fire alarm boxes

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Editorial: The mayor plans to deactivate the city’s fire alarm boxes, because most calls received from them are false alarms. The mayor claims that the alarm boxes are no longer necessary, since most people now have access to either public or private telephone. But the city’s commercial district, where there is the greatest risk of fire, has few residents and few public telephones, so some alarm boxes are still necessary.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the editorial’s argument?

(A) Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs the city more than five million dollars annually.
(B) Commercial buildings have automatic fire alarm systems that are linked directly to the fire department.
(C) The fire department gets less information from an alarm box than it does from a telephone call.
(D) The city’s fire department is located much closer to the residential areas than to the commercial district.
(E) On average, almost 25 percent of the public telephones in the city are out of order.

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01 Sep 2004, 12:45
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Will go with B
If there are auto fire alarms then there is no need for manual fire alram boxes used to call the fire dept. Hence even though there are no pub phones in comm district, the comm district is still safe without the manual fire alarm boxes
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01 Sep 2004, 12:59
B.

But, I was getting confused between B & E.
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01 Sep 2004, 13:03
crackgmat3 wrote:
B.

But, I was getting confused between B & E.

I think E is incomplete
The arg says "since most people now have access to either public or private telephone" whereas E talks about only public telephones
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01 Sep 2004, 14:50
Can somebody tell me what is the conclusion which we are trying to weaken?
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01 Sep 2004, 17:44
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Can somebody tell me what is the conclusion which we are trying to weaken?
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so some alarm boxes are still necessary - is the conclusion.
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01 Sep 2004, 17:49
B for sure ! We want to find something that weakens this particular stance "City commercial buildings need alarm boxes because they have no phopnes"

(B) does just that. If the building all have automatic fire alarm systems that are linked directly (note the key words here) to the fire department, then fire boxes are completely redundant because no one is going it, ever.

In (E), tellign us 25% of the public telephones in the city are out of order does not dispute the argument that alarm boxes are not required.
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01 Jul 2014, 02:42
I have been fallen into trap answer B.

I chose B because B support the fact that why alarm box is not required. By now I have realized that argument is about why alarm box is required in commercial building.
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26 Jul 2014, 22:45
Wilfred,

What has to be weakened here? Mayor plans to deactivate the city’s fire alarm boxes or the commercial or necessity of alarm boxes in city’s commercial district? I am confused. Opted answer E assuming that since public telephones are not necessary, alarm boxes should be present.
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05 Sep 2015, 20:28
Editorial: The mayor plans to deactivate the city’s fire alarm boxes, because most calls received from them are false alarms. The mayor claims that the alarm boxes are no longer necessary, since most people now have access to either public or private telephone. But the city’s commercial district, where there is the greatest risk of fire, has few residents and few public telephones, so some alarm boxes are still necessary.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the editorial’s argument?

(A) Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs the city more than five million dollars annually.
(B) Commercial buildings have automatic fire alarm systems that are linked directly to the fire department.
(C) The fire department gets less information from an alarm box than it does from a telephone call.
(D) The city’s fire department is located much closer to the residential areas than to the commercial district.
(E) On average, almost 25 percent of the public telephones in the city are out of order.
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05 Sep 2015, 20:31
prep wrote:
Editorial: The mayor plans to deactivate the city’s fire alarm boxes, because most calls received from them are false alarms. The mayor claims that the alarm boxes are no longer necessary, since most people now have access to either public or private telephone. But the city’s commercial district, where there is the greatest risk of fire, has few residents and few public telephones, so some alarm boxes are still necessary.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the editorial’s argument?

(A) Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs the city more than five million dollars annually.
(B) Commercial buildings have automatic fire alarm systems that are linked directly to the fire department.
(C) The fire department gets less information from an alarm box than it does from a telephone call.
(D) The city’s fire department is located much closer to the residential areas than to the commercial district.
(E) On average, almost 25 percent of the public telephones in the city are out of order.

Doubt regarding this question:

The conclusion of the argument is: Alarm boxes are necessary. So we have to prove that Alarm boxes aren't necessary.

Option C -> proves telephone calls are more important than alarm boxes thus making alarm boxes not necessary. Can someone explain me why is C wrong?

Can someone also explain a step by step approach to solve this question please?
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06 Sep 2015, 22:09
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Hi ,

Basically the mayor claims that the alarm boxes are not necessary but the author of the editorial adds on that the alarm boxes are necessary in commercial spaces.Thus to undermine the author's argument we have to understate that the commercial spaces also do not need any alarm boxes.

Lets look at the options below:

(A) Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs the city more than five million dollars annually.Out of scope.We do not know how the city's expenses are related to the alarm boxes.
(B) Commercial buildings have automatic fire alarm systems that are linked directly to the fire department.CORRECT as this provides a reason as to why the commercial buildings dont need an alarm box.
(C) The fire department gets less information from an alarm box than it does from a telephone call.
The fire department is still alerted either from an alarm box or through the telephone call.The information is passed on to the fire department.Moreover it does not differentiate between normal spaces and commercial spaces.
(D) The city’s fire department is located much closer to the residential areas than to the commercial district. : Out of the arguments scope.
(E) On average, almost 25 percent of the public telephones in the city are out of order.: out of scope of the argument

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29 Jan 2016, 06:35
prep wrote:
Editorial: The mayor plans to deactivate the city’s fire alarm boxes, because most calls received from them are false alarms. The mayor claims that the alarm boxes are no longer necessary, since most people now have access to either public or private telephone. But the city’s commercial district, where there is the greatest risk of fire, has few residents and few public telephones, so some alarm boxes are still necessary.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the editorial’s argument?

(A) Maintaining the fire alarm boxes costs the city more than five million dollars annually.
(B) Commercial buildings have automatic fire alarm systems that are linked directly to the fire department.
(C) The fire department gets less information from an alarm box than it does from a telephone call.
(D) The city’s fire department is located much closer to the residential areas than to the commercial district.
(E) On average, almost 25 percent of the public telephones in the city are out of order.

Good Q...But certainly not 600-700 level...IMO 500 Level...
Re: Editorial: The mayor plans to deactivate the city’s fire alarm boxes,   [#permalink] 29 Jan 2016, 06:35
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