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The museums night security guard maintains that the thieves who stole the portrait did not enter the museum at any point at or above ground level. Therefore, the thieves must have gained access to the museum from below ground level.
The flawed pattern of reasoning in the argument above is most similar to that in which one of the following?

A. The rules stipulate the participants in the contest be judged on both form and accuracy. The eventual winner was judged highest in neither category, so there must be a third criterion that judges were free to invoke.

B. The stores competitors claim that the store in selling off the shirts at those prices, neither made any profit nor broke even. Consequently, the stores customers must have been able to buy shirts there at less than the stores cost.

C. If the census is to be believed, the percentage of men who are married is higher than the percentage of women who are married. Thus, the census must show a higher number of men than of women overall.

D. The product label establishes that this insecticide is safe for both humans and pet. Therefore, the insecticide must also be safe for such wild mammals as deer and rabbits.

E. As had generally been expected, not all questionnaires were sent in by the official deadline. It follows that plans must have been made for the processing of questionnaires received late.

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rao_1857 wrote:
The museums night security guard maintains that the thieves who stole the portrait did not enter the museum at any point at or above ground level. Therefore, the thieves must have gained access to the museum from below ground level.
The flawed pattern of reasoning in the argument above is most similar to that in which one of the following?

A. The rules stipulate the participants in the contest be judged on both form and accuracy. The eventual winner was judged highest in neither category, so there must be a third criterion that judges were free to invoke.

B. The stores competitors claim that the store in selling off the shirts at those prices, neither made any profit nor broke even. Consequently, the stores customers must have been able to buy shirts there at less than the stores cost.

C. If the census is to be believed, the percentage of men who are married is higher than the percentage of women who are married. Thus, the census must show a higher number of men than of women overall.

D. The product label establishes that this insecticide is safe for both humans and pet. Therefore, the insecticide must also be safe for such wild mammals as deer and rabbits.

E. As had generally been expected, not all questionnaires were sent in by the official deadline. It follows that plans must have been made for the processing of questionnaires received late.


I rather go to B. For me, A and B were left. But the question argument is based upon on insist/maintain by someone, and the statement was used for conclusion. So B does better fit than A does.

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Deciding between E and A, I went with A. :crossing fingers:

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B?

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New post 19 Sep 2008, 17:36
A and B both are good contenders :


But i will go with A as the conclusion in both show a similar pattern !

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New post 20 Sep 2008, 22:05
rao_1857 wrote:
The museums night security guard maintains that the thieves who stole the portrait did not enter the museum at any point at or above ground level. Therefore, the thieves must have gained access to the museum from below ground level.
The flawed pattern of reasoning in the argument above is most similar to that in which one of the following?

A. The rules stipulate the participants in the contest be judged on both form and accuracy. The eventual winner was judged highest in neither category, so there must be a third criterion that judges were free to invoke.

B. The stores competitors claim that the store in selling off the shirts at those prices, neither made any profit nor broke even. Consequently, the stores customers must have been able to buy shirts there at less than the stores cost.

C. If the census is to be believed, the percentage of men who are married is higher than the percentage of women who are married. Thus, the census must show a higher number of men than of women overall.

D. The product label establishes that this insecticide is safe for both humans and pet. Therefore, the insecticide must also be safe for such wild mammals as deer and rabbits.

E. As had generally been expected, not all questionnaires were sent in by the official deadline. It follows that plans must have been made for the processing of questionnaires received late.


Acc to this CR
X does not happen is assumed
Y does happen is cocluded on the basis of falsity of X
hence B rightly uses the scenario

B. The stores competitors claim that the store in selling off the shirts at those prices, neither made any profit nor broke even. Consequently, the stores customers must have been able to buy shirts there at less than the stores cost.

Here he says shop keepers didnt make profit but at the same time concludes customers bought at price less than cost !!!
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rao_1857 wrote:
The museums night security guard maintains that the thieves who stole the portrait did not enter the museum at any point at or above ground level. Therefore, the thieves must have gained access to the museum from below ground level.
The flawed pattern of reasoning in the argument above is most similar to that in which one of the following?

A. The rules stipulate the participants in the contest be judged on both form and accuracy. The eventual winner was judged highest in neither category, so there must be a third criterion that judges were free to invoke.

B. The stores competitors claim that the store in selling off the shirts at those prices, neither made any profit nor broke even. Consequently, the stores customers must have been able to buy shirts there at less than the stores cost.

C. If the census is to be believed, the percentage of men who are married is higher than the percentage of women who are married. Thus, the census must show a higher number of men than of women overall.

D. The product label establishes that this insecticide is safe for both humans and pet. Therefore, the insecticide must also be safe for such wild mammals as deer and rabbits.

E. As had generally been expected, not all questionnaires were sent in by the official deadline. It follows that plans must have been made for the processing of questionnaires received late.


IMO B)

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Thanks guys .. OA is B.

I am still confused between A and B ......Whats wrong with A?

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rao_1857 wrote:
Thanks guys .. OA is B.

I am still confused between A and B ......Whats wrong with A?


I also chose A. But, after reading spriya's explanation, it is clear that A is wrong as it does not meet the criteria "X does not happen".

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