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The population of Dorthhampthon is expected to grow at an average rate

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Deconstructing argument- 'Population expected to grow at 6%' is a claim put forth by the argument. This makes residents concerned about the recreation areas. Why? Perhaps they think there isn't enough space for new population and that such areas will be compromised? But the mayor's office says not to worry. May be they go a plan?

(A) By attracting more new citizens, Dorthhampthon's municipality will be able to increase its budget for the development of recreation areas.
Looks okay but increased budget for development of such areas (or new ones?) suggests that Mayor's office acknowledge residents concern.
(B) Dorthhampthon's municipality intends to increase the city's jurisdiction, allocating new areas for parks and recreation in its surroundings.
It's not about new parks but more about preventing existing areas from any harm.
(C) Dorthhampthon's ratio of park area per resident is about half that of similar cities in the region.
If more citizens will move into the city the ratio will fall further.
(D) The new housing projects in central Dorthhampthon are planned to replace lower buildings in older complexes.
This one's much better. Lower buildings replaced with new housing project will be able to accommodate growing population.
(E) Annual population increase of 6 percent a year poses a significant challenge to the city's infrastructure.
This is out of scope and reiterating the summary of the sentence

Hence option D.
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The population of Dorthhampthon is expected to grow at an average rate of 6 percent a year in the coming decade. Many of Dorthhampthon’s residents raised concerns regarding the effect of this growth on the recreation areas in the city's center, yet the Dorthhampthon mayor's office claims that such growth will not threaten the existence of any of these.

Which of the following, if true, will most strengthen the claim of the mayor's office?

Pre thought : existence of recreation area is not at threat .==> Nothing is done at this area

(A) By attracting more new citizens, Dorthhampthon's municipality will be able to increase its budget for the development of recreation areas.-Incorrect
Out of scope , as this talks about the income for municipality

(B) Dorthhampthon's municipality intends to increase the city's jurisdiction, allocating new areas for parks and recreation in its surroundings.-Incorrect
both city and parks are increased - not intended in the arguement

(C) Dorthhampthon's ratio of park area per resident is about half that of similar cities in the region.-Incorrect
In appropriate comparison with other region/cities

(D) The new housing projects in central Dorthhampthon are planned to replace lower buildings in older complexes.-Correct
This implies that no new places are being built and no change is done to recreational area

(E) Annual population increase of 6 percent a year poses a significant challenge to the city's infrastructure.-Incorrect
Population increase is irrelevant as we are talking about area/space , more members of family can stay at one place

Option D is the answer
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Population of D is expected to grow at an average 6%. Residents have raised concerns regarding the effect this growth can bring in on recreation areas. How does it impact recreation areas? Mayor claims this growth will not impact existence of recreation areas.

Which of the following, if true, will most strengthen the claim of the mayor's office?

(A) By attracting more new citizens, Dorthhampthon's municipality will be able to increase its budget for the development of recreation areas.
Effect of population growth will help increase in budget for development of recreation areas. It will bring in additional advantages. however, it does not impact the mayor's claim above

(B) Dorthhampthon's municipality intends to increase the city's jurisdiction, allocating new areas for parks and recreation in its surroundings.
new jurisdiction is being added for new parks and recreation areas. Does that mean population growth does impact and hence jurisdiction is being increased. this could weaken the claim.

(C) Dorthhampthon's ratio of park area per resident is about half that of similar cities in the region.
this is comparing recreation land size/people of D's with that of other cities. it has no bearing on the claim though.

(D) The new housing projects in central Dorthhampthon are planned to replace lower buildings in older complexes.
the new housing projects are planning to replace lower building in old complexes. which could infer , additional population will be accommodated in the same land size as today as new housing projects will increase the no of houses. this certainly helps add more to mayor's claim.

(E) Annual population increase of 6 percent a year poses a significant challenge to the city's infrastructure.
this option suggests there is challenge with the increasing population and goes against the mayor's claim.

D is the answer!
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Prethinking: Is there any reason possible because of which the threat of increasing population can be countered such as better and larger housing complexes without destroying recreational areas?

(A) By attracting more new citizens, Dorthhampthon's municipality will be able to increase its budget for the development of recreation areas.-incorrect-problem is not the budget but the space
(B) Dorthhampthon's municipality intends to increase the city's jurisdiction, allocating new areas for parks and recreation in its surroundings.-incorrect-people's concern is regarding the recreational areas in city's centre & not in surroundings
(C) Dorthhampthon's ratio of park area per resident is about half that of similar cities in the region.-incorrect-no comparison is to be done with other cities-out of scope
(D) The new housing projects in central Dorthhampthon are planned to replace lower buildings in older complexes.-correct- mathces with our pre-thinking. This would solve the problem by providing housing complexes that are bigger than the old existing ones.
(E) Annual population increase of 6 percent a year poses a significant challenge to the city's infrastructure.-incorrect-out of scope-it does not give answer to any problem instead just repeats it.

Answer: D
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Analysis: Although city's population is expected to increase in the coming decade, which has caused concerns among residents regarding the effect of this growth on the recreation areas in the city's center, Mayor's office claims this will not threaten the existence of recreation areas.

Pre-thinking: Either, the office has plans to protect these areas or there are methods to accommodate more people without effecting these areas.


(A) By attracting more new citizens, Dorthhampthon's municipality will be able to increase its budget for the development of recreation areas.-Incorrect, more budget doesn't necessarily mean preservation of the recreation areas.
(B) Dorthhampthon's municipality intends to increase the city's jurisdiction, allocating new areas for parks and recreation in its surroundings. - Incorrect. This doesnt tell how the recreation areas at city center are unharmed
(C) Dorthhampthon's ratio of park area per resident is about half that of similar cities in the region. - Incorrect, this actually raises doubts about available area to accommodate growth in population
(D) The new housing projects in central Dorthhampthon are planned to replace lower buildings in older complexes.-Correct. This talks about a possible measure that can cater to increase in population
(E) Annual population increase of 6 percent a year poses a significant challenge to the city's infrastructure. - Incorrect. This further weakens Mayor's office's claim

Correct Ans: D
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The population of Dorthhampthon is expected to grow at an average rate of 6 percent a year in the coming decade. Many of Dorthhampthon’s residents raised concerns regarding the effect of this growth on the recreation areas in the city's center, yet the Dorthhampthon mayor's office claims that such growth will not threaten the existence of any of these.

Which of the following, if true, will most strengthen the claim of the mayor's office?



Understanding of Argument-

City Dorthhampthon expected to grow in population
So residents are worried that central recreational park will be affected with growing population
Mayor of city claims it will not threaten the recreational area.

Goal : Is to support or strengthen mayors claim. (Strengthen type)


(A) By attracting more new citizens, Dorthhampthon's municipality will be able to increase its budget for the development of recreation areas.
-Development of new recreation area is not the concern of city residents. So Eliminate A

(B) Dorthhampthon's municipality intends to increase the city's jurisdiction, allocating new areas for parks and recreation in its surroundings.
- City Residents are not worried about new park and creations being developed. There concern is recreation area in city's center. So eliminate B as out of scope.

(C) Dorthhampthon's ratio of park area per resident is about half that of similar cities in the region.
- This is information which is not relevant to concern mentioned in the argument. So Eliminate C

(D) The new housing projects in central Dorthhampthon are planned to replace lower buildings in older complexes.
- Correct as it supports mayors claim.Strengthens it with new pc of information.

(E) Annual population increase of 6 percent a year poses a significant challenge to the city's infrastructure.
-Infrastructure is out of scope. So Eliminate E

[highlight]Correct And - option D[/highlight]

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The population of Dorthhampthon is expected to grow at an average rate of 6 percent a year in the coming decade. Many of Dorthhampthon’s residents raised concerns regarding the effect of this growth on the recreation areas in the city's center, yet the Dorthhampthon mayor's office claims that such growth will not threaten the existence of any of these.

Which of the following, if true, will most strengthen the claim of the mayor's office?

(A) By attracting more new citizens, Dorthhampthon's municipality will be able to increase its budget for the development of recreation areas. - we cannot be sure if the development will encompass recreational areas in the city centre, therefore out
(B) Dorthhampthon's municipality intends to increase the city's jurisdiction, allocating new areas for parks and recreation in its surroundings. - again, we are interested in containing areas in the city centre, not in surroundings
(C) Dorthhampthon's ratio of park area per resident is about half that of similar cities in the region. out of scope, cause we are not interested in comparison among cities, but only interested in Dorthhampthon
(D) The new housing projects in central Dorthhampthon are planned to replace lower buildings in older complexes. this is a good fit, because it provides a way how to allocate new citizens without touching recreational areas in the centre
(E) Annual population increase of 6 percent a year poses a significant challenge to the city's infrastructure. this option actually weakens the office's claim, therefore out

Therefore, answer is D

Originally posted by berdibekov on 18 Jul 2019, 05:58.
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(A) By attracting more new citizens, Dorthhampthon's municipality will be able to increase its budget for the development of recreation areas.
- The residents are concerned about EXISTING recreational sites, regardless of whether new ones will be built

(B) Dorthhampthon's municipality intends to increase the city's jurisdiction, allocating new areas for parks and recreation in its surroundings.
- The residents are concerned about EXISTING recreational sites, regardless of whether new ones will be built

(C) Dorthhampthon's ratio of park area per resident is about half that of similar cities in the region.
- irrelevant. The area might be smaller, which is the residents' concern

(D) The new housing projects in central Dorthhampthon are planned to replace lower buildings in older complexes.

(E) Annual population increase of 6 percent a year poses a significant challenge to the city's infrastructure.
- weakens the mayor's office
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