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The reason for Kim’s excellent performance in her final college tests

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The reason for Kim’s excellent performance in her final college tests is that she used to study for eight hours every day.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) The fact that Kim took classes from the Teaching Company is not the reason for her excellent performance in her college tests.
(B) In addition to studying for eight hours every day, Kim also did not miss a single class in her college.
(C) In addition to her excellent performance in the college tests, Kim also won several awards for her performance in extracurricular activities such as debates and dramatics.
(D) Both of Kim’s parents are geniuses.
(E) Some of Kim’s friends, who used to study for much less duration than her, also performed very well on their final college tests.

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The argument claims that Kim performed excellently in her final college tests because she used to study eight hours every day.

We have to find an assumption on which the argument holds. To find an assumption we can use the negation technique. If by negating a candidate statement the argument fails - that statement is our assumption. Let us look at the option...

(A) The fact that Kim took classes from the Teaching Company is not the reason for her excellent performance in her college tests. CORRECT! Negating this statement we are told that the teaching company is the reason for Kim's success and not her eight hours of daily studying.
(B) In addition to studying for eight hours every day, Kim also did not miss a single class in her college. WRONG - Out of scope.
(C) In addition to her excellent performance in the college tests, Kim also won several awards for her performance in extracurricular activities such as debates and dramatics. WRONG - Beyond what the argument is talking about.
(D) Both of Kim’s parents are geniuses. WRONG - Good for Kim! But out of scope.
(E) Some of Kim’s friends, who used to study for much less duration than her, also performed very well on their final college tests. WRONG - Not an assumption but a separate fact that weakens the claim.

Hence Option (A) is our choice.

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The reason for Kim’s excellent performance in her final college tests is that she used to study for eight hours every day.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) The fact that Kim took classes from the Teaching Company is not the reason for her excellent performance in her college tests.
(B) In addition to studying for eight hours every day, Kim also did not miss a single class in her college.
(C) In addition to her excellent performance in the college tests, Kim also won several awards for her performance in extracurricular activities such as debates and dramatics.
(D) Both of Kim’s parents are geniuses.
(E) Some of Kim’s friends, who used to study for much less duration than her, also performed very well on their final college tests.

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New post 08 Oct 2018, 23:15
use negation in a
and it will give another reason
author assumption studying 8 hrs a day ----- excellent performance.
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