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# The spate of terrorist acts against airlines and their passengers rais

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10 Jun 2017, 10:29
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The spate of terrorist acts against airlines and their passengers raises a new question: should government officials be forced to disclose the fact that they have received warning of an impending terrorist attack? The answer is “yes.” The government currently releases information about the health hazards of smoking, the ecological dangers of pesticides, and the health consequences of food.

The argument above relies primarily on

(A) circular reasoning
(B) generalization
(C) authority
(D) analogy
(E) causal analysis

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10 Jun 2017, 11:05
The answer to the above question is D .
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22 Jul 2017, 11:46
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Why is it not generalizations? In this case, isn't the govt borrowing (hence generalizing) from other similar conclusions?
Analogies would mean a:b is as c:d :/
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13 Jul 2020, 17:42
Obviously, the confusion is between B and D. Generalization vs Analogy. The correct choice is analogy because the author likens (or draws comparison) government's response, or lack thereof, for a terrorist attack to the same for other hazards such as smoking.

If the argument were along the lines of "government should give people warning to any impending life-threatening events..", then generalization would have been a good choice.
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13 Jul 2020, 22:52
This question stem asks you to describe the reasoning in the stimulus material. The argument draws an analogy between two situations. So your prephrase would almost surely be “analogy.”
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