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The West Indian manatee, a distant relative of the elephant, returned to the sea some 50 million years ago. These thousand-pound herbivores inhabit the warm coastal waters where Americans like to play. Despite conservation efforts, criminal penalties for harming these creatures, and an overabundance of SAVE THE MANATEE! bumper stickers, none of these animals can be considered safe.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?


a) Last year, several manatees were mysteriously killed by an unidentified toxin.

b) All manatees swim at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.

c) Most tourists are unaware of the ongoing efforts to save the manatee.

d) The population of manatees in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,500 animals.

E) Although dozens of manatee deaths are documented each year, many more deaths go unreported.
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The West Indian manatee, a distant relative of the elephant, returned to the sea some 50 million years ago. These thousand-pound herbivores inhabit the warm coastal waters where Americans like to play. Despite conservation efforts, criminal penalties for harming these creatures, and an overabundance of SAVE THE MANATEE! bumper stickers, none of these animals can be considered safe.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?


a) Last year, several manatees were mysteriously killed by an unidentified toxin.
(this talks only about last year)

b) All manatees swim at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.
(possible, passage doesn't state anything being done for motorboats)

c) Most tourists are unaware of the ongoing efforts to save the manatee.
(if thers "an overabundance of SAVE THE MANATEE! bumper stickers" then this doesn't seem right)

d) The population of manatees in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,500 animals.
(we don't know what was the original population)

E) Although dozens of manatee deaths are documented each year, many more deaths go unreported.
(though this is relevant , it does not help to fill in the gap between "efforts being done" & "still considered unsafe" )


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B as well..

basically americans like to play with motor boats..which can harm these creatures.

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My line of thought -

Conclusion - Despite conservation efforts, criminal penalties for harming these creatures, and an overabundance of SAVE THE MANATEE! bumper stickers, none of these animals can be considered safe

Premise - These thousand-pound herbivores inhabit the warm coastal waters where Americans like to play.


Lets look at the options.

a) Last year, several manatees were mysteriously killed by an unidentified toxin.
Does not support the premise or conclusion.
b) All manatees swim at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.
Supports the premise.
c) Most tourists are unaware of the ongoing efforts to save the manatee.
Does not support the conclusion.As the argument mentions that there are lot bumper stickers.
d) The population of manatees in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,500 animals.
Out of context.
E) Although dozens of manatee deaths are documented each year, many more deaths go unreported.
Does not support the conclusion.


Hence B is the answer.

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My answer to this would be B.

A) is out of context,
C) contradicts the premise
d) out of context
e) out of context

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The West Indian manatee, a distant relative of the elephant, returned to the sea some 50 million years ago. These thousand-pound herbivores inhabit the warm coastal waters where Americans like to play. Despite conservation efforts, criminal penalties for harming these creatures, and an overabundance of SAVE THE MANATEE! bumper stickers, none of these animals can be considered safe.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?


a) Last year, several manatees were mysteriously killed by an unidentified toxin.

b) All manatees swim at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.

c) Most tourists are unaware of the ongoing efforts to save the manatee.

d) The population of manatees in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,500 animals.

E) Although dozens of manatee deaths are documented each year, many more deaths go unreported.


(A) The deaths of several manatees from a specific toxin in no way indicates that all manatees are unsafe.
(B) CORRECT. This choice explicitly states that all manatees put themselves in harm’s way by swimming at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.
(C) The awareness of programs to save the manatee is irrelevant to the argument.
(D) The simple fact that a limited number of manatees remains in the wild in no way suggests that every one of the 2,500 remaining manatees is threatened.
(E) The deaths each year of a number of manatees, whether documented or undocumented, do not indicate that all living manatees are threatened.
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Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?


a) Last year, several manatees were mysteriously killed by an unidentified toxin.
The deaths last year because of unidentified toxin does not contribute to the reason why the manatee are still under threat

b) All manatees swim at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.
The best answer which explains that why the manatee population is still under threat even after many efforts do spread the awareness

c) Most tourists are unaware of the ongoing efforts to save the manatee.
The tourist may not be aware but he local populations would be aware of the conservation efforts and are responsibel to protect the mantee population.

d) The population of manatees in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,500 animals.
the number of surviving manatee does not impact the argument.

E) Although dozens of manatee deaths are documented each year, many more deaths go unreported.
the reporting of the death is important but preventing those deaths is more important and thus the poit does not address that why the population is under threat

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