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There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt.
Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982, the last year for which figures
exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.
Which of the following statements, if true, most strengthens the author’s claim that there are
far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt?
(A) The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly in the last decade.
(B) The number of adoptions in the current year is greater than the number of adoptions in any
preceding year.
(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children
available for adoption in that period.
(D) People who seek to adopt children often go through a long process of interviews and
investigation by adoption agencies.
(E) People who seek to adopt children generally make very good parents.
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New post 27 Jun 2009, 11:07
trainspotting wrote:
There are far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt.
Two million couples are currently waiting to adopt, but in 1982, the last year for which figures
exist, there were only some 50,000 adoptions.
Which of the following statements, if true, most strengthens the author’s claim that there are
far fewer children available for adoption than there are people who want to adopt?
(A) The number of couples waiting to adopt has increased significantly in the last decade.
(B) The number of adoptions in the current year is greater than the number of adoptions in any
preceding year.
(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children
available for adoption in that period.
(D) People who seek to adopt children often go through a long process of interviews and
investigation by adoption agencies.
(E) People who seek to adopt children generally make very good parents.


E - Irrelevant
D - This is a weaken, as it presents an alternative explanation for the original info.
B - Again, this does not strengthen "lack of supply" as the primary reason for the stats provided.
A - This is certainly a contender... but I'm not so sure about it...

(C) I think I would guess this one. If everyone who is available for adoption has been adopted in a given period, and if there are still people left over who were not able to adopt someone, then "demand" must exceed "supply".

Either way I'm not too confident.

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New post 27 Jun 2009, 12:13
C is the answer.

(C) The number of adoptions in a year is approximately equal to the number of children
available for adoption in that period.

if this is true, then we know that for 2 million couples, there were only 50,000 children, and it supports the author's conclusion.

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