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# Those who prepare a nation’s armed forces can learn

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Those who prepare a nation’s armed forces can learn much from the world of college athletics. In athletic competition, winning teams are generally those whose members are well-trained as individuals and as a team, who are inspired by their coach, and who learn from mistakes made in games they lose. Similarly, a military that is successful needs well trained soldiers who are confident about their capabilities, with each and every soldier learning from his mistakes in order to constantly improve his abilities.

Which of the following expresses the most serious weakness in the comparison drawn between athletes and soldiers?

(A) Coaches of athletic teams are often chosen for their ability to teach young adults, while admirals and generals often lack this capability.
(B) Not all college athletics are team sports. In sports such as tennis or gymnastics, competitors play as individuals.
(C) College athletic teams that lose games can review mistakes to improve each member’s performance, but soldiers who make significant errors in battle may not survive to learn from their mistakes.
(D) Even those teams from the wealthiest colleges do not have the resources that a nation can marshal in developing its armed forces.
(E) Both men and women serve in modern armed forces, but there is no college athletic event in which men and women compete on the same team.

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14 May 2017, 05:42
This one has to be easy, because I thought that maybe: "significant errors' made C out of the scope. indeed we don't know if it is a minor or major error.

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14 May 2017, 08:39
rohan2345 wrote:
Those who prepare a nation’s armed forces can learn much from the world of college athletics. In athletic competition, winning teams are generally those whose members are well-trained as individuals and as a team, who are inspired by their coach, and who learn from mistakes made in games they lose. Similarly, a military that is successful needs well trained soldiers who are confident about their capabilities, with each and every soldier learning from his mistakes in order to constantly improve his abilities.

Which of the following expresses the most serious weakness in the comparison drawn between athletes and soldiers?

(A) Coaches of athletic teams are often chosen for their ability to teach young adults, while admirals and generals often lack this capability.
This choice is irrelevant to the comparison

(B) Not all college athletics are team sports. In sports such as tennis or gymnastics, competitors play as individuals.
Out of scope. The comparison didn't mention tennis or gymnastics, which are individual sports

(C) College athletic teams that lose games can review mistakes to improve each member’s performance, but soldiers who make significant errors in battle may not survive to learn from their mistakes.
This choice indicates that soldiers can't learn from their mistakes because this could cost their lives.
Hence, this choice breaks the link of the argument as the correct answer.

(D) Even those teams from the wealthiest colleges do not have the resources that a nation can marshal in developing its armed forces.
Irrelevant information. The argument didn't mention the resources for training nation’s armed forces

(E) Both men and women serve in modern armed forces, but there is no college athletic event in which men and women compete on the same team.
Irrelevant.
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14 May 2017, 20:55
Conclusion: Those who prepare a nation’s armed forces can learn much from the world of college athletics.
Assumption: Athletics and wars are same. The argument assumes that soldiers also get the opportunity like athletes to rectify mistakes.

A. It does not matter why the leaders are chosen.
B. The argument already says as a team and as an individual. So this consideration does not affect the argument.
C. Correct. Exactly in line with the assumption.
D. Irrelevant
E. Irrelevant
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19 May 2017, 21:08
C is the correct answer which says:-
College athletic teams that lose games can review mistakes to improve each member’s performance, but soldiers who make significant errors in battle may not survive to learn from their mistakes.

The second part of the sentence seriously weakens the argument because the comparison between soldiers and athletes learning from their mistakes cannot hold for soldiers if they do not get the opportunity to review their mistakes.
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