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# Tom: Employers complain that people graduating from high

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03 Jul 2008, 11:12
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Tom: Employers complain that people graduating
from high school too often lack the vocational
skills required for full-time employment.
Therefore, since these skills are best acquired on
the job, we should require high school students to
work at part-time jobs so that they acquire the
skills needed for today’s job market.

Mary: There are already too few part-time jobs for
studentswhowant towork, and simply requiring
students to work will not create jobs for them.

Which one of the following most accurately describes
how Mary’s response is related to Tom’s argument?

(A) It analyzes an undesirable result of undertaking
the course of action that Tomrecommends.
(B) It argues that Tom has mistaken an unavoidable
trend for an avoidable one.
(C) It provides information that is inconsistent with
an explicitly stated premise in Tom’s
argument.
(D) It presents a consideration that undercuts an
assumption on which Tom’s argument depends.
(E) It defends an alternative solution to the problem
that Tom describes.

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Director
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Schools: Stern, McCombs, Marshall, Wharton
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03 Jul 2008, 11:20
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For Tom's argument to work there must be jobs available for the kids. Mary undercuts this assumption by stating that there are not enough jobs available.

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03 Jul 2008, 11:26
Yep, D.
Tom's assumption is that there are enough jobs available for all kids, and therefore he reaches the conclusion that making jobs mandatory will help kids.
Mary undercuts this assumption, and effectively takes down Tom's argument through undercutting an assumption on which Tom's argument depends

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03 Jul 2008, 11:27
gixxer1000 wrote:
D

For Tom's argument to work there must be jobs available for the kids. Mary undercuts this assumption by stating that there are not enough jobs available.

yeah i agree with you. I was reading too fast and missed "too few" in mary's argument and my thoughts went in totally different direction....
Learnings : dont read CR as RCs.

OA is D. Thanks

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03 Jul 2008, 12:26
durgesh79 wrote:
Tom: Employers complain that people graduating from high school too often lack the vocational skills equired for full-time employment. Therefore, since these skills are best acquired on the job, we should require high school students to work at part-time jobs so that they acquire the skills needed for today’s job market.
Mary: There are already too few part-time jobs for students who want to work, and simply requiring students to work will not create jobs for them.

Which one of the following most accurately describes how Mary’s response is related to Tom’s argument?

(A) It analyzes an undesirable result of undertaking the course of action that Tom recommends.
(B) It argues that Tom has mistaken an unavoidable trend for an avoidable one.
(C) It provides information that is inconsistent with an explicitly stated premise in Tom’s argument.
(D) It presents a consideration that undercuts an assumption on which Tom’s argument depends.
(E) It defends an alternative solution to the problem that Tom describes.

Tom concludes that "If students are required to work part-time, then they will acquire vocational skills. To come up with this conclusion, Tom must assume that there are jobs available for students. However, Mary attack Tom's assumption by saying that there are too few part-time jobs for student.

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