War and Bicycle : GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR)
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# War and Bicycle

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Hi Find below a question that a friend shared with Me (Will provide the so called OA after some posts)
1.Cass: War and peace are mutually exclusive. Therefore, a nation cannot be preparing for both war and peace simultaneously.
Stanislaus: But aren’t the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. doing precisely that? They are spending vast amounts of money on war research and armaments while at the same time they are negotiating trade agreements and nuclear arms treaties that are designed to secure peace. Although they are maintaining a shaky peaceful coexistence, they are preparing for both war and peace simultaneously.
In order to refute Cass’s conclusion, Stanislaus
(A) demonstrates that a nation can be at war and at peace at the same time
(B) points out that there are several different meanings to the words “war” and “peace”
(C) uses a different meaning for the term “simultaneously” than Cass does
(D) shows that preparing for war and preparing for peace are not mutually exclusive
(E) changes an argument based on a definition into one based on an ethical consideration

2.Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may one’s carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of one’s mind.
Which one of the following most closely parallels the reasoning used in the argument above?
(A) Just as a clock may be wound too tightly, so may one’s time be spent fruitlessly in the pursuit of perfection.
(B) Just as a carousel may spin too quickly, so may one’s rapid concentration on several problems prevent a resolution of difficulties.
(C) Just as a machine may be oiled too much, so may one’s heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages lead to complete dissipation.
(D) Just as a raging river may be frozen into stillness during the winter, so may one’s career falter at certain times of the year.
(E) Just as a boxer may become too tense before a big fight, so may one’s personal concerns stand in the way of professional success.
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20 Nov 2010, 19:59
1: should be D

2: C
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20 Nov 2010, 22:10
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1: should be D

2: C

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21 Nov 2010, 07:58
I think D and B

1. D --- B and D are close; but I think the author shows that prepping for the 2 can happen at the same time
"spending vast amounts of money on war research"; "negotiating trade agreements and nuclear arms treaties that are designed to secure peace" - war and peace are mentioned more as the objectives here rather than as different "meanings" to the words

2. B -- the example of the chain is based on the following logic in my view:
Too much of a 'good' thing (what ever the function of the item may be) ----> once that 'good thing' is copied then it 'hinders' or slows down (note it doesn't completely stop the activity; just makes it more difficult)
B follows this logic - the carousel spinning too fast ---> rapid concentration on several things; 'prevent' resolution (not eliminate), makes it more difficult
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21 Nov 2010, 08:51
You are Right about the 1st one - OA is D

however the OA for 2nd is C .
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21 Nov 2010, 09:13
i just googled for this question; on this thread they say OA for the second one is in fact B: http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-critica ... nes-2.html

What is the source for these questions?
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21 Nov 2010, 10:34
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i just googled for this question; on this thread they say OA for the second one is in fact B: http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-critica ... nes-2.html

What is the source for these questions?

Source not sure dude , A friend gave this as a challenge , i did the 1st one right and the 2nd one wrong as u did .

wanted to confirm the Line of reasoning so posted it on this forum.
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21 Nov 2010, 23:11
1 D
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