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We learn to use most of the machines in our lives through written instructions, without knowledge of the machines'inner workings, because most machines are specifically designed for use by nonexperts. So, in general, attaining technological expertise would prepare students for tomorrow's job market no better than would a more traditional education stressing verbal and quantitative skills.

The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

A) Fewer people receive a traditional education stressing verbal and quantitative skills now than did 20 years ago.

B) Facility in operating machines designed for use by nonexperts is almost never enhanced by expert knowledge of the machines' inner workings.

C) Most jobs in tomorrow's job market will not demand the ability to operate many machines that are designed for use only by experts.

D) Students cannot attain technological expertise and also receive an education that does not neglect verbal and quantitative skills.

E) When learning to use a machine, technological expertise is never more important than verbal and quantitative skills.

Please explain your reasoning. Will post OA soon.
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We learn to use most of the machines in our lives through written instructions, without knowledge of the machines'inner workings, because mosl machines are specifically designed for use by nonexperts. So, in general, attaining technological expertise would prepare students for tomorrow's job market no better than would a more traditional education stressing verbal and quantitative skills.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?
A) Fewer people receive a traditional education stressing verbal and quantitative skiils now than did 20 years ago.
B) Facility in operating machines designed for use by nonexperts is almost never enhanced by expert knowledge of the machines' inner workings.
C) Most jobs in tomorrow's job market will not demand the ability to operate many machines that are designed for use only by experts.
D) Students cannot attain technological expertise and also receive an education that does not neglect verbal and quantitative skills.
E) When learning to use a machine, technological expertise is never more important than verbal and quantitative skills.

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Choice C.

The conclusion states that technological knowledge is just as useful as trad. edu. when it comes to preparing for tomorrow's job market.
Since most machines are made for use by non-experts, those machines in most workplaces will NOT require expert operational knowledge.

Choice C fills in the gap nicely, between the premise and conclusion: "Most jobs in tmrw's job market will NOT demand the ability to operate machines designed for experts."
If this were negated: Most jobs in trmw's job market WILL demand the ability to operate machines designed for exerpts ... then, technological mastery of such machinery is absolutely essential for tomorrow's job market.
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We learn to use most of the machines without expert knowledge of the machines'inner workings.

So, in general, attaining technological expertise would prepare students for tomorrow's job market no better than would a more traditional education stressing verbal and quantitative skills.

Assumption: Learning technical knowledge is not very useful for their future as probably there is not much demand for it.

The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

A) Fewer people receive a traditional education stressing verbal and quantitative skills now than did 20 years ago.
how many people received the traditional education and how much did they vary in number do not matter. Traditional education is mentioned only to explain the point by an analogy.

B) Facility in operating machines designed for use by non-experts is almost never enhanced by expert knowledge of the machines' inner workings.
we do not get any more facilities by learning machine expertise. Even though this may be true as per the argument. We dont need to assume this.

C) Most jobs in tomorrow's job market will not demand the ability to operate many machines that are designed for use only by experts.
(This is inline with our assumption mentioned above)

D) Students cannot attain technological expertise and also receive an education that does not neglect verbal and quantitative skills.
(There is no point of assuming that student cannot do something as the argument only meant that the tech education wont be much useful.)

E) When learning to use a machine, technological expertise is never more important than verbal and quantitative skills.
the importance of kills is mentioned/related nowhere and need not assumed.
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We learn to use most of the machines in our lives through written instructions, without knowledge of the machines'inner workings, because most machines are specifically designed for use by nonexperts. So, in general, attaining technological expertise would prepare students for tomorrow's job market no better than would a more traditional education stressing verbal and quantitative skills.

The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

A) Fewer people receive a traditional education stressing verbal and quantitative skills now than did 20 years ago.

B) Facility in operating machines designed for use by nonexperts is almost never enhanced by expert knowledge of the machines' inner workings.

C) Most jobs in tomorrow's job market will not demand the ability to operate many machines that are designed for use only by experts.

D) Students cannot attain technological expertise and also receive an education that does not neglect verbal and quantitative skills.

E) When learning to use a machine, technological expertise is never more important than verbal and quantitative skills.

Please explain your reasoning. Will post OA soon.



The questions asks you to strengthen the argument. The argument is either expertise or education does not make a difference in preparing for tomorrow's job market. So first I am going to look for an answer the speaks directly to preparing for the job market. In this case, "C" speaks about the demands of tomorrow's job market. So this answer specifically strengthen's the argument.

A - No indication of time is given in the paragraph so this answer does not apply.
B - This answer talks only about the ability to operate the machine, not about preparation for the job market.
C - Correct answer
D - The paragraph does not imply that a student cannot receive both, but that neither is better than the other
E - "Never" in this answer is the use of an extreme word. In most cases, answers with extremes will not be the correct answer. This answer does indicate what the paragraph says - that expertise is not more important that verbal or quantitative skills, but again that is not the argument.

Identifying the argument correctly is the key to choosing the correct answer.
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The right answer here should be Option C. When you're asked to find the assumption, it will usually be some statement that bridges a potential problem with the argument. In this case, we're told that computers are designed for non-experts. Hence, teaching computer expertise is not better than teaching regular quantitative and verbal skills for the future.

Now if you question the argument, immediately what comes to mind is that things could change very much down the line with the kinds of computers we use. Hence, the assumption would most likely be about the way we use computers NOT changing.

C clearly indicates this and is therefore correct.

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