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When three Indian-owned trains purchased from Transcontinental Trains crashed within a two month time period, the Indian parliament ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best indication that the decision of the Indian government was well supported?

A. Although during the previous year only one transcontinental train crashed, competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record.
B. The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors.
C. The Indian Railway Commission issued new guidelines for trains in order to standardize safety requirements governing inspections.
D. Consumer advocates pressured two major railway companies into purchasing safer trains so that the public would be safer.
E. Many Transcontinental Train employees had to be replaced because they found jobs with the competition

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When three Indian-owned trains purchased from Transcontinental Trains crashed within a two month time period, the Indian parliament ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best indication that the decision of the Indian government was well supported?

Pre-thinking: We need to find arguments that this train somehow provide some advantage over the accidents.

A. Although during the previous year only one transcontinental train crashed, competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record. - opposite
B. The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors. - match with our prethinking - because the quality of the train, the number of survivors is higher that's why the Indian government still purchase the same trains - CORRECT answer choice
C. The Indian Railway Commission issued new guidelines for trains in order to standardize safety requirements governing inspections. - tempting answer, but the guideline is not an adequate guarantee that the train will be more safety after implementing the guideline.
D. Consumer advocates pressured two major railway companies into purchasing safer trains so that the public would be safer. - opposite
E. Many Transcontinental Train employees had to be replaced because they found jobs with the competition - irrelevant

Therefore B is the correct answer choice
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The correct answer has to be B in my view.

The best explanations for ordering trains from the same manufacturer whose trains crashed are that the cause of the crash is not due to manufacturing defects and there are adequate safety features within the train which limits the impact of accident.

Option B states that the cause of the crash was due to a sabotage and because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted leading to an increased number of survivors. This is the best explanation out of the lot.

All the other options do not offer any cogent explanation for the decision to order new trains from the company.

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Meaning of the stimulus- The trans trains purchased by India crashed within 2 months still the Indian government was purchasing it's replacement

The question is asking to support/ strengthen the decision of the government to purchase the replacement even though the trans trains crashed.

We need to find the answer which shows that there was no issue with the train but some other factor was responsible for the crash.

IMO B- clearly states that the train crash was a sabotage and because of the quality of the train the number of survivors increased. This strengthens/supports the decision of buying the trains again.

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When three Indian-owned trains purchased from Transcontinental Trains crashed within a two month time period, the Indian parliament ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best indication that the decision of the Indian government was well supported?

Support to the decision of Indian government regarding re-ordering of three trains as replacements, which were purchased from TT, even after accidents of such trains (within two months after purchase).
It can be strengthen, if
1) Competent manufacturers are manufacturing inferior quality of trains than TT trains
2) TT trains have superior quality material which can reduce the other damages or reduce the intensity of other damages.

A. Although during the previous year only one transcontinental train crashed, competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record. - It's weakener. If other competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record, then Indian government should go for it.
B. The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors. - In such case, it was wise call taken by Indian government by replacing the three trains as it prevented the another accident which could increase the death toll.
C. The Indian Railway Commission issued new guidelines for trains in order to standardize safety requirements governing inspections. - Out of scope
D. Consumer advocates pressured two major railway companies into purchasing safer trains so that the public would be safer. - So, what, how it strengthens decision of Indian government? No way.
E. Many Transcontinental Train employees had to be replaced because they found jobs with the competition - Out of scope
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conclusion ; ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.
need to find answer option which provides reason why Indian government is well supported

IMO B ; The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors.


When three Indian-owned trains purchased from Transcontinental Trains crashed within a two month time period, the Indian parliament ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best indication that the decision of the Indian government was well supported?

A. Although during the previous year only one transcontinental train crashed, competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record.
B. The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors.
C. The Indian Railway Commission issued new guidelines for trains in order to standardize safety requirements governing inspections.
D. Consumer advocates pressured two major railway companies into purchasing safer trains so that the public would be safer.
E. Many Transcontinental Train employees had to be replaced because they found jobs with the competition
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When three Indian-owned trains purchased from Transcontinental Trains crashed within a two month time period, the Indian parliament ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best indication that the decision of the Indian government was well supported?

A. Although during the previous year only one transcontinental train crashed, competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record.
B. The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors.
C. The Indian Railway Commission issued new guidelines for trains in order to standardize safety requirements governing inspections.
D. Consumer advocates pressured two major railway companies into purchasing safer trains so that the public would be safer.
E. Many Transcontinental Train employees had to be replaced because they found jobs with the competition


Indian parliament ordered acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains despite three of such trains crashed within a span of two months in the past. We are looking for an option that justifies this decision. Option B presents a reason behind the surprising move by pointing out that trains crashed not because of manufacturing error but because of outside factors and that trains in fact saved lives during the tragedy.
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When three Indian-owned trains purchased from Transcontinental Trains crashed within a two month time period, the Indian parliament ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best indication that the decision of the Indian government was well supported?

A. Although during the previous year only one transcontinental train crashed, competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record.
B. The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors.
C. The Indian Railway Commission issued new guidelines for trains in order to standardize safety requirements governing inspections.
D. Consumer advocates pressured two major railway companies into purchasing safer trains so that the public would be safer.
E. Many Transcontinental Train employees had to be replaced because they found jobs with the competition


ARGUMENT
[prem] The gvt bought 3 trains from X that crashed, recently; [prem] following, gvt ordered 3 new trains from X;
[con] This is surprising, since customers shun a product after it is involved in accident.

WEAKEN CON / STR DECISION

Answer (B)
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When three Indian-owned trains purchased from Transcontinental Trains crashed within a two month time period, the Indian parliament ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.
Which of the following, if true, provides the best indication that the decision of the Indian government was well supported?

Since the question asks for the option that support Indian parliament decision, something that must have been impressive might have made the Indian parliament opt for the same manufacturer. A must have necessity is that trains crash must have been caused by an outside factor, strengthening Transcontinental Trains case.

A. Although during the previous year only one transcontinental train crashed, competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record. - WRONG. If it is true then Indian Parliament should have opted for the competition instead of transcontinental trains. Thus the option rather opposes the decision.
B. The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors. - CORRECT. Sabotage being the reason behind crashes indirectly supports Transcontinental trains. The option amplifies the result, which could have been more devastating had the quality of the trans provided by Transcontinental been bad, that it prevented fire from spreading thus more number of survivors, reducing the fatalities.
C. The Indian Railway Commission issued new guidelines for trains in order to standardize safety requirements governing inspections. - WRONG. The option does not elaborate anything that might support the decision, it only refers to new guidelines for trains. Irrelevant.
D. Consumer advocates pressured two major railway companies into purchasing safer trains so that the public would be safer. - WRONG. Again similar to option C this option does nothing to support the Indian parliament's decision. Assuming that Transcontinental trans are safe and Consumer advocates pressured the two major companies into purchasing these trans then it's a strengthener OR If transcontinental trans are not safe then the option weakens the decision.
E. Many Transcontinental Train employees had to be replaced because they found jobs with the competition - WRONG. Irrelevant.

IMO Answer B.
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When three Indian-owned trains purchased from Transcontinental Trains crashed within a two month time period, the Indian parliament ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best indication that the decision of the Indian government was well supported?

So there must be other causes that lead to the train crash other than the train itself.
The train must be useful in some way.
There is nothing fault with the train.


A. Although during the previous year only one transcontinental train crashed, competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record. -- this will weaken the Indian government decision
B. The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors. -- the cause of crash is an external cause and the train is useful in protecting passenger; correct answer
C. The Indian Railway Commission issued new guidelines for trains in order to standardize safety requirements governing inspections. -- if the Indian Railway Commission issued guidelines, seems like the transcontinental trains won't pass the standard if the root cause of the crashed is from the train.
D. Consumer advocates pressured two major railway companies into purchasing safer trains so that the public would be safer. -- contradict with the Indian government decision.
E. Many Transcontinental Train employees had to be replaced because they found jobs with the competition -- out of scope

Therefore, B
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When three Indian-owned trains purchased from Transcontinental Trains crashed within a two month time period, the Indian parliament ordered the acquisition of three new Transcontinental trains as replacements. This decision surprised many because it is customary for users to shun a product after it is involved in accidents.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best indication that the decision of the Indian government was well supported?

A. Although during the previous year only one transcontinental train crashed, competing manufacturers had a perfect safety record.
B. The Transcontinental-built trains crashed due to sabotage, but because of the excellent quality of the trains, fire was averted increasing the number of survivors.
C. The Indian Railway Commission issued new guidelines for trains in order to standardize safety requirements governing inspections.
D. Consumer advocates pressured two major railway companies into purchasing safer trains so that the public would be safer.
E. Many Transcontinental Train employees had to be replaced because they found jobs with the competition


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Correct Answer: B

The best answer is B. If the train crashes were caused by a factor that had nothing to do with the train itself, such as sabotage, and the quality of the train decreased the number of fatalities, then there is good reason to purchase additional trains from Transcontinental.
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