Flaw in the argument

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Flaw in the argument

by shekhar.kataria » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:54 am
The current proposal to give college students a broade r choice in planning their own
courses of study should be abandoned. The students who are supporting the
proposal will never be satisfied, no matter what requirements are established.
Some of these students have rea ched their third year without declaring a major.
One first-year student has failed to complete four required courses. Several others
have indicated a serious indifference to grades and intellectual achievement.


A flaw in the argument is that it does which one of the following?

(A) avoids the issue by focusing on supporters of the proposal
(B) argues circularly by assuming the conclusion is true in stating the premises.
(C) fails to define the critical term "satisfied"
(D) distorts the proposal advocated by opponents
(E) users the term "student" equivocally

Really tough question. Experts please reply

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by shekhar.kataria » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:55 am
Sorry i missed th OA. Its A

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by shekhar.kataria » Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:45 pm
friends , please do reply...

Is this question really tough, good, or easy ? please share your thoughts.

Waiting for your inputs along with the answer explanations.

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by yuliawati » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:12 pm
Hereis my explanation:

Conclusion: The proposal should be abandoned.
Arguments to support the conclusion:
1. The students "who" are supporting the proposal will never be satisfied.
2. Some of "the students" have reached their third year without declaring a major
3. One "first-year student" has failed to complete four required courses.
4. "several others" have indicated a serious indifference to grades and achievement.

It is clear that the provided evidences are addressed to against the supporters of the proposal. A is the only answer.

B. Incorrect. "circular reasoning" means the argument is assumed implicitely or explicitely in one of the premises.
C. incorrect. the term of "satisfied" is not the issue
D. Incorrect. the argument doesnt distort the proposal advocated by opponents
E. Incorrect. Again, the term of student is not the issue

Hope that helps.