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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Hmm CR tagged by: ##### This topic has 11 member replies ## Hmm CR Because city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve, they clearly have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities. The conclusion above rests on which of the following assumptions? A) Working directly with members of the public is the one of the most challenging aspects of serving on a city council. B) Managing the affairs of a large city requires a more significant time commitment than working directly with the public. C)City council members in small towns are often related to a certain percentage of the population, making them intimately acquainted with the people they serve. D)Residents of small towns often attend city council meetings to present their concerns. E)City council members in large cities rarely engage the public directly. _________________ I Seek Explanations Not Answers Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 02 Apr 2010 Posted: 174 messages Followed by: 1 members Upvotes: 6 D Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 02 Apr 2010 Posted: 174 messages Followed by: 1 members Upvotes: 6 Negate D and the argument falls apart. Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 19 Apr 2011 Posted: 57 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 6 IMO A Premise: city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve Conclusion: city council members in small towns have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities Assumption: acquaintance with public creates difficulty for city council members This is stated in A, also try negating A directly breaks the conclusion. Tried negating D, but I don't think this breaks the conclusion. Clearly IMO the correct answer is A Legendary Member Joined 15 Jan 2010 Posted: 2330 messages Followed by: 26 members Upvotes: 56 abhi0697 wrote: IMO A Premise: city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve Conclusion: city council members in small towns have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities Assumption: acquaintance with public creates difficulty for city council members This is stated in A, also try negating A directly breaks the conclusion. Tried negating D, but I don't think this breaks the conclusion. Clearly IMO the correct answer is A What makes you think that city council members in larger cities do not work with the public _________________ I Seek Explanations Not Answers Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 19 Apr 2011 Posted: 57 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 6 It goes like "city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve" and "acquaintance with public creates difficulty for city council members", and hence conclusion: "city council members in small towns have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities" City council members in larger cities may be working closely with public but this is not necessary assumption for conclusion to be valid. I hope this makes things clear, thanks.. Legendary Member Joined 15 Jan 2010 Posted: 2330 messages Followed by: 26 members Upvotes: 56 abhi0697 wrote: It goes like "city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve" and "acquaintance with public creates difficulty for city council members", and hence conclusion: "city council members in small towns have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities" City council members in larger cities may be working closely with public but this is not necessary assumption for conclusion to be valid. I hope this makes things clear, thanks.. The conclusion is city council members in small towns have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities" You are comparing city council member in cities with those in towns . How can you conclude something about council members in small towns without considering the situation for council members in cities _________________ I Seek Explanations Not Answers Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 07 Apr 2010 Posted: 20 messages Conclusion: they (small city council members) clearly have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities. Premise: small town council members are involved with public they serve. [P] + [A] = [C] [involved with public] + [?] = [difficult job] Clearly assumption is - job with public involvement is challenging, making job difficult. Hence A. Legendary Member Joined 15 Jan 2010 Posted: 2330 messages Followed by: 26 members Upvotes: 56 Again people are not paying attention to what i highlighted about the comparison part . of course p + a = c issue has been propounded in all cr books that are worth their salt _________________ I Seek Explanations Not Answers Legendary Member Joined 17 May 2011 Posted: 1448 messages Followed by: 53 members Upvotes: 375 Hi, Both A and E are assumptions, IMO. I am not sure how we can eliminate one of them. Source and OE? _________________ Cheers! Things are not what they appear to be... nor are they otherwise Legendary Member Joined 15 Jan 2010 Posted: 2330 messages Followed by: 26 members Upvotes: 56 Frankenstein wrote: Hi, Both A and E are assumptions, IMO. I am not sure how we can eliminate one of them. Source and OE? Don't You feel E is too Extreme for an assumption question . The council members in the city dont have to hold meetings rarely for this Conclusion to hold They could hold meeting s occasionally and still not get to interact well with the public Source :GmatClub Tests that come with over 200 posts on Gmatclub / 25 Kudos _________________ I Seek Explanations Not Answers Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 03 Jul 2009 Posted: 42 messages Upvotes: 2 Test Date: TBD Target GMAT Score: 700+ mundasingh123 wrote: The conclusion is city council members in small towns have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities" You are comparing city council member in cities with those in towns . How can you conclude something about council members in small towns without considering the situation for council members in cities Because the premises does not contain any information about city council members but the conclusion has, the argument might fall under invalid (flawed) argument category. Consider this: Because city council members in small towns are intimately acquainted with the public they serve + Assumption + they clearly have a more difficult job than city council members in larger cities. 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