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vulnerable to infections

by FightWithGMAT » Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:45 am
Recently, some critics of the U.S. government have pointed out that this country is the only advanced industrialized nation without a national vaccine laboratory and suggested that this lack makes the American public more vulnerable than other developed nations to infectious diseases, such as avian flu. A government official said these critics were disloyal and thus wrong about the public's vulnerability. To support his claim, the official cited the generally long life span and low infant mortality of United States citizens, relative to all United Nation member nations. Mentioning the high quality of American hospitals, he added that all of the Europeans that he knew preferred to undergo major medical treatments in the United States rather than in the socialized medical systems in place in their home countries.

All of the following are weaknesses or potential weaknesses in the official's argument EXCEPT:
"¢ The high quality of hospitals in the United States is not a factor affecting the public's vulnerability to infectious disease.
"¢ Whether or not the critics are disloyal has no bearing on whether or not they are wrong.
"¢ The Europeans that the official cited are a demographically narrow sample, overwhelmingly composed of wealthy males over the age of fifty.
"¢ The average life span of United States citizens is determined not only by deaths due to infectious diseases but also by deaths due to all other causes.
"¢ Comparing the United States to all United Nations member nations does not address the concern that the U.S. is behind other advanced industrialized nations in a particular way.

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by RyanDark » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:54 am
As a reply to the claim ,the official uses following points to counter attack:
-Claimer is disloyal,thus wrong
-Longer life span compared to other UN Nations
-Better hospitals

All the options weaken the argument,except D-which just states a how life span is measured and does not actually harms the argument.

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by Maciek » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:12 am
Hi all!

This is "weaken EXCEPT" CR question. The correct answer should either strengthen or remain neutral.
Answer D has potential to weaken the official's argument because it shows that number of deaths due to infectious diseases can be still large.

answer C will neighter strenghten nor weaken the official's argument.

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by bvn » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:06 am

It's just comparing, not mention the mortality rate concretely

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by Arcane66 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:26 am
I think the answer is D because it doesn't seem to have an affect on the passage, taken as a whole.

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by deeyah » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:29 am
I go with D

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by paes » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:05 pm
This question was from MgMat.
The answer was A, which was controversial so they have removed it. ... t1089.html

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by paddle_sweep » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:50 am
Of the given choices, [spoiler]'D'[/spoiler] seems to be the best.

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by frank1 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:31 am
i think problem with D is...
statement draws conclusion based on "high life span.."
but D says high life span is not the factor to say we have better service....
so that would be drawing conclusion from wrong evidence...
which weakens it....

just my part of the logic....
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