What type of questions are these (LR)?

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What type of questions are these (LR)?

Postby deputamadre » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:31 am

Which one of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn?

Knowing which one of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?

I've heard inference or assumption. I'm inclined to say inference but am not entirely sure.

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Re: What type of question is this (LR)?

Postby r6_philly » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:34 am

assumption. Basicly one of the answers will be a premise that will make the conclusion stronger/work which is not in the stimulus. So 1. it has to be a premise and most likely 2. it has to connect one of the exisiting premises to the conclusion. I was getting a lot of wrong on assumptions, so I started to underline the conclusion and the premises and it became easier to spot the unstated connection (which would be the assumption)

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Re: What type of questions are these (LR)?

Postby deputamadre » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:38 am

Thanks for clearing that up

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Re: What type of questions are these (LR)?

Postby dbrddr » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:21 am

deputamadre wrote:Which one of the following, if assumed, allows the conclusion above to be properly drawn?


The correct answer to this question stem will be a sufficient assumption--one that, when added to the premises already present, will enable to conclusion to be properly drawn. Note that there may well be other assumptions (additional premises) that you could think of that would justify the argument's conclusion; you're just looking for one that suffices. Sufficient assumption (or justify the conclusion) questions are to be distinguished from necessary assumption questions, those which ask you to identify an assumption that absolutely must be added to the premises in order for the conclusion to follow. Necessary assumption questions are often phrased as follows: "Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument?" or "Which of the following is an assumption the argument requires/on which the argument depends?"

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Re: What type of questions are these (LR)?

Postby LongueFrappe » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:25 am

1. is Justify the conclusion, which means: the answer has to support the conclusion beyond a reasonable doubt.

2. Is an assumption question, because it is asking you to support the conclusion but not explicitly beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Re: What type of questions are these (LR)?

Postby dbrddr » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:53 am

deputamadre wrote:Knowing which one of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?



This is absolutely NOT an assumption question. It's what some companies call an "evaluate the argument" question. In a question of this type, an argument will be presented, and your job is to select the response (often in the form of a question) whose answer or resolution would be the most helpful in determining the validity of the argumentation. This is crazy oversimplified, but for example:

"Michael is a member of a political party. He isn't a member of the Gorgon Party or the Tyrannosaurus Party, so he must be a member of the Winkelstein Party."

"Knowing which of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?"

A. Whether Michael wears tennis shoes or Crocs
B. What Michael ate for breakfast
C. Whether the Gorgon Party, Tyrannosaurus Party, and Winkelstein Party are the only parties of which Michael might be a member
D. What Michael wants to be when he grows up
E. How many cavities Michael has

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Re: What type of questions are these (LR)?

Postby klussy » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:56 am

as someone else said, it's a justify the conclusion. similar to assumption, but with JTC the answer will be sufficient to solidify the argument, whereas an assumption is necessary.

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Re: What type of questions are these (LR)?

Postby tomwatts » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:39 pm

dbrddr wrote:
deputamadre wrote:Knowing which one of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?



This is absolutely NOT an assumption question. It's what some companies call an "evaluate the argument" question. In a question of this type, an argument will be presented, and your job is to select the response (often in the form of a question) whose answer or resolution would be the most helpful in determining the validity of the argumentation. This is crazy oversimplified, but for example:

"Michael is a member of a political party. He isn't a member of the Gorgon Party or the Tyrannosaurus Party, so he must be a member of the Winkelstein Party."

"Knowing which of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?"

A. Whether Michael wears tennis shoes or Crocs
B. What Michael ate for breakfast
C. Whether the Gorgon Party, Tyrannosaurus Party, and Winkelstein Party are the only parties of which Michael might be a member
D. What Michael wants to be when he grows up
E. How many cavities Michael has

This.

It's closely related to Assumption, Strengthen, etc., but it's not exactly the same thing. It's an Evaluate question. They're pretty uncommon.

And the "Sufficient Assumption" question type works a little differently from the "Necessary Assumption" question type, as another poster has indicated.




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