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Each question given below consists of a statement, followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a 'strong' argument and which is a 'weak' argument.


Give answer:


* (A) If only argument I is strong

* (B) If only argument II is strong

* (C) If either I or II is strong

* (D) If neither I nor II is strong and

* (E) If both I and II are strong.

Statement: Should all the unauthorized structures in the city be demolished?

 

Arguments:

 

1. No. Where will the people residing in such houses live?

2. Yes. This will give a clear message to general public and they will refrain from constructing unauthorized buildings.


A. Only argument I is strong
B. Only argument II is strong
C. Either I or II is strong
D. Neither I nor II is strong
E. Both I and II are strong

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option B

Explanation: The demolition of unauthorized buildings would teach a lesson to the unscrupulous builders and also serve as a warning for the citizens not to indulge in such activities in the future. This is essential, as unauthorized constructions impose undue burden on the city's infrastructure. So, only argument II holds strong.



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Statement: Should there be a maximum limit for the number of ministers in the Central Government?

 

Arguments:

 

1. No. The political party in power should have the freedom to decide the number of ministers to be appointed.

2. Yes. The number of ministers should be restricted to a certain percentage of the total number of seats in the parliament to avoid unnecessary expenditure.


A. Only argument I is strong
B. Only argument II is strong
C. Either I or II is strong
D. Neither I nor II is strong
E. Both I and II are strong

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option B

Explanation: Clearly, there should be some norms regarding the number of ministers in the Government, as more number of ministers would unnecessarily add to the Government expenditure. So, argument II holds strong; Also, giving liberty to the party in power could promote extension of unreasonable favour to some people at the cost of government funds. So, argument I does not hold.



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Statement: Should foreign films be banned in England?

 

Arguments:

 

1. Yes. They depict an alien culture which adversely affects our values.

2. No. Foreign films are of a high artistic standard.


A. Only argument I is strong
B. Only argument II is strong
C. Either I or II is strong
D. Neither I nor II is strong
E. Both I and II are strong

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option D

Explanation: Clearly, foreign films depict the alien culture but this only helps in learning more. So, argument I does not hold. Also, the reason stated in argument II is not strong enough in contradicting the ban. So, it also does not hold.



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Statement: Is buying things on instalments profitable to the customer?

 

Arguments:

 

1. Yes. He has to pay less.

2. No, paying instalments upsets the family budget.


A. Only argument I is strong
B. Only argument II is strong
C. Either I or II is strong
D. Neither I nor II is strong
E. Both I and II are strong

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option D

Explanation: In buying things on instalments, a customer has to pay more as the interest is also included. So, argument I does not hold. Moreover, one who buys an item on instalments maintains his future budget accordingly as he is well acquainted with when and how much he has to pay, beforehand. So, argument II is also not valid.



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Statement: Should adult education programme be given priority over compulsory education programme?

 

Arguments:

 

1. No. It will also help in success of compulsory education programme.

2. Yes. It will help to eliminate the adult illiteracy.


A. Only argument I is strong
B. Only argument II is strong
C. Either I or II is strong
D. Neither I nor II is strong
E. Both I and II are strong

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option B

Explanation: Clearly, argument I gives a reason in support of the statement and so it does not hold strong against it. The adult education programme needs to be given priority because it shall eliminate adult illiteracy and thus help in further spread of education. So, only argument II is strong enough.



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