Office worker: I have two equally important projects that remain undone. The first one is late already, and if I devo...

on May 12 at 09:57PM

Why not D?

I was stuck between D and E and ended up guessing D. Can you explain what makes E correct and D incorrect? Thanks.

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Victoria on May 13 at 09:04PM

Hello @Liam,

In this passage, the office worker concludes that they should devote their full attention to the second of two equally important projects. Their reasoning for this is that the first project is already late and, if they focus on finishing it, they will not be able to complete the second project before its deadline.

We are looking for the principle that, if valid, justifies the office worker's line of reasoning.

D is incorrect because it is focused on the worry resulting from the failure to complete a project. The principle presented in this answer choice argues that it is better not to worry about this failure than to allow that worry to interfere with the completion of the second project. The office worker does not discuss worrying about failing to complete the project; rather, they are focused on attempting to complete one of the two projects on time.

E is the correct answer as it directly supports the office worker's reasoning. The office worker reasons that it is better to focus on finishing the second project because the first project is already late and the two are equally important. This is directly reiterated by answer choice E, making it the correct answer.

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