Taking advanced mathematics courses should increase a student's grade point average, for, as numerous studies have sh...

Shiyi on May 15, 2019

Why is E incorrect?

Why is E incorrect?

2 Replies

jing jing on April 16 at 12:19AM

Same. I also picked E and it told me I was wrong? Why? Thanks

jing jing on October 26 at 09:22PM

Hi I am not an instructor and I also got this question wrong first time by picking E.

However, now as I revisit this question, I understand why the answer E is wrong and why the correct answer is D: Buying running shoes should increase the frequency with which a person exercises, since those who buy two or more pairs of running shoes each year tend to exercise more often than those who buy at most one pair.

The stimulus makes the argument that A (Taking advanced mathematics courses) causes B (increase a student's grade point average) because studies have shown that A (taking advanced mathematics courses) are more likely to have B (increase a student’s grade point average) than negation of A (students who have not taken advanced mathematics courses).

E is wrong because E is arguing A (Reading to children at an early age) causes B (develop an interest in reading) because studies have shown that negation of A (children not being read to at an early age) makes B (develop an interest in reading) less likely than A (children being read to at an early age). This isn’t the exact parallel of the stimulus argument.
D is the exact parallel of the stimulus argument. D argues that A (Buying more running shoes) should cause B (increase in frequency with which a person exercises) because A (buying two or more pairs of running shoes) tend to cause B (increase in the frequency with which a person exercises) more than negation of A (buying at most 1 pair of running shoes).

I hope that I explained it correct and that you find it helpful. Please feel free to correct me. Thank you very much.