Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main point of the passage?

Kath on October 23, 2019

question 5

If B is modulated as "it fails to give the evidence that the statistics are accurate", would it be the correct answer choice? Since the flaw is the stimulus failed to address the issue, the sentence "it fails to give the evidence that the statistics are accurate" addressed that the stimulus did not give us the substansive evidence. Am I on the right track?

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BenMingov on November 12, 2019

Hi Kath,

Just correct me if I am wrong, are you asking if answer choice B was changed to "it fails to give the evidence that statistics are accurate"?

If so, then this would still be something that the chemist didn't do, but it wouldn't be the flaw regardless. The reason for this is that when we attack flaw questions, we need to find the error made that applies to the situation. Just because he didn't provide evidence for the accuracy of the statistics, doesn't mean something is wrong with his argument.

The issue with his argument would remain that he personally went after the physicist, rather than arguing the facts.

This is a common idea that I've seen from students, but just because something is true that an author does or doesn't do, it is not necessary for that to be a flaw.

Hope this helps!