A poor farmer was fond of telling his children: "In this world, you are either rich or poor, and you are either hone...

on October 23, 2019

Why A?

Confused on this one, would really appreciate some help!


Ben on October 24, 2019

Hi Tehran20, thanks for the question!

This is a sufficient assumption where we need to find the answer choice that would provide the assumption that would logically validate this argument.

The reasoning in the farmer's argument is as follows:

You can be rich/poor, honest/dishonest (no middle ground). All poor farmers = honest. Therefore, all rich farmers = dishonest.

This is questionable reasoning. Just because all poor farmers are honest, what's to say that you can't be a rich farmer who is also honest.

That's where answer choice A comes in. If you state that "every honest farmer is poor", then you remove the possibility that a rich, honest farmer can exist, thus making every rich farmer dishonest.

Hope this helps!