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Kostey80 on October 28, 2019

Example 6, can you explain with diagramming E

Example 6, can you explain with diagramming E

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Skylar on November 3, 2019

@Kostey80 Happy to help!

In Example 6, diagramming (E) does not help us. We are looking for the answer choice that is least similar to the pattern of reasoning in the passage. The passage and answer choices (A) - (D) each determine what should be the top priority of a given job by showing that the disappearance of this priority would make other positive characteristics useless or no good. (E) is the only answer choice that does not discuss the uselessness of other positively related characteristics if the identified top priority was to be unobserved. This alone is enough for us to determine that (E) is least similar and therefore the correct answer.

If you really wanted to, you could diagram (E) as: not FG -> JR and RL. The contrapositive of this is: not JR or not RL -> FG. However, this diagram consumes time unnecessarily and is not comparable to the variables diagrammed in the passage or the other answer choices.

Does this make sense? Please let us know if you have additional questions!

Jacqueline on September 19, 2022

Is the argument in the stimulus for #6 flawed or valid?

Emil-Kunkin on December 23, 2022

That is flawed, we have no reason to know for sure what their priorities should or should not be