Franklin: The only clue I have as to the identity of the practical joker is the handwriting on the note. Ordinaril...

jing jing on April 11, 2020

Why is B incorrect?

Hi Why is B incorrect? Could you explain the correct answer? Thank you

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Skylar on April 12, 2020

@jingjingxiao11111@gmail.com, happy to help!

(B) states that Franklin's reasoning "fails to indicate the degree to which handwriting samples should look alike in order to be considered of the same source." This answer choice is incorrect because no such indication is necessary. The passage does not discuss comparing any handwriting samples, so there is no need to clarify this.

(A) states that Franklin's reasoning "fails to consider the possibility that there was more than one practical joker." This is correct. The passage tells us that Franklin suspects Miller but rules her out because the handwriting is not hers. Yet, how does Franklin know that Miller isn't working with someone else? Maybe Miller knew that Franklin would recognize her handwriting so she asked somebody else to write the note for her. If this was true, there would be more than one practical joker and Miller would be one of them. Franklin's reasoning does not account for this possibility, so it is flawed.

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