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# Logical Reasoning - Statement and Assumption - Discussion

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"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
- Albert Einstein

In each question below is given a statement followed by two assumptions numbered I and II. You have to consider the statement and the following assumptions and decide which of the assumptions is implicit in the statement.

• (A) If only assumption I is implicit
• (B) If only assumption II is implicit
• (C) If either I or II is implicit
• (D) If neither I nor II is implicit
• (E) If both I and II are implicit.

9.

Statement: To investigate the murder of the lone resident of a flat, the police interrogated the domestic servant, the watchman of the multi-storeyed buildings and the liftman.

Assumptions:

1. The domestic servant, watchman and the liftman can give a clue about the suspected murder.
2. Generally in such cases the persons known to the resident are directly or indirectly involved in the murder.

 [A]. Only assumption I is implicit [B]. Only assumption II is implicit [C]. Either I or II is implicit [D]. Neither I nor II is implicit [E]. Both I and II are implicit

Explanation:

Clearly, in such cases, the police interrogates the domestic servant, watchman and liftman to work out the sequence of events just before the murder by tracing the persons who had come to meet the victim. So, I is implicit However, it is erroneous to assume that persons known to the victim are generally involved in the murder. So, II is not implicit.

 Abhimanyu said: (Sun, Jun 5, 2011 09:52:34 AM) Second statement is also implicit as generally the person is known to the resident as no person with target of robbery will kill the resident.

 Anvisha said: (Sat, May 12, 2012 06:59:41 PM) I agree with abhimanyu.

 Prem said: (Mon, Jun 18, 2012 01:37:07 AM) I also agree with Abhimanyu. I mean why would one kill anybody even without knowing him, people kill anybody they know, Everybody knows even his enemy they are willing to kill, In most of the cases people knew either the person who killed them or the person who payed to kill them, sometimes they knew to both. You assume yourself on the place of murderer, would you kill anybody random you don't know or would you like to kill somebody who is one of your enemies.

 Pan said: (Sat, Dec 8, 2012 02:26:38 AM) The domestic servant, watchman and the lift-man can give a clue about the suspected murder. They can give a clue only if the have a clue. If they do not have a clue they cannot give one. The answer that actually follows is this. "The domestic servant, watchman and the lift-man MIGHT give a clue about the suspected murder ".

 Kolliparajayaram said: (Mon, Feb 25, 2013 01:52:10 PM) Yes assumption II is implicit a police first suspects the neighbors because they are the one who are very close and observing the one who was murdered.