Logical Reasoning - Statement and Argument - Discussion

Each question given below consists of a statement, followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a 'strong' argument and which is a 'weak' argument.

Give answer:

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


Statement: Should students take part in politics?


  1. Yes. It inculcates in them qualities of leadership.
  2. No. They should study and build up their career.

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

Answer: Option C


Clearly, indulgement in politics trains the students for future leadership but It sways them from the studies. So, either of the arguments I or II can hold.

Kara Moore said: (Sep 13, 2014)  
Not all students involved in politics do so as leaders, but as followers or part of social group idealism. Some involved in politics do so as workers for a leader.

The statement was a question about involvement. "Should students take part in politics?"

The statement isn't clear. Not all involvement leads to leadership, because some are simply interested in voting, some are interested in helping to campaign for their chosen candidate and not all of them get leadership training through politics.

As an example, the students in my high school Social Studies class were encouraged as a class study to vote, so they were given time off from class to vote, then as a class project they were allowed to discuss the importance of voting and what each side offered.

It was part of the study, which happens on university campuses. The statement of "should students take part", didn't offer anything as to what capacity.

Voting is part of the political process. The statement was too ambiguous.

Vibhore said: (Dec 17, 2014)  
Answer would be A as it is somehow related to politics being advantageous for students and helping them become good leaders or simply instill in them qualities of leadership.

Leadership here has to be understood in a broader perspective. Which can somehow support the statement! in these type of questions we don't be as cynical and finicky in our approach as to dissect each word as my friend above has done.

Second one seems out of the place as people do make a career in politics too or also because politics don't take away career or diverges their interest that's too subjective!

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