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 the sex determination test during pregnancy be completely banned?


  1. Yes. This leads to indiscriminate female foeticide and eventually will lead to social imbalance.
  2. No. People have a right to know about their unborn child.

[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 A


Parents indulging in sex determination of their unborn child generally do so as they want to only a boy child and do away with a girl child. So, argument I holds. Also, people have a right to know only about the health, development and general well-being of the child before its birth, and not the sex. So, argument II does not hold strong.

Gabriela Stefan said: (Aug 24, 2012)  
I would not agree with your solution. Argument II not being a strong one is questionable. In my opinion it is strong since the reason for knowing the sex of the baby does not necessary link to keeping or not the baby (maybe in some countries/religions it is the case). But I am a mother and I wanted to know the sex of the baby and I consider it equal to a human right. So banning this right is like banning human rights.

Let's consider the argument like this : "No. People have a right to know about their unborn child in order to decide the name of the baby". OR : "No. People have a right to know about their unborn child in order to decide the coulours used for the baby shower" Would the statement be more strong?
I look fwd for your opinion.

Ghaith Mohamad El Hajjar said: (Sep 20, 2013)  
I totally agree with you Gabriela, you said perfectly my opinion on the Argument II.

Now, Argument I is generalizing an opinion that is not shared by everyone, I would prefer to have a daughter than a son but anw in both cases no sane person would ever kill his/her son/daughter because of their sex. We live in the 21th century and I think this mentality is updated.

Now to indiabix responsibles try not to be sex discriminant by assuming that parent will have abortion just because it is a girl child, some parent have abortion of boy child. 'Generally' is a big word. Update your thoughts and knowledge about the world and try to be objective in your tests.

Thank you.

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