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 those who receive dowry, despite the law prohibiting it, be punished?


  1. Yes. Those who violate the law must be punished.
  2. No. Dowry system is firmly rooted in the society since time immemorial.

[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


Clearly, laws are made to ensure that no person pursues the practice. So, persons who violate the laws need to be punished. Thus, argument I holds. A wrong practice, no matter how firmly rooted, needs to be ended. So, argument II is vague.

Dave said: (Sep 25, 2015)  
The explanation is a moral statement, not a deduction. Is a law that nobody complies with actually a law? Universal disobedience renders rule of law null.

Dowry is an awful practice, but this is a logic test not a sermon.

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