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.

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

Arguments:

  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

Explanation:

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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