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 our country extend generous behaviour and goodwill to our erring and nagging neighbours?

Arguments:

  1. Yes. Goodwill always pays dividend.
  2. No. Our generous behaviour and goodwill will be considered as our weakness.

[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 E

Explanation:

Clearly, a good behaviour may at some point of time lead to mutual discussions and peaceful settlement of issues in the long run. So, argument I holds strong. However, such behaviour may be mistaken for our weakness and it would be difficult to continue with it if the other country doesn't stop its sinister activities. Hence, II also holds.

Vishal said: (Oct 14, 2011)  
I do not understand the logic behind this. Can anyone explain ?

Akshay Prakash said: (Apr 9, 2012)  
Several logic can be applied in this case, how to know which suits best?

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