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 cottage industries be encouraged in rural areas?


  1. Yes. Rural people are creative.
  2. Yes. This would help to solve the problem of unemployment to some extent.

[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 B


Clearly, cottage industries need to be promoted to create more job opportunities for rural people in the villages themselves. The reason that rural people are creative is vague. So, only argument II holds.

Viswanadh said: (Aug 15, 2011)  
There is creativity in rural people like handloom.

Ujjwal said: (Aug 26, 2012)  
Its not that rural people are not creative. I remember most of the beautiful handicrafts are made by the rural people only.

Karan said: (Dec 4, 2013)  
Rural people always demand for opportunities to earn money. Cottage industry are good option to create employment and if we talk about creativity, rural people are creative and hard worker.

Prashant said: (Mar 2, 2014)  
I think the first argument is weak because it does not matter whether rural people are creative or not they can be employed as manpower and can be trained to do a particular type of work. Even if they are creative that is not going to change the amount of wages they are going to earn.

Rohitagni Mukherjee said: (Aug 4, 2015)  
How is it that the second answer is vague?

Naresh Kumar Meena said: (Oct 9, 2015)  
Having skill and being creative are two totally different approaches. When it come to create new product or making change in product they are far behind from urban community because they have lack of basic knowledge and training.

Radhika Nigam said: (Oct 5, 2016)  
I agree with @Prashant.

Sunil Singh said: (Mar 7, 2017)  
Here the word. ' creative' is vague. Creativity varies with different people's perspective. Let say if I'm a dull boy. It can happen that even a small idea would look an innovative one. Unparalleled it would not look so to one who is far superior to me.

K.S.Praneelreddy said: (Jun 2, 2017)  
Rural are also very creative but their creativity lacks within that village. So we can encourage them by building cottage industries. Hence my response is both of them are strong arguments.

Chandan Kumar Pradhan said: (Jun 28, 2017)  
Yes, I agree @Prashant.

Honey said: (May 13, 2018)  
Yes, I agree @Prashant.

Lucy Li said: (May 14, 2018)  
First of all, yes, it is definitely helping local economic development. Second, it also helps attract tourism to visit rural areas, as the products rural people made are unique and handcraft, such as wooden chairs.

Aravind said: (Oct 21, 2018)  
Here, Rural people are creative.

So, According to me, it is option E.

Rishabh Jain said: (Feb 12, 2020)  
Argument 1 is weak because it is just saying that rural people are creative but that doesn't necessarily mean all the rural people are creative in that particular industry. It is just half explained argument.

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