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: Is paying ransom or agreeing to the conditions of kidnappers of political figures, a proper course of action?


  1. Yes. The victims must be saved at all cost.
  2. No. It encourages the kidnappers to continue their sinister activities.

[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


Both the arguments are strong enough. The conditions have to be agreed to, in order to save the life of the victims, though actually they ought not to be agreed to, as they encourage the sinister activities of the kidnappers.

Rajat said: (Apr 22, 2016)  
The answer must be C because both the arguments together can't be considered as strong.

Ruchika said: (Oct 10, 2016)  
It must be C because both are contradictory.

Naga Divya said: (Oct 21, 2017)  
It should be C because both can't be applied at same time.

Sundar said: (Dec 1, 2018)  
The answer should be C, both the Arguments are not strong.

Byomkesh said: (Jul 4, 2020)  
I too agree, Option C should be the right answer.

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