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 shifting agriculture be practised?

Arguments:

  1. No. It is a wasteful practice.
  2. Yes. Modern methods of farming are too expensive.

[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, shifting agriculture is a practice in which a certain crop is grown on a land and when it becomes infertile it is left bare and another piece of land is chosen. Clearly, it is a wasteful practice. So, only argument I holds.

Diya said: (Jan 27, 2014)  
Why not the option (B) is strong ?

Ajay said: (Jan 16, 2015)  
In mountain places it is not possible to cultivate in same field after using once.

Siddharth Chandel said: (Sep 25, 2017)  
Argument 1: Shifting cultivation is a wasteful practice. The statement in itself is vague and ill-defined. One cannot demarcate why it should not be practised & why it is wasteful.

On the contrary, it is practised heavily in several parts of India And let's gain the fertility of the soil naturally.

So Neither of the Argument strongly holds.

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