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 the tuition fees in all post-graduate courses be hiked considerably?

Arguments:

  1. Yes. This will bring in some sense of seriousness among the students and will improve the quality.
  2. No. This will force the meritorious poor students to stay away from post-graduate courses.

[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

Explanation:

A hike in fees is no means to make the students more serious in studies. So, argument I is vague. However, with the increase in fees, poor meritorious students would not be able to afford post-graduate studies. So, argument II holds.

Harry said: (Oct 25, 2014)  
I didn't agree with this. It's fair to assume that students would take courses more seriously if they pay more money.

Dallas said: (Sep 27, 2015)  
I don't agree with this either. If the explanation holds true, then this does not justify the price Harvard and Yale students pay for their education.

Another example: French students who pay very little and don't take their studies seriously at all.

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