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 pen mightier than a sword?


  1. Yes. Writers influence the thinking of the people.
  2. No. With the help of physical force one can conquer all.

[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


Physical force can accomplish a task by compulsion, while the influential writings can mould the thinking of an individual and change his discretion into accomplishing the task wilfully. So, only argument I holds strong.

Ash said: (Oct 1, 2011)  
I do not agree with your answer you are not aware of the power of pen !1 read some article over it. Media can do any thing.

Many poets were considered as heroes who wrote songs which were used to encourage freedom fighter during india's freedom struggle.

Ayushi Sengar said: (Oct 21, 2011)  
The answer should be argument 2. Because the question tag is positive so answer should be negative. As simple as this.

Daniel Aren said: (Jan 9, 2014)  
Yes I also think number 2 should be correct, as well as number 1.

Eric said: (Feb 19, 2015)  
The problem with saying only option 1 or option 2 is correct is that it discredits opinion. Just because you can mold someone's thinking with "the pen" does not mean that compulsion/force is not equally as powerful. They should both be considered strong arguments.

Naman said: (Aug 19, 2015)  
I think answer must be D as what about one who is illiterate.

He won't be influenced by writer also with only physical force no one can conquer world.

Mona said: (Sep 26, 2015)  
Machiavelli- The Prince and Sun Tzu- Art of War are influential books on military strategy and politics. Thus, the pen is just as mighty as the sword. The sword is meaningless without strategy. Both I and II are strong when you consider the origins of world politics.

Sahil said: (Jan 8, 2017)  
Both one and two will be strong in my opinion.

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