# Logical Reasoning - Statement and Argument - Discussion

Discussion Forum : Statement and Argument - Section 2 (Q.No. 9)
Directions to Solve

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.

• (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.

9.

Statement: Is pen mightier than a sword?

Arguments:

1. Yes. Writers influence the thinking of the people.
2. No. With the help of physical force one can conquer all.
Only argument I is strong
Only argument II is strong
Either I or II is strong
Neither I nor II is strong
Both I and II are strong
Explanation:
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.
Discussion:
7 comments Page 1 of 1.

Sahil said:   8 years ago
Both one and two will be strong in my opinion.
(2)

Mona said:   9 years ago
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.

Naman said:   9 years ago
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.
(1)

Eric said:   9 years ago
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.

Daniel Aren said:   1 decade ago
Yes I also think number 2 should be correct, as well as number 1.

Ayushi sengar said:   1 decade ago
The answer should be argument 2. Because the question tag is positive so answer should be negative. As simple as this.