Discussion :: Statement and Argument - Section 1 (Q.No.41)
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.
|David said: (Sep 11, 2013)|
|If either 1 or 2 is strong, then why is E, that they are both strong, wrong?|
|Nishanth said: (Jun 7, 2015)|
|I agree with him. Send me the solution.|
|Brad said: (Dec 3, 2016)|
|It seems to me that "Either I or II is strong" implies that the two assumptions must be mutually exclusive, which is to say that if you hold one to be strong, you must hold the other to be weak.
If I am correct, then it is logically equivalent to the 2-part statement, "Either A is strong and B is weak, or A is weak and B is strong. " In the case of this question, as it is worded, I don't think the two assumptions are mutually exclusive. For that to be the case requires an additional hidden assumption: "Fanaticism is the product of people segregating into tightly-bound groups" or something along those lines. Put another way, it seems that the question writer holds the cause of fanaticism to be self-evident.
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