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: Should there be compulsory medical examination of both the man and the woman before they marry each other?


  1. No. This is an intrusion to the privacy of an individual and hence cannot be tolerated.
  2. Yes. This will substantially reduce the risk of giving birth to children with serious ailments.

[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


Clearly, such a step would help to prevent the growth of diseases like AIDS. So, only argument II is strong.

Mansi said: (Nov 23, 2014)  
I do asses from this question that [e] should be correct as Argument 1 is as strong as Argument 2.

Iamdisappoint said: (Jan 3, 2015)  
Agreed. How is a Compulsory medical examination, not an intrusion of privacy. Somebody is intruding on your person by force.

Whether you think this is a reasonable intrusion or not is irrelevant, the argument is still strong if you argue the opposite.

Trishul said: (Jul 10, 2015)  
Compulsory medical examination is an intrusion of privacy whether it prevents spread of AIDS or bot argument I is strong enough.

Suave said: (Oct 18, 2015)  
Making medical exam compulsory would be an intrusion of privacy. One can have it with mutual understanding but making it compulsory is not a strong argument.

Sergio said: (Dec 16, 2015)  
The truth is more people would like their privacy more than health of their children because birth rate of unhealthy children isn't that high.

Thus both I and II are strong.

Funke said: (Mar 27, 2016)  
Argument II assumes that folks getting married would definitely be having kids. That's a definite weakness in my opinion. But a compulsory medical examination definitely imposes on an individual's privacy. Now that's a strong argument.

Bilah said: (Mar 11, 2017)  
Agree @Funke.

The argument II certainly has a weakness, imposing an intrusion on someone's privacy cannot be considered as a strong argument, unless mutual consent is assumed.

Moreover, where the argument II was it mentioned that they prevent diseases like AIDS.

Yashasvi said: (Jul 26, 2017)  
Come on, E has to be the right choice. Intrusion on someone's privacy has to be considered because they've got all the rights of freedom. Some people might want to marry despite their ailment, so it is invalid to make it a compulsion.

Unnati said: (Mar 23, 2018)  
To know about diseases like AIDS one should definitely get a medical examination. However such medical test check up to be made compulsory before marriage is an intrusion of one's privacy. People have sex before marriage too and also people even after marriage are not ready to have a baby so marriage is not equal to baby. In my opinion Argument 1 is only strong.

Sushant said: (Aug 15, 2018)  
Yes, right @Yashasvi.

It had to be E.

Binoy said: (Feb 25, 2020)  
The answer is C because one is a disadvantage and the other is an advantage. So it can be any one not both together.

Himan said: (Apr 20, 2020)  
According to me, the answer should be option E. Because everyone has his own personal life and privacy.

Vaibhav Mehta said: (Jun 6, 2020)  
I think the answer should be C as while both the arguments are correct, they are opposing each other.

Imran Wahid said: (Feb 14, 2021)  
I think option E is the correct answer.

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