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 cutting of trees be banned altogether?

Arguments:

  1. Yes. It is very much necessary to do so to restore ecological balance.
  2. No. A total ban would harm timber based industries.

[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 E

Explanation:

Clearly, trees play a vital role in maintaining ecological balance and so must be preserved. So, argument I holds. Also, trees form the basic source of timber and a complete ban on cutting of trees would harm timber based industries. So, only a controlled cutting of trees should be allowed and the loss replenished by planting more trees. So, argument II is also valid.

Rishikesh said: (Dec 24, 2011)  
Complete ban on tree cutting is not the only solution to restore ecological balance, it can also be restored by planting more and more no of trees also. I think so. Answer should be only II statement.

Mark said: (Oct 28, 2013)  
There are other factors that might affect ecological balance. Even if trees are a large part of it, it cannot be said that it is the only sole contributor to restoring ecological balance. Also, cutting of trees is not the only reason why the ecology is not balanced.

Abhishek said: (Oct 30, 2013)  
I think second option is not very strong.

Raju said: (Jan 15, 2015)  
II is not strong. Timber based industries plant trees in their farm and take permission to cut the trees.

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