Logical Reasoning - Statement and Assumption - Discussion

In each question below is given a statement followed by two assumptions numbered I and II. You have to consider the statement and the following assumptions and decide which of the assumptions is implicit in the statement.

Give answer

  • (A) If only assumption I is implicit
  • (B) If only assumption II is implicit
  • (C) If either I or II is implicit
  • (D) If neither I nor II is implicit
  • (E) If both I and II are implicit.


Statement: Nobody can predict as to how long our country would take to contain the unfortunate and disastrous terrorist activities.


  1. It is impossible to put on end to terrorist activities
  2. Efforts to control the terrorist activities are on.

[A]. Only assumption I is implicit
[B]. Only assumption II is implicit
[C]. Either I or II is implicit
[D]. Neither I nor II is implicit
[E]. Both I and II are implicit

Answer: Option B


The statement expresses concern over the issue as to when our country would be able to curb terrorism completely. This means that efforts are on and it is quite possible to put an end to terrorist activities although it could take longer. So, only II is implicit.

Eric said: (Feb 24, 2015)  
False. Nowhere in the statement does it say that the government is currently engaged in efforts to control terrorist actives. In fact, it specifically uses the word "would"--how long [it].

WOULD take to contain. Terrorist activities". This actually implies that the government has not yet involved itself in attempting to control the terrorist activities. For assumption II to be correct, the statement should have used "will" instead of "would".

Gregc said: (Apr 15, 2015)  
Agreed with @Eric. That statement could have been made during a terrorist activity containment planning scenario, where the feasibility of the plan was simply being analysed. There's no indication that such a plan was already underway.

Tarik said: (Apr 22, 2016)  
I also agree with @Eric. It does not state that the government is currently engaged in any efforts.

The answer is D (Neither I nor II is implicit).

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