QUESTION TYPE: Parallel Reasoning – Exception
CONCLUSION: Student attendance should be the top priority of the administration.
REASONING: Teachers, textbooks and facilities aren’t worth anything if no students show up.
ANALYSIS: The structure of the argument is: without one factor all other factors are worthless.
It’s a bit of an exaggeration because it’s highly unlikely that no students will show up.
It’s also true that if you have no teachers then it doesn’t matter how many students show up.
Probably, losing any one of the factors means the school won’t work. This isn’t a very good argument.
- Nothing else matters if the customer isn’t comfortable. This matches the structure.
- Everything else is meaningless if you don’t have food. This matches the structure.
- All of the fancy science stuff doesn’t work if there are no clues to analyze. Same structure.
- Without books a library is nothing. Same structure.
- CORRECT. This hasn’t made a comparison to any other factors. It does say “top priority” but the similarities end there.
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