QUESTION TEXT: Which one of the following, if true,…
QUESTION TYPE: Weaken
CONCLUSION: Galina concludes that the squirrels aren’t after sugar.
REASONING: The concentration of sugar in maple sap is very low and squirrels would have to drink a lot to get much sugar.
ANALYSIS: Galina doesn’t make a very good argument. If the squirrels aren’t after sugar, why are they going for the sap? It’s only sugar and water.
- This is irrelevant, since maple sap doesn’t have a high concentration of sugar.
- This just tells us that other squirrels are copycats. It doesn’t explain why they want the maple sap.
- This sort of supports Lydia. But it’s pretty weak. Less frequently could mean 49% of the time rather than 50% of the time.
- CORRECT. This ruins Galina’s argument. The squirrels raise the concentration of sugar by letting the water evaporate. Smart squirrels.
- This just shows it would be pointless to go after sap. Galina and Lydia are presumably only talking about those seasons where squirrels can get sap.
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