QUESTION TYPE: Most Strongly Supported
- Antibiotics will produce resistant bacteria, unless the antibiotics can eliminate the bacteria entirely.
- Bacteria X can’t be eliminated by any single anti-biotic.
ANALYSIS: On “most strongly supported” questions, it’s important not to assume more than the question tells you.
We can conclude exactly one thing from the facts above: If any single existing anti-biotic is used against bacteria X, then bacteria X will develop resistance.
We don’t know whether bacteria X can be eliminated. Maybe a combination of drugs can eliminate it. We also don’t know what future antibiotics will be able to do.
- We don’t know. Maybe future antibiotics will be able to deal with bacteria X.
- CORRECT. This is true, because none of the antibiotics on the market can eliminate bacteria X by itself.
- Careful….there might be other ways of eliminating bacteria, apart from antibiotics. Maybe quarantines and good hygiene can eliminate bacteria X.
- The stimulus only talked about greater resistance – it didn’t mention virulence. Virulence is how strong a bacteria is. This answer has no support at all from the stimulus.
- We don’t know if any antibiotics have been used against bacteria X. This answer has no support.
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