PT73.S2.Q19 - a carved flint object

sbc.mom_3xsbc.mom_3x Alum Member
edited February 2018 in Logical Reasoning 1501 karma

Could someone be so kind to explain why AC B is correct? I went with E, quite confidently at that. Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!



  • akistotleakistotle Member 🍌🍌
    edited February 2018 9345 karma

    A carved flint (human head with open mouth) was found in a tomb in Ireland.

    • It is too small to be a weapon
    • Its open mouth symbolizes speaking.

    Hypothesis: The object was probably a communal object (the head of a speaking staff)

    The argument says the object found in the tomb is a communal object, but (B) tells us that communal objects are probably not found in tombs since they are passed from one generation to the next.

  • sbc.mom_3xsbc.mom_3x Alum Member
    1501 karma

    Ok that is helpful. I appreciate your response! I don't know that I would have ever caught that. I figured an heirloom might still end up in a tomb, never know.

  • akistotleakistotle Member 🍌🍌
    9345 karma

    Glad you found it helpful :smiley:

    @"sbc.mom_3x" said:
    I figured an heirloom might still end up in a tomb, never know.

    That is true. I think (B) doesn't conclusively falsify the hypothesis. As you point out, it could be true that it somehow ended up accidentally in the tomb.

    But (B) makes us doubt the hypothesis. That's enough to "weaken" the argument.

    (E) doesn't weaken it because we don't really care what it "symbolizes." It could symbolize anything and could still be used as a communal object.

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