PT3.S2.Q19 - Like a number of other articles

wkim2015wkim2015 Legacy Member

Can anyone explain to me how the answer for this question is (b) and not (e)? I cannot convince myself that (e) is not the right answer. Saying (b) is the right answer seems like a bit of a stretch to me. Someone please help!

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  • Pretzel LogicPretzel Logic Monthly Member
    edited June 2021 226 karma

    I see your comment is three years ago, so hopefully this may help others (god knows I'm getting crushed by this PT).

    (B) Undermines a conclusion drawn from statistical data by offering an alternative explanation

    A more moderate answer choice that seems more supported from what the passage gives us. The alternative explanation would seem to be the "expressing other types of marital frustrations in financial terms." So, the problem is not simply financial problems. It is something else. Something "alternative," like those "other types" of marital frustrations.

    (E) Undermines a conclusion by showing that couples cannot accurately describe their own problems.

    This seems like a rather strong assumption we cannot make based on the text we're given. It may be like when JY warns us not to use our real life knowledge for answer choices. We just cannot say here that the author is concluding that they cannot accurately describe their problems.

    Also note answer choice (B) reads "undermining a conclusion drawn from statistical data..." (Statistical data references our survey).
    But here in answer choice E, it's simply "undermines a conclusion," so perhaps more vague language. Often I find this can be a little sign.

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