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#21 - Saunders: Everyone at last week's neighborhood

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Complete Question Explanation

Flaw in the Reasoning. The correct answer choice is (D)

In this stimulus, Saunders discusses two proposed plans for dealing with a particular group of abandoned houses. Some wanted demolition while others were in favor of rehabilitating the houses. Because the demolition strategy was successful, Saunders asserts, this proves that those in favor of rehabilitation were wrong. The problem with this logic is that the choice of one option (demolition) made the results of the other option impossible to assess.

The question stem asks for the answer choice which most accurately reflects the flaw fro the stimulus. Only correct answer choice (D) properly describes the problem with the author’s argument. Given the limited information provided and the fact that rehabilitation was never given a chance before the buildings were demolished, there is no way to assess the plan that wasn’t chosen.