Method of Reasoning. The correct answer choice is (A)
Since this argument uses conditional reasoning, so it may be worth your time to quickly diagram it:
- Premise (1): Auto Factory Class B Factory
Premise (2): Class B Factory Punctual Inspections
Conclusion: Auto Factory Punctual Inspections
The two provisions mandate that the factory adhere to punctual inspections, which entails that a certain state of affairs (postponing such inspections) is unacceptable.
Answer choice (B) The author does not provide two possible interpretations of a legal regulation. Rather, she describes two provisions of a regulation. Their plausibility is neither questioned nor addressed. This answer choice is incorrect.
Answer choice (C) The stimulus provides no evidence of what the existing legislation is or how compatible it is with the Factory Safety Act. This answer choice is incorrect.
Answer choice (D) The two provisions of the Safety Act are not in conflict; they function together to support the conclusion. This answer choice is incorrect.
Answer choice (E) The author does not generalize from the applicability of the provision to automobile factories. No analogous situations are discussed. This answer choice is incorrect.