Flaw in the Reasoning. The correct answer choice is (B)
The argument in the stimulus goes as follows:
- Premise: The environmentalists who oppose Golden Lake have opposed objections to most development proposals in recent years.
Conclusion: These people therefore must be anti-development and anti-progress, and their claim should be dismissed without consideration.
Answer choice (A): Taking lack of proof as if it were sufficient to disprove is a logical flaw, but not applicable to the argument in this case.
Answer choice (B): This is the correct answer choice. The author makes a Source argument, criticizing the environmentalists’ motives rather than addressing the merits of their argument.
Answer choice (C): This answer is incorrect. There may indeed be a trend in voting, and their opposition in this case may not be the exception to the rule.
Answer choice (D): The evidence in this case might be misinterpreted, but it is not necessarily misrepresented.
Answer choice (E): The author makes no reference to, or assumptions about, the individuals in the group. The argument is based on a critique of the group in general.