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I understand that Assumption questions look for what is necessary and Justify questions look for what is sufficient. But is it possible for one stimulus and answer pair to be BOTH an Assumption and Justify type of question? For example, in the Lesson 5 On-Demand video, a simple example Supporter Assumption stimulus is discussed:
All humans are mortal. Therefore, Socrates is mortal.
The Assumption question stem would be something like The argument assumes which one of the following or What would the author have to assume for the conclusion to be true and clearly the answer is something like:
Socrates is human.
But couldn't the exact same stimulus and answer pair be used for a Justify question? With the exact same stimulus and the exact same answer, couldn't a question stem be Which of the following justifies the conclusion? In this case, Socrates is human would still be a correct answer for this question.
Both stimuli and answer pairs are identical, but the question stem can be phrased as either an Assumption or Justify type of question. If this is correct, then why are the methods for solving these two types of questions different?