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Point at Issue—#%. The correct answer choice is (E)
Your task in this Point at Issue question is to select the answer choice that best describes what the
physician and the trampoline enthusiast disagree about. Their arguments, reordered for clarity,
Premise: there were approximately 83,400 trampoline-related injuries last year
Sub-Conclusion: thus, trampolines are quite dangerous
Conclusion: so, trampolines should be used only under professional supervision
Premise: in the past ten years sales of home trampolines have increased much more
than trampoline-related injuries have: 260 percent in sales compared with 154
percent in injuries
Premise: every exercise activity carries risks, even when carried out under professional
Conclusion: thus, it is not the case that trampolines should be used only under professional
The correct answer choice in this Point at Issue question will describe the information concerning
which the physician and the trampoline enthusiast disagree with each other. The incorrect answers
will present information either not discussed by at least one of the speakers, or concerning which the
speakers would agree.
Answer choice (A): The trampoline enthusiast does not express the opinion that trampolines cause
injuries. Rather, she spoke only of trampoline-related injuries.
Answer choice (B): The physician expressed no opinion regarding home trampolines.
Answer choice (C): The physician provided only the number of trampoline-related injuries last year,
and did not discuss the rate of trampoline-related injuries.
Answer choice (D): Neither speaker expressly states that professional supervision of trampoline
use tends to reduce injuries from the activity. The enthusiast’s comments come closest to this idea,
suggesting that the risk associated with the activity may be lessened by professional supervision.
The physician, however, does not indicate that the professional supervision would reduce the risk of
injury, which the physician ascribes to the nature of the trampoline itself.
Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer choice. The physician expressly states this
conclusion, to which the enthusiast replies, “I disagree.”