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Flaw in the Reasoning. The correct answer choice is (A)
The argument in this stimulus is that the criticism of middle-class families’ lifestyles should not be taken seriously because the source of the criticism is often a celebrity whose lifestyle is as, or more, environmentally damaging. Of course, the flaw in this argument is that the author attacks the source of the criticism, as opposed to the validity of the criticism itself. This is known as a Source argument.
Answer choice (A): This is the correct answer choice. As discussed above, the author criticizes something about the people giving the argument (celebrities), as opposed to attacking the argument itself.
Answer choice (B): The sincerity of the celebrities’ beliefs is not addressed or important to the argument.
Answer choice (C): The argument is about the people who support the argument, not about the grounds advanced to support the argument. No grounds are given beyond a personal attack.
Answer choice (D): This is an internal contradiction flaw and does not appear in this argument.
Answer choice (E): This is an overgeneralization flaw and also does not appear in this argument.