- Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:13 pm
See my other response to you this evening about picking the best answer, rather than just a good answer, and that should apply here as well. Answer C may indeed have some relationship to the argument, but A is clearly a more direct connection to the causal problem.
Putting that aside, though, let's look at C on its merits alone and see what we think about it. The author has told us that the automobile caused cities to be built the way they are, and concluded that without automobiles cities would be built differently. Does C describe a problem with that argument? Perhaps it does, by questioning the premise about autos being the cause. Maybe computers caused cities to be built this way, or lightbulbs, or curling irons? But is that really what C says? Not without a bit of a stretch, in my opinion. C says that other tech innovations have had some impact on the way we live our lives, but it doesn't specifically say that those other innovations have impacted the design of cities (scattered lots, big parking areas, etc.) Because it is so vague in what those other impacts are, it is not a very good description of the problem in the argument.
There's another problem with C, and that is that it deals ONLY with the premise about why cities look the way they do. In Flaw questions, we are typically concerned mainly with the link between the premises and the conclusion, and describing why the premises (which may indeed be true) do not really support the conclusion. So what if other tech innovations have had an impact - does that lessen the validity of the claim that if there were no cars, cities would be different? Does answer C attack the weak link between the premises and the conclusion, or does it just raise some question about the premises?
I'll come back to where I started, and that is to picking the best answer rather than one that is merely good or possible. Ultimately, while we might make an argument in favor of answer C here, A needs no such help - it describes the problem in very clear and certain terms that need no assistance from us, and that means that of the five answer choices given, it's the best one.
Hope that helps!
Adam M. Tyson
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