Hi! I'm a little confused about the correct AC (E). I originally chose (C), but I didn't really like it in the first place. I just liked it more than (E) because I felt it made a little more of a connection between the premises and the conclusion than (E) did. I see now that this is not really the case, which would help me rule out (C). Since I was down to (C) and (E), I feel confident I, then, would have chosen (E), but I'd really prefer to get my thought process to the point where (E) sticks out to me as correct rather than choosing (E) because (C) sticks out as incorrect. I know this may not always be possible, but while practicing, that's obviously what I'm striving for.
For Strengthen questions, here's my basic methodology: find the relevant premise(s) and the conclusion, then find an AC that, specifically, strengthens the *argument* - so, I need something that makes the premises more likely to lead to the conclusion than they currently seem to given how the argument is written.
To do the above accurately, I need a good idea of how the argument is structured. Here's what I have:
P1: Health risk
Asbestos was disturbed and fibers were released
P2: Removal of asbestos
asbestos was disturbed
C: The government should not require the removal of all asbestos insulation.
This argument is obviously not great, but it's a little difficult for me to see how (E) strengthens it. I would probably want to say something more about how disturbing the asbestos makes it very likely for there to be a health risk because, as of now, we just know that if there is a health risk, then it's because the asbestos was disturbed. But the frequency for that happening is left open entirely, so it may happen very rarely or quite often. I thought this was the gap in reasoning.
I didn't find an AC that matched this very well, so I looked through them again with an open mind to see if there was an AC that at least did what I wanted (strengthened the argument) even though it didn't do it in the way I would have expected. While (C) doesn't feel particularly helpful (the donut analogy given above was very helpful in sorting out my thoughts there - thank you!), (E) doesn't either. Put more simply, I see how (E) might help to support the conclusion of the argument, but I'm having a difficult time seeing how it supports the *argument*.
I imagine I'm missing something here? Or, maybe I just have too high of expectations for a correct AC for Strengthen questions, and (E) being a relatively weaker AC makes it hard for me to see it as correct? I'm not sure, but any help would be appreciated! Sorry this is so long, but I thought that the more of my thought process you had detailed, the better you could help me understand what mistake I am making.
Thank you so much!