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A thorough search of Edgar Allan Poe's correspondence has turned up not a single letter in which he mentions his reputed morphine addiction. On the basis of this evidence it is safe to say that Poe's reputation for having been a morphine addict is undeserved and that reports of his supposed addiction are untrue.

Which of the following is assumed by the argument above?

(A) Reports claiming that Poe was addicted to morphine did not begin to circulate until after his death.
(B) None of the reports of Poe's supposed morphine addiction can be traced to individuals who actually knew Poe.
(C) Poe's income from writing would not have been sufficient to support a morphine addiction.
(D) Poe would have been unable to carry on an extensive correspondence while under the influence of morphine.
(E) Fear of the consequences would not have prevented Poe from indicating in his correspondence that he was addicted to morphine.
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Re: A thorough search of Edgar Allan Poe's correspon- dence ha [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2018, 10:01
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Re: A thorough search of Edgar Allan Poe's correspon- dence ha [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2018, 05:39
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A thorough search of Edgar Allan Poe's correspondence has turned up not a single letter in which he mentions his reputed morphine addiction. On the basis of this evidence it is safe to say that Poe's reputation for having been a morphine addict is undeserved and that reports of his supposed addiction are untrue.

Which of the following is assumed by the argument above?

(A) Reports claiming that Poe was addicted to morphine did not begin to circulate until after his death.
(B) None of the reports of Poe's supposed morphine addiction can be traced to individuals who actually knew Poe.
(C) Poe's income from writing would not have been sufficient to support a morphine addiction.
(D) Poe would have been unable to carry on an extensive correspondence while under the influence of morphine.
(E) Fear of the consequences would not have prevented Poe from indicating in his correspondence that he was addicted to morphine.

How is this D and E? Logically the only one I see being indicated by the argument is A. In what way can you infer either D or E? There's no reason someone addicted to morphine couldn't keep correspondence with people and there's no indication of the world's view on morphine addiction at the time within the argument.
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Re: A thorough search of Edgar Allan Poe's correspon- dence ha [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2018, 07:40
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The problem arose when the timer was changed on the board, a new feature.

The OA is E.

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Re: A thorough search of Edgar Allan Poe's correspon- dence ha [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2020, 22:26
Please clarify the option E and why you discarded D
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Re: A thorough search of Edgar Allan Poe's correspon- dence ha [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2020, 03:50
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Please clarify the option E and why you discarded D


(D) Poe would have been unable to carry on an extensive correspondence while under the influence of morphine.
(E) Fear of the consequences would not have prevented Poe from indicating in his correspondence that he was addicted to morphine.

The argument passage says that just because Poe didn't mention in his letters that he was addicted to morphine makes him free of addiction. So, this information is critical. The passage assumes that this single evidence is enough to derive conclusion. What if Poe was intentionally avoiding mentioning his addiction in his letters? Then this argument would fall flat. Hence, E is the answer.

D only tells us that Poe was addicted to morphine; and because of this, he was unable to write "extensive" correspondence. The argument is not about Poe writing large-scale of correspondence. It is in fact about him mentioning his addiction in the letters. We need a reason why Poe could not have mentioned his addiction in his correspondence. Hence, D was NOT ASSUMED by the argument.
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