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# Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest

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Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  23 Feb 2017, 08:39
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Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest, the habitat of a large population of deer. Because deer feed at the edges of forests, these deer will be attracted to the spaces alongside the new roads being cut through Pataska Forest to serve the new residential areas. Consequently, once the housing is occupied, the annual number of the forest's deer hit by cars will be much higher than before construction started.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A) The number of deer hit by commercial vehicles will not increase significantly when the housing is occupied.
B) Deer will be as attracted to the forest edge around new houses as to the forest edge alongside roads.
C) In years past, the annual number of deer that have been hit by cars on existing roads through Pataska Forest has been very low.
D) The development will leave sufficient forest to sustain a significant population of deer.
E) No deer hunting will be allowed in Pataska Forest when the housing is occupied.
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  07 Mar 2017, 02:40
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Explanation

Tough question.

Actually, the stem suggests us that a new road alongside the forest will be constructing to serve a certain new resident area. The assumption is that nothing will happen to reduce the deer population consistently that the road will jeopardize the deer population itself.

D wins
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  27 Jun 2017, 04:26
i did not understand what you mean in the explanation please elaborate, my answer to this question is "b"
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  29 Jun 2017, 02:08
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The argument supposes that the deer will feed at the edge of the new road because the road itself is gooing to diminish the space of the forest.

The assumption on which the argument relies is just this: if the road in its construction will leave sufficient forest and as a consequence space for the deer to feed, then they will not be in danger.

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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  12 Apr 2018, 13:07
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To put this a different way:

The author of the passage is worried about more deer (a greater number of deer) getting hit after construction, because there will be many more chances for deer to get hit. After all, they'll be eating by the edge of the roads.

This is a logical worry for the author. We need to accept that. However, it only holds true if there are more deer to be hit. If all the deer leave, then the worry does not apply.

That's why the answer is D.
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  29 Apr 2018, 11:59
By negating the assumption : The development will not leave sufficient forest to sustain a significant population of deer.
I dont think that this negated assumption breaks the given conclusion.
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  29 Apr 2018, 14:04
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Not enough space will not permit to the deer population to be sufficient. So, the hits by car will not as much high as before. The conclusion falls apart.

It works.

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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  30 Apr 2018, 01:43
The argument says that the dear population will decrease and the assumption that validates it is that the deer’s will be attracted to these roads.
Kindly correct if It’s wrong.
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  30 Apr 2018, 04:23
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Vivek13791 wrote:
The argument says that the dear population will decrease and the assumption that validates it is that the deer’s will be attracted to these roads.
Kindly correct if It’s wrong.

They will be attracted only if we do have enough number of deer, otherwise what will be attracted ?? nothing.

Also a video from magoosh that confirms what I am saying

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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  07 May 2018, 23:41
In this question, do we need to find out strengthen or weaken assumption? I am not getting the question. Please explain?
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  08 May 2018, 12:32
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it does not exist a weak assumption or a strong assumption. There is only THE assumption that is the unstated premise that ties the argument (made of facts mainly) and the conclusion of the argument (usually the last sentence of the stimulus but not always)

The assumption is a sort of a bridge.

Ask if something is unclear to you.

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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  27 Jun 2018, 20:30
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Here it is asking for the assumption for which the argument(the annual number of the forest's deer hit by cars will be much higher than before construction started) is depend.
And that assumption is that "deer will be attracted to the spaces alongside the new roads".
So for me, the answer is B
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  30 Jun 2018, 01:36
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vij5 wrote:
In this question, do we need to find out strengthen or weaken assumption? I am not getting the question. Please explain?

No its assumption question... "On what basis does this argument stands?"
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  13 Nov 2018, 21:49
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This is a logical worry for the author. We need to accept that. However, it only holds true if there are more deer to be hit. If all the deer leave, then the worry does not apply.

That's why the answer is D.

True. Plus, it's the only one that cannot be refuted by the text.

This one was really tough!
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  03 Dec 2018, 08:02
this one is so tough it took me quite a while to get the explanation tho
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The deer feed is at the edges of forests, these deer will be [#permalink]  05 Apr 2019, 18:35
The deer feed is at the edges of forests, these deer will be attracted to the spaces alongside the new roads being cut through Pataska Forest to serve the new residential areas . Then, the housing is occupied, the annual number of the forest's deer hit by cars will be much higher than before construction started.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. The number of deer hit by commercial vehicles will not increase significant when the housing is occupied

B. Deer will be as attracted to the forest edge around new houses as to the forest edge alongside roads.

C. In years past, the annual number of deer that have been hit by cars on existing roads through Pataska Forest has been very low.

D. The development will leave sufficient forest to sustain a significant population of deer.

E. No deer hunting will be allowed in Pataska Forest when the housing is occupied
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  06 Apr 2019, 01:48
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  06 Jul 2019, 08:08
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By negating the assumption : The development will not leave sufficient forest to sustain a significant population of deer.
I dont think that this negated assumption breaks the given conclusion.
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actually it does. since the conclusion of the passage is "the forest's deer hit by cars will be much higher than before construction started".
In fact, if less dear is living in the forest the number of deer hit by accident will decrease.
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink]  06 Jul 2019, 12:11
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The keyword here is the NUMBER of deer. The population in terms of quantity.

Now, we build houses BUT the assumption is that we NEED a forest in terms of acreage to sustain those deer' numbers to have a sufficient number of them. Turns out, if we build the housing and as the assumption states we do have sufficient forest for having sufficient numbers...our assumption is valid. And if it is valid in this scenario, if we negate it then the argument falls apart and has no sense.

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