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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] New post 20 Nov 2017, 16:36
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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] New post 20 Nov 2017, 16:56
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The bridge here - the assumption - is that, is true the new road through the forest will kill many deer BUT only if the forest will be of sufficient area to sustain an above average deer population.

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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2018, 01:54
Why not B?
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Re: Extensive housing construction is underway in Pataska Forest [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2018, 02:27
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The assumption question i.e the assumption itself is like a bridge to tie the stimulus and the conclusion. It is like the missing link.

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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.


D is the answer because, actually, if you do not have deer all the argument falls apart. You have to have sufficient deer population to sustain your argument and conclusion.

B talks about the attraction of the deer alongside the road. It is out of scope.You care about of deer's number not the attraction or not.

Hope now is more clear.

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