Analyzing Arguments

Directions to SolveRead the paragraph carefully and determine the main point the author is trying to make. What conclusion can be drawn from the argument? Each paragraph is followed by five statements.One statement supports the author's argument better than the others do.

Q1: A few states in this country are considering legislation that would prohibit schools from using calculators before the sixth grade. Other states take a different position. Some states are insisting on the purchase of graphing calculators for every student in middle school.
This paragraph best supports the statement that in this country

A there are at least two opinions about the use of calculators in schools.

B calculators are frequently a detriment to learning math.

C state legislators are more involved in education than ever before.

D the price of graphing calculators is less when schools buy in bulk.

E the argument against calculators in schools is unfounded.

ANS:A - there are at least two opinions about the use of calculators in schools.

Explanation: The paragraph clearly states that there are two differing opinions with regard to the use of calculators in the classroom. Although some people may believe that choice b is true, the paragraph does not indicate this. Choice c has no relation to the paragraph. Choice d makes logical sense, but the paragraph says nothing about cost. Choice e is an opinion that is not given in the paragraph.

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