Statement and Argument

Directions to SolveEach question given below consists of a statement, followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a 'strong' argument and which is a 'weak' argument.Give answer:
  • (A) If only argument I is strong
  • (B) If only argument II is strong
  • (C) If either I or II is strong
  • (D) If neither I nor II is strong and
  • (E) If both I and II are strong.

Q1: Statement: Is paying ransom or agreeing to the conditions of kidnappers of political figures, a proper course of action? Arguments:
  1. Yes. The victims must be saved at all cost.
  2. No. It encourages the kidnappers to continue their sinister activities.

A Either I or II is strong

B Neither I nor II is strong

C Only argument I is strong

D Both I and II are strong

E Only argument II is strong

ANS:E - Both I and II are strong

Explanation: Both the arguments are strong enough. The conditions have to be agreed to, in order to save the life of the victims, though actually they ought not to be agreed to, as they encourage the sinister activities of the kidnappers.

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