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Reading Comprehension: Practice Question of the Week #14

This week’s question is a Reading Comprehension problem, and there’s only one right answer– good luck, we’ll be posting the correct answer and explanation tomorrow!


Car Owner: Not all certified auto mechanics are honest. Therefore, though all the mechanics at Nick’s Auto Garage are certified, there must be a few who are dishonest.

The flawed pattern of reasoning exhibited by the car owner is most similar to that exhibited by which of the following statements?

  1. Although some R-rated films contain nudity, all of de Guzman’s films are R-rated. Therefore, some of de Guzman’s films contain nudity.
  2. All champagne comes from France, but not all champagne is dry. Therefore, French beverages need not be dry.
  3. Although some chili is not spicy, all chili is hearty. Therefore, food can be hearty even if it is not spicy.
  4. Not all thieves get caught, but all thieves are criminals. Therefore, people can be criminals even if they don’t get caught.
  5. Not all professional basketball players are tall; some short pro basketball players are former track athletes. Therefore, the short pro basketball players were all, at one time, track athletes.

Update: Here’s the answer/explanation post!

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2 Responses to Reading Comprehension: Practice Question of the Week #14

  1. Lathu August 31, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    I am so confused between E and B..My gut feeling says it is E :).Please post the answer .

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 31, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      Hi, Lathu!

      We’ll be posting the answer today, so check back on the blog in just a few hours– this one’s pretty tricky 🙂

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