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Source: OG

Level: 3

Roland: The alarming fact is that 90 percent of the people in this country now report that they know someonewho is unemployed.Sharon: But a normal, moderate level of unemployment is 5 percent, with 1 out of 20 workers unemployed. So at any given time if a person knows approximately 50 workers, 1 or more will very likely be unemployed.

Sharon's argument is structured to lead to which of the following as a conclusion?

  • A The fact that 90% of the people know someone who is unemployed is not an indicationthat unemployment is abnormally high.
  • B The current level of unemployment is not moderate.
  • C If at least 5% of workers are unemployed, the result of questioning a representative group of people cannot be the percentage Roland cites.
  • D It is unlikely that the people whose statements Roland cites are giving accurate reports.
  • E If an unemployment figure is given as a certain percent, the actual percentage of those without jobs is even higher.

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