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June 2007, Logical Reasoning 1, Question 2

The essence of tackling parallel flaw questions on the GRE involves identifying an answer choice that mirrors the original argument's structure, including its conclusion, evidence, and the specific flaw.
  • Parallel flaw questions require matching the structure and flaw of the original argument with one of the answer choices.
  • The process begins by dissecting the original argument into its conclusion and evidence, identifying the flaw in reasoning.
  • A correct answer choice must have the same type of conclusion, evidence, and utilize the evidence in a similarly flawed manner.
  • The example provided illustrates the methodology by comparing flawed reasoning in arguments about mixed characteristics, leading to the selection of the answer that exhibits the same logical fallacy.
  • Answer choice analysis demonstrates the importance of matching all components of the argument, including the type of statements and the nature of the conclusion, to identify the parallel flaw.
Understanding Parallel Flaw Questions
Dissecting the Original Argument
Analyzing Answer Choices
Identifying the Correct Answer