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GMAT - Critical Reasoning Warm-up Exercises #01


 

GMAT Critical Reasoning Warm-ups #01

These are warm-ups for people who are somewhat familiar with critical reasoning questions. These questions are a good way to start your brain thinking before you answer the real questions.

Each question is a simplified version of a real critical reasoning question. Remember, we have used simple language in these questions so that you can focus on the logic of the questions rather than on the vocab and complex sentence structures. However, on the real test, the language and vocab will be much harder.

Exercises

Read the question stem for each question and then answer the questions about them. When you are finished, you can check your answers.

 

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Simplified Question Stems

1.

The best movie showing in the US right now is Mission Ridiculous, Part XXIV--it has been in the #1 position for three weeks.

  • How can we weaken this argument?

  • How can we strengthen this argument?

 

2.

All mammals have hair. Therefore, elephants have hair.

  • If so, what is the "missing step," or "hidden assumption?"

 

3.

Lucy Magic has recently suggested that all people should go to school for at least 14 years. However, this argument is clearly wrong since Lucy Magic only went to school for four years.

  • How could we weaken this argument?

  • How could we strengthen this argument?

 

4.

To raise your test scores, you should study and practice the test a lot. However, Mike Magic used this strategy and he did not get the score that he wanted. Therefore, this strategy is not helpful.

  • How could we weaken this argument?

  • How could we strengthen this argument?

 

5.

It is a commonly known fact that most people do not pay for street parking for all the time that they are parked--how many times have you walked down the street and seen cars parked with expired meters? We can therefore conclude that the system of using parking meters is useless.

  • How could we weaken this argument?

  • How could we strengthen this argument?

 

6.

Frozen water is less dense than liquid water. Therefore, frozen water will float in liquid water.

  • If so, what is the "missing step," or "hidden assumption?"

 

7.

President Magic has recently suggested adding fluoride to all public water sources. This is obviously a bad idea since many of the former communist countries also added fluoride to all their public water sources.

  • How could we weaken this argument?

  • How could we strengthen this argument?

 

8.

Two hours ago I had a splitting headache, so I took six Maqikol tablets. I still have a headache. Therefore, Magikol is a useless medicine.

  • How could we weaken this argument?

  • How could we strengthen this argument?

 

9.

In an attempt to increase sales, Magic Co, Ltd. implemented a new customer service policy that required all sales representatives to address all prospective clients by name. Within six months, sales had risen 15%. The new policy was therefore a success.

  • How could we weaken this argument?

  • How could we strengthen this argument?

 

10.

It is obvious that Einstein could not have formulated the theory of relativity. It is a common fact that Einstein did not receive a passing grade in math class as a child.

  • What is the "missing step" or "hidden assumption" in this argument?

  • How could we weaken this argument?

  • How could we strengthen this argument?

 

Answers

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