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Critical Reasoning: Assumption Questions

The amount of violence in films has increased significantly over the past 10 years. To prevent our society from becoming more violent, Congress should pass a law limiting movie violence.

The argument above relies on which of the following assumptions?

Well done!

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The author assumes that there is a CAUSAL relation between film violence and actual real life violence, i.e., that watching violent films CAUSES viewers (and therefore the society) to become violent.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice presents a new premise. It is irrelevant whether this new data supports the conclusion; what you are looking for is the assumption, which should explain how the author drew the conclusion based on the existing premise.

Incorrect.

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Incorrect.

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This answer choice presents a new premise. It is irrelevant whether this new data supports the conclusion; what you are looking for is the assumption, which should explain how the author drew the conclusion based on the existing premise.

Incorrect.

Sex scenes are outside the scope of this argument; this answer choice relates neither to the premise nor to the conclusion.

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Watching violence in films encourages real life violence.
Over the past 5 years, crime rates have risen.
The movie industry will do its best to prevent such legislation.
Every film made in the last 10 years includes violent scenes.
The number of sex scenes has also increased significantly over the past 10 years.