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Critical Reasoning: Dialog Format

Oak: Why do they only water us twice a week? We should be watered as much as possible!

Willow: I prefer it this way. I don't feel that good when I get too much water.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the willow's objection to the oak's claim?

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither strengthens nor weakens the willow's objection. The factors affecting the efficiency of irrigation are not relevant to the topic as they cannot help us support the willow's objection to large amounts of water.

Look for an answer choice which relates directly to the reasons related by either the willow or the oak.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither strengthens nor weakens the willow's objection. The importance of water is clearly supported by both trees. This statement is too general and, because it doesn't favor either constant or regulated watering, it cannot help us support the willow's objection to large amounts of water.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither strengthens nor weakens the willow's objection. The fact that water is important to animals is completely irrelevant to the topic since the argument is between two trees. This statement about animals cannot help us support the willow's objection to large amounts of water.

Look for an answer choice which relates directly to the reasons related by either the willow or the oak.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither strengthens nor weakens the willow's objection. The argument presents the views of two trees. Therefore, municipalities and budgets are irrelevant to our task of supporting the willow's objection to large amounts of water.

Look for an answer choice which relates directly to the reasons related by either the willow or the oak.

Great!

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This answer choice strengthens the willow's objection to the oak's cry for as much water as possible. It does so by showing us a negative side-effect of giving a tree too much water.

The most effective time to water outdoor plants is at night since evaporation can be avoided this way.
Being the most vital life source, water, or a lack of it, can greatly affect a plant's health.
Animals rely on water just as much as plants do, and can sometimes dehydrate, especially during the dry seasons.
Excessive irrigation prevents a tree from being able to breathe through its roots.
Municipalities spend large amounts of money on water needed to maintain public gardens and streetside foliage.