Critical Reasoning: Paradox Questions

John lives in a 2-bedroom apartment. Jane lives in a 3-bedroom house, yet her rent is lower than John's.

Which of the following best resolves the discrepancy described above?

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This answer choice successfully resolves the paradox by providing revealing a parameter in which John's property is better than Jane's, a fact which explains the higher rent he pays.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice only emphasizes the paradox as it states another reason why John's home is inferior to Jane's and should, therefore, cost less to rent. We would expect the rent for a 2-bathroom property to be higher than the rent for a 1-bathroom property.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice only emphasizes the paradox as it states another reason why John's home is inferior to Jane's and should, therefore, cost less to rent. We would expect the rent to be higher for a bigger property than for a smaller property when all else is equal.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice cannot resolve the paradox since John's salary is irrelevant. A property's rent is not determined according to the resident's income.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice does little to resolve the paradox. Whether John's rent went up or down is irrelevant to the fact that currently John's rent is higher than Jane's rent is.

John has a single bathroom whereas Jane has two bathrooms.
John's apartment is about half the size of Jane's house.
John earns more money than Jane does.
John's rent went up 20% last year.
John's apartment is a penthouse in a luxurious neighborhood while Jane rents a 35-year-old house in the suburbs.

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