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GMAT Analytical Writing: Analysis of an Argument

GMAT Analytical Writing: Analysis of an Argument 1. "According to a state-wide poll, people now spend, on average, 10 fewer hours every week interacting directly with friends and family. Because this decrease occurred when the Internet began to be used by a large proportion of the population, it is clear that online use has greatly diminished personal and social interaction. The best way to curtail this trend would be to limit the number of hours spent online."

How well reasoned do you find this argument? Be sure to discuss the use of evidence, the line of reasoning, any faulty assumptions, and evidence that might strengthen or weaken the conclusion.

2. "Recreational drug use has increased dramatically in the last number of years. Much of it can be attributed to the prevalence of drug use in R rated Hollywood films. Seeing drug addicts and drug dealers portrayed on the big screen encourages young audiences to try these drugs themselves. Tougher laws that will punish those in possession of contraband substances would do much to stop this problem."

How well reasoned do you find this argument? Be sure to discuss the use of evidence, the line of reasoning, any faulty assumptions, and evidence that might strengthen or weaken the conclusion.

3. "It was recently found that employees prefer to work for employers who do not monitor their activities closely. Employees stated that they enjoyed being given a task, and then being allowed to complete it with a minimal amount of monitoring. Therefore, more employers should adopt such an approach. In addition to increased workplace satisfaction among employees, it would also give employers the opportunity to concentrate on their own tasks."

How well reasoned do you find this argument? Be sure to discuss the use of evidence, the line of reasoning, any faulty assumptions, and evidence that might strengthen or weaken the conclusion.

4. "Most employers agree that paying for health insurance is a significant expense for any company. Health care costs for smokers and obese individuals are likely to be higher than those for other employees. Therefore, employers should refuse to offer health care coverage to such employees, as it would increase company profits."

How well reasoned do you find this argument? Be sure to discuss the use of evidence, the line of reasoning, any faulty assumptions, and evidence that might strengthen or weaken the conclusion.

5. "An increased demand and reduced supply of oil has resulted in higher prices. Because of this, many are trying to develop alternative fuel sources. However, these will not likely result in any savings for consumers. Even if the supply was unlimited, the high demand for such products would cause the price to increase."

How well reasoned do you find this argument? Be sure to discuss the use of evidence, the line of reasoning, any faulty assumptions, and evidence that might strengthen or weaken the conclusion.

Last Updated: 11/20/2013