ok.....i got a little confused by this assumption question....or is it justify Q?
anyways.....it's from preptest 30, section 2, Q22
I think one of the things is that i just don't understand what the stimulus is talking about......
The folktale that claims that a rattlesnake's age can be determined from the number of sections in its rattle is false, but only because the rattles are brittle and sometimes partially or completely breakoff. So if they were not so brittle, one could reliably determine a rattlesnake's age simply from the number of sections in its rattle, because one new section is formed each time a rattlesnake molts.
Q: which one of the following is an assumption thte argument requires in order for its conclusion to be properly drawn?
A. rattlesnakes molt exaclty once a year
B. the rattles of rattlesnakes of different species are identical in appearance
C. rattlesnakes molt more frequently when young then wehn old
D. the brittleness of a rattlesnake's rattle is not correlated with the length of the rattlesnake's lifeE. rattlesnakes molt as often when food is scarce as they do when food is plentiful.
E is the credited response but i really don't understand why.....