« on: November 12, 2007, 11:55:50 PM »
Advances in photocopying technology allow criminals with no printing expertise to counterfeit paper currency. One standard anti counterfeiting technique, micro printing, prints paper currency with tiny designs that cannot be photocopied distinctly. Although counterfeits of micro printed currency can be detected easily by experts, such counterfeits often circulate widely before being detected. An alternative , though more costly, printing technique would print currency with a special ink. Currency printed with the ink would change color depending on how ordinary light strikes it, whereas photocopied counterfeits of such currency would not. Because this technique would allow anyone to detect photocopied counterfeit currency easily, it should be adopted instead of micro printing, despite the expense.
Which one of the following, if true, provides the most support for the recommendation made by the argument?
A. When an anti counterfeiting technique depends on the detection of counterfeits by experts, the cost of inspection by experts adds significantly to the cost to society of that technique.
B. For any anti counterfeiting technique to be effective, the existence of anti counterfeiting techniques should be widely broadcast, but the method by which counterfeits are detected should be kept secret.
C. The process of micro printing paper currency involves fewer steps than does the printing of paper currency with the special ink.
D. Before photocopying technology existed, most counterfeits of paper currency were accomplished by master engravers.
E. Many criminals do not have access to the advanced photocopiers that are needed to produce counterfeits of micro printed paper currency that cashiers will accept as real.
As always, I will post the correct answer once I get a few responses.