Law School Discussion

Marion and her Bridge

Marion and her Bridge
« on: September 04, 2004, 03:27:27 PM »
Marion knows that the bridge on her usual route is closed and that, unless she takes the train instead of driving, she can get to work on time only by leaving at least 45 minutes early.  She must go to her neighborhood bank before leaving for work, however, and the bank will not be open in time for her to do so if she leaves 45 minutes early.  Therefore, since she hates taking the train, Marion cannot avoid being late for work.

The reasoning in the argument is flawed because the argument

(A) mistakes a situation that almost certainly affects many people for one that affects a particular person alone
(B) ignores the fact that people often know that something is the case without considering all the consequences that follow from its being the case
(C) assumes without justification that because people generally have an interest in avoiding a given result, any particular person will have an interest in avoiding that result
(D) treats evidence that someone will adopt a particular course of action as though that evidence excluded the possibility of an alternative course of action
(E) overlooks the possibility that someone might occasionally adopt a given course of action without having a good reason for doing so

can someone explain to me why d is wrong, and why the right answer is right?
thanks so much!

Re: Marion and her Bridge
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2004, 05:10:44 PM »
uh, D is correct.

i just took this test and remember this one.

Mos

Re: Marion and her Bridge
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2004, 05:17:18 PM »
I thought D looked correct upon first glance, but since OP said D is the wrong answer, I looked for ways to discredit D and found E to be the next best answer.

So which one is the right answer?

Re: Marion and her Bridge
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2004, 05:18:34 PM »
D is most definitely the correct answer.  i have the answer key in front of me right now.

Mos

Re: Marion and her Bridge
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2004, 05:25:14 PM »
D is most definitely the correct answer.  i have the answer key in front of me right now.

Thanks for clarifying. I deleted my original explanation so others won't be confused.

OP, please double-check the answer before posting, seems that you made a mistake on another question as well.

Re: Marion and her Bridge
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2004, 07:07:30 PM »
oh, can you explain why d is right then?  i was thrown off because i chose d, but i didn't know why.