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Initially I chose D, but I eventually went with C. I understand why you chose D. But I'd like to know what your reasoning was for not choosing C. Is it simply because it could be possible that the opponents of the ban actually have weighed the pros and cons and believe that the pros of not passing the ban outweigh the cons. And/or is it in the content of the evidence. The author didn't described explicitly ways in which the opponents failed to weigh "properly" the pros and cons. So in this case, order for C to be correct, the author would have had to describe a flaw in the methods used by the opponents for their reasoning? Could you say that I made an inference for choosing C? Or would it be more so of an assumption? Also, am I EVER making inferences or assumptions for method questions? Thanks
Yeah, you've got it with your latter assessment.
It would seem next to impossible to present evidence that someone hadn't properly weighed two ideas. What kind of evidence would show what went on in someone's mind?
I'd say that choosing (C) entails an assumption on your part; the difference is that an inference would be something that was already entailed by the argument:
If it's raining outside and my shirt is wet, you can assume that I was recently outside, but you cannot properly infer that—maybe I was inside doing jumping jacks or something.
For Method questions, it will always be enough to describe what the author did, without recourse to what she might have thought or meant. Clearer?