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The chair of the literature department claims that as a result of continued decline in the department’s funding, fewer students are interested in careers that require a literature degree. The college can therefore expect the number of students studying for a masters’ degree in literature to decline.

If true, which of the following is the best counterclaim for the chair’s claim?

A

Budget cuts are happening equally across the board for all departments, yet not all departments are experiencing a decline in student enrollment.

B

The university has actually recently increased the number of literature professors.

C

Undergraduates studying a variety of arts are more likely to choose careers that require a master’s degree in literature.

D

The enrollment of literature students was declining already, before the budget cuts.

E

There is actually a trend in increased undergraduate literature students over recent years, and that trend is predicted to continue.

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