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Please explain the answer choices and how to evaluate this question

A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that the percentage of action films that received the survey's highest rating was greater than the percentage of romance films that received the highest rating. Yet the survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determins a feature film's poular appeal, since the action films were all direct by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film.

Each of the following, if true, supports the author's contention that the organizers misinterpreted the survey data except:

a) The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmmaking talent
b) Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director
c) Action films generally require large budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film directors
d) It is rare of the films of first-time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit
e) Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films
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Re: Survey of films [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 06:29
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it has to C :Action films generally require large budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film directors

conclusion :organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determines a feature film's popular appeal,

C devastates this conclusion by saying that its basically the genre of the film thats deciding the type of director and money invested !!
make sense ?
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Re: Survey of films [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 07:41
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premise : since the action films were all direct by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers

conclusion :survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determines a feature film's poular appeal

so by stating A :The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's film making talent

we are basically contending that it is the presence of a director's talent and not the genre that is behind the success of the film .hence A is strengthening
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Re: Survey of films [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 07:43
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premise : since the action films were all direct by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers

conclusion :survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determines a feature film's poular appeal

so by stating A :The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's film making talent

we are basically contending that it is the presence of a director's talent and not the genre that is behind the success of the film .hence A is strengthening

I agree with you on this one :-D , i was wrong
C it is
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Re: Survey of films [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 07:47
@rock 750 u r always welcome . i am glad it helped
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Re: Survey of films [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 07:50
Another Vote for C....
In a nutshell, the argument says that
Action film's rcvd a highest rating in the survey compared to romantic movies.
Now the organizers conclude that action films are hit because those are directed by experienced directors ie it goes on to assume that films directed by experienced directors have subject matters.
Now we need to prove that their assumption is wrong as in there can be some other circumstances because of the newbie directors are not able to direct the movies with good subject matter.

But good question, lot of convulsion.

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Re: A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2013, 09:44
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Please explain the answer choices and how to evaluate this question

A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that the percentage of action films that received the survey's highest rating was greater than the percentage of romance films that received the highest rating. Yet the survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determins a feature film's poular appeal, since the action films were all direct by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film.

Each of the following, if true, supports the author's contention that the organizers misinterpreted the survey data except:

a) The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmmaking talent
b) Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director
c) Action films generally require large budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film directors
d) It is rare of the films of first-time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit
e) Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films



I got confused between C and E. Can someone please explain how to choose C over E?
In E- How does it matter if director is able to attract most talented and well known actors. It is not explicitly mentioned in the argument that the given condition would guarantee more hit films. Why make such an assumption then. Or am I missing something here?? :shock:
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Re: A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2013, 04:04
The official answer is E for sure, its kaplan advanced question, Page#39.
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Re: A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2013, 04:23
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pr90 wrote:
Please explain the answer choices and how to evaluate this question

A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that the percentage of action films that received the survey's highest rating was greater than the percentage of romance films that received the highest rating. Yet the survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determins a feature film's poular appeal, since the action films were all direct by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film.

Each of the following, if true, supports the author's contention that the organizers misinterpreted the survey data except:

a) The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmmaking talent
b) Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director
c) Action films generally require large budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film directors
d) It is rare of the films of first-time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit
e) Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films



I got confused between C and E. Can someone please explain how to choose C over E?
In E- How does it matter if director is able to attract most talented and well known actors. It is not explicitly mentioned in the argument that the given condition would guarantee more hit films. Why make such an assumption then. Or am I missing something here?? :shock:


C is 100% wrong. The argument si about independent feature films. Based on that argument, we cant infer anything about what a survey of Big Budget mainstream films would show.
Unfortunately GMAT has not given us Priviledge to add additional premise or results in the argument or conclusion.

C is certainly out.

D can be a correct answer lets move ahead.

d) experienced filmmakers are more likely to produce hit films than are new filmmakers ( Keep this)

e) among directors with the same number of hit films to their credit, differences in the subject matter of their feature films may not affect the way the films are popularly rated (Check this out.- the author in the passage does not talk about experienced film makers but he talks about the film makers with atleast one hit film. This means a film maker who has produced hit film may perform better than others who do not have hit film in his bucket) - Hence this is stronger a choice than D
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Re: A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2013, 06:51
Hope the below mentioned link helps! :-)

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NewKid123 wrote:
pr90 wrote:
Please explain the answer choices and how to evaluate this

A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that the percentage of action films that received the survey's highest rating was greater than the percentage of romance films that received the highest rating. Yet the survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determins a feature film's poular appeal, since the action films were all direct by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film.

Each of the following, if true, supports the author's contention that the organizers misinterpreted the survey data except:

a) The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmmaking talent
b) Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director
c) Action films generally require large budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film directors
d) It is rare of the films of first-time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit
e) Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films



I got confused between C and E. Can someone please explain how to choose C over E?
In E- How does it matter if director is able to attract most talented and well known actors. It is not explicitly mentioned in the argument that the given condition would guarantee more hit films. Why make such an assumption then. Or am I missing something here?? :shock:


C is 100% wrong. The argument si about independent feature films. Based on that argument, we cant infer anything about what a survey of Big Budget mainstream films would show.
Unfortunately GMAT has not given us Priviledge to add additional premise or results in the argument or conclusion.

C is certainly out.

D can be a correct answer lets move ahead.

d) experienced filmmakers are more likely to produce hit films than are new filmmakers ( Keep this)

e) among directors with the same number of hit films to their credit, differences in the subject matter of their feature films may not affect the way the films are popularly rated (Check this out.- the author in the passage does not talk about experienced film makers but he talks about the film makers with atleast one hit film. This means a film maker who has produced hit film may perform better than others who do not have hit film in his bucket) - Hence this is stronger a choice than D
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