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# Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief

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Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief [#permalink]  09 Jun 2013, 23:35
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Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief available on the
market today. To prove this claim, Acme called 10 people and asked them their
thoughts on headache relief products. All 10 of them stated that they
unequivocally use Acme brand aspirin on a regular basis and that they believe
it to be the best headache relief available on the market today.

Which of the following would most weaken this argument?

(A) Acme brand aspirin is highly addictive.
(B) The 10 people called were married to the company’s top 10 executives,
and they were coached on what to say.
(C) Most people choose to suffer silently through their headaches and take no
medicines whatsoever.
(D) This survey was conducted by an independent company.
(E) The 10 people were selected at random.
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Re: Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief ava [#permalink]  10 Jun 2013, 01:21
Correct Answer: B. Answer choices D and E actually strengthen the argument – which is the opposite of what the question asks you to do. Answer choice C is completely irrelevant to the argument. Acme could still be the best product, even if most people don't intend to use it. Answer choice A certainly does not bode well for the quality of Acme's aspirin, but it is nonetheless possible that competing brands are even more addictive. Answer choice B is correct. It weakens the passage's argument by providing a reason that people called might have been biased, thus undercutting its implied assumption that a sample of 10 people will produce unbiased results.
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Re: Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief ava [#permalink]  10 Jun 2013, 01:33
soniedarshan wrote:
Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief available on the
market today. To prove this claim, Acme called 10 people and asked them their
thoughts on headache relief products. All 10 of them stated that they
unequivocally use Acme brand aspirin on a regular basis and that they believe
it to be the best headache relief available on the market today.

Which of the following would most weaken this argument?

(A) Acme brand aspirin is highly addictive.
(B) The 10 people called were married to the company’s top 10 executives,
and they were coached on what to say.
(C) Most people choose to suffer silently through their headaches and take no
medicines whatsoever.
(D) This survey was conducted by an independent company.
(E) The 10 people were selected at random.

B is the only option which weakens the argument.
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Re: Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief ava [#permalink]  12 Jun 2013, 04:11
soniedarshan wrote:
Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief available on the
market today. To prove this claim, Acme called 10 people and asked them their
thoughts on headache relief products. All 10 of them stated that they
unequivocally use Acme brand aspirin on a regular basis and that they believe
it to be the best headache relief available on the market today.

Which of the following would most weaken this argument?

(A) Acme brand aspirin is highly addictive.
(B) The 10 people called were married to the company’s top 10 executives,
and they were coached on what to say.
(C) Most people choose to suffer silently through their headaches and take no
medicines whatsoever.
(D) This survey was conducted by an independent company.
(E) The 10 people were selected at random.

Only B is the option which weakens the position, as it says that the people were coached to say what they said and their reviews were not authentic.
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Re: Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief ava [#permalink]  16 Jun 2013, 15:44
soniedarshan wrote:
Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief available on the
market today
. To prove this claim, Acme called 10 people and asked them their
thoughts on headache relief products. All 10 of them stated that they
unequivocally use Acme brand aspirin on a regular basis and that they believe
it to be the best headache relief available on the market today
.

Which of the following would most weaken this argument?

(A) Acme brand aspirin is highly addictive.
(B) The 10 people called were married to the company’s top 10 executives,
and they were coached on what to say.
(C) Most people choose to suffer silently through their headaches and take no
medicines whatsoever.
(D) This survey was conducted by an independent company.
(E) The 10 people were selected at random.

The conclusion is highlighted. The Supporting statements are highlighted. Correct answer invalidates those answer choices. C does that.
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Re: Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief [#permalink]  03 Oct 2013, 04:18
IMO B...it weakens the validity of survey
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Re: Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief   [#permalink] 03 Oct 2013, 04:18
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