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As the economic role of multinational, global corporations [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2010, 18:57
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As the economic role of multinational, global corporations expands, the international economic environment will be shaped increasingly not by governments or international institutions, but by the interaction between governments and global corporations, especially in the United States, Europe, and Japan. A significant factor in this shifting world economy is the trend toward regional trading blocs of nations, which has a potentially large effect on the evolution of the world trading system. Two examples of this trend are the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Europe 1992, the move by the European Community (EC) to dismantle impediments to the free flow of goods, services, capital, and labor among member states by the end of 1992. However, although numerous political and economic factors were operative in launching the move to integrate the EC’s markets, concern about protectionism within the EC does not appear to have been a major consideration. This is in sharp contrast to the FTA; the overwhelming reason for that bilateral initiative was fear of increasing United States protectionism. Nonetheless, although markedly different in origin and nature, both regional developments are highly significant in that they will foster integration in the two largest and richest markets of the world, as well as provoke questions about the future direction of the world trading system.


1. The primary purpose of the passage as a whole is to
(A) describe an initiative and propose its continuance
(B) chronicle a development and illustrate its inconsistencies
(C) identify a trend and suggest its importance
(D) summarize a process and question its significance
(E) report a phenomenon and outline its probable future
2. According to the passage, all of the following are elements of the shifting world economy EXCEPT
(A) an alteration in the role played by governments
(B) an increase in interaction between national governments and international regulatory institutions
(C) an increase in the formation of multinational trading alliances
(D) an increase in integration in the two richest markets of the world
(E) a fear of increasing United States protectionism
3. The passage suggests which of the following about global corporations?
(A) Their continued growth depends on the existence of a fully integrated international market.
(B) Their potential effect on the world market is a matter of ongoing concern to international institutions.
(C) They will have to assume quasi-governmental functions if current economic trends continue.
(D) They have provided a model of economic success for regional trading blocs.
(E) Their influence on world economics will continue to increase.
4. According to the passage, one similarity between the FTA and Europe 1992 is that they both
(A) overcame concerns about the role of politics in the shifting world economy

(B) originated out of concern over unfair trade practices by other nations
(C) exemplify a trend toward regionalization of commercial markets
(D) place the economic needs of the trading bloc ahead of those of the member nations
(E) help to ensure the continued economic viability of the world community
5. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage about the European Community prior to the adoption of the Europe 1992 program?
(A) There were restrictions on commerce between the member nations.
(B) The economic policies of the member nations focused on global trading issues.
(C) There were few impediments to trade between the member nations and the United States.
(D) The flow of goods between the member nations and Canada was insignificant.
(E) Relations between multinational corporations and the governments of the member nations were strained.
6. The author discusses the FTA and Europe 1992 most likely in order to
(A) point out the similarities between two seemingly disparate trading alliances
(B) illustrate how different economic motivations produce different types of trading blocs
(C) provide contrasting examples of a trend that is influencing the world economy
(D) identify the most important characteristics of successful economic integration
(E) trace the history of regional trading blocs
7. Which of the following best describes the organization of the passage?

(A) An argument is put forth and evidence for and against it given.
(B) An assertion is made and opposing evidence presented.
(C) Two hypotheses are described and shown to inconsistent with one another.
(D) A phenomenon is identified and illustrations of this phenomenon offered.
(E) A specific case of a phenomenon is discussed a generalization drawn.
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1. The primary purpose of the passage as a whole is to
(C) identify a trend and suggest its importance
Regional trading blocks are emphasized upon. The continuing trend is concluded as being significant in the future scheme of things.
2. According to the passage, all of the following are elements of the shifting world economy EXCEPT
(B) an increase in interaction between national governments and international regulatory institutions
The new order mentions about "the international economic environment will be shaped increasingly not by governments or international institutions, but by the interaction between governments and global corporations"
Clearly international regulatory institutions are not involved in the new order.

3. The passage suggests which of the following about global corporations?
(E) Their influence on world economics will continue to increase.
[color=#FF0000]Global corporations' influence 'increasingly'. is the key[/color]

4. According to the passage, one similarity between the FTA and Europe 1992 is that they both
(C) exemplify a trend toward regionalization of commercial markets
Although their origins are due to vastly differing reasons, the passage clearly builds a strong case for 'regionalization' being the mantra for success of commercial markets.

5. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage about the European Community prior to the adoption of the Europe 1992 program?
(A) There were restrictions on commerce between the member nations.
the move by the European Community (EC) to dismantle impediments to the free flow of goods, services, capital, and labor among member states by the end of 1992' suggests previously existing restrictions

6. The author discusses the FTA and Europe 1992 most likely in order to
(C) provide contrasting examples of a trend that is influencing the world economy
Origins of both have been contrasted but resulting trend is common and is influencing the world economy, evident from the last sentence of the passage.

7. Which of the following best describes the organization of the passage?
(D) A phenomenon is identified and illustrations of this phenomenon offered.
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Re: economic role of multinational [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2010, 11:38
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Took me 11 min. Got one wrong #3, and still not clear about it.
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Re: economic role of multinational [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2010, 18:58
oa are CBECACD

PLEASE PROVIDE UR ANSWERS WITH EXPLANATIONS
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Re: economic role of multinational [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2010, 10:04
Tough one man just got 3 correct in 11 minutes ...:-(
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Re: economic role of multinational [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 10:26
Missed one. Not a bad passage.
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Re: economic role of multinational [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 06:36
One wrong. Passage being short and with so many qstns to follow, made eery word important :-(

Felt like CR :-)
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Re: economic role of multinational [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2010, 14:16
only missed first .

can somebody please explain, why it cannot be E?
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Economic role of multinational-A really touch short passage [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2011, 00:44
Can anybody explain why E cannot be the answer for #3. OA for #3 is D here..

Also do the words "national governments and international regulatory institutions" make this the correct choice in #2. The passage does state that the interaction between governments and global corporations helped the international economic environment.

Please help on this one..
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Re: economic role of multinational [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2011, 13:31
got all correct but took 10mins. good rc :|
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Re: economic role of multinational [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 00:45
It took me 7 minutes, got 1 wrong.

Can someone please explain why the first one cannot be E?
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Re: economic role of multinational [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 12:10
1. The primary purpose of the passage as a whole is to
(A) describe an initiative and propose its continuance
(B) chronicle a development and illustrate its inconsistencies
(C) identify a trend and suggest its importance
(D) summarize a process and question its significance
(E) report a phenomenon and outline its probable future

Why NOT E ?

Here if you read the last line, the author is speculating about the future of the world trading system. He never outlined the probable future of the world trading system. That eliminates E.

Decent passage.

Got 2 wrong. 11 mins.
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Re: As the economic role of multinational, global corporations [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2011, 22:23
What's wrong with option A in 6th question?
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Re: As the economic role of multinational, global corporations [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2012, 00:57
It has to be E for the first question!
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Re: As the economic role of multinational, global corporations [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 17:15
Question number 1 can't be E, because the passage states that "both regional developments will foster integration, and provoke questions about the future". Therefore no outline of the future is stated.
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Re: As the economic role of multinational, global corporations [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2012, 04:04
Nice, short passage. Typically should come with only 3 questions per GMAT format. But great practice nonetheless.

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