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At one time, European and Japanese companies tried to imitate their American rivals. Today, American appliance manufacturers import European scientists to lead their research staffs; American automakers design cars that mimic the styling of German, Italian, and French imports; and American electronics firms boast in their advertising of Japanese-style devotion to quality and reliability. In the world of high technology, America has lost the battle for international prestige.

Each of the following statements, if true, would help to support the claim above EXCEPT:

(A) An American camera company claims in its promotional literature to produce cameras as fine as the best Swiss imports.
(B) An American maker of stereo components designs its products to resemble those of a popular Japanese firm.
(C) An American manufacturer of video games uses a brand name chosen because it sounds like a Japanese word.
(D) An American maker of televisions studies German-made televisions in order to adopt German manufacturing techniques.
(E) An American maker of frozen foods advertises its dinners as Real European-style entrees prepared by fine French and Italian chefs.

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31 May 2008, 11:18
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frozen food is not considered "high tech", also, American foods have never been known for their quality and taste.
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31 May 2008, 20:58
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but not for the reason that food is not high tech. but for the reason that making "european style" food is not a prestige, it's merely a marketing gimmick.
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31 May 2008, 21:03
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E, but for yet a different reason. In this choice the food is actually made by chefs from France and Italy whereas in the sitmulus the American production of high tech equipment was only made to appear more like that produced in other countries.
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Must be (C)
It does not mention America lost technologically to Japan. It is just that the company named the product similar to a Japanese word.
In E, by involving chefs from Europe, America lost to Europe..

I can understand the stress on technology here. In that case, how can even (C) be wrong???

Hi Avinashrao9

ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:

Fact: At one time, European and Japanese companies tried to imitate their American rivals.
Fact: Today, American appliance manufacturers import European scientists to lead their research staffs; American automakers design cars that mimic the styling of German, Italian, and French imports; and American electronics firms boast in their advertising of Japanese-style devotion to quality and reliability.
Conclusion: In the world of high technology, America has lost the battle for international prestige.

Each of the following statements, if true, would help to support the claim above EXCEPT:

NOTE:this is a comparison question, so objects MUST be parallel, e.g. technology vs technology, person vs person, etc….

(A) An American camera company claims in its promotional literature to produce cameras as fine as the best Swiss imports.
Wrong. American Camera technology losts to Swiss’s

(B) An American maker of stereo components designs its products to resemble those of a popular Japanese firm.
Wrong. American Stereo technology losts to Japan’s.

(C) An American manufacturer of video games uses a brand name chosen because it sounds like a Japanese word.
Wrong. C supports a conclusion a bit because C indirectly means An American manufacture of video games lost its competitive advantages over Japanese peer. Thus, it has to use a marketing strategy to lure customers.

(D) An American maker of televisions studies German-made televisions in order to adopt German manufacturing techniques.
Wrong. American TV technology losts to German’s.

(E) An American maker of frozen foods advertises its dinners as Real European-style entrees prepared by fine French and Italian chefs.
Correct. TRICKY. E says an American maker of frozen foods tries to imitate Real European-style entrees prepared by fine European CHEFS. E shifts objects from “American frozen food technology” to “European Chefs”. E just means American FROZEN food technology only losts to European CHEFS (person). E does NOT mean American FROZEN food technology lost to European peer – European FROZEN food technology. Thus, E does not support the claim and is correct. (See the NOTE above)

Between C and E, clearly E is stronger. Hence, E is correct.

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31 May 2008, 13:38
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frozen food is not considered "high tech", also, American foods have never been known for their quality and taste.

E for me too. Same explanation as gmatnub and +1 for the humor (but i did like the alligator I tried in New Orleans a few years ago )
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31 May 2008, 13:43
yeah..agree with E..

food is not high-tech..
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31 May 2008, 21:16
CR in my own words, American companies were great. But now, they copy. Which option says America has not lost the battle for international prestige.
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(A) An American camera company claims in its promotional literature to produce cameras as fine as the best Swiss imports.
(B) An American maker of stereo components designs its products to resemble those of a popular Japanese firm.
(C) An American manufacturer of video games uses a brand name chosen because it sounds like a Japanese word.
(D) An American maker of televisions studies German-made televisions in order to adopt German manufacturing techniques.
(E) An American maker of frozen foods advertises its dinners as Real European-style entrees prepared by fine French and Italian chefs
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A- Wrong - America lost to swiss
B- Wrong - Lost to japan
C -Correct - Just a word. So no impact - Keep this answer on HOLD.
D- Wrong- Lost to Germany
E- Wrong - Lost to Europe.
Only in C, EXCEPT plays a role and there is no relationship of other countries product with America.
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01 Jun 2008, 04:37
I ll pick up C on this one

what is the OA and the OE for this question
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01 Jun 2008, 08:35
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"An American manufacturer of video games uses a brand name chosen because it sounds like a Japanese word."

The American manufacturer of video games might be an export-oriented company and expand its sales in Japan.
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01 Jun 2008, 19:22
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At one time, European and Japanese companies tried to imitate their American rivals. Today, American appliance manufacturers import European scientists to lead their research staffs; American automakers design cars that mimic the styling of German, Italian, and French imports; and American electronics firms boast in their advertising of Japanese-style devotion to quality and reliability. In the world of high technology, America has lost the battle for international prestige.

Each of the following statements, if true, would help to support the claim above EXCEPT:

(A) An American camera company claims in its promotional literature to produce cameras as fine as the best Swiss imports. - quality

(B) An American maker of stereo components designs its products to resemble those of a popular Japanese firm. - design

(C) An American manufacturer of video games uses a brand name chosen because it sounds like a Japanese word. - Doesnt say anything about it losing out in the battle..its just used a brand name that soulds like a japanese word.

(D) An American maker of televisions studies German-made televisions in order to adopt German manufacturing techniques. - quality and design

(E) An American maker of frozen foods advertises its dinners as Real European-style entrees prepared by fine French and Italian chefs. - Tries to say that Eurpoean style is better than american food

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14 Jun 2010, 05:03
E for me

Mention of frozen foods is out of scope
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14 Jun 2010, 18:25
E it is mainly because they are not mimicking production techniques/manufacturing of the frozen food... just the "style" is that for marketing it....
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14 Jun 2010, 20:44
IMO E as it is advertising European food and not American food prepared by European cooks. Had it advertised American food made by European cooks then it would be similar to the other options.
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15 Jun 2010, 07:18
E for me as well for same reason "Food is nt Technology" . What is OA and OE?
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16 Jun 2010, 05:14
One more way to determine the answer E by reasoning that as they advertise authentic European food, it's understandable to hire European chef.
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13 Aug 2010, 00:52
Its E.

Food is not high-tech and doesnt support international prestige.
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18 Aug 2010, 01:50
E FOR ME
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25 Aug 2010, 06:00
OA is (E).
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25 Aug 2010, 09:23
I was right! E
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