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Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2008, 05:19
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Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point out that since 1987, revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees attended consultant-led seminars were lower than revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees did not attend such seminars. The critics charge that for vacuum cleaner companies, the sales seminars are ill conceived and a waste of money.
Which of the following, if true, is the most effective challenge to the critics of sales seminars?
(A) Those vacuum cleaner companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 are the only companies that did not send employees to the seminars.
(B) Vacuum cleaner companies that have sent employees to sales seminars since 1987 experienced a greater drop in sales than they had prior to 1987.
(C) The cost of vacuum cleaner sales seminars run by outside consultants has risen dramatically since 1987.
(D) The poor design of vacuum cleaner sales seminars is not the only reason for their ineffectiveness.
(E) Since 1987, sales of vacuum cleaners have risen twenty percent.


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Re: cr - 1000 test 1-18 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2008, 06:01
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Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point out that since 1987, revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees attended consultant-led seminars were lower than revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees did not attend such seminars. The critics charge that for vacuum cleaner companies, the sales seminars are ill conceived and a waste of money.

[X] vacuum cleaner companies whose employees attended consultant-led seminars
[Y] vacuum cleaner companies whose employees did not attend such seminars.
The assumption: the group of [X] is equal the group of [Y].


Which of the following, if true, is the most effective challenge to the critics of sales seminars?

(A) Those vacuum cleaner companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 are the only companies that did not send employees to the seminars. - the best. [X] have less revenue than [Y] regardless of seminars.
(B) Vacuum cleaner companies that have sent employees to sales seminars since 1987 experienced a greater drop in sales than they had prior to 1987. - nothing about [Y]
(C) The cost of vacuum cleaner sales seminars run by outside consultants has risen dramatically since 1987. - irrelevant
(D) The poor design of vacuum cleaner sales seminars is not the only reason for their ineffectiveness. - it states that seminars were really bad.
(E) Since 1987, sales of vacuum cleaners have risen twenty percent. - irrelevant
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Re: cr - 1000 test 1-18 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2008, 13:36
(A)

The passage is assuming that the two groups of companies are identical except for the use of consultant-led seminar, in which case a revenue comparison between the two will show the effectiveness of the seminar. (A) effectively challenged the claim by saying that the two groups of companies also differ in ways other than the use of the seminar.
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Re: cr - 1000 test 1-18 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2008, 14:51
I agree with A
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Re: cr - 1000 test 1-18 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 22:20
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I agree with A


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