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9. In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument given?
A. People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance, on average, last year than such people did ten years ago.
B. People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.
C. The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years.
D. The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.
E. Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.

Typical GMAT question, C contains from the question's first sentence, easily ignored, of the people who move states when they retired' as having actually jumped making the percentage reduction fallacious
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7. Which of the following most logically completes the argument below?
Davison River farmers are currently deciding between planting winter wheat this fall or spring wheat next spring. Winter wheat and spring wheat are usually about equally profitable. Because of new government restrictions on the use of Davison River water for irrigation, per acre yields for winter wheat, though not for spring wheat, would be much lower than average. Therefore, planting spring wheat will be more profitable than planting winter wheat, since_______.
A. the smaller-than-average size of a winter wheat harvest this year would not be compensated for by higher winter wheat prices
B. new crops of spring wheat must be planted earlier than the time at which standing crops of winter wheat are ready to be harvested
C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region
D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat
E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye

My answer is B as the winter wheat could otherwise be followed by winter wheat making the profits from spring enough to compensate for the year's lower winter what numbers
A very material but not the best choice as it does not support spring wheat or overall profit with explanationf or B above
B. as above
C. does not matter in data
D. is irrelevant
E. is irrelevant

I am afraid but the answer to this one has to be A and not B.
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10. A discount retailer of basic household necessities employs thousands of people and pays most of them at the minimum wage rate. Yet following a federally mandated increase of the minimum wage rate that increased the retailer’s operating costs considerably, the retailer’s profits increased markedly.
Which of the following, if true, most helps to resolve the apparent paradox?
A. Over half of the retailer’s operating costs consist of payroll expenditures; yet only a small percentage of those expenditures go to pay management salaries.
B. The retailer’s customer base is made up primarily of people who earn, or who depend on the earnings of others who earn, the minimum wage.
C. The retailer’s operating costs, other than wages, increased substantially after the increase in the minimum wage rate went into effect.
D. When the increase in the minimum wage rate went into effect, the retailer also raised the age rate for employees who had been earning just above minimum wage.
E. The majority of the retailer’s employees’ work as cashiers, and most cashiers are paid the minimum wage.

A impoverishes management and the paradox so does not resolve ( makes it unlikely to make more profit)
B explains higher consumption in the retailer's economy hence can resolve paradox
C if other costs increased it makes it unlikely for the retailer to earn more profit/better margins
D does not matter he has to pay higher minimum wages
E same as A

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7. Which of the following most logically completes the argument below?
Davison River farmers are currently deciding between planting winter wheat this fall or spring wheat next spring. Winter wheat and spring wheat are usually about equally profitable. Because of new government restrictions on the use of Davison River water for irrigation, per acre yields for winter wheat, though not for spring wheat, would be much lower than average. Therefore, planting spring wheat will be more profitable than planting winter wheat, since_______.
A. the smaller-than-average size of a winter wheat harvest this year would not be compensated for by higher winter wheat prices
B. new crops of spring wheat must be planted earlier than the time at which standing crops of winter wheat are ready to be harvested
C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region
D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat
E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye

My answer is B as the winter wheat could otherwise be followed by winter wheat making the profits from spring enough to compensate for the year's lower winter what numbers
A very material but not the best choice as it does not support spring wheat or overall profit with explanationf or B above
B. as above
C. does not matter in data
D. is irrelevant
E. is irrelevant

I am afraid but the answer to this one has to be A and not B.
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I half expected that..It is again that the new CR uses some of the extra environment in choosing between close answers..I will figure it out and let you, but this should not matter to your score unless you let it affect other questions in the test..(see my examples elsewhere solved in Verbal/CR..
in this case the problem assumes b to be already accounted and thus superfluous to the new problem!!
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10 Aug 2013, 05:30
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2. In Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco sales, the incidence of smoking-related health problems has risen steadily for the last twenty years. The health secretary recently proposed a series of laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use in Gandania. Profits from tobacco sales, however, account for ten percent of Gandania’s annual revenues. Therefore, Gandania cannot afford to institute the proposed laws.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. All health care in Gandania is government-funded.
B. Implementing the proposed laws is not likely to cause a significant increase in the amount of tobacco Gandania exports.
C. The percentage of revenue Gandania receives from tobacco sales has remained steady in recent years.
D. Profits from tobacco sales far surpass any other single source of revenue for the Gandanian government.
E. No government official in Gandania has ever previously proposed laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use.

Dear E-Gmat,

please explain why in the 2nd question the correct answer is A? I think that there is smth wrong with the question.
My reasoning is following:

My understanding of the information:
Premise 3 (Fact 1): Government controlls the sales of tobacco
Premise 2 (Fact 2): Smoking related problems are growing
Premise 3 (Fact 3): New law intends to decrease consumption of tobacco
Premise 4 (Fact 4): Profits from tobacco = 10% of the government's revenue
Conclusion: The country can not afford the law.

Assumptions:
1/ Decrease of tobacco consumption leads to decrease of revenues from tobaco sales and as a results government's profits
2/ There are no other means to cover the loss caused by decreased of tobaco sales

Argument structure:
Pr1, Pr2, Pr3, and Pr4 => (independently) Conclusion

POE:
1/ OFS, because the conclusion talks about the law, not about health care
2/ OPPOSITE, Since the government will not sell more outside the country (the definition of export), it must will sell less inside the country under new legislation. Therefore, the revenue from taxes will be decreased.
3/ ISWOT, we are discussion possible future after the passage of the new law, not about the recent years
4/ OFS, we don't care about the comparison of the revenues. Even if the government receives more money from tobaco sales, after the passage of the law it will receive less.
5/ OFS, we are not concerned about the past. The fact that similar laws have never been proposed has nothing to do with the conclusion of the argument.

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1. The cotton farms of Country Q became so productive that the market could not absorb all that they produced. Consequently, cotton prices fell. The government tried to boost cotton prices by offering farmers who took 25 percent of their cotton acreage out of production direct support payments up to a specified maximum per farm.
The government’s program, if successful, will not be a net burden on the budget. Which of the following, if true, is the best basis for an explanation of how this could be so?
A. Depressed cotton prices meant operating losses for cotton farms, and the government lost revenue from taxes on farm profits.
B. Cotton production in several counties other than Q declined slightly the year that the support-payment program went into effect in Q.
C. The first year that the support-payment program was in effect, cotton acreage in Q was 5% below its level in the base year for the program.
D. The specified maximum per farm meant that for very large cotton farms the support payments were less per acre for those acres that were withdrawn from production than they were for smaller farms.
E. Farmers who wished to qualify for support payments could not use the cotton acreage that was withdrawn from production to grow any other crop.

The conclusion is in the question stem that there will not be a net burden on the budget if the government support payment is successful. The function for budget is:

Budget=f(government spending, net tax revenue)

where, net tax revenue = tax revenue - transfer payments
and transfer payments are support payments,subsidies etc.

There will be a net burden on budget or budget deficit if govt. spending> net tax revenue, so
Budget deficit (BD) = Govt. spending- net tax revenue
= Govt. spending- (tax revenue - transfer payments)
= Govt. spending- tax revenue + transfer payments
Thus essentially, BD = (Govt. spending+transfer payment) - tax revenue
For the government to not have a net burden on budget, the tax revenue should high in order to compensate for the govt. spending and transfer payments.

Here the passage only mentions one parameter the support payment or transfer payment contributed by the program. Therefore, for the program to be successful the answer choices should talk about the increase in tax revenue or decrease in govt. spending as a result of the program.

Choice A directly talks about one of the other two parameter i.e. tax revenue. An increase in tax revenue due to the implementation of the program will reduce the burden on budget created by the support payment (transfer payments) and ensure that the program is successful. CORRECT

Choice B might indirectly relate to the parameter of govt. spending through the impact on net exports due to decrease in international production. However, the exact relationship between the international and domestic prices is not available and therefore we cannot conclude whether the govt. spending will increase or decrease. INCORRECT.
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2. In Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco sales, the incidence of smoking-related health problems has risen steadily for the last twenty years. The health secretary recently proposed a series of laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use in Gandania. Profits from tobacco sales, however, account for ten percent of Gandania’s annual revenues. Therefore, Gandania cannot afford to institute the proposed laws.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. All health care in Gandania is government-funded.
B. Implementing the proposed laws is not likely to cause a significant increase in the amount of tobacco Gandania exports.
C. The percentage of revenue Gandania receives from tobacco sales has remained steady in recent years.
D. Profits from tobacco sales far surpass any other single source of revenue for the Gandanian government.
E. No government official in Gandania has ever previously proposed laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use.

Dear E-Gmat,

please explain why in the 2nd question the correct answer is A? I think that there is smth wrong with the question.
My reasoning is following:

My understanding of the information:
Premise 3 (Fact 1): Government controlls the sales of tobacco
Premise 2 (Fact 2): Smoking related problems are growing
Premise 3 (Fact 3): New law intends to decrease consumption of tobacco
Premise 4 (Fact 4): Profits from tobacco = 10% of the government's revenue
Conclusion: The country can not afford the law.

Assumptions:
1/ Decrease of tobacco consumption leads to decrease of revenues from tobaco sales and as a results government's profits
2/ There are no other means to cover the loss caused by decreased of tobaco sales

Argument structure:
Pr1, Pr2, Pr3, and Pr4 => (independently) Conclusion

POE:
1/ OFS, because the conclusion talks about the law, not about health care
2/ OPPOSITE, Since the government will not sell more outside the country (the definition of export), it must will sell less inside the country under new legislation. Therefore, the revenue from taxes will be decreased.
3/ ISWOT, we are discussion possible future after the passage of the new law, not about the recent years
4/ OFS, we don't care about the comparison of the revenues. Even if the government receives more money from tobaco sales, after the passage of the law it will receive less.
5/ OFS, we are not concerned about the past. The fact that similar laws have never been proposed has nothing to do with the conclusion of the argument.

THX.
Artem.

I think it would help if you visualize the quantitative relationship in the argument.
Surplus to the Government= Govt. Revenue - Govt. expenditure
The argument talks about the profits from the tobacco sales that contribute to government's revenue. However, what about the costs that are borne by the government as a result of these tobacco sales since the surplus or profit to the government depends on both the revenue and expenditure.

Therefore a choice that weakens the argument should talk about the govt. expenditure incurred as a result of the tobacco sales.

Choice A: This talks about the other parameter i.e. government expenditure. Tobacco causes smoking-related health problems so if the health care is government funded then the government will need to spend on the health problems caused by tobacco use. This will increase the government expenditure and the tobacco sales will no longer be profitable for the government. This weakens the conclusion that states that it will not beneficial for Gardenia to institute laws to curb tobacco use. CORRECT.
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06 Sep 2013, 23:46
Hi Chiranjeev,
Could you please provide an Analysis for Qs 9 [In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired] and 10 [A discount retailer of basic household necessities employs thousands of people and pays most of them at the minimum wage rate] of the 10 OG questions posted by you?

Looking forward to it.
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09 Sep 2013, 01:51
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Hi Chiranjeev,
Could you please provide an Analysis for Qs 9 [In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired] and 10 [A discount retailer of basic household necessities employs thousands of people and pays most of them at the minimum wage rate] of the 10 OG questions posted by you?

Looking forward to it.

Hi,

Sure. I can share my analysis of these questions. But before that, would you share your take on these questions? I want to know if you have any specific doubts on these questions.

Thanks,
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09 Sep 2013, 21:13
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Hi Chiranjeev,
Could you please provide an Analysis for Qs 9 [In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired] and 10 [A discount retailer of basic household necessities employs thousands of people and pays most of them at the minimum wage rate] of the 10 OG questions posted by you?

Looking forward to it.

Hi,

Sure. I can share my analysis of these questions. But before that, would you share your take on these questions? I want to know if you have any specific doubts on these questions.

Thanks,
Chiranjeev

Qs 9 - Option C makes a general statement..NOT specific to Florida! So, how it can be in scope of the argument?
Moreover, if people moving out of a state post-retirement increases, then this could have taken a toll on Florida's economy as we need to consider the no. of retirees coming into Florida and going out of Florida....which is I guess not in our scope.

While first I thought option E to be the correct one...but it basically compares the retirees to Florida to that to other states. But,it doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't any decline over the last ten years in the no. of retirees to Florida,impacting the Florida's economy. Even after having more no. of retirees than any other state there could have been a decline in the same for Florida w.r.t time , hence impacting the Florida's economy.

So,actually on the basis of the fact that other options don't really hold good as the correct one, hence Option C stands out to be the OA to me. But,as I've mentioned I'm NOT really able to figure out strong reasoning for C for the above mentioned doubts.

Qs 10 - Is option B correct on the basis that as the minimum wage increases for the people who are primary customer base, hence it's expected that those people will be able to afford more purchases, increasing the sales or revenue and hence profit for the retailer.

But here, both the revenue and operating cost are increasing hence, it's becoming comparative to determine whether profit increases...Right?

Look forward to your detailed analysis.

Much thanks!
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Qs 9 - Option C makes a general statement..NOT specific to Florida! So, how it can be in scope of the argument?

When you talk about all states, you talk about Florida also. That's why it is within the scope.

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Moreover, if people moving out of a state post-retirement increases, then this could have taken a toll on Florida's economy as we need to consider the no. of retirees coming into Florida and going out of Florida....which is I guess not in our scope.

How do you determine the scope of an argument? In my opinion, anything which impacts the credibility of an argument is within the scope of the argument.

Secondly, we are only talking about retirees who moved from one state to another. So, all such people who lived in Florida before retirement must move outside Florida on retirement. So, even if the number of such people of Florida increases, it neither benefits nor harms Florida because in either case, Florida has zero number of these people. (we are considering only those people who change states on retirement)

So, we are only concerned about retirees from other states. Now, the argument says that the number of retirees coming to Florida has declined by 3 percentage points. So, if x% of retirees were coming to Florida before, now only (x-3)% comes.

But the total number of retirees who come to Florida is given by (% of people who come to Florida) * (total number of people who change states on retirement).

Option C talks about the other factor which the argument does not talk about. It says that the other factor has increased significantly and therefore, the product might also not have declined. By doing this, it weakens the conclusion.

bagdbmba wrote:
While first I thought option E to be the correct one...but it basically compares the retirees to Florida to that to other states. But,it doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't any decline over the last ten years in the no. of retirees to Florida,impacting the Florida's economy. Even after having more no. of retirees than any other state there could have been a decline in the same for Florida w.r.t time , hence impacting the Florida's economy.

Right.

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Qs 10 - Is option B correct on the basis that as the minimum wage increases for the people who are primary customer base, hence it's expected that those people will be able to afford more purchases, increasing the sales or revenue and hence profit for the retailer.

But here, both the revenue and operating cost are increasing hence, it's becoming comparative to determine whether profit increases...Right?

Look forward to your detailed analysis.

Much thanks!

Right. If customers can purchase more, the company's revenues and hence, profits may increase.

Thanks,
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How do you determine the scope of an argument? In my opinion, anything which impacts the credibility of an argument is within the scope of the argument.

Secondly, we are only talking about retirees who moved from one state to another.So, all such people who lived in Florida before retirement must move outside Florida on retirement. So, even if the number of such people of Florida increases, it neither benefits nor harms Florida because in either case, Florida has zero number of these people. (we are considering only those people who change states on retirement)

So, we are only concerned about retirees from other states. Now, the argument says that the number of retirees coming to Florida has declined by 3 percentage points. So, if x% of retirees were coming to Florida before, now only (x-3)% comes.

But the total number of retirees who come to Florida is given by (% of people who come to Florida) * (total number of people who change states on retirement).

Hi Chiranjeev,
Got you this time...And much thanks for the explanation +1

Just a quick questions to get 100% clarity on your analysis -
Why we're not considering the in state retirees of Florida? Is it because of the the very first statement of the argument - "...of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired.."?
As local businesses in Florida cater to retirees both in and out of state ones..So any decline/increase of 'em would impact the business; but still we're only concerned with the out of state retirees moving to Florida - I think for the above mentioned reason. Right?
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13 Sep 2013, 03:38
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How do you determine the scope of an argument? In my opinion, anything which impacts the credibility of an argument is within the scope of the argument.

Secondly, we are only talking about retirees who moved from one state to another.So, all such people who lived in Florida before retirement must move outside Florida on retirement. So, even if the number of such people of Florida increases, it neither benefits nor harms Florida because in either case, Florida has zero number of these people. (we are considering only those people who change states on retirement)

So, we are only concerned about retirees from other states. Now, the argument says that the number of retirees coming to Florida has declined by 3 percentage points. So, if x% of retirees were coming to Florida before, now only (x-3)% comes.

But the total number of retirees who come to Florida is given by (% of people who come to Florida) * (total number of people who change states on retirement).

Hi Chiranjeev,
Got you this time...And much thanks for the explanation +1

Just a quick questions to get 100% clarity on your analysis -
Why we're not considering the in state retirees of Florida? Is it because of the the very first statement of the argument - "...of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired.."?
As local businesses in Florida cater to retirees both in and out of state ones..So any decline/increase of 'em would impact the business; but still we're only concerned with the out of state retirees moving to Florida - I think for the above mentioned reason. Right?

Yes. you are correct

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13 Sep 2013, 04:57
Thank you Chiranjeev...!

Looking forward to some hard questions on QPA in due course
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Here are the 10 OG questions as promised. Use the methods described above to solve these questions in less than 1 minute

1. The cotton farms of Country Q became so productive that the market could not absorb all that they produced. Consequently, cotton prices fell. The government tried to boost cotton prices by offering farmers who took 25 percent of their cotton acreage out of production direct support payments up to a specified maximum per farm.
The government’s program, if successful, will not be a net burden on the budget. Which of the following, if true, is the best basis for an explanation of how this could be so?
A. Depressed cotton prices meant operating losses for cotton farms, and the government lost revenue from taxes on farm profits.
B. Cotton production in several counties other than Q declined slightly the year that the support-payment program went into effect in Q.
C. The first year that the support-payment program was in effect, cotton acreage in Q was 5% below its level in the base year for the program.
D. The specified maximum per farm meant that for very large cotton farms the support payments were less per acre for those acres that were withdrawn from production than they were for smaller farms.
E. Farmers who wished to qualify for support payments could not use the cotton acreage that was withdrawn from production to grow any other crop.

Hi, Chiranjeev,

I am trying to answer the above question and had a question regarding the OA - A.

My pre-thinking logic to break the paradox was to look for reasons in which case Government can earn more revenue so that the direct support payments which are to be offered to farmers would be offset. However in OA, in prices are low --> Government loses revenue and also ends up paying to the farmer direct support payment, shouldn't this imply that there will be a burden on the budget?

Please help me understand what I am missing here According to me the answer should B, since if other countries are not producing enough cotton, then the surplus in country Q can be exported to bring in more revenue that can be then redistributed as DSP to farmer to not produce more cotton till the supply stabilizes.

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Hi, Chiranjeev,

I am trying to answer the above question and had a question regarding the OA - A.

My pre-thinking logic to break the paradox was to look for reasons in which case Government can earn more revenue so that the direct support payments which are to be offered to farmers would be offset.

You are correct till this point. We need to find an option statement that says that the government revenue will increase.

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However in OA, in prices are low --> Government loses revenue

You went off-track here. What would be the effect if farmers take out 25% of their land out of production?

Cotton prices will rise. Right?

Now, let's understand option A.

"Depressed cotton prices meant operating losses for cotton farms, and the government lost revenue from taxes on farm profits."

The first thing to understand here is that it is written in past tense - look at the words "meant" and "lost". It means that since cotton prices were low in the past, the government lost revenues. How does it relate to the given context? It indicates that since now the cotton prices will rise (the effect of the government plan), the revenues of the government will rise since the government will now not lose such revenue.

So, all in all, option A indicates that now, the revenues of the government will increase. This is what you were looking for. Right?

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Please help me understand what I am missing here According to me the answer should B, since if other countries are not producing enough cotton, then the surplus in country Q can be exported to bring in more revenue that can be then redistributed as DSP to farmer to not produce more cotton till the supply stabilizes.

Thanks!

Your understanding for option is off-track. Just because other countries produced less cotton, does it mean that they did not produce enough cotton to meet domestic demand? A big NO. We cannot say. Probably, previously they were producing cotton double their requirement and now they just produce just 50% more than they require. In such a case, no exports are possible to other countries. Frankly, we do not know anything about demand supply situation in other countries. So, it is really going off-the-track if we think about exporting to such countries.

The other point to understand here is that a government of a country generally doesn't get the proceeds of exports. The companies who exports get the money from exports, not the government. So, even if the country exports, the government may not really benefit.

Does it help?

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It does more than help!! thanks so much..particularly for breaking down your thought process, it really does help me understand how to approach it. Now where is the Kudos button!
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2. In Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco sales, the incidence of smoking-related health problems has risen steadily for the last twenty years. The health secretary recently proposed a series of laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use in Gandania. Profits from tobacco sales, however, account for ten percent of Gandania’s annual revenues. Therefore, Gandania cannot afford to institute the proposed laws.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. All health care in Gandania is government-funded.
B. Implementing the proposed laws is not likely to cause a significant increase in the amount of tobacco Gandania exports.
C. The percentage of revenue Gandania receives from tobacco sales has remained steady in recent years.
D. Profits from tobacco sales far surpass any other single source of revenue for the Gandanian government.
E. No government official in Gandania has ever previously proposed laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use.

A. Directly weakens the argument but whether impact is significant comparison cannot be made ( motive in other choices)
B. supports argument if data is available
C. does not weaken argument
D. strengthens argument
E. could have weakened argument if data was available on ineffectiveness of such curtailment on sales

Go with the best answer A
2. A

hey is this question not an exceptional case as Profit to gov = Rev to gov = Rev from sale - Cost to gov. Here both health care cost and production of tobacco cost are going to affect the governemnt.
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Here are the 10 OG questions as promised. Use the methods described above to solve these questions in less than 1 minute

1. The cotton farms of Country Q became so productive that the market could not absorb all that they produced. Consequently, cotton prices fell. The government tried to boost cotton prices by offering farmers who took 25 percent of their cotton acreage out of production direct support payments up to a specified maximum per farm.
The government’s program, if successful, will not be a net burden on the budget. Which of the following, if true, is the best basis for an explanation of how this could be so?
A. Depressed cotton prices meant operating losses for cotton farms, and the government lost revenue from taxes on farm profits.
B. Cotton production in several counties other than Q declined slightly the year that the support-payment program went into effect in Q.
C. The first year that the support-payment program was in effect, cotton acreage in Q was 5% below its level in the base year for the program.
D. The specified maximum per farm meant that for very large cotton farms the support payments were less per acre for those acres that were withdrawn from production than they were for smaller farms.
E. Farmers who wished to qualify for support payments could not use the cotton acreage that was withdrawn from production to grow any other crop.

2. In Gandania, where the government has a monopoly on tobacco sales, the incidence of smoking-related health problems has risen steadily for the last twenty years. The health secretary recently proposed a series of laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use in Gandania. Profits from tobacco sales, however, account for ten percent of Gandania’s annual revenues. Therefore, Gandania cannot afford to institute the proposed laws.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. All health care in Gandania is government-funded.
B. Implementing the proposed laws is not likely to cause a significant increase in the amount of tobacco Gandania exports.
C. The percentage of revenue Gandania receives from tobacco sales has remained steady in recent years.
D. Profits from tobacco sales far surpass any other single source of revenue for the Gandanian government.
E. No government official in Gandania has ever previously proposed laws aimed at curtailing tobacco use.

3. Printwell’s Ink Jet Division manufactures ink-jet printers and the ink cartridges they use. Sales of its ink-jet printers have increased. Monthly revenues from those sales, however, have not increased, because competition has forced Printwell to cut the prices of its printers. Unfortunately, Printwell has been unable to bring down the cost of manufacturing a printer. Thus, despite the increase in printer sales, the Ink Jet Division must be providing the company with much smaller than it used to.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. Ink-jet printers in regular use frequently need new ink cartridges, and Printwell’s printers only accept Printwell’s ink cartridges.
B. Unlike some competing companies, Printwell sells all of its printers through retailers, and these retailers’ costs account for a sizable proportion of the printers’ ultimate retail price.
C. Some printer manufacturers have been forced to reduce the sale price of their ink-jet printers even more than Printwell has.
D. In the past year, no competing manufacturer of ink-jet printers has had as great an increase in unit sales of printers as Printwell has.
E. In the past year, sales of Printwell’s ink-jet printers have increased more than sales of any other type of printer made by Printwell.

4. In Teruvia, the quantity of rice produced per year is currently just large enough to satisfy domestic demand. Teruvia’s total rice acreage will not be expanded in the foreseeable future, nor will rice yields per acre increase appreciably. Teruvia’s population, however, will be increasing significantly for years to come. Clearly, therefore, Teruvia will soon have to begin importing rice.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. No pronounced trend of decreasing per capita demand for rice is imminent in Teruvia.
B. Not all of the acreage in Teruvia currently planted with rice is well suited to the cultivation of rice.
C. None of the strains of rice grown in Teruvia are exceptionally high-yielding.
D. There are no populated regions in Teruvia in which the population will not increase.
E. There are no major crops other than rice for which domestic production and domestic demand are currently in balance in Teruvia.

5. For similar cars and comparable drivers, automobile insurance for collision damage has always cost more in Greatport than in Fairmont. Police studies, however, show that cars owned by Greatport residents are, on average, slightly less likely to be involved in a collision than cars in Fairmont. Clearly, therefore, insurance companies are making a greater profit on collision damage insurance in Greatport than in Fairmont.
In evaluating the argument, it would be most useful to compare
A. the level of traffic congestion in Greatport with the level of traffic congestion in Fairmont
B. the cost of repairing collision damage in Greatport with the cost of repairing collision damage in Fairmont
C. the rates Greatport residents pay for other forms of insurance with the rates paid for similar insurance by residents of Fairmont
D. the condition of Greatport's roads and streets with the condition of Fairmont's roads and streets
E. the cost of collision-damage insurance in Greatport and Fairmont with that in other cities

6. Contrary to earlier predictions, demand for sugarcane has not increased in recent years. Yet, even though prices and production amounts have also been stable during the last three years, sugarcane growers last year increased their profits by more than 10% over their previous year's level.
Any of the following statements, if true about last year, helps to explain the rise in profits EXCEPT:
A. Many countries that are large consumers of sugarcane increased their production of sugarcane-based ethanol. yet their overall consumption decreased.
B. Sugarcane growers have saved money on wages by switching from paying laborers an hourly wage to paying them by the amount harvested.
C. The price of the oil, the major energy source used by sugarcane growers in harvesting their crops, dropped by more than 20%.
D. Many small sugarcane growers joined together to form an association of sugarcane producers and began to buy supplies at low group rates.
E. Rainfall in sugarcane-growing regions was higher than it had been during the previous year, allowing the growers to save money on expensive artificial irrigation.

7. Which of the following most logically completes the argument below?
Davison River farmers are currently deciding between planting winter wheat this fall or spring wheat next spring. Winter wheat and spring wheat are usually about equally profitable. Because of new government restrictions on the use of Davison River water for irrigation, per acre yields for winter wheat, though not for spring wheat, would be much lower than average. Therefore, planting spring wheat will be more profitable than planting winter wheat, since_______.
A. the smaller-than-average size of a winter wheat harvest this year would not be compensated for by higher winter wheat prices
B. new crops of spring wheat must be planted earlier than the time at which standing crops of winter wheat are ready to be harvested
C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region
D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat
E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye

8. Insurance Company X is considering issuing a new policy to cover services required by elderly people who suffer from diseases that afflict the elderly. Premiums for the policy must be low enough to attract customers. Therefore, Company X is concerned that the income from the policies would not be sufficient to pay for the claims that would be made.
Which of the following strategies would be most likely to minimize Company X's losses on the policies?
A. Attracting middle-aged customers unlikely to submit claims for benefits for many years
B. Insuring only those individuals who did not suffer any serious diseases as children
C. Including a greater number of services in the policy than are included in other policies of lower cost
D. Insuring only those individuals who were rejected by other companies for similar policies
E. Insuring only those individuals who are wealthy enough to pay for the medical services

9. In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument given?
A. People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance, on average, last year than such people did ten years ago.
B. People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were ten years ago.
C. The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly over the past ten years.
D. The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.
E. Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.

10. A discount retailer of basic household necessities employs thousands of people and pays most of them at the minimum wage rate. Yet following a federally mandated increase of the minimum wage rate that increased the retailer’s operating costs considerably, the retailer’s profits increased markedly.
Which of the following, if true, most helps to resolve the apparent paradox?
A. Over half of the retailer’s operating costs consist of payroll expenditures; yet only a small percentage of those expenditures go to pay management salaries.
B. The retailer’s customer base is made up primarily of people who earn, or who depend on the earnings of others who earn, the minimum wage.
C. The retailer’s operating costs, other than wages, increased substantially after the increase in the minimum wage rate went into effect.
D. When the increase in the minimum wage rate went into effect, the retailer also raised the age rate for employees who had been earning just above minimum wage.
E. The majority of the retailer’s employees’ work as cashiers, and most cashiers are paid the minimum wage.

Kindly post the explanations with equations!!

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E-gmat instructors,

Please post the equations for the questions! Just the answers are not proving helpful as forming equations in some cases is actually consuming time.

Thank you
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