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# In a recent poll of chief executive officers (CEOs) of 125

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In a recent poll of chief executive officers (CEOs) of 125 major corporations, the overwhelming majority claimed that employee training and welfare is of the same high priority as customer satisfaction. So the popular belief that the top management of large corporations behaves indifferently to the needs and aspirations of employees is unfounded

The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it

A) fails to define adequately the term "top management"
B) presumes, without giving justification, that one is not indifferent to something that one considers a top priority
C) presumes, without giving justification, that the CEO's priorities tend to be misplaced
D) presumes, without giving justification, that the CEO's claims are reflected in actual practice
E) makes a generalization based on an unrepresentative sample
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03 Jul 2005, 15:19
Between B and D. but i choose D.

D) presumes, without giving justification, that the CEO's claims are reflected in actual practice
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03 Jul 2005, 18:03
I will go with E on this.

The argument indicates the confusion between CEO and top management. CEO says that training is priority but do the top management, think so...
The argument fails to put forward the comments from unrepresented (top management) group and makes a conclusion.

For the conclusion to stand, we need polls from unrepresented (top management) group.
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03 Jul 2005, 19:23
I went with B, but after reading riteshgupta's explanation I realized my mistake. I had brought in some outside knowledge and equated CEO to top management, although this is true in the business world this cannot be used in CRs unless stated explicitly.
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03 Jul 2005, 19:47
i would go with E on this one as well whats the OA?
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04 Jul 2005, 18:18
I am leaning towards E, but not very sure why B is wrong.

I actually am not sure if this is ETS quality question. gmataquaguy, what is the source of this question?

I do agree with Ritesh's explanation, which partly is "A" - where the top management is not properly defined. The other ambiguity in the question is whether "major" corporations are all "large" corporations. Since this is also not defined very well, I would think E identifies 2 errors while the rest identify only one error each.
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05 Jul 2005, 05:15
Bumping up this thread for more participation. These questions are from the "Official LSAT" questions asked in previous tests.

So I'm sure the quality of these questions are good. I'm going to wait for more participation before i post the OA.

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05 Jul 2005, 06:24
I think "B" is correct.

Assumption :

If Top Priority (A) ---> not indifferent (B)

gmataquaguy wrote:
A) fails to define adequately the term "top management"
----> bogus doesn't say anything about the conclusion
B) presumes, without giving justification, that one is not indifferent to something that one considers a top priority
----> correct (without this assumption argument can't stand)
C) presumes, without giving justification, that the CEO's priorities tend to be misplaced----> opposite to what ques is asking
D) presumes, without giving justification, that the CEO's claims are reflected in actual practice ---> Can't say that as the stem says nothing abt actual practicesE) makes a generalization based on an unrepresentative sample
---> can't be it. The belief is that "major corporations" have this issue of being indifferent and the poll was itself of major corporations, so the sample is a "representative".

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05 Jul 2005, 13:19
I agree with D.
B is ruled out , because the presumption is right, and it won't be the ground for criticism.
D is right. Because the only reason why people think the CEOs are indifferent is that what they said are not what they put into practices. that makes sense.
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05 Jul 2005, 13:25
I think it's D.
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05 Jul 2005, 13:27
'D' for me
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05 Jul 2005, 14:14
I narrowed the choices to A and E, and will go with E. Just out of curiousity, will someone please explain what's wrong with A? After all, top management can also comprise of the MD, VP, Prez, COO...etc. So even if the CEO's agree, the other members, who comprise the top management may differ. So, one has to first identify, who the top management is. (I might be stretching my reasoning out here.. but do give me your explanations.)
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05 Jul 2005, 14:25
D)...will explain if correct
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05 Jul 2005, 17:14
The OA is D. I have no freaking clue why AC B and E are wrong. I hate to blame the "quality" of the question here - its an "official" LSAT question.

For those of you who chose D, please explain why you eliminated B and E.

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06 Jul 2005, 00:29
gmataquaguy wrote:
The OA is D. I have no freaking clue why AC B and E are wrong. I hate to blame the "quality" of the question here - its an "official" LSAT question.

For those of you who chose D, please explain why you eliminated B and E.

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B) is out b/c thats the reason why we make a poll. to balance the different preferences of the ceo`s.

E) is out b/c we cannot infer that the poll is unrepresentative. how can we assume that ? again thats the meaning of a poll. to be representative. so we have to assume that it achieved its aim.

D) is the only one that can be deduced from the given facts b/c a poll is only abstract but not practical.
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06 Jul 2005, 00:29
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