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Re: In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2013, 10:55
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(D) strengthens Moviemania's position, but we want an answer that will strengthen the critic of Moviemania and weaken Moviemania's position. Thus, (D) does the exact opposite of what we want.

Does this make sense?

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Yes. It is making sense now. Thanks for the explaination.
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Re: In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 00:33
(A) it is :D thanks mike for the explaination
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Re: In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2015, 05:48
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Re: In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2016, 12:30
Please Mike, correct me if i am wrong.
I think option A introduces a new piece of info which is not stated in the argument to support the critic argument. i am trying to highlight the theoretical approach of how to attack the strengthen questions, trying to organize our mind in the test day.
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Re: In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2016, 17:28
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Please Mike, correct me if i am wrong.
I think option A introduces a new piece of info which is not stated in the argument to support the critic argument. i am trying to highlight the theoretical approach of how to attack the strengthen questions, trying to organize our mind in the test day.

Dear hatenmag,
I'm happy to respond! :-)

This is a very tricky question. It may appear at first that (A) does not support the critic's argument, but this is because there are many layers in this question.

Moviemania says it's switching back to the old popping oil that people love even though it gives them heart attacks because the change hurt popcorn sales.

The critic says Moviemania's own data said that popcorn sales increase 5%. How could sales be hurt if they went up by 5%?

Well, suppose the total sales of all refreshments at Moviemania’s movie theaters increased by some insanely large number, say 30%. Then, the meager 5% increase in popcorn would be lagging behind everything else. In that case, Moviemania's claims about the popcorn sales being hurt would be credible, and the criticism of Moviemania would be unfounded. A 30% increase in overall sales would strengthen Moviemania's claim and weaken the critic's claim.

We don't want that. We want the opposite. We want something that strengthens the critic's claim and weakens Moviemania's claim. Now, let's look at (A). Suppose total sales of all refreshments increased by less than 5%----let's say, the total increase was just 1%. In that case, probably some items decreased in sales revenue, and some stayed flat. In that context, a 5% increase in popcorn sales would be one of the leading sources of revenue increase amount the refreshments. In an otherwise lackluster year of refreshment revenues, popcorn would stand out as one of the clear winners, one of the few that had a very successful year. Now, if Moviemania wants to switch the popping oil back to the coconut oil, after a year of wild success with canola oil, then that would be a daft move. Moviemania would look bad, and the critic's argument would be even stronger. That's precisely what we want: something that strengthens the critic's argument. OA = (A).

Here's a blog article about GMAT CR that you may find helpful:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-criti ... knowledge/

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Re: In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2016, 06:46
Many thanks for you Mike. yes, it is tricky and confusing question, but now it is clear. it teaches me that i have to read the question carefully and know exactly what the question stem wants us to answer.
Re: In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie   [#permalink] 24 Jan 2016, 06:46

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