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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.



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Re: In Teruvia, the quantity [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2010, 16:05
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We are told that presently the rice production is just enough to satisfy the need. We are told that rice production trends will not change, but population will increase.

We are hence assuming that the amount of rice demanded by the people will remain the same, and hence increase with increase in population.

Options C, D and E are irrelevant. So let's just look at A and B.

A says that there is no downward trend in demand for rice, which means that demand for rice is constant, which is consistent with our observation. Let's negate this. There is a decreasing per capita demand for rice. This weakens our argument. Hence A is correct.

But to look at B: This is talking about the acreage suited for the production of rice. This situation already exists with the present trends. We are told that there won't be a change in rice production trends or increase in acreage. Hence this becomes immaterial to answer the question of whether rice demand stays the same in order to require imports.



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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.



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Re: In Teruvia, the quantity [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 00:41
Though i got it right.Thanks to whiplash for explanation.
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Re: In Teruvia, the quantity [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 01:04
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Re: In Teruvia, the quantity [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 01:11
Straight A.

For Assumption questions, we assume that the information provided in the stimulus/arguments is all correct.
Moreover the Answer choice can be tested to be correct or not by using the Negate test.
On Negating A, i.e If the demand for price drops over a period of years then the Argument will not hold and hence A is right.
The same is not true for Option B.
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Re: In Teruvia, the quantity of rice produced per year is [#permalink] New post 03 May 2014, 15:25
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Re: In Teruvia, the quantity of rice produced per year is [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2014, 10:55
Hi e-gmat,

Just wanted to know whether my reasoning is correct on this one.

Premise:

Currently, Domestic supply=Domestic Demand.

Supply of rice won't increase appreciably to meet increased demand in case the demand increases.

Population will be increasing.

Conclusion:

City will have to IMPORT rice.

Pre thinking assumption:

Population increase doesn't necessarily means that the DEMAND of RICE will increase and hence this is the GAP.

(a). A. No pronounced trend of decreasing per capita demand for rice is imminent in Teruvia.
In other words, DEMAND is unlikely to decrease by any chance and hence city has to import the rice.
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Re: In Teruvia, the quantity of rice produced per year is [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2014, 08:10
raghavs wrote:
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.
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A is very strong contender and if you negate this choice, we destroy the conclusion
If we look at option C and negate it we get that some of the rice grown in Teruvia are exceptionally high yielding...which are in use and thus current demand are met...what if we use more of these strains...the demand may be met..but here we are heading in to assuming other things as well...So there are 2 levels assumed here...

Can we categorize this is as one of the ways an assumption question answer choice is put in
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