Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993. The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply. Brad: There must be another explanation: as you yourself said, the decline was on the order of 10,000 rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994. Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad presents to Jennifer's explanation?
A. In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.
I felt for the trap and selected (A). But, spending some time with this question made me realize why (A) doesn't weaken Brad's force of the objection. Here's my alternate way of thinking. Think of this question as a DS 'yes/no' type of question and evaluate A.
- What if Videorama rented 4001 videos. Will it account for the "10,000 fewer video rentals"? Nope.
- What if Videorama rented 20,000 videos. Will it account for the "10,000 fewer video rentals"? Absolutely.
As you can notice, answer choice A doesn't offer a definite yes or a definite no. Hence, A doesn't most seriously
weaken Brad's force of the objection.
B, C, and D can be eliminated because they all fall in the irrelevant / out of scope
Now, evaluate (E). Focus on the word "frequently". If people who own videos frequently loan them to their friends, then it stands to reason that there were "considerably fewer" video rentals in Centerville. Can this account for the "10,000 fewer video rentals"? Absolutely. Moreover, the argument offers the information that Videorama already sold 4,000 videos! So, if those folks "frequently" loan those videos to their friends then there will be definitely 10,000 fewer video rentals. Therefore, (E) is definitely the answer that weakens Brad's force of objection.
Somewhere I read that Quant is Verbal and Verbal is Quant
. Ain't that interesting?