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# Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality

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18.Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality Circles program for machine operators. Independent surveys of employee attitudes indicated that the machine operators participating in the program were less satisfied with their work situations after two years of the programâ€™s existence than they were at the programâ€™s start. Obviously, any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will, as a result, become less satisfied with their jobs.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion drawn above EXCEPT:
(A) The second survey occurred during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful.
(B) The surveys also showed that those Lark machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles.
(C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufacturing, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of improved job satisfaction: increased productivity and decreased absenteeism.
(D) Several workers at Lark Manufacturing who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at other companies reported that, while participating in Quality Circles in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased.
(E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that, when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situations.

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05 Apr 2007, 10:41
Not sure but I guess it's E
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05 Apr 2007, 11:21
I think its C
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05 Apr 2007, 15:41
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05 Apr 2007, 23:25
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18.Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality Circles program for machine operators. Independent surveys of employee attitudes indicated that the machine operators participating in the program were less satisfied with their work situations after two years of the programâ€™s existence than they were at the programâ€™s start. Obviously, any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will, as a result, become less satisfied with their jobs.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion drawn above EXCEPT:
(A) The second survey occurred during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful.
(B) The surveys also showed that those Lark machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles.
(C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufacturing, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of improved job satisfaction: increased productivity and decreased absenteeism.
(D) Several workers at Lark Manufacturing who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at other companies reported that, while participating in Quality Circles in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased.
(E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that, when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situations.

Explanation pls...

E

Assertion is that ' Participation in program makes a woker dissatisfied'. We need to find info that doesnt weaken this assertion

A weakens the assertion as dissatisfaction may be because of rumors of cutbacks and layoffs

B weaken the assertion. If people who didnt participate were also dissatisfied then its not because of the program

C too waekens the argument.

D too weakens

(E) is the on;y one that doesnt weaken. Hence E
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06 Apr 2007, 15:24
I agree that A,B,C,D weaken the argument, hence it is E that is correct
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06 Apr 2007, 16:05
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06 Apr 2007, 16:52
Only E does not weaken.
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07 Apr 2007, 19:46
"A" strengthens the argument;operators become less satisfied with the job due to........
What is OA ?
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