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Last year the county park system failed to generate enough [#permalink]
09 Jul 2010, 21:56
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55% (02:31) correct
45% (01:31) wrong based on 64 sessions
Last year the county park system failed to generate enough revenue to cover its costs. Any business should be closed if it is unprofitable, but county parks are not businesses. Therefore, the fact that county parks are unprofitable does not by itself justify closing them.
The pattern of reasoning in the argument above is most closely paralleled in which one of the following? (A) A prime-time television series should be canceled if it fails to attract a large audience, but the small audience attracted by the documentary series is not sufficient reason to cancel it, since it does not air during prime time. (B) Although companies that manufacture and market automobiles in the United States must meet stringent air-quality standards, the OKESA company should be exempt from these standards since it manufactures bicycles in addition to automobiles. (C) Although the province did not specifically intend to prohibit betting on horse races when it passed a law prohibiting gambling, such betting should be regarded as being prohibited because it is a form of gambling. (D) Even though cockatiels are not, strictly speaking, members of the parrot family, they should be fed the same diet as most parrots since the cockatiel’s dietary needs are so similar to those of parrots. (E) Since minors are not subject to the same criminal laws as are adults, they should not be subject to the same sorts of punishments as those that apply to adults.
Please explain how to approach these kind of questions!
Re: county park system [#permalink]
09 Jul 2010, 22:39
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There's a lot of reading that needs to be done here. So one has to be really quick and attentive while reading. I took 2:33 to solve this problem...which is a long time... anyway the logic is rather straightforward - any UNPROFITABLE (X) BUSINESS (Y) must be CLOSED (Z). So we can say if X and Y then Z. But since country park is only X even though it satisfies the condition Y, it need not be closed.
Now look at the first choice - Any PRIMETIME (X) show that fails to attract audience (Y) must be closed (Z). But since the show in question was not aired on primetime (thus NOT X) and failed to attract audience (Y) it must not be closed.
Essentially if both conditions are met result should follow. But if one out of two is not met then result must not follow.
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