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No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above?
(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost?
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?
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Re: another one with supreme stupidity [#permalink] New post 14 May 2011, 05:18
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i dont understand how these fools craft these questions , and whatever absurdity they stuff in the name of reasoning

No resident of Country X should consider the loss of the traditional tribal structure to be a tragedy. When tribal traditions dominated the culture of Country X, the economy was extremely depressed. However, since the loss of the tribal tradition, Country X has experienced the fastest growth of any economy on the continent. Per capita income has increased more than twentyfold, the trade deficit has become a trade surplus, and the unemployment rate is at an all-time low.

paraphrase: Is it just the tribal structure,the loss of which has resulted in Economic Revival ?

Which of the following questions, if answered, would be most helpful in evaluating the validity of the argument above?
(A) How long did tribal structures in Country X exist before they were lost?
(B) Is the tribal structure the only part of traditional culture that Country X has lost? -- Using Variance test. Yes- supports the argument. No - brings an element of surprise that there might be some other thing that has factored in bringing the change. Clean OA.
(C) Are there any other countries with similar tribal structures that have also experienced recent economic growth?
(D) What percentage of residents in Country X considers the loss of traditional tribal structures to be a tragedy?
(E) Are there any sectors other than high technology that have experienced an increase in jobs?



PS: Please refrain from passing judgement over the question shared.We are here for collective understanding and fruitful discussions. People from the particular organization might take into notice activities like this,leading to unintended problem for the forum. We are sure you don't intend such thing. Its a simple request, though.

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Re: another one with supreme stupidity [#permalink] New post 14 May 2011, 06:44
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PS: Please refrain from passing judgement over the question shared.We are here for collective understanding and fruitful discussions. People from the particular organization might take into notice activities like this,leading to unintended problem for the forum. We are sure you don't intend such thing. Its a simple request, though.


Considering that people pay quite a lot of money for GMAT practice material, I think it's perfectly appropriate to hold that material to a high standard, and to point out flawed questions so test takers know which resources are worthwhile and which are suspect. I don't see any reason to be concerned about offending the author of the material.

That said, I don't understand what in particular has prompted this string of threads all with inflammatory titles about the 'stupidity' of these questions. If you think the questions are 'stupid' you could at least explain why. I don't particularly like the questions posted either, but at least in the case of the question above, there are no logical issues with the question or OA; the question is simply testing the 'post hoc ergo propter hoc' fallacy (if Y happens after X does, it is not necessarily true that X caused Y to happen), so we're looking for an answer choice which discusses potential alternate causes. What I don't like about the question is its setup, which doesn't make much sense to me; I don't see how a country could lose its 'tribal tradition' (whatever that means) from one day to the next.
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Re: another one [#permalink] New post 14 May 2011, 08:41
yes i too dont like the absurdity of the situation used. anything goes in the name of setting up a question.
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