Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 21 Aug 2014, 12:46

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Please rate this Argument essay

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 Oct 2010
Posts: 15
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Please rate this Argument essay [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2010, 17:54
The following appeared in a magazine article on trends and lifestyles:
“In general, people are not as concerned as they were a decade ago about regulating their intake of red meat and
fatty cheeses. Walk into the Heart’s Delight, a store that started selling organic fruits and vegetables and whole-grain
flours in the 1960’s, and you will also find a wide selection of cheeses made with high butterfat content. Next door,
the owners of the Good Earth Café, an old vegetarian restaurant, are still making a modest living, but the owners of
the new House of Beef across the street are millionaires.”
Discuss how well reasoned . . . etc.


This argument contends that people are not as concerned as they were a decade ago about regulating theur intake of red meat and fatty cheeses based on two different
obserations by the author. While the author's conclusion may be ultimately correct, the logic the author uses to arrive at his conclusion is certainly weak. As such,
I cannot fully agree with this argument as it is presented.

Firstly, the fact that Heart's Delight offer a wide selection of high butterfat cheeses does not immediately imply that sales volume for these products is high. There
could be multiple reasons why Heart's Delight offer such a wide selection of high butterfat cheeses even if their sales volume are not high. For example, it is certainly
possible that the profit margin per unit of these products is so high that selling only a marginal volume of them will justify offering such a large selection at
Heart's Delight even though the sales volume is not high. Furthermore, even if we were to assume that sales volume of these high butterfat cheese were high, the
argument did not present any evidence that these high butterfat content cheese were consumed by a large proportion of the population. Specifically, the possibility
that a small percentage of the population accounts for the vast majority of the consumption of these high butterfat cheeses. If this were the case, then the author's
argument that people are not as concerned about the consumption of fatty cheese as they were a decade ago would be proved false.

Secondly, the fact that the owners of the House of Beef are millionaires while the owners of the Good Earth Cafe are making a modest living does not directly support
the author's argument. The author had neglected to mention the product mix of the House of Beef. While the name of the restaurant implies that this establishment
is well-known for its beef products, this by no means proves that patrons of this restaurant only purchase beef products, or even purchase beef products mostly. For instance,
patrons of the House of Beef may favor non-red-meat products on its menu. Also, the author failed to mention the profit margin per item in both the Good Earth Cafe and
the House of Beef. It is certainly possible that the main profit driver of the House of Beef is something other than its red-meat products. As an example, the House
of Beef may have acquired an alcoholic beverage license, and generate most of its profits through sales of alcohol. In such an event, the mere fact that the House
of Beef is more profitable than the Good Earth Cafe does not indicate the lack of concern for regulating intake of red meat.

Finally, no evidence was presented on if the population sampled in this study is representative of the population in general. If this were not the case, then the
author's inference of the general population based on his observation of this skewed sample will be invalid.

Having said that, the author's argument is not entirely without merit. However, to strengthen his argument, it would be much more convincing if the author had
included more evidence to prove the validity of his observations. For example, the author could explain why the population sampled in this study is indicative
of the population in general. The author may also wish to explain how the profit margins of the Good Earth Cafe and the House of Beef directly relates to the amount of
red-meat consumed by the population under study. If these additional pieces of information were presented, a better picture of the entire situation will be painted,
and his conclusion may be logically deduced from his observations.

In sum, I cannot agree with the author's conclusion that people are not as concerned as they were a decade ago about regulating their intake of red meat and
fatty cheese based on the argument as it is oresented right now. The author neglected to show that the fact that Heart's Delight offers a wide selection of
fatty cheese means that a large proportion of the population consumes fatty cheeses. The author also did not show how the higher profit margin of the House of Beef when
conpared to the Good Earth Cafe means that the population under study consumes more red meat than a decade ago. As such, I am unable to concur with the author's conclusion
unless he further supports his arguments with the additional pieces of information I mentioned.
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
User avatar
Joined: 26 Jul 2010
Posts: 205
Followers: 95

Kudos [?]: 211 [0], given: 20

Re: Please rate this Argument essay [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 17:35
Great essay, Newbie - I can't see this essay getting you anything less than a 5.5. It was:

1) Well organized into a clear introduction and conclusion with well-developed and structured support paragraphs
2) Well thought-out with on-topic, insightful critiques of the argument
3) In-line with the entire question asked of you in these essays (point out assumptions and weaknesses, offer suggestions for strengthening, etc.)

If I could offer a slight suggestion or two for improvement, I'd say:

1) You may be able to "set the scene" a little bit better by rephrasing the prompt before you get to the beginning "this argument...". Maybe something like: "In a recent cuisine article, the author claims that..." It's a subtle difference but has a more heightened sense of audience that "the GMAT is making me write this", and may demonstrate a little bit more command of written English.

2) Your third support paragraph is a bit asymmetrical with the rest in terms of length...you may have gone even too much into detail on paragraphs 2 and 3 and left the 4th without enough time. I don't want to mess with your writing style at all, but if you worry about timing, know that 3-4 sentence per paragraph is more than enough to make your point and move on, so you could stand to tighten up a bit to save time for the end of the essay.

Overall, great work! I actually enjoyed reading this one!
_________________

Brian

Save $100 on live Veritas Prep GMAT Courses and Admissions Consulting

Enroll now. Pay later. Take advantage of Veritas Prep's flexible payment plan options.

Veritas Prep Reviews

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 Oct 2010
Posts: 15
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Re: Please rate this Argument essay [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 00:19
Dear Brian,
Thanks for your encouragement. I just took the GMAT two days ago, and am anxiously awaiting my AWA scores. Hopefully, everything will turn out well.

Thanks!

Newbie
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 06 Jul 2014
Posts: 5
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 14

Re: Please rate this Argument essay [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2014, 19:21
Please rate my essay as well. Same topic!!

The write has made a claim that people are not concerned about their intake of read meat and fatty cheese. Firstly, this claim is not supported by any evidence. Secondly the evidence provided for his claim is either incomplete or misses many critical aspects.

The writer has made a claim that people are not concerned about their intake of read meat and fatty cheese as they were a decade ago. Firstly the writer needs to establish that what is he referring to when he talks about "people". Is he referring to the inhabitants of a certain city e.g. London, or some country etc.? Secondly to support this claim the writer first needs to show what was the consumption per person of read meat a decade ago and what is it now. Without making such a comparison the writer's claim is not establlished. Secondly he can do a survey of people and ask their opinion of what they think about the healthy food options (organic fruits, vegetable etc.) vs read meat and fatty cheese. This will also give him an idea about whether people are actually concerned as well, irrespective of their consumption. Because people can be genuinely concerned but might still be consuming read meat and fatty cheese because of factors like availability, price etc. If there are few shops that provide organic fruit and it is expensive as well as compared to red meat, although unlikely, will make people prefer read meat and fatty cheese over organic fruit and vegetables

Secondly the writer supports him claim by giving two examples. One is of Heart's Delight. A store that originally started selling organic fruits and vegetables but then also offered cheese. Firstly the writer cannot conclude any thing on people's preference based on one or few shops. He has to take a large sample to justify his claim. For example if he is talking about a city that has a 100,00 shops divided into 100 localities, he needs to take atleast one large shop per locality to have a representative sample size. Secondly He needs to consider what is the revenue of this shop that is coming from organic fruits and vegetables and what is coming from cheese. This will give an idea about people's preference who visit this particular shop. Secondly the writer needs to look at other variables that might have led to this shop offering cheese. For example, they might have found a low cost supplier of cheese. So without considering all these factors that writer cannot support his claim

The second example he gives if of two shops, Good Earth Cafe and House beef. He claims that Good Earth Cafe is making a modest living and House Beef has become millionaires which proves that people are not concerned about their intake of red meat and fatty cheese. Here again the writer is relying on faulty assumptions and missing important points which are necessary to establish this claim. Firstly this Cafe is located next door to another shop, Heart's Delight that is selling the similar products (organic fruits, vegetables etc.). It might be the case that people are buying from Heart's Delight and Heart's Delight is making a lot of money from it's organic food section: Much more then the Beef shop. Secondly there might be many shops in that locaility that are selling organic food and this Beef Shop might be the only one in the locality. So as stated above, the writer needs to take a larger sample size to establish high arguments. Thirdly their could be other reasons for poor sale of the Good Earth Cafe like poor food quality etc.

To make a robust and sound argument the writer needs to do two things. Firstly he needs to establish his argument. This will invovle defining what is he referring to as "people". Gathering data and interviewing people to establish people are not concerned and comparing this to data and opinion a decade ago. Secondly he needs to increase the sample size of the stores and look at other reasons why certain stores might not be performing well. Only then he can make this claim
Re: Please rate this Argument essay   [#permalink] 10 Aug 2014, 19:21
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Please rate my argument essay!! karaghu1991 0 10 Aug 2014, 22:44
2 Experts publish their posts in the topic Analysis of argument essay .Please rate it smvjkumar 3 13 Oct 2012, 10:05
please rate my argument essay truemillions 0 28 Aug 2012, 19:27
Please rate my Argument essay gujralvikas 0 07 Jul 2012, 04:49
Please rate my argument essay ritugupta24 0 29 Oct 2010, 20:19
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Please rate this Argument essay

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.