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# Roland: The alarming fact is that 90 percent of the - 2 Qs

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Roland: The alarming fact is that 90 percent of the people in this country now report that they know someone who is unemployed.

Sharon: But a normal, moderate level of unemployment is 5 percent, with 1 out of 20 workers unemployed. So at any given time if a person knows approximately 50 workers, 1 or more will very likely be unemployed.

1. Sharon's argument is structured to lead to which of the following as a conclusion?

(A) The fact that 90% of the people know someone who is unemployed is not an indication that unemployment is abnormally high.
(B) The current level of unemployment is not moderate.
(C) If at least 5% of workers are unemployed, the result of questioning a representative group of people cannot be the percentage Roland cites.
(D) It is unlikely that the people whose statements Roland cites are giving accurate reports.
(E) If an unemployment figure is given as a certain percent, the actual percentage of those without jobs is even higher.

2. Sharon's argument relies on the assumption that

(A) normal levels of unemployment are rarely exceeded
(B) unemployment is not normally concentrated in geographically isolated segments of the population
(C) the number of people who each know someone who is unemployed is always higher than 90% of the population
(D) Roland is not consciously distorting the statistics he presents
(E) knowledge that a personal acquaintance is unemployed generates more fear of losing one's job than does knowledge of unemployment statistics

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1. These two questions are discussed separately in the following two topics. For reading and further discussions, please refer to the corresponding topic.
OG10#138: roland-the-alarming-fact-is-that-90-percent-of-the-og10-8416.html
OG10#139: roland-the-alarming-fact-is-that-90-percent-of-the-og10-9618.html
Here the first question is Q#138 from OG10 and second question is Q#139 from OG10.
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19 Oct 2005, 05:47
On exam day

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19 Oct 2005, 08:27
15. A- Sharon basically explains that there is nothing unusual about the unemployment rate.

16. B- Such rates could be higher in the South as opposed to the northeast.
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14 Feb 2006, 14:37
Roland: The alarming fact is that 90 percent of the people in this country now report that they know someone who is unemployed.

Sharon: But a normal, moderate level of unemployment is 5 percent, with 1 out of 20 workers unemployed. So at any given time if a person knows approximately 50 workers, 1 or more will very likely be unemployed.

138. Sharon's argument is structured to lead to which of the following as a conclusion?
(A) The fact that 90% of the people know someone who is unemployed is not an indication that unemployment is abnormally high.
(B) The current level of unemployment is not moderate.
(C) If at least 5% of workers are unemployed, the result of questioning a representative group of people cannot be the percentage Roland cites.
(D) It is unlikely that the people whose statements Roland cites are giving accurate reports.
(E) If an unemployment figure is given as a certain percent, the actual percentage of those without jobs is even higher.

139. Sharon's argument relies on the assumption that
(A) normal levels of unemployment are rarely exceeded
(B) unemployment is not normally concentrated in geographically isolated segments of the population
(C) the number of people who each know someone who is unemployed is always higher than 90% of the population.
(D) Roland is not consciously distorting the statistics he presents
(E) knowledge that a personal acquaintance is unemployed generates more fear of losing one's job than does knowledge of unemployment statistics
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14 Feb 2006, 17:59
138. (A) The fact that 90% of the people know someone who is unemployed is not an indication that unemployment is abnormally high.

139. (B) unemployment is not normally concentrated in geographically isolated segments of the population

explanation later, if any.
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16 Feb 2006, 10:38
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138. (A) The fact that 90% of the people know someone who is unemployed is not an indication that unemployment is abnormally high.

139. (B) unemployment is not normally concentrated in geographically isolated segments of the population

explanation later, if any.
OA is A, B. I had a hard time with this one. Nice explanation that I'll post later.

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16 Feb 2006, 14:11
I got A for 139 and was caught between A and B for 139.

Will wait for explanation why 139 should be B.
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17 Feb 2006, 11:28
A, B?
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08 Dec 2006, 07:35
Roland: The alarming fact is that 90 percent of the people in this country now report that they know someone who is unemployed.
Sharon: But a normal, moderate level of unemployment is 5 percent, with 1 out of 20 workers unemployed. So at any given time if a person knows approximately 50 workers, 1 or more will very likely be unemployed.

Sharonâ€™s argument is structured to lead to which of the following as a conclusion?

(A) The fact that 90% of the people know someone who is unemployed is not an indication that unemployment is abnormally high.
(B) The current level of unemployment is not moderate.
(C) If at least 5% of workers are unemployed, the result of questioning a representative group of people cannot be the percentage Roland cites.
(D) It is unlikely that the people whose statements Roland cites are giving accurate reports.
(E) If an unemployment figure is given as a certain percent, the actual percentage of those without jobs is even higher.

Sharonâ€™s argument relies on the assumption that

(A) normal levels of unemployment are rarely exceeded
(B) unemployment is not normally concentrated in geographically isolated segments of the population
(C) the number of people who each know someone who is unemployed is always higher than 90% of the population
(D) Roland is not consciously distorting the statistics he presents
(E) knowledge that a personal acquaintance is unemployed generates more fear of losing oneâ€™s job than does knowledge of unemployment statistics
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08 Dec 2006, 10:14

A.
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08 Dec 2006, 11:34
A and B ... was in GMAT Prep 1
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17 Dec 2006, 10:56
A, B
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18 Dec 2006, 19:31
Agree A and B. Henceforth please do post the source of the question in the subject itself.
eg. GMATPrep SC - New York's Mayor
Some of us have not yet taken our Gmatpreps. Seeing the questions here will lead to us getting skewed scores. Thanks!
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19 Dec 2006, 22:08
A and B
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20 Dec 2006, 01:33
A and B
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20 Dec 2006, 08:01
A and B... don't see other contenders in either
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03 Jan 2007, 16:14
One more for A and B.
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03 Jan 2007, 19:31
Also agree with A and B.
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10 Aug 2007, 03:53
Questions 15-16 are based on the following.

Roland: The alarming fact is that 90 percent of the people in this country now report that they know someone who is unemployed.

Sharon: But a normal, moderate level of unemployment is 5 percent, with 1 out of 20 workers unemployed. So at any given time if a person knows approximately 50 workers, 1 or more will very likely be unemployed.

15. Sharon's argument is structured to lead to which of the following as a conclusion?

(A) The fact that 90% of the people know someone who is unemployed is not an indication that unemployment is abnormally high.

(B) The current level of unemployment is not moderate.

(C) If at least 5% of workers are unemployed, the result of questioning a representative group of people cannot be the percentage Roland cites.

(D) It is unlikely that the people whose statements Roland cites are giving accurate reports.

(E) If an unemployment figure is given as a certain percent, the actual percentage of those without jobs is even higher.

16. Sharon’s argument relies on the assumption that

(A) normal levels of unemployment are rarely exceeded

(B) unemployment is not normally concentrated in geographically isolated segments of the population

(C) the number of people who each know someone who is unemployed is always higher than 90% of the population

(D) Roland is not consciously distorting the statistics he presents

(E) Knowledge that a personal acquaintance is unemployed generates more fear of losing one’s job than does knowledge of unemployment statistics

OAs later!

edit: fixed

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10 Aug 2007, 04:12
15. A
16. B

those are pretty tough ones. I'm interested in seeing the OAs

EDIT: just swapped the letters

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