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Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  17 Dec 2010, 10:22
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Salesperson: A shopper will refuse to purchase an overpriced product if she has researched the prices of similar products at competing stores. All enthusiasts of any type of entertainment will have researched the prices of products germane to that type. Thus we will not sell any of our high-performance external graphics cards, since they are overpriced and only computer gaming enthusiasts would purchase such cards.

The pattern of reasoning in which one of the following arguments is most similar to that in the salesperson's argument above?

(A) Most amateur critics will not review a book if they have reason to believe they will not enjoy reading it. Nobody who dislikes a certain genre of music will enjoy reading a book on the history and theory of that genre. Thus nobody will review your book on the history and theory of country music, since no amateur critics enjoy listening to country music.

(B) No female guppy will mate with a male guppy if the male is visibly less healthy than other males in the school. All female guppies are aware of the relative health of the males in their school. Therefore, a visibly unhealthy male will have trouble mating.

(C) Famous actors and actresses will support an organization only if they believe that their cause is just. Patricia does not believe that the cause of Green Thumbs Up is just. Therefore, no famous actors and actresses will support Green Thumbs Up, since Patricia is a famous actress.

(D) Nobody will tour an island getaway if they believe other islands in the area have more attractive beaches. Anybody taking a vacation in this stretch of islands will have researched all of the beaches on all of the islands in the area. So our tourism agency should improve the public image of our beaches.

(E) A union will not endorse a candidate who does not support their interests if they are aware of his positions and his opponents' positions. Any union whose workers are confined to a specific sector is aware of candidates' positions relating to that sector. Only unions whose workers are confined to the education system endorse candidates for the school board, and none of our party's candidates support the interests of these unions. So none of our party's candidates for the school board will be endorsed by a union.
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  17 Dec 2010, 11:21
Hi!

Is this a GMAT practice question or one from the LSAT? Parallel reasoning is super rare on the GMAT - most people never see one, no matter how well they're doing.
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  17 Dec 2010, 11:34
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Please provide your detailed explanations. Thank you for your time!

Salesperson: A shopper will refuse to purchase an overpriced product if she has researched the prices of similar products at competing stores. All enthusiasts of any type of entertainment will have researched the prices of products germane to that type. Thus we will not sell any of our high-performance external graphics cards, since they are overpriced and only computer gaming enthusiasts would purchase such cards.

The pattern of reasoning in which one of the following arguments is most similar to that in the salesperson's argument above?

(A) Most amateur critics will not review a book if they have reason to believe they will not enjoy reading it. Nobody who dislikes a certain genre of music will enjoy reading a book on the history and theory of that genre. Thus nobody will review your book on the history and theory of country music, since no amateur critics enjoy listening to country music.

(B) No female guppy will mate with a male guppy if the male is visibly less healthy than other males in the school. All female guppies are aware of the relative health of the males in their school. Therefore, a visibly unhealthy male will have trouble mating.

(C) Famous actors and actresses will support an organization only if they believe that their cause is just. Patricia does not believe that the cause of Green Thumbs Up is just. Therefore, no famous actors and actresses will support Green Thumbs Up, since Patricia is a famous actress.

(D) Nobody will tour an island getaway if they believe other islands in the area have more attractive beaches. Anybody taking a vacation in this stretch of islands will have researched all of the beaches on all of the islands in the area. So our tourism agency should improve the public image of our beaches.

(E) A union will not endorse a candidate who does not support their interests if they are aware of his positions and his opponents' positions. Any union whose workers are confined to a specific sector is aware of candidates' positions relating to that sector. Only unions whose workers are confined to the education system endorse candidates for the school board, and none of our party's candidates support the interests of these unions. So none of our party's candidates for the school board will be endorsed by a union.

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A doesn't want B b/c B is unattractive (overpriced). All A's are aware about things they are enthused about. So we won't sell C because it is overpriced (and therefore not attractive to A).

E - A doesn't want to endorse B b/c B is unattractive (doesn't support their interests). Any A confined (enthused) to a specific sector is aware of the candidates positions relating to that sector they are enthused about. So C will not be endorsed by a union b/c if doesn't support the interest of A.
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  17 Dec 2010, 11:49
skovinsky wrote:
Hi!

Is this a GMAT practice question or one from the LSAT? Parallel reasoning is super rare on the GMAT - most people never see one, no matter how well they're doing.

This question is from old LSAT official test. Thanks!
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  17 Dec 2010, 12:07
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skovinsky wrote:
Hi!

Is this a GMAT practice question or one from the LSAT? Parallel reasoning is super rare on the GMAT - most people never see one, no matter how well they're doing.

This question is from old LSAT official test. Thanks!

Great - then my advice is "don't worry about it" - it's extremely unlikely you'll see anything similar on the GMAT.

While some LSAT LR questions are similar to their CR counterparts, there are enough differences between the two tests to make LSAT questions of questionable use for GMAT students. First, the LSAT contains a number of question types that don't appear on the GMAT. Second, even on those question types that are common to both tests (weakening, strengthening, assumption and inference make up 90% of CR) there are substantive differences in content and style.

Accordingly, unless you've exhausted GMAT material, I'd avoid the LSAT as a source of practice questions.
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  19 May 2011, 08:54
anyway i got E in 3:41 min . very long stimulus and worse of all , even longer answer choices.
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  19 May 2011, 10:20
I chose B.

Wonder how LSAT has subject-verb errors in its questions, unless it's a handwritten and not copied.

"A union(Singular) will not endorse a candidate who does not support their(plural) interests".
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  19 May 2011, 19:53
I went for D,instead.
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  27 Nov 2013, 19:55
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  27 Nov 2013, 22:48
IMO E. Got it right by POE but took 2:45 minutes.. ... Can't do this under real exam conditions,as it might take 3 mins under real conditions.
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Re: Salesperson --> parallel reasoning [#permalink]  24 Mar 2014, 14:39
Its a close call between B and E, but i'm finally leaning toward E after exactly 2 minutes. This took way too long

Further comments on suggested split are welcome
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