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Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only modelsand movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events. Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

A) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing
problems.
b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.
c) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.
d) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.
e) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than
three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.

I picked E as the answer. I am not convinced with the official answer. Please help me understand the official ans. Thanks!
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Re: Assumption Q - Not convinced with the Ans. [#permalink] New post 17 May 2011, 23:21
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The conclusion is revolving around what and why of the publisher.

Therefore the arg must be assuming that publisher make the final decision on what get published. Otherwise there won't be arg at all if the news staff is free to publish articles in the magazine.

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Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only models and movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events. Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

A) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing
problems.
b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.
c) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.
d) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.
e) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than
three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.

I picked E as the answer. I am not convinced with the official answer. Please help me understand the official ans. Thanks!
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Re: Assumption Q - Not convinced with the Ans. [#permalink] New post 17 May 2011, 23:38
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The easiest way, in my opinion, to deal with such problems is cross answers out. You definitely can cross out E) due to the 3 times higher. The reporter does not need to assume such an exact measure.
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E is a strengthening answer choice.It clearly shows that the publisher is increasing sales by such tactics. If you negate the statement then the sales might be boosted not by 3x times but by 2x time or 1x times. Hence this statement does not crash the conclusion.

B negating this,means somebody else is responsible for the final decision. Publisher should not be blamed for that.This crashes the conclusion of the opponents of the gossip column person.

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Re: Assumption Q - Not convinced with the Ans. [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2011, 04:58
It is clearly B. I felt C can contend till the ending. Any explanations?
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Re: Assumption Q - Not convinced with the Ans. [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2011, 05:56
This Q has been posted few times before on the forum. See the previous post related to this Q. Everyone thought that the answer is E till they found out the correct OA.

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Re: Assumption Q - Not convinced with the Ans. [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 09:47
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B


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Re: Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine s [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2013, 03:28
what's wrong with option 'C'?
if we negate an option then
"A magazine cannot boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders."
it will strengthen editor conclusion

if we does not
"A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders."
it will strengthen columnist conclusion

hope i am correct in my reasoning?
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Re: Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine s [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 23:15
This question has a similar pattern to one which is compiled in LSAT Collection by Aristotle and talks about a construction plan.
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Re: Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine s [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2013, 00:28
Hi, This tread is awesome for me....Thanks...
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Re: Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine s [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2013, 02:07
WarriorGmat wrote:
what's wrong with option 'C'?
if we negate an option then
"A magazine cannot boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders."
it will strengthen editor conclusion

if we does not
"A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders."
it will strengthen columnist conclusion

hope i am correct in my reasoning?


Hi Warrior,

The main and overarching issue with C is the phrase in the question 'assumption necessary'

This means our answer choice must me absolutely CRUCIAL for the argument to work and no alternatives are possible.

IF you look at C this is not the case - what has been stated is just one example.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine s [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2013, 07:29
Negation makes the answer clear and it is only B
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