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Re: Tabloid [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2010, 12:09
I find this problem from MGMAT CAT4 is not representative of what real GMAT CR expects from us.

Answer choice C is just too perfect to fit the bill.

I picked E, because there is a nice logic in it. Remember the claim comes from a "gossip columnist" and he talks about "made the magazine relevant again", as if the previous version with "politicians et al" was not relevant. Gossip writers are interested in finding controversial and hot subjects to sell more magazines.
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Re: Tabloid [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 03:10
I also chose E.

I am still confused about can anybody pls explain


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Re: Tabloid [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 03:52
Does MGMAT say this as 700 level question?
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Re: Tabloid [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 07:15
Thanks for pointing out the OA IanStewart
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Re: Tabloid [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 08:20
I guess OA must be B guys.
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Re: Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine s [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2013, 12:09
OA for this question in (B) not C. Just did it in one of my Mock exams from Manhattan GMAT
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Re: Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine s [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2013, 18:04
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.

if X (necessary assumption) is true, then -->
newspapers featured models are more interest in sales than ones featured politicians are


Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing problems.
this argues for a charitable models, not for all models and movie stars that necessary for the argument by the opponents

Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.
the opponent's argument is about the new publisher's interest. this option is not necessary to argue for this argument.

A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.
the opponent disagree with the approach that the newspaper needs boosting sales other than reporting important news. The necessary argument is that the news paper can achieve both at the same time.

Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.
this argue for some movies stars, not necessary for the opponent's argument about the models and movie stars as the whole

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.
its not necessary to state specifically ... "three times"...
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Re: Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine s [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2013, 09:42
It is B, Because the opponent's are blaming the new editor for replacing the cover with celebs they must be under the assumption that the editor is the person who solely decides what goes on the cover.
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Re: Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine s [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2013, 10:26
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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.

kanusha wrote:
Sir, my answer is either E or C
E... becz by new mazigne sales increased to 3 times than with political matters, no new information
C... that new information that about world leaders,but we are only taking about models, stars.... great leaders may be even business or politicans
so,pls explain... with reason

Dear kanusha
First of all, let every one be advised:
for this question, the OA = (B).
I just changed the key at the top of the thread to reflect this.

Now, to find an assumption, let's use the negation test. First, let's look at (C) & (E), your choices.
(C) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.
Negation = A magazine can't possibly boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders --- those two activities are mutually exclusive.
Well, the gossip columnist’s opponents' argument is: "the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events." If those two activities, boosting sales and covering important world events, are mutually exclusive, then this could strengthen that argument --- the publisher is much more interested in the former activity, and so neglects the latter activity.

(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.
Negation = Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate less than three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.
So, the rate is less than three times --- suppose it's 2.5 or 2.9 times --- that would not substantially change the argument. Any statement that makes some precise quantitative specification that is not demanded by the prompt cannot possibly be an assumption. As long as magazines with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at some substantially higher rate than those with stodgy old world leaders on the cover, then the argument would hold. Even 30% more (i.e. 1.3 times) is a substantial difference in sales, and that's well below 3 times.

(B) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.
Negation = Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with someone other than the publisher ---- i.e., the publisher does not have final say over what's on the cover.
Well, if the publisher doesn't really get to say what's on the cover, then there's absolutely no way we could divine the publisher's intentions or priorities from what appears on the cover. What appeared on the cover would reflect the priorities of whoever gets to determine that, not the publisher. The negation of this idea absolutely obliterates the conclusion of the argument ---- we could not determine anything about what the publisher likes or doesn't like, prefers or doesn't prefer, from a cover that not the publisher but someone else decides. Since negating this choice creates a devastating objection to the argument, that's a sign that this choice is the true assumption.

Does all this make sense?
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