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# Smithtown University s fund-raisers succeeded in getting

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28 May 2009, 07:49
IMO C
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28 May 2009, 11:18
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IMO C

why C? whats wrong with other options?
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28 May 2009, 16:25
E

the argument states that smithtown university's fundraisers didnt try hard enough because they didnt canvas new donors well enough.

I think C is a trap and is out of scope because it states that the fundraisers didnt even contact the new donors that gave all of the cash

I would pick E because it says that more than half of the money raised by fundraisers came from new donors. If the fund raisers tried harder then all of the money raised by them would have come from new donors. The old donors would have donated on their own as in option C
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28 May 2009, 17:13
IMO C
Argument: This success rate, exceptionally high for university fund-raisers, does not indicate that they were doing a good job
The context here is like this: fund raisers succeed in 8 out of 10 prospect donors whom they contact (who have never donated before), but the majority of donations, for exp 1000 people, are from those who have donated in the past
So, C states the point

Smithtown University’s fund-raisers succeeded in getting donations from 80 percent of the potential donors they contacted. This success rate, exceptionally high for university fund-raisers, does not indicate that they were doing a good job. On the contrary, since the people most likely to donate are those who have donated in the past, good fund-raisers constantly try less-likely prospects in an effort to expand the donor base. The high success rate shows insufficient canvassing effort.

Which of the following, if true, provides more support for the argument?

A. Smithtown University’s fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fund-raisers for other universities in their contacts with such people ->out of scope
B. This year the average size of the donations to Smithtown University from new donors when the university’s fund-raisers had contacted was larger than the average size of donations from donors who had given to the university before -->no influence
C. This year most of the donations that came to Smithtown University from people who had previously donated to it were made without the university’s fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors -->the best
D. The majority of the donations that fund-raisers succeeded in getting for Smithtown University this year were from donors who had never given to the university before -->no influence. This is just a restating of the fact
E. More than half of the money raised by Smithtown University’s fund-raisers came from donors who had never previously donated to the university -->weaken
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28 May 2009, 21:13
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C

This could mean that all the donations came from unsolicited offers, and every single person they contacted declined (goes against insufficient harvesting efforts).

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28 May 2009, 21:14
Evience which will show that new people have not contributed will support the argument
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28 May 2009, 21:32
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C

This could mean that all the donations came from unsolicited offers, and every single person they contacted declined (goes against insufficient harvesting efforts).

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but we are concerned with the FUNDRAISERS success rate. In C the donations had nothing to do with the fundraisers
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28 May 2009, 22:08
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C

This could mean that all the donations came from unsolicited offers, and every single person they contacted declined (goes against insufficient harvesting efforts).

Booya

but we are concerned with the FUNDRAISERS success rate. In C the donations had nothing to do with the fundraisers

Yes and the fundraisers success correlates directly to what proportion the fresh donors comprise of.

And keep in mind I negated C-- I took the opposite to see if it could weaken it. (Remember Strengthen & Weaken are very close).
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28 May 2009, 23:04
whats the OA?
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30 May 2009, 07:13
IMO C is the best choice..
reason same as that explained by Hades
Pls post the OA
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30 May 2009, 09:22
The answer is C. - "This year most of the donations that came to Smithtown University from people who had previously donated to it were made without the university’s fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors."

The bold portion clearly conveys that fund-raisers did poor canvassing. A, B, D & E weaken the conclusion in the argument.
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31 May 2009, 22:48
OA plz
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01 Jun 2009, 00:54
IMO C. What is the OA?
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01 Jun 2009, 09:10
I thought A was out of scope, but felt that the answer couldnt have been C. Tough one
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25 Mar 2010, 06:14
I pick C, not great and slightly out of scope. However, it's the only answer that actually provides support or (strengthens) the author's point of view.

A doesn't seem to have any relevant information to stengthen the argument.

(A) Smithtown University’s fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fund-raisers for other universities in their contacts with such people. ~ basically, it's saying that the efforts to contact potential donors was about equal to that of other universities. Who cares if the effort is equal to another university/ What we would need to know to make this relevant is the actual effect of the other University so we have something to compare.

Maybe this is an experimental question?
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25 Mar 2010, 06:17
no, i really dont think its A

(A) it says that S Uni's fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with donars who had never given before while those potential doners were also in contact with fund-raisers for other universities. so isnt it clear that fund raisers for Smithtown were more successful than those for other universities in persuading potential donars to donate for them??????? that means fund-raisers for Smithtown did put their effort into the action.. and this would weaken the original assumption that fund-raisers for S failed to canvass.

(C) I think C is correct bcuz it says that most donations came from people who had previously donated..and fund-raisers didnt really get in touch with them this time...so means donars' actions were not from the fund-raisers...and this would support the assumption above.
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25 Mar 2010, 07:51
IMO C

Please share the source of the question for authenticity.
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25 Mar 2010, 09:13
How in the hell is it A and not C? I'm grossly confused on this one.
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25 Mar 2010, 11:59
Is this an OG question? I am hard prressed to believe A is the answer. C seems to be the best choice.
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