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Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has
been clearing large sections of the tropical Amazon
forest for cattle ranching. This practice continues
even though greater profits can be made from rubber
tapping, which does not destroy the forest, than from
cattle ranching, which does destroy the forest.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain
why Suncorp has been pursuing the less profitable of
the two economic activities mentioned above?

(A) The soil of the Amazon forest is very rich in
nutrients that are important in the development
of grazing lands.

(B) Cattle-ranching operations that are located in
tropical climates are more profitable than
cattle-ranching operations that are located in
cold-weather climates.

(C) In certain districts, profits made from cattle
ranching are more heavily taxed than profits
made from any other industry.

(D) Some of the cattle that are raised on land
cleared in the Amazon are killed by wildcats.

(E) The amount of money required to begin a
rubber-tapping operation is twice as high as the
amount needed to begin a cattle ranch.
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Re: Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2012, 15:53
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Its E. The clue is Suncorp's 'limited funds' which is a 'new' corporation. Since the start-up costs are higher in rubber-tapping, it went for cattle ranch even though greater profits can be made from rubber tapping.
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Re: Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2012, 15:58
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Its E.
B: Out of scope
AD: opposite
Between B & C, My pick is E
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(A) The soil of the Amazon forest is very rich in
nutrients that are important in the development
of grazing lands.
so it is equally good for rubber plants also-not directly related to the two businesses related above-incorrect

(B) Cattle-ranching operations that are located in
tropical climates are more profitable than
cattle-ranching operations that are located in
cold-weather climates.
climatic conditions are not under consideration-incorrect

(C) In certain districts, profits made from cattle
ranching are more heavily taxed than profits
made from any other industry.
then it is actually opposite to the answer we are looking for !

(D) Some of the cattle that are raised on land
cleared in the Amazon are killed by wildcats.
cattle farming/ranching will avoid such problems - irrelevant

(E) The amount of money required to begin a
rubber-tapping operation is twice as high as the
amount needed to begin a cattle ranch.
correct- it will ensure that the business will start with less capital as the company is new and has limited funds.

(E) wins
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E is the only choice that talks about the funds, which is important for the company to do this activity.
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Re: Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2012, 21:42
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Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has
been clearing large sections of the tropical Amazon
forest for cattle ranching. This practice continues
even though greater profits can be made from rubber
tapping, which does not destroy the forest, than from
cattle ranching, which does destroy the forest.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain
why Suncorp has been pursuing the less profitable of
the two economic activities mentioned above?

(A) The soil of the Amazon forest is very rich in
nutrients that are important in the development
of grazing lands.

(B) Cattle-ranching operations that are located in
tropical climates are more profitable than
cattle-ranching operations that are located in
cold-weather climates.

(C) In certain districts, profits made from cattle
ranching are more heavily taxed than profits
made from any other industry.

(D) Some of the cattle that are raised on land
cleared in the Amazon are killed by wildcats.

(E) The amount of money required to begin a
rubber-tapping operation is twice as high as the
amount needed to begin a cattle ranch.


E is the clear winner

A If the soil is good in nutrients , it will support both activities - Neutral
B Cattle ranching operation at different location should not matter - Out of Scope
C it actually contradicts or weakens, why cattle ranching should not be done - weakens
D Out of scope
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Re: Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has been [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 13:20
Can someone help me with this question, I'm a bit lost. can you help define the premise, and or conclusions, counterpoints, thanks. The goal of the question is asking me to find an assumption that will strengthen why they are seeking a less profitable endeavor correct?
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Re: Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has been [#permalink] New post 19 May 2014, 05:17
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Can someone help me with this question, I'm a bit lost. can you help define the premise, and or conclusions, counterpoints, thanks. The goal of the question is asking me to find an assumption that will strengthen why they are seeking a less profitable endeavor correct?


Hi selfishmofo

Unlike most of the 'strengthen the argument' questions this is a case where there is no conclusion as such since the author is not trying to make us believe in something. The author instead presents certain information from a neutral standpoint.

It is the question stem which provides a clue - it says that we have to identify a reason which justifies the action of Suncorp. So, what does the question want us to do? It wants us to provide a reason which will help strengthen a position that Suncorp was correct in clearing the large sections of the tropical Amazon forest for cattle ranching.

Therefore, the goal of the question: Strengthen a position that Suncorp was correct in clearing the large sections of the forest for cattle ranching

Counter-premise for this position: greater profits can be made from rubber tapping, which does not destroy the forest, than from cattle ranching, which does destroy the forest

For option statement analysis, you can refer to the posts of thevenus & warrior123 since they have beautifully explained the options.

Hope it helps!
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Re: Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has been [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2015, 02:58
let start, first of all it's not a strengthen question in my opinion, we don't have a conclusion here + the wording in the question indicates that it's a kind of Resolve the Paradox question --> IF TRUE, EXPLAIN. In this type of questions both sides are factually correct and we need to explain how the situation came into being or add a piece of Information showing how the two parts can coexist (see CR Bible). To resolve the paradox we must adress BOTH facts cattle ranching and rubber tapping --> So, we must connect this to parts.

(A) The soil of the Amazon forest is very rich in nutrients that are important in the development
of grazing lands. --> none of the facts has been adressed or connected

(B) Cattle-ranching operations that are located in tropical climates are more profitable than
cattle-ranching operations that are located in cold-weather climates. --> Only one of the facts has been adressed

(C) In certain districts, profits made from cattle ranching are more heavily taxed than profits
made from any other industry. --> This disproves ONLY one fact (it's not an aim here, we must somehow connect the facts, and not just disprove one of them)

(D) Some of the cattle that are raised on land cleared in the Amazon are killed by wildcats. --> Info about ONLY one fact

(E) The amount of money required to begin a rubber-tapping operation is twice as high as the
amount needed to begin a cattle ranch. --> So 1) here we have at least both of the facts stated 2) It explains how the situation of investing in less profitable business came onto being. One need x2 Money to start a more profitable rubber-tapping business.

I hope my explanation helps you !
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Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has been [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2015, 04:09
thevenus wrote:
(A) The soil of the Amazon forest is very rich in
nutrients that are important in the development
of grazing lands.
so it is equally good for rubber plants also-not directly related to the two businesses related above-incorrect

(B) Cattle-ranching operations that are located in
tropical climates are more profitable than
cattle-ranching operations that are located in
cold-weather climates.
climatic conditions are not under consideration-incorrect

(C) In certain districts, profits made from cattle
ranching are more heavily taxed than profits
made from any other industry.
then it is actually opposite to the answer we are looking for !

(D) Some of the cattle that are raised on land
cleared in the Amazon are killed by wildcats.
cattle farming/ranching will avoid such problems - irrelevant

(E) The amount of money required to begin a
rubber-tapping operation is twice as high as the
amount needed to begin a cattle ranch.
correct- it will ensure that the business will start with less capital as the company is new and has limited funds.

(E) wins



I don't see how you can say, with regards to Choice A, that the nutrients are good for both types of operations, when it is clearly stated "very rich in
nutrients that are important in the development of grazing lands". I thought that was restrictive.
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