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The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink] New post 12 May 2013, 22:40
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The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any significant quantity because consumers there generally prefer the unique texture of Ertland-grown apples. Nevertheless, apple growers from Kosolia, a neighboring country, plan to sell their apples in Ertland by selling Kosolia-grown apples at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the viability of the plan by Kosolia's apple growers to sell their apples in Ertland?

A Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
B Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
C At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
D Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
E Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.
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Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any sign [#permalink] New post 12 May 2013, 22:59
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There are two new words in conclusion -> Low cost , Same nourishment => we need to attack

The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any significant quantity because consumers there generally prefer the unique texture of Ertland-grown apples. Nevertheless, apple growers from Kosolia, a neighboring country, plan to sell their apples in Ertland by selling Kosolia-grown apples at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the viability of the plan by Kosolia's apple growers to sell their apples in Ertland?

A Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
wrong- it actually strengthens...the varieties are same

B Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
wrong- Does not attack the conclusion
C At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
wrong- not related to conclusion
D Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
wrong- it does not attack the low cost
E Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.
Correct - perfectly attacks the low cost word in conclusion


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Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any sign [#permalink] New post 12 May 2013, 23:07
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Ertland has never imported apples in any significant quantity because consumers there generally prefer the unique texture of Ertland-grown apples.
Apple growers from Kosolia, a neighbouring country, plan to sell their apples in Ertland by selling Kosolia-grown apples at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

Pre thinking:
Kasolia Apple growers plan depends on promoting their apples as low cost alterntive.Anything which counter this will weaken their plan.

Analysis of answer choices:
A Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
INCORRECT: This will actually help the plan as the texture can be the same.

B Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
INCORRECT: irrelevant

C At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
INCORRECT: irrelevant

D Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
INCORRECT: It can help the plan as shortage of apples in Ertland can be taken care.

E Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.
CORRECT: it will weaken the plan as kasolias plan is based on providing a LOW COST ALTERNATIVES.
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Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any sign [#permalink] New post 13 May 2013, 00:08
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Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any sign [#permalink] New post 13 May 2013, 01:19
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Please provide the source :)

This is not a 700 level IMO


This is from the Souvik's Official GMAT collection. I invariably "assumed" that all of the questions in the document were of 700 level.

Edit: This is the link the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-cr-140375.html

6th question in the document.
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Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any sign [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 01:51
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The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any significant quantity because consumers there generally prefer the unique texture of Ertland-grown apples. Nevertheless, apple growers from Kosolia, a neighboring country, plan to sell their apples in Ertland by selling Kosolia-grown apples at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the viability of the plan by Kosolia's apple growers to sell their apples in Ertland?

A Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
B Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
C At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
D Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
E Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.


The key points of the given passage are:
1) Consumers of Ertland are fond of their home grown apples due to the unique texture of the apples.
2) Apple growers from Kosolia plan to sell their apples in Ertland at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

We need to select the option which casts the most doubt on the viability of Kosolian apple growers' plans.

Let us examine the options.

Option A: Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
This option in fact reinforces their plan because if the Ertland apples were originally derived from Kosolian varieties then the texture of the both apples is most probably the same. This adds to the advantage of the Kosolian apple growers' plan to sell their apples in Ertland because Ertland consumers like their own apples because of the texture of the apple.
Hence Option A is wrong.


Option B: Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
This option too strengthens the Kosolian apple growers' plan because they are planning to sell their apples in Ertland at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.
Hence Option B is incorrect.


Option C: At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
This is irrelevant to the plan.
Hence Option C is incorrect.


Option D: Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
This again strengthens the Kosolian apple growers' plan. Because of the abundant supply of their apples, they can always sell their apples to the Ertland people who need apples.
Hence Option D is incorrect.


Option E: Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.
This will be a problem for the Kosolian apple growers because this will prove detrimental to their plan of selling apples as a low-cost alternative.
Hence Option E is correct.


So the correct answer is Option E. :)
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Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2014, 12:47
damn. got the countries mixed up, why cant they just use real countries or at least some from lord of the rings
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