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At an enormous research cost, a leading chemical company has developed a manufacturing process for converting wood fibers into a plastic. According to the company, this new plastic can be used for, among other things, the hulls of small sailboats. But what does the company think sailboat hulls used to be made of? Surely the mania for high technology can scarcely go further than this.
The author’s opinion of the manufacturing process described in the passage is based primarily on the fact that
(A) plastic is unlikely to be durable enough for high-quality sailboat hulls
(B) the research costs of developing the process outweigh any savings possible from the use of the plastic
(C) a small sailboat is not normally regarded as a high-tech product
(D) hulls for small sailboats can be made from wood without converting it into plastic
(E) many other spheres of human activity are in far greater need of technological research

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the author’s conclusion?

(A) The plastic produced by the process is considerably lighter, stronger, and more watertight than wood.
(B) The wood used in producing the plastic is itself in increasingly short supply.
(C) The cost of the manufacturing process of the plastic increases the cost of producing a sailboat hull by 10 to 15 percent.
(D) Much of the cost of the research that developed the new process will be written off for tax purposes by the chemical company.
(E) The development of the new plastic is expected to help make the chemical company an important supplier of boat-building materials
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08 Jan 2008, 11:49
D and A respectively?

Tricky question. Perhaps I need to start practicing CR! What's the OA?
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08 Jan 2008, 20:18
First is D.

Second is A. although B is somewhat tempting.
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08 Jan 2008, 22:29
Me too,
D for 1 and A for 2
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09 Jan 2008, 00:27
sondenso wrote:
Me too,
D for 1 and A for 2

D sounds very good
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09 Jan 2008, 03:31
D and A
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09 Jan 2008, 12:37
explanations plzz
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09 Jan 2008, 13:12
JCLEONES, where are those questions from? I've never seen this format before in CR question stem
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09 Jan 2008, 14:26
But what does the company think sailboat hulls used to be made of?
The author’s opinion of the manufacturing process described in the passage is based primarily on the fact that
(D) hulls for small sailboats can be made from wood without converting it into plastic

Ok. if you look at the bolded sentence, it is apparent that D is the correct answer. so the hulls are easily made of wood without converting it into plastic by utilizing excessively. it is that thing the author is trying to point out.

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Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the author’s conclusion?

(A) The plastic produced by the process is considerably lighter, stronger, and more watertight than wood.

the author is trying to say that plastic is not necessarily a good option to make the hulls. but plastic is much lighter - which can save energy, stronger no need for timely maintenance, or more water-resistant.
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09 Jan 2008, 14:34
hey could nyone explain me what does "weaken the conclusion" means ?

-thanx
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