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The mayor boasts that the average ambulance turnaround time, the time from summons to delivery of the patient, has been reduced this year for top-priority emergencies. This is a serious misrepresentation. This “reduction” was produced simply by redefining “top priority.” Such emergencies used to include gunshot wounds and electrocutions, the most time-consuming cases. Now they are limited strictly to heart attacks and strokes.
Which one of the following would strengthen the author’s conclusion that it was the redefinition of “top priority” that produced the reduction in turnaround time?
(A) The number of heart attacks and strokes declined this year.
(B) The mayor redefined the city’s financial priorities this year.
(C) Experts disagree with the mayor’s definition of “top-priority emergency.”
(D) Other cities include gunshot wound cases in their category o top-priority emergencies.
(E) One half of all of last year’s top-priority emergencies were gunshot wounds and electrocution cases.
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24 Jun 2009, 23:34
I'll vote for E. All other options are irrelevant.
Also, E provides a reason that due to singnificant exclusion of time-consuming cases, this must have decreased.
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24 Jun 2009, 23:37
IMO E
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25 Jun 2009, 00:11
Only E survives.
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25 Jun 2009, 02:11
Why A is wrong ??
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Why A is wrong ??

The argument says, earlier top-priority emergencies included gunshot wounds and electrocutions which are time-consuming cases. So the average turnaround time was high.

Now, top-priority emergencies are limited strictly to heart attacks and strokes. Now, as per author these are less time consuming cases.

The overall turnaround time would reduce significantly, only if there is significant decrease in "high" time-consuming cases. Hence option E, which says earlier half the cases used to be related to gunshot wounds and electrocutions.

If you go with option A, the average time will remain almost same, doesn't matter that the ambulance serves 1000 or 10 heart / stroke cases. (I'm assuming these cases will consume same time)
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25 Jun 2009, 02:43
Bigoyal says what I want to say.
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25 Jun 2009, 03:03
It's most definitely E.
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25 Jun 2009, 10:36
Another one for E....
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26 Jun 2009, 08:53
tenaman10 wrote:
The mayor boasts that the average ambulance turnaround time, the time from summons to delivery of the patient, has been reduced this year for top-priority emergencies. This is a serious misrepresentation. This “reduction” was produced simply by redefining “top priority.” Such emergencies used to include gunshot wounds and electrocutions, the most time-consuming cases. Now they are limited strictly to heart attacks and strokes.
Which one of the following would strengthen the author’s conclusion that it was the redefinition of “top priority” that produced the reduction in turnaround time?
(A) The number of heart attacks and strokes declined this year.
(B) The mayor redefined the city’s financial priorities this year.
(C) Experts disagree with the mayor’s definition of “top-priority emergency.”
(D) Other cities include gunshot wound cases in their category o top-priority emergencies.
(E) One half of all of last year’s top-priority emergencies were gunshot wounds and electrocution cases.

could someone help clarify this....

E talks about LAST YEAR'S PRIORITIES, it is not necessary that this year too the same cases got to be the top priorities, are we making an assumption here? because the argument is specific to this year.

If we are making an assumption then option A would be correct.

By the way, wat is the OA?
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27 Jun 2009, 15:07
It's E.
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