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The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2008, 06:15
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The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, first-class letter delivery cost only three cents. Since then, the price has increased nearly tenfold, with an actual decrease in the speed and reliability of service.
Each of the following statements, if true, would tend to weaken the argument above EXCEPT:
(A) The volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years.
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2008, 14:08
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OA is E as explained below:

The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, first-class letter delivery cost only three cents. Since then, the price has increased nearly tenfold, with an actual decrease in the speed and reliability of service.
Each of the following statements, if true, would tend to weaken the argument above EXCEPT:
(A) The volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years. weakens..it is volume of mail and not mismanagement
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.weakens..it is fule cost and not mismanagement
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.weakens
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.weakens
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.strengthens..consumer prices only increased 300% whereas mail prices increased 10 fold..which is a 900% increase..thus it must be mismanagement
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2009, 06:50
bhatia_ash2002 wrote:
OA is E as explained below:

The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, first-class letter delivery cost only three cents. Since then, the price has increased nearly tenfold, with an actual decrease in the speed and reliability of service.
Each of the following statements, if true, would tend to weaken the argument above EXCEPT:
(A) The volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years. weakens..it is volume of mail and not mismanagement
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.weakens..it is fule cost and not mismanagement
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.weakens
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.weakens
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.strengthens..consumer prices only increased 300% whereas mail prices increased 10 fold..which is a 900% increase..thus it must be mismanagement


Thanks for the explaination. I agree E
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 20:27
bhatia_ash2002 wrote:
OA is E as explained below:

The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, first-class letter delivery cost only three cents. Since then, the price has increased nearly tenfold, with an actual decrease in the speed and reliability of service.
Each of the following statements, if true, would tend to weaken the argument above EXCEPT:
(A) The volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years. weakens..it is volume of mail and not mismanagement
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.weakens..it is fule cost and not mismanagement
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.weakens
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.weakens
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.strengthens..consumer prices only increased 300% whereas mail prices increased 10 fold..which is a 900% increase..thus it must be mismanagement


E says "more than 300 percent", which could be 900 percent as well.
I was able to narrow it down to C and E but I chose C.
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2011, 11:37
OA please...

I think C can be the answer
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 13:55
Each of the following statements, if true, would tend to weaken the argument above EXCEPT:

(A) The volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years.Weaken

(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.Weaken

(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.Weaken

(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.Well this answer to slightly weakening the stimulus

(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.Aha the correct answer, this one has no impact on the stimulus...This is what we are looking for....
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 20:31
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bhatia_ash2002 wrote:

E says "more than 300 percent", which could be 900 percent as well.
I was able to narrow it down to C and E but I chose C.


If it were a Quants problem, I would have agreed with you but here we can safely assume that more that 300% may mean 350% or 400% but not 900%.
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 20:40
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The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, first-class letter delivery cost only three cents. Since then, the price has increased nearly tenfold, with an actual decrease in the speed and reliability of service.
Each of the following statements, if true, would tend to weaken the argument above EXCEPT:
(A) The volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years.
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.


I believe C should be the answer
A - Weakens
B - Weakens
C - Irrelevant (So C should be the answer)
D - Weakens
E - Weakens
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 23:08
IMO C
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