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05 Nov 2010, 12:16
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11 Nov 2010, 13:19
C vs E ??

Please clarfiy why not E ? and why C?
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15 Nov 2010, 05:22
I got a straight C and was surprised to see a long trial of different answers
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15 Nov 2010, 09:55
+1 C
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20 Nov 2010, 11:41
Hey All,

I know some people have been arguing this one back and forth still, so I'll weigh in one last time.

18. The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

Conclusion: Bell will sell subsidiaries
Premise: Workers going on strike unless management ups wages, but subsidiaries need to be sold to up wages
Assumption: Bell cares is workers go on strike

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?
(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
PROBLEM: We don't need this to make the argument work, because this is theoretical about the strike, not necessarily implying that the strike will happen. If it doesn't, there needn't be any losses.

(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
PROBLEM: This is the opposite of what we want. If they don't increase wages, they won't need to sell subsidiaries.

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
ANSWER: Try "least extreme negation" (this is the method whereby you can take the opposite of every answer choice, and whichever one DESTROYS the argument is the correct assumption). "The workers WILL be going on strike." If they go on strike, then that means their wages weren't increased, and thus that the company didn't sell its subsidiaries. That would destroy the conclusion.

(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
PROBLEM: We don't need the president to have the authority. The board could do it, or anybody.

(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.
PROBLEM: Totally irrelevant, as the argument is ABOUT the wage increase.

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21 Nov 2010, 22:51
Using the assumption negation technique, I chose C.
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22 Nov 2010, 12:15
The argument says:
No strike-->increase wages--> sell subs.

No strike makes the whole flow happen, so C.

Tommy, you say: If they go on strike, then that means their wages weren't increased, and thus that the company didn't sell its subsidiaries.

I cannot agree with that.- If they go on strike, that could be for any other reason. The condition is No increase wages--> Go on strike, but not Viceversa. Am I misunderstanding something?
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22 Nov 2010, 12:47
It should be "C'

A, B and E are out of scope.

C is the conclusion

D is the inference
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22 Nov 2010, 19:08
It a toughie - C.

The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

No wage increase ---- Means Strike
C -->E
Cause Doesnt Exist ---->Effect Doesnt exist
Wage Increase ---- Sell Subsidiaries(No Strike)

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike. Logical Opposite : Workers will be going on a strike - L.O will weaken the argument (conclusion) that subsidiaries will be sold. Correct Answer.
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23 Nov 2010, 00:34
Logical Opposite : Workers will be going on a strike.
The subsidiaries could still be sold, since as you have pointed out, the relationships are:
No wage increase ---- Means Strike
Wage Increase ---- Sell Subsidiaries

Which is:

No strike--Wage increase--sell subsidiaries.

For me the answer is C because No strike-->wage increase-->sell subsidiaries! Voilá!

However, I dont catch how the negation technique works in this example. Please clarify.

vicksikand wrote:
It a toughie - C.

The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

No wage increase ---- Means Strike
C -->E
Cause Doesnt Exist ---->Effect Doesnt exist
Wage Increase ---- Sell Subsidiaries(No Strike)

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike. Logical Opposite : Workers will be going on a strike - L.O will weaken the argument (conclusion) that subsidiaries will be sold. Correct Answer.

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03 Mar 2011, 03:01
Yeah why is E wrong? I picked E.
Conclusion is 'some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold'.
Premise is 'The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries'
Shouldn't one of the assumption be 'there is no other way to pacify the worker other than increasing the wages. This increase will cause the company to sell some of its subsidiaries.?'
Isn't this also a valid assumption?
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04 Mar 2012, 12:08
I initially chose A. However, after explanation from "cano", the answer C is clear.
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28 Jan 2015, 04:23
The conclusion is that bell will have to increase the wages and hence subsidiaries will be sold.

An assumption when negated makes the argument/conclusion fall apart.

E says Bell workers will not accept a package of improved benefits...suppose we negate it and say that Bell workers will accept a package of improved benefits...it will mean that the Bell will not need to increase the wages and hence subsidiaries will not be sold. Hence the conclusion falls part.

Can someone please explain as to why not E??

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gmatcracker2010 wrote:
The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

Workers will go on strike if management doesn't increase wages.
To increase wages Bell needs to sell subsidiaries. Subsidiaries will be sold if we assume that:
Management will increase wages. Then workers will not go on strike.
We should find one of these assumptions in the answer choices:

A. Not inferred from the passage, because Bell could sell subsidiaries and not suffer losses.
B. Then Bell's subsidiaries don't need to be sold and workers will go on strike. Since the conclusion is that subsidiaries will be sold, one of the assumptions is that the management will increase wages, opposite to this option.
C. If we assume that the workers will not go on strike, is because the management increased the wages, and will sell some subsidiaries. This is properly drawn with the conclusion of the argument.
D. It's not relevant. He can offer, he can also sell subsidiaries. But this assumption doesn't help us here.
E. If they will not accept a package, it means that the management decided not to increase the wages and decided not to sell some subsidiaries. It goes against the conclusion.

According to this reasoning, C is the best option.
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07 Feb 2015, 06:59
The conclusion is that some of the Bell's subsidiaries will be sold, for:
1. The workers will strike if salaries not increased.
2. The Bell's president is aware that the company have to sell some subsidiaries to increase their workers' salaries.
The author must assume that the president have the authority to make the decision to whether increase the worker's salaries or to sell the salaries.
A - Not necessarily. This scenario can be prevented by increasing the salary
B - Opposite answer. If so, why have to sell subsidiaries?
C - Opposite answer. If so, why have to sell subsidiaries?
D - CORRECT.
E - Explicitly said that they need their salaries increased.
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