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Tiger sharks are common in the waters surrounding Tenare Island. Usually tiger sharks feed on smaller sharks, but sometimes they have attacked tourists swimming and surfing at Tenare's beaches. This has hurt Tenare's tourism industry, which is second only to its fishing industry in annual revenues. In order to help the economy, therefore, the mayor of the island has proposed an ongoing program to kill any tiger sharks within a mile of the beaches.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly calls into question the likelihood that implementation of the mayor's proposal will have the desired consequence?

(A) Even if not all the tiger sharks that come close to the beaches are killed, the existence of the program would reassure tourists.
(B) Business owners who depend on tourism are willing to pay most of the cost of implementing the program.
(C) Tourists come to Tenare Island for its beaches, even though the island features a number of other tourist attractions.
(D) The small sharks on which tiger sharks prey feed on fish that are commercially important to the island's fisheries.
(E) Not all tourists who come to Tenare Island enjoy swimming or surfing.

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how do small sharks come in picture to cast doubts on whether Mayor's strategy will work or not.
All that the Mayor is stating is killing of Tiger sharks and not small sharks. I marked E and its wrong.
Can somebody guide me?
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Tiger sharks are common in the waters surrounding Tenare Island. Usually tiger sharks feed on smaller sharks, but sometimes they have attacked tourists swimming and surfing at Tenare's beaches. This has hurt Tenare's tourism industry, which is second only to its fishing industry in annual revenues. In order to help the economy, therefore, the mayor of the island has proposed an ongoing program to kill any tiger sharks within a mile of the beaches.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly calls into question the likelihood that implementation of the mayor's proposal will have the desired consequence?

(A) Even if not all the tiger sharks that come close to the beaches are killed, the existence of the program would reassure tourists.
(B) Business owners who depend on tourism are willing to pay most of the cost of implementing the program.
(C) Tourists come to Tenare Island for its beaches, even though the island features a number of other tourist attractions.
(D) The small sharks on which tiger sharks prey feed on fish that are commercially important to the island's fisheries.
(E) Not all tourists who come to Tenare Island enjoy swimming or surfing.

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how do small sharks come in picture to cast doubts on whether Mayor's strategy will work or not.
All that the Mayor is stating is killing of Tiger sharks and not small sharks. I marked E and its wrong.

Can somebody guide me?

Very tricky,

(D) The small sharks on which tiger sharks prey feed on fish that are commercially important to the island's fisheries.

small shark...feed on fish (small shark eats small fishes)

when tiger sharks will be killed then the number of small sharks will increase then these small sharks will eat the small fishes ,which are commercially important to generate revenue.
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If we rewrite this stimulus, then it may be .

Tiger sharks Usually feed on smaller sharks and sometimes attack tourists -when tourists swim at Tenare's beaches. This "attack" hurts Tenare's tourism industry that is second annual revenue producing source in relation to fishing industry. To help the economy, therefore, the mayor offered a program to kill any tiger sharks within a mile of swimming areas of the beaches.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly calls into question the likelihood that implementation of the mayor's proposal will have the desired consequence?

For which of the following, mayor's program may not be better suited for helping economy or increasing revenue?

As per my understanding in weakening question ,action is firstly to find the alternative-----show the relationship is reverse- and------secondly to prove the coclusion is not tenable.

however, here you can use any of them, because you have to show that the program will not bring intended result in helping economy by increasing revenue.

(A) Even if not all the tiger sharks that come close to the beaches are killed, the existence of the program would reassure tourists.----here this support the argument. because this ensures the potential tourists advent, thereby causing huge revenue. this show that the mayor program still best suited for its achieving goal-to increase revenues.
(B) Business owners who depend on tourism are willing to pay most of the cost of implementing the program. who will bear the cost of the program is not our concern. but the concern is to whether the program will be successful for achieving revenue or not.though it indirectly support the argument, it does not tell the success of the program.
(C) Tourists come to Tenare Island for its beaches, even though the island features a number of other tourist attractions. it may be that the main tourist attractions are to swimming and surfing in Tenare beaches rather than Tenare Island attracting features. this event produces huge revenue, but tiger shark causes hurt these tourists, tourists will not come again and dispense a dire feelings among potential roamers. this will hurt revenue, so this program must be implement for certaining the economy from the losses. this is strenthening the argument not weakening the argument. but if you say, this option is irrelevant, i will not absolutely disagree with you......
(D) The small sharks on which tiger sharks prey feed on fish that are commercially important to the island's fisheries.
(E) Not all tourists who come to Tenare Island enjoy swimming or surfing. this entails some possibilty for some tourists to be attacked by the tiger sharks if they swim in the beaches.-----what the stimulus says ----but sometimes they have attacked tourists swimming and surfing at Tenare's beaches.----------it says tourists swimming and surfing, here swimming and surfing modifies the tourists who are in the beaches for tiger shark's reach. so you can not attack the argument by the same line from the stimulus. and it also true that if some of tourists be attacked by the tiger sharks, other tourists will not be motivated to visit this beaches, i think they will disseminate the bad experience from the beaches to their close one or potential visitors to the beaches.

in D what it says ? our concern is to weaken the program that will not bring intended result in increasing revenues, ok?
D says----
tiger shaks feed small shark
small shark feed fish
fish are first revenue producing industry in Tenare
: if the program be succeed , then small sharks will easily feed on the fish that is 1st revenues generating sector in the beaches, causing negative impact on the economy
: if the program is not be succeeded , the small sharks will be reduced in number and feed on fish,this event will increase the fish and revenue for tenare.

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15 Jul 2012, 00:16
Opps i got this wrong. I chose E. I didnt understand D at first, i thought Tiger Sharks are feeding small sharks, with careful reading found out, it is not so!

My take away from HeyGMAT's Explanation - To be careful while choosing options with some,not many, a few sort of wordings. This one is going to my exception list! +1 to you HeyGMAT!
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15 Jul 2012, 01:38
[quote="asax"]Opps i got this wrong. I chose E. I didnt understand D at first, i thought Tiger Sharks are feeding small sharks, with careful reading found out, it is not so!

My take away from HeyGMAT's Explanation - To be careful while choosing options with some,not many, a few sort of wordings. This one is going to my exception list! +1 to you HeyGMAT!

thanks for recalling adverb but dire word choices----some, none, all,most............
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Sometimes we tend to overcalculate and drag the water. on GMAT test stay focus, first of all, on WHAT we are looking for

here is a weakening question. Sharks haven't got kill.

Conclusion: In order to help the economy, therefore, the mayor of the island has proposed an ongoing program to kill any tiger sharks within a mile of the beaches.

Economy rely on fishing, sharks are useful for fishing. That's it. D it is..............50 seconds
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maybeam wrote:
Tiger sharks are common in the waters surrounding Tenare Island. Usually tiger sharks feed on smaller sharks, but sometimes they have attacked tourists swimming and surfing at Tenare's beaches. This has hurt Tenare's tourism industry, which is second only to its fishing industry in annual revenues. In order to help the economy, therefore, the mayor of the island has proposed an ongoing program to kill any tiger sharks within a mile of the beaches.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly calls into question the likelihood that implementation of the mayor's proposal will have the desired consequence?

(D) The small sharks on which tiger sharks prey feed on fish that are commercially important to the island's fisheries.

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how do small sharks come in picture to cast doubts on whether Mayor's strategy will work or not.
All that the Mayor is stating is killing of Tiger sharks and not small sharks. I marked E and its wrong.
Can somebody guide me?

The Tenare Island is famous because of 2 things:

- Beaches where the tourists go swimming and surfing
- Fishing activities here

If the tiger sharks did not existed near the beaches, this species would not control the smaller sharks, the main hunter of fish that is important factor to attract tourism.

So, the conclusion (Killing the tiger sharks to help the economy) will be collapsed.
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Sometimes we tend to overcalculate and drag the water. on GMAT test stay focus, first of all, on WHAT we are looking for

here is a weakening question. Sharks haven't got kill.

Conclusion: In order to help the economy, therefore, the mayor of the island has proposed an ongoing program to kill any tiger sharks within a mile of the beaches.

Economy rely on fishing, sharks are useful for fishing. That's it. D it is..............50 seconds

Hii Carcass, can you please elaborate your explanation.
Need explanation on blue shaded portion. How did you deduce that sharks are useful for fishing?

Anyways here is my take:
Tiger shark feed on smaller sharks. These smaller sharks feed on small fishes. These fishes contribute a lot to the economy.
If Tiger sharks are killed, then the # of smaller sharks will increase. As their numbers increase, more and more small fishes will be eaten by these sharks. Since the # of fishes will reduce, then it will impact the economy.
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carcass wrote:
Sometimes we tend to overcalculate and drag the water. on GMAT test stay focus, first of all, on WHAT we are looking for

here is a weakening question. Sharks haven't got kill.

Conclusion: In order to help the economy, therefore, the mayor of the island has proposed an ongoing program to kill any tiger sharks within a mile of the beaches.

Economy rely on fishing, sharks are useful for fishing. That's it. D it is..............50 seconds

Hii Carcass, can you please elaborate your explanation.
Need explanation on blue shaded portion. How did you deduce that sharks are useful for fishing?

Anyways here is my take:
Tiger shark feed on smaller sharks. These smaller sharks feed on small fishes. These fishes contribute a lot to the economy.
If Tiger sharks are killed, then the # of smaller sharks will increase. As their numbers increase, more and more small fishes will be eaten by these sharks. Since the # of fishes will reduce, then it will impact the economy.

yes thts the correct reasoning as stated above TS--Small sharks--fish and the whole pt of theplan was to help the economy which is dependent on fishing.
so less fish=bad economy=plan fails
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here's the basic deal:
* economy has 2 main pillars: TOURISM and FISHING
* tiger sharks are hurting TOURISM
* mayor wants to help TOURISM by killing tiger sharks

if you want to weaken this argument, you want to show that killing the tiger sharks will have a deleterious effect on the other pillar of the economy - namely, FISHING. (note how much more obvious this is if you diagram the passage, as i've roughly done above).

choice d is correct, because it shows that, while killing tiger sharks may be good for TOURISM, it will be bad for FISHING (which, the passage asserts, is ultimately a more important industry).

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choice a has the opposite effect: it actually strengthens the mayor's policy, by assuring that there will be a positive effect even if the program is not carried out to the fullest.

choice b is neutral (transferring $from businesses neither infuses$ into the economy nor removes $from the economy). choice c strengthens the policy, because it underscores the idea that the beaches are critical to the economy (and therefore that removal of the tiger sharks is of paramount importance) choice e is irrelevant, because the non-beach tourists have no bearing on the issue either way. _________________ Senior Manager Joined: 27 Jul 2014 Posts: 340 Schools: ISB '15 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 15 Re: Tiger sharks are common in the waters surrounding Tenare [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Sep 2015, 04:06 souvik101990 wrote: here's the basic deal: * economy has 2 main pillars: TOURISM and FISHING * tiger sharks are hurting TOURISM * mayor wants to help TOURISM by killing tiger sharks if you want to weaken this argument, you want to show that killing the tiger sharks will have a deleterious effect on the other pillar of the economy - namely, FISHING. (note how much more obvious this is if you diagram the passage, as i've roughly done above). choice d is correct, because it shows that, while killing tiger sharks may be good for TOURISM, it will be bad for FISHING (which, the passage asserts, is ultimately a more important industry). wrong answers: choice a has the opposite effect: it actually strengthens the mayor's policy, by assuring that there will be a positive effect even if the program is not carried out to the fullest. choice b is neutral (transferring$ from businesses neither infuses $into the economy nor removes$ from the economy).

choice c strengthens the policy, because it underscores the idea that the beaches are critical to the economy (and therefore that removal of the tiger sharks is of paramount importance)

choice e is irrelevant, because the non-beach tourists have no bearing on the issue either way.

HI Souvik,

I kinda understand the logic behind D , that mayor is actually carrying out this share kill activity to increase economy , but this will backfire as per D where fishing industry which is also equally important to economy will get effected so D is Optimum choice.

But can shed light on Option E

What my understanding was that, this entire entire shark killing activity is to increase tourism at the beaches, but as mentioned in option not all tourists enjoy swimming or surfing , and thus this activity might fail to deliver its purpose by wasting mayors valuable money on killing sharks and this would not help economy

In order of not to confuse I can re state it like this, mayor invested 1000$in killing sharks and the revenue from increased tourism was just 500$ as "Not all tourists enjoy swimming and surfing"
So this also weakens the conclusion.

It can be that I might be over assuming but I feel E was also a good contender.

What are your views on this.
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Answer D. Because Small Shark has a negative effect on Fisheries industry, so kill Tiger Shark => increase small shark => effect the economy.
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Straight D.
Why this is tagged as debatable OA??
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