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United Lumber will use trees from its forests for two products. The tree trunks will be used for lumber and the branches converted into wood chips to make fiberboard. The cost of this conversion would be the same whether done at the logging site, where the trees are debranched, or at United's factory. However, wood chips occupy less than half the volume of the branches from which they are made.

The information given, if accurate, most strongly supports which of the following?

A. Converting the branches into wood chips at the logging site would require transporting a fully assembled wood-chipping machine to and from the site.

B. It would be more economical to debranch the trees at the factory where the fiberboard is manufactured.

C. The debranching of trees and the conversion of the branches into chips are the only stages in the processing of branches that it would be in United's economic advantage to perform at the logging site.

D.Transportation costs from the logging site to the factory that are determined by volume of cargo would be lower if the conversion into chips is done at the logging site rather than at the factory.

E. In the wood-processing industry, branches are used only for the production of wood chips for fiberboard.
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I pick D.

Conclusion is that you need approx. 2 branches to make 1 wood chip.

Thus if transportation costs are determined by volume of cargo, it would be wise to convert all branches into chips at logging site....
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"Transportation costs from the logging site to the factory that are determined by volume of cargo would be lower if the conversion into chips is done at the logging site rather than at the factory. "

perfectly supports the last statement which points to transportation cost indirectly.
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United Lumber will use trees from its forests for two products. The tree trunks will be used for lumber and the branches converted into wood chips to make fiberboard. The cost of this conversion would be the same whether done at the logging site, where the trees are debranched, or at United's factory. However, wood chips occupy less than half the volume of the branches from which they are made.

The information given, if accurate, most strongly supports which of the following?

A. Converting the branches into wood chips at the logging site would require transporting a fully assembled wood-chipping machine to and from the site.

B. It would be more economical to debranch the trees at the factory where the fiberboard is manufactured.

C. The debranching of trees and the conversion of the branches into chips are the only stages in the processing of branches that it would be in United's economic advantage to perform at the logging site.

D.Transportation costs from the logging site to the factory that are determined by volume of cargo would be lower if the conversion into chips is done at the logging site rather than at the factory.

E. In the wood-processing industry, branches are used only for the production of wood chips for fiberboard.


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I do not have OA, but I selected D
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D shows that less volume , will cost less to transport
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I too join "D" club, what is OA for this question?.
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I am also for D and my reasoning is as follows:

First, the question is - what can we infer from the given argument.

A --> it is a FACT, not an inference. So rule out.
E --> No info is available to support this. So, rule out.

B --> It is a statement with no support. So, rule out.
C --> It is a statement with no support. So, rule out.

D --> It is a statement with SUPPORT from the last lines of the argument. So, selected.

Note: the same argument can be used to find something that weakens the given conclusion. In that case, answer would be A, because unless and until we know how much it costs to transport the machine from and to the factory, we can not conclude de-branching at the logging site is economical. Even if we know how much does it cost, we can not support the given conclusion because it depends on many trees are there in the site.
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I think "C" goes beyond the scope. From the passage we cannot conclude whether de-branching and conversion into chips are the ONLY steps of the production.
Thus (D) is more in the scope, repeating exactly what is in the text.
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I think "C" goes beyond the scope. From the passage we cannot conclude whether de-branching and conversion into chips are the ONLY steps of the production.
Thus (D) is more in the scope, repeating exactly what is in the text.
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took me 2.5 minutes to answer.Is it too much ?
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Swagatalakshmi wrote:
United Lumber will use trees from its forests for two products. The tree trunks will be used for lumber and the branches converted into wood chips to make fiberboard. The cost of this conversion would be the same whether done at the logging site, where the trees are debranched, or at United's factory. However, wood chips occupy less than half the volume of the branches from which they are made.

The information given, if accurate, most strongly supports which of the following?

A. Converting the branches into wood chips at the logging site would require transporting a fully assembled wood-chipping machine to and from the site.

B. It would be more economical to debranch the trees at the factory where the fiberboard is manufactured.

C. The debranching of trees and the conversion of the branches into chips are the only stages in the processing of branches that it would be in United's economic advantage to perform at the logging site.

D.Transportation costs from the logging site to the factory that are determined by volume of cargo would be lower if the conversion into chips is done at the logging site rather than at the factory.

E. In the wood-processing industry, branches are used only for the production of wood chips for fiberboard.



This is an inference question
only option D relates the cost with the volume. Hence all options are rejected.
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My confusion was between A and D. However, the question stem says that - The information given, if accurate, most strongly supports which of the following?


A (Converting the branches into wood chips at the logging site would require transporting a fully assembled wood-chipping machine to and from the site.) would be a valid assumption but nothing in the argument leads to this option.

Since the argument explicitly mentions volume - D would be a viable choice.
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