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# A bakery in neighbohood X sells cakes that are very

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A bakery in neighbohood X sells cakes that are very intricately created using a rare method that a bakery in nearby town Y used in previous years. Because of its complexity, the baking method is unlikely to have developed independently in both bakeries. One food critic theorized that the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers ar town Y's bakery.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the critic's theory?

A. Do bakers ever leave their own bakeries in order to socialize with other bakers?
B. Are baked goods ever bought from bakery to bakery?
C. Do bakers in town Y's bakery still employ the same method to create cakes?
D. Do food critics personally travel to local bakeries to sample their baked goods?
E. Does the bakery in neighborhood X sell any other tpes of baked good?

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I selected - A ,but the OA B, can any please explain why? and if some key identifier we should always consider for these types of question?
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A bakery in neighborhood X sells cakes that are very intricately created using a rare method that a bakery in nearby town Y used in previous years. Because of its complexity, the baking method is unlikely to have developed independently in both bakeries. One food critic theorized that the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers at town Y's bakery.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the critic's theory?

A. Do bakers ever leave their own bakeries in order to socialize with other bakers?
B. Are baked goods ever bought from bakery to bakery?
C. Do bakers in town Y's bakery still employ the same method to create cakes?
D. Do food critics personally travel to local bakeries to sample their baked goods?
E. Does the bakery in neighborhood X sell any other tpes of baked good?

This question has loop-holes but "A" looks better than "B".

Q: Do bakers ever leave their own bakeries in order to socialize with other bakers?
Ans: Yes. Now, there is a possibility that the bakers may share one another's recipes. However, possibility doesn't mean confirmation.
Ans: No. If the bakers never socialize with other bakers, the critic's theory cannot be true.

Q. Are baked goods ever bought from bakery to bakery?
Ans: Yes. Now, how such an intricate method to bake a cake can be learned or imitated just by receiving the baked good. Does the baked good contain cake? Although, there is a subtle possibility that the cake might have been imitated from the product received at X.
Ans: No. Yet, the bakers can go the other bakery and get a look at the cake.

I'd just ignore this question.
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26 Mar 2016, 15:43
How can B be better than A? Please explain.
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11 Sep 2017, 23:46
A bakery in neighbohood X sells cakes that are very intricately created using a rare method that a bakery in nearby town Y used in previous years. Because of its complexity, the baking method is unlikely to have developed independently in both bakeries. One food critic theorized that the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers ar town Y's bakery.

Critic theory :- One food critic theorized that the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers at town Y's bakery.

Premise :- they are complex so that they can't occur independently.
But why X learnt it from Y. X can learn it from somebody from the same town who has learnt it many years before from Y bakery.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the critic's theory?

A. Do bakers ever leave their own bakeries in order to socialize with other bakers?
If any bakers don't leave his bakery then there is no way that they can learn from each other.

B. Are baked goods ever bought from bakery to bakery?
yes:- baked goods bought from bakery to bakery. then it can mean neighborhood X sells cakes that are bought from Y. Weaken the critics theory.
No:- baked goods are not bought from bakery to bakery. Doesn't strengthen the critics theory. How would it ensure that - the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers at town Y's bakery.

A is better than B.
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12 Sep 2017, 22:30
would be great if I get to know the exact answer and logics
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10 Apr 2019, 20:42
IMO Option B is correct.
A. Do bakers ever leave their own bakeries in order to socialize with other bakers?
Here, Socializing doesn't mean they teach their baking methods to other bakers. Even if they do socialize, there is a chance that baking methods are not shared with others. If they don't socialize, we can't say anything regarding the baking methods.

Whereas with option B,if the answer is yes, then it would weaken the conclusion.

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20 Apr 2019, 09:18
I had to look this up because I was so sure there was a typo in answer choice B, which is tripping people up.

Rather than, "B. Are baked goods ever BOUGHT from bakery to bakery?" it should be: "B. Are baked goods ever BROUGHT from bakery to bakery?".

The former doesn't make sense—what does it mean for something to be bought from bakery to bakery? Once you realize it's BROUGHT, the answer is so much clearer. Bringing baked goods from one shop to another means the bakers had a chance to see/study/etc the baked goods to create a replica.

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24 Apr 2019, 04:53
nice question!
missed the subtle difference between A and B . I hope actual GMAT doesn't throw such question
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24 Apr 2019, 11:06
A bakery in neighbohood X sells cakes that are very intricately created using a rare method that a bakery in nearby town Y used in previous years. Because of its complexity, the baking method is unlikely to have developed independently in both bakeries. One food critic theorized that the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers ar town Y's bakery.

Critic theory :- One food critic theorized that the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers at town Y's bakery.

Premise :- they are complex so that they can't occur independently.
But why X learnt it from Y. X can learn it from somebody from the same town who has learnt it many years before from Y bakery.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the critic's theory?

A. Do bakers ever leave their own bakeries in order to socialize with other bakers?
If any bakers don't leave his bakery then there is no way that they can learn from each other.

B. Are baked goods ever bought from bakery to bakery?
yes:- baked goods bought from bakery to bakery. then it can mean neighborhood X sells cakes that are bought from Y. Weaken the critics theory.
No:- baked goods are not bought from bakery to bakery. Doesn't strengthen the critics theory. How would it ensure that - the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers at town Y's bakery.

A is better than B.

Can we say that the goods and cake mans same in this case ?
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24 Apr 2019, 12:53
Since the critic theory talks about learning the method from bakers at town Y, why can't we consider C as the answer
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14 Jul 2019, 00:11
My choice was E. I was also thinking between B and E. Later, I thought, the bakery could also have learned the technique without buying from y (for example, their representative go to y and independently buy y's cake).
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14 Jul 2019, 10:30
How can B be the right answer? We are talking about cake. What if baked goods other than cake is being bought? What if the buying of baked goods is limited to the bakeries within same neighborhood? In either scenario choice B becomes irrelevant for evaluation.
On the other hand, there should be some socialization between cooks to learn baking which makes A a better choice.

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18 Jul 2019, 08:22
Pankaj1Agarwal wrote:
Resolve for A and B

The differences between the choices are rather vague. So, in order to choose (A) over (B) or (B) over (A), you have to make up an unsupported story.

Making up stories that are not supported is not an effective method for correctly answering CR questions. Any logical connections used to support choosing a choice should be clearly supported by either information provided by the passage or by the answer choice or common sense.

Since none of the choices in this question are clearly logically connected to the passage by such information, this question is not representative of how GMAT CR questions work.
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A bakery in neighbohood X sells cakes that are very intricately created using a rare method that a bakery in nearby town Y used in previous years. Because of its complexity, the baking method is unlikely to have developed independently in both bakeries. One food critic theorized that the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers ar town Y's bakery.

Critic theory :- One food critic theorized that the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers at town Y's bakery.

Premise :- they are complex so that they can't occur independently.
But why X learnt it from Y. X can learn it from somebody from the same town who has learnt it many years before from Y bakery.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the critic's theory?

A. Do bakers ever leave their own bakeries in order to socialize with other bakers?
If any bakers don't leave his bakery then there is no way that they can learn from each other.

B. Are baked goods ever bought from bakery to bakery?
yes:- baked goods bought from bakery to bakery. then it can mean neighborhood X sells cakes that are bought from Y. Weaken the critics theory.
No:- baked goods are not bought from bakery to bakery. Doesn't strengthen the critics theory. How would it ensure that - the bakers at neighborhood X's bakery must have learned the method from the bakers at town Y's bakery.

A is better than B.

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Just because the baker did not leave his or her bakery, doesn't mean that there is no other way. Maybe the recipe was spread across through word of mouth ! Or Maybe the bakers had another mode of communication!
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05 Aug 2019, 10:59
I guess this question is a poorly worded adaptation of the official GMAT question: https://gmatclub.com/forum/metal-rings- ... 20799.html
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