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# A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that

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WE 2: Private Equity ($2bn generalist fund) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 7 A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that [#permalink] ### Show Tags 24 Aug 2008, 06:05 00:00 Difficulty: (N/A) Question Stats: 50% (04:25) correct 50% (01:33) wrong based on 4 sessions ### HideShow timer Statistics A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that the percentage of action films that received the survey's highest rating was greater than the percentage of romance films that received the highest rating. Yet, the survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determines a feature film's popular appeal, since the action films were all directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film. Question 1: The statements above, if true, support which of the following inferences? A) Fewer romance films than action films received the survey's highest rating B) There is no relationship between the popular appeal of the feature films evaluated in the survey and any previous successes of the directors of those films. C) If consumers were surveyed regarding their impressions of big-budget mainstream films, the percentage of romance films that would receive the survey's highest ratings would be lower than the percentage of action films that would receive the highest rating. D) Experienced filmmakers are more likely to produce hit films than are new filmmakers E) Among directors with the same number of hit films to their credit, differences in the subject matter of their feature films may not affect the way the films are popularly rated. Question 2: A The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmmaking tale B) Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director. C) Action films generally require larger budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film directors. D) It is rare for the films of first-time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit. E) Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films. I got the first question wrong, second one right. I'm still confused after reading the official explanation. Please post your reasoning. Thank you! Intern Joined: 29 Jul 2008 Posts: 28 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: Movie Surveys (2 questions) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 24 Aug 2008, 09:08 X - subject matter does not determine the popular appeal of the film (action vs romance) Y - filmmakers with one hit film to their credit decide the popular appeal In other words - It is hit filmmakers who decide on the popular appeal and not the subject matter of the film. Q1) IMO E Q2) IMO D Intern Joined: 10 Aug 2008 Posts: 22 Schools: Emory Goizueta (Class of 2013) WE 1: Management consultant WE 2: Marketing consultant Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 1 Re: CR: Movie Surveys (2 questions) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 25 Aug 2008, 00:43 D for both For question 1, E is too far Director Joined: 03 Sep 2006 Posts: 873 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 896 [0], given: 33 Re: CR: Movie Surveys (2 questions) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 25 Aug 2008, 02:34 First one should be "D". A is wrong as the question just mentiond about precentages and not the real numbers of films for the each category. Second one should be "D", this is more easier than first one. "D" and "D". Intern Joined: 27 Aug 2007 Posts: 34 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: Movie Surveys (2 questions) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 25 Aug 2008, 07:20 D and D for me too. Senior Manager Joined: 06 Apr 2008 Posts: 437 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 155 [0], given: 1 Re: CR: Movie Surveys (2 questions) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 25 Aug 2008, 08:48 IMO D) and D) Current Student Joined: 08 Oct 2007 Posts: 169 Location: Berkeley, CA Schools: Berkeley-Haas MBA WE 1: Investment Management (fund of funds) WE 2: Private Equity ($2bn generalist fund)
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27 Aug 2008, 12:55
OA:

1) E
2) D
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09 Sep 2008, 16:02

1) E
2) C
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09 Sep 2008, 17:14
D and D ... btw whats the quetion stem for the second one (is it same as 1st one)
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09 Sep 2008, 19:14
stopper5 wrote:
A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that the percentage of action films that received the survey's highest rating was greater than the percentage of romance films that received the highest rating. Yet, the survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determines a feature film's popular appeal, since the action films were all directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film.

Question 1:
The statements above, if true, support which of the following inferences?

A) Fewer romance films than action films received the survey's highest rating
B) There is no relationship between the popular appeal of the feature films evaluated in the survey and any previous successes of the directors of those films.
C) If consumers were surveyed regarding their impressions of big-budget mainstream films, the percentage of romance films that would receive the survey's highest ratings would be lower than the percentage of action films that would receive the highest rating.
D) Experienced filmmakers are more likely to produce hit films than are new filmmakers
E) Among directors with the same number of hit films to their credit, differences in the subject matter of their feature films may not affect the way the films are popularly rated.

Question 2:
A The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmmaking tale
B) Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director.
C) Action films generally require larger budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film directors.
D) It is rare for the films of first-time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit.
E) Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the
largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for
their subsequent films.

I got the first question wrong, second one right. I'm still confused after reading the official explanation. Please post your reasoning. Thank you!

IMO E for Q1
But where is Q2
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Re: CR: Movie Surveys (2 questions) [#permalink]

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09 Sep 2008, 20:16
I agree

E is the answer for Q1 ... D refers to the assumption rather than the inference

For Q2, all options other than D refer to extra information that is not part of the argument (budget etc) ... so D is the answer
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10 Sep 2008, 16:19
linfongyu wrote:

1) E
2) C

Sorry all, and thanks linfongyu for correcting me there. I hate it when people post the wrong OAs and I'm very sorry for the typo.

The OA is

1) E
2) C

also, this is what the second question is asking:

Each of the following, if true, supports the author's contention that the organizers misinterpreted the survey data EXCEPT
A) The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmmaking tale
B) Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director.
C) Action films generally require larger budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film directors.
D) It is rare for the films of first-time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit.
E) Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the
largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for
their subsequent films.

I had difficulties with the first question (not the one I just pasted above). My answer for the first question was D as well. Can someone please give a good explanation as to why the OA says answer is E?

The source for this question is Kaplan 800 - Verbal (question 12 of CR section).

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11 Dec 2011, 10:15
I chose E & C for 1st & 2nd question respectively. However, I was extremely confused between D & E for 1st question because:
"Yet, the survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determines a feature film's popular appeal"

Why the hell they mentioned probably there - it confused me big time; couldn't say with certainty that subject doesn't matter but rather hit experience of director matters?
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11 Dec 2011, 10:42
Yet, the survey organizers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determines a feature film's popular appeal, since the action films were all directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film.

In question 1:
D) Experienced filmmakers are more likely to produce hit films than are new filmmakers => This is a kind of Shell Game answer. If we read carefully again the premise in the argument. We will realize that the is no evidence to prove that Experienced filmmakers have more chances to produce hit films than are new filmmakers. Actually, I confessed that I was cheated by this answer in the first time face it.

E) Among directors with the same number of hit films to their credit, differences in the subject matter of their feature films may not affect the way the films are popularly rated. => this mean that, if experienced filmmakers direct whether action or romance. Their films will not be affected negatively as the new filmmakers get. So, this is the correct answer.

Please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks
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11 Dec 2011, 10:44
Each of the following, if true, supports the author's contention that the organizers misinterpreted the survey data EXCEPT
A) The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmmaking tale
B) Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director.
C) Action films generally require larger budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film directors.
D) It is rare for the films of first-time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit.
E) Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films.

Only choice C is irrelevant to asnwer the question why the survey is errorous
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11 Dec 2011, 14:11
I go with D and C
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12 Dec 2011, 00:46
E and C.
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