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A convenience store manager noticed that a cooler which had been stocked with only a cola product and an iced-tea product had 15 colas left at the end of the day but only 3 iced-tea beverages. As a result, the manager reasoned that he should increase the amount of iced tea and decrease the amount of cola he ordered from the distributor.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the manager's rationale for ordering more iced tea and less cola?


a. The cooler in question is the only place in the store where the cola and iced tea beverages are stocked.

b. On that day, a month-long $1,000,000 sweepstakes began, with prizes awarded via the bottlecaps on the iced tea beverage.

c. At the beginning of the day, the cooler was stocked with at least as many of the iced tea beverages as of the cola beverages.

d. On the subsequent day, the remaining three iced tea beverages all sold within the first hour after the store opened.

e. During that week, a special "buy one, get one free" sale was in effect for the cola beverage.

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(A): This is irrelevant.
(B): This actually weakens the manager's rationale. If there were prizes on offer for buying the iced-tea, then this, rather than real demand, could have pushed up the sales of iced tea.
(C): Correct. If there were an equal number of iced teas and colas to begin with, then a smaller number of iced teas being left at the end of the day points to greater demand for iced tea.
(D): This is irrelevant.
(E): This does strengthen the rationale, but C is better and more conclusive.

C it is.
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A convenience store manager noticed that a cooler which had been stocked with only a cola product and an iced-tea product had 15 colas left at the end of the day but only 3 iced-tea beverages. As a result, the manager reasoned that he should increase the amount of iced tea and decrease the amount of cola he ordered from the distributor.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the manager's rationale for ordering more iced tea and less cola?

a. The cooler in question is the only place in the store where the cola and iced tea beverages are stocked.
b. On that day, a month-long $1,000,000 sweepstakes began, with prizes awarded via the bottlecaps on the iced tea beverage.
c. At the beginning of the day, the cooler was stocked with at least as many of the iced tea beverages as of the cola beverages.
d. On the subsequent day, the remaining three iced tea beverages all sold within the first hour after the store opened.
e. During that week, a special "buy one, get one free" sale was in effect for the cola beverage.



1) Challenge Question: "How is it that he should increased iced tea orders from distributor?"
Answer: He is trying to say that he sold more iced-teas than colas so he should rebalance.

How do I strengthen this supporting leg?
--- help answer / explain exactly how iced teas sold more..

(C) gives us information that can let us show that iced tea sold more. What information did it give? That they were equally stocked in the beginning, and iced tea my have had even more in stock than cola yet it depleted more than cola. The "at least" equal stocking helps us get the information and lead us to conclude that more iced teas were sold. This helps strengthen argument by better clarifying our support leg.
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I disagree with the OA, What do you think?

A convenience store manager noticed that a cooler which had been stocked with only a cola product and an iced-tea product had 15 colas left at the end of the day but only 3 iced-tea beverages. As a result, the manager reasoned that he should increase the amount of iced tea and decrease the amount of cola he ordered from the distributor.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the manager's rationale for ordering more iced tea and less cola?

a. The cooler in question is the only place in the store where the cola and iced tea beverages are stocked.
b. On that day, a month-long $1,000,000 sweepstakes began, with prizes awarded via the bottlecaps on the iced tea beverage.
c. At the beginning of the day, the cooler was stocked with at least as many of the iced tea beverages as of the cola beverages.
d. On the subsequent day, the remaining three iced tea beverages all sold within the first hour after the store opened.
e. During that week, a special "buy one, get one free" sale was in effect for the cola beverage.
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I disagree with the OA, What do you think?

A convenience store manager noticed that a cooler which had been stocked with only a cola product and an iced-tea product had 15 colas left at the end of the day but only 3 iced-tea beverages. As a result, the manager reasoned that he should increase the amount of iced tea and decrease the amount of cola he ordered from the distributor.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the manager's rationale for ordering more iced tea and less cola?

Immediately after reading the question, we realize that the answer has to be one that will help us arrive at the number of colas and iced tea sold or the sales information in relative sense.

a. The cooler in question is the only place in the store where the cola and iced tea beverages are stocked. INCORRECT - We do not know how many cola and iced tea were sold.
b. On that day, a month-long $1,000,000 sweepstakes began, with prizes awarded via the bottlecaps on the iced tea beverage.INCORRECT - We cannot assume that sweepstakes would have increased the sales
c. At the beginning of the day, the cooler was stocked with at least as many of the iced tea beverages as of the cola beverages.CORRECT - We know that sales (units) of iced tea was more than colas
d. On the subsequent day, the remaining three iced tea beverages all sold within the first hour after the store opened.INCORRECT - Irrelevant
e. During that week, a special "buy one, get one free" sale was in effect for the cola beverage.INCORRECT - Irrelevant


Pre-thinking the answer is important.
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A convenience store manager noticed that a cooler which had been stocked with only a cola product and an iced-tea product had 15 colas left at the end of the day but only 3 iced-tea beverages. As a result, the manager reasoned that he should increase the amount of iced tea and decrease the amount of cola he ordered from the distributor.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the manager's rationale for ordering more iced tea and less cola?

a. The cooler in question is the only place in the store where the cola and iced tea beverages are stocked.
the argument says that the manager will buy more bottles from the distributor that means thet buying or selling is only from the store and not anyother place,about the cooler since it is the only source of sale mentioned then we take it as true.
b. On that day, a month-long $1,000,000 sweepstakes began, with prizes awarded via the bottlecaps on the iced tea beverage.
weakens the argument.
c. At the beginning of the day, the cooler was stocked with at least as many of the iced tea beverages as of the cola beverages.
THe correct answer because the argument will only stand true if the number of bottles of iced tea are equal to the number of bottles of cola.
d. On the subsequent day, the remaining three iced tea beverages all sold within the first hour after the store opened.
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e. During that week, a special "buy one, get one free" sale was in effect for the cola beverage.
strengthens the argument but it cannot be the main supporting point it may add on since we have a stronger option available.
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