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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 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 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.

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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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+1 C

If the number of cola and ice tea bottles are the same at the begining, we can infere that the demand of ice tea is greater than that of colas.
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Picked C.
The most apparent weakness in the stem lies in the numbers presented. May be the cooler had only 4 ice teas to begin with and 30 colas! Thus ordering for more ice teas is unjustified. However C eliminate this by stating that the no. of colas and ice teas were equal. Hence now we know that ice teas did infact sell more than colas!

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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 think OA : C is right.

The conclusion will only be valid if the cooler had equal number of cola and tea drinks in the first place.

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I disagree with the OA, What do you think?
a. certainly wouldn't help
b. even if one claims that the prize money increased ice tea demand, it says nothing about how demand for cola was affected. hence incomplete
c. since we started off with the same number we can certainly arrive at how demand for ice tea was impacted more.. correct answer
d. again nothing is suggested about cola..
e. this definitely does not strengthen the rationale

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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


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I disagree with the OA, What do you think?
a. certainly wouldn't help
b. even if one claims that the prize money increased ice tea demand, it says nothing about how demand for cola was affected. hence incomplete
c. since we started off with the same number we can certainly arrive at how demand for ice tea was impacted more.. correct answer
d. again nothing is suggested about cola..
e. this definitely does not strengthen the rationale


At the end of the day, the number of iced tea was less than cola though the day started with same number of cola and ice-tea. what is in more demand?

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cant agree more with the OA. C is logically perfect.

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amablema wrote:
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.

Agree with OA C is correct
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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.

Agree with OA C is correct
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Straight C.

Since equal amounts of both drinks were available initially, it is not unreasonable to conclude that cola is not selling because it simply is not as popular as the iced tea, hence manager's intended action can be justified.

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Its obviously C. Its logically derived too.

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I agree with OA...Clearly C.
Pre-thinking: if shopkeepers stores 30 bottles of cola and 30 bottles of ice-tea (peach ice tea...wow) and at the end of the day 15 cola and 3 ice-tea remains then shopkeeper is right.

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I understand why C is right but I don't get how A is irrelevant. What if the store has multiple coolers and in totality coca cola was consumed more then buying more ice tea doesn't make sense. Please suggest

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