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A factory in China has two options to improve efficiency: adding robot

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A factory in China has two options to improve efficiency: adding robotic assembly lines and subcontracting out certain small production goals that could be done more efficiently elsewhere. Adding robotic assembly lines will improve efficiency more than subcontracting some small production goals. Therefore, by adding robotic assembly lines, the factory will be doing the most that can be done to improve efficiency.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?


(A) Adding robotic assembly lines will be more expensive than subcontracting some small production goals.

(B) The factory has a choice of robotic assembly lines, some of which might be better suited to this factory than others.

(C) The factory may or may not decide to choose either alternative.

(D) Efficiency cannot be improved more by using both methods together than by adding robotic assembly lines alone.

(E) This particular factory is already the third most efficient factory in China.



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2 options to improve efficiency - 1) Add Robotic Assembly Lines 2) Subcontract
Robotic assembly lines > Subcontracting
Conclusion: the factory will be doing the most that can be done to improve efficiency.

(A) Adding robotic assembly lines will be more expensive than subcontracting some small production goals. - Incorrect. Out of scope.

(B) The factory has a choice of robotic assembly lines, some of which might be better suited to this factory than others. - Incorrect. Out of scope.

(C) The factory may or may not decide to choose either alternative. - Incorrect. Out of scope.

(D) Efficiency cannot be improved more by using both methods together than by adding robotic assembly lines alone. - Correct. Negate D and the conclusion breaks down.

(E) This particular factory is already the third most efficient factory in China. - Incorrect. Irrelevant.

Answer: D
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A factory in China has two options to improve efficiency: adding robotic assembly lines and subcontracting out certain small production goals that could be done more efficiently elsewhere. Adding robotic assembly lines will improve efficiency more than subcontracting some small production goals. Therefore, by adding robotic assembly lines, the factory will be doing the most that can be done to improve efficiency.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) Adding robotic assembly lines will be more expensive than subcontracting some small production goals.
Expenses are not the concern in the argument
(B) The factory has a choice of robotic assembly lines, some of which might be better suited to this factory than others.
out of scope
(C) The factory may or may not decide to choose either alternative.
The may decide to choose either option but not choosing an option is not a clear assumption here and is not indicated int the argument as well.
(D) Efficiency cannot be improved more by using both methods together than by adding robotic assembly lines alone.
Most suitable answer choice by process of elimination,also if efficiency is the goal then why both methods can not be adopted together? and this choice addresses this concern.
(E) This particular factory is already the third most efficient factory in China.
Out of scope as the efficiency rankings are irrelevant.
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A factory in China has two options to improve efficiency: adding robotic assembly lines and subcontracting out certain small production goals that could be done more efficiently elsewhere. Adding robotic assembly lines will improve efficiency more than subcontracting some small production goals. Therefore, by adding robotic assembly lines, the factory will be doing the most that can be done to improve efficiency.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) Adding robotic assembly lines will be more expensive than subcontracting some small production goals.
(B) The factory has a choice of robotic assembly lines, some of which might be better suited to this factory than others.
(C) The factory may or may not decide to choose either alternative.
(D) Efficiency cannot be improved more by using both methods together than by adding robotic assembly lines alone.
(E) This particular factory is already the third most efficient factory in China.


Scope: That there is a scope to increase the efficiency and that the other options are not that effective.

D says exactly the same that company cannot be more efficient if they use both the methods. Negating the option shatters the conclusion that “the factory will be doing the most that can be done to improve efficiency”
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