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A poll conducted last month suggested that a McDonald’s branch with a displayed specials menu was more likely to sell super-size meals, even if they weren’t specials. The manager of McDonald’s came to the conclusion that having a displayed specials menu makes customers more likely to super-size orders since the specials menu features large, mouth-watering images of food. Which of the following, if true, would bolster the McDonald’s manager’s interpretation?

A. According to the poll, customers who ordinarily super-sized their orders tended to order less food when the specials menu was not displayed.
B. 80% percent of those surveyed who ordered the super-sized meals did not order a special.
C. When the specials menu was taken down to be cleaned, no one purchased any specials.
D. Most of the customers who super-sized their orders responded that they had seen the specials menu prior to ordering.
E. The Burger King restaurant next door without a specials menu reported fewer “super-size” sales than the surveyed restaurant.

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Originally posted by SajjadAhmad on 22 Sep 2017, 10:08.
Last edited by SajjadAhmad on 28 Oct 2018, 05:05, edited 2 times in total.
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B is surely wrong.
C is not strong enough. In fact, C only tells that there will be customers if the special menus are present.
A is right b/c of "less food", => supports "likely to sell super sized meals"
E is wrong b/c of quantity, not the size and b/c other restaurants.
D is not an answer b/c there is no relationship between "seen" and "order"
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D?
The manager supposes it is because of the images. So we have to confirm it is indeed because the customers saw the images. That is what D suggests.
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SajjadAhmad wrote:
A poll conducted last month suggested that a McDonald’s branch with a displayed specials menu was more likely to sell super-size meals, even if they weren’t specials. The manager of McDonald’s came to the conclusion that having a displayed specials menu makes customers more likely to super-size orders since the specials menu features large, mouth-watering images of food. Which of the following, if true, would bolster the McDonald’s manager’s interpretation?

A According to the poll, customers who ordinarily super-sized their orders tended to order less food when the specials menu was not displayed.
B 80% percent of those surveyed who ordered the super-sized meals did not order a special.
C When the specials menu was taken down to be cleaned, no one purchased any specials.
D Most of the customers who super-sized their orders responded that they had seen the specials menu prior to ordering.
E The Burger King restaurant next door without a specials menu reported fewer “super-size” sales than the surveyed restaurant.


Do we have an OE?

I chose D. The argument is about the size of the order NOT the number of orders. Even the conclusion states that "having a displayed specials menu makes customers more likely to super-size orders since the specials menu features large, mouth-watering images of food"; nowhere the argument talks about the # of orders.

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The argument can be strengthened by showing that when cause does not exist, effect also does not exist. Hence A.

It was hard to choose between A and D. D talks about customers seeing the displayed menu whereas the question requires us to show a causal relationship between displayed menu( not necessarily same as customers seeing the menu) and customers giving super-sized orders. Nice question!
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SajjadAhmad wrote:
A poll conducted last month suggested that a McDonald’s branch with a displayed specials menu was more likely to sell super-size meals, even if they weren’t specials. The manager of McDonald’s came to the conclusion that having a displayed specials menu makes customers more likely to super-size orders since the specials menu features large, mouth-watering images of food. Which of the following, if true, would bolster the McDonald’s manager’s interpretation?

A According to the poll, customers who ordinarily super-sized their orders tended to order less food when the specials menu was not displayed.
B 80% percent of those surveyed who ordered the super-sized meals did not order a special.
C When the specials menu was taken down to be cleaned, no one purchased any specials.
D Most of the customers who super-sized their orders responded that they had seen the specials menu prior to ordering.
E The Burger King restaurant next door without a specials menu reported fewer “super-size” sales than the surveyed restaurant.


Hi SajjadAhmad,

Could you please post the OE of this question.

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SajjadAhmad wrote:
A poll conducted last month suggested that a McDonald’s branch with a displayed specials menu was more likely to sell super-size meals, even if they weren’t specials. The manager of McDonald’s came to the conclusion that having a displayed specials menu makes customers more likely to super-size orders since the specials menu features large, mouth-watering images of food. Which of the following, if true, would bolster the McDonald’s manager’s interpretation?

A According to the poll, customers who ordinarily super-sized their orders tended to order less food when the specials menu was not displayed.
B 80% percent of those surveyed who ordered the super-sized meals did not order a special.
C When the specials menu was taken down to be cleaned, no one purchased any specials.
D Most of the customers who super-sized their orders responded that they had seen the specials menu prior to ordering.
E The Burger King restaurant next door without a specials menu reported fewer “super-size” sales than the surveyed restaurant.


Hi SajjadAhmad,

Could you please post the OE of this question.

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Here is the Official Explanation

(A) is the correct choice. Since we’re trying to “bolster,” or strengthen, the manager’s interpretation, it’s helpful to ask, “why?” Why would seeing pictures of food cause customers to order more food? The correct choice will reinforce the stated cause/effect relationship. We can strengthen the claim that visual stimulation causes an increase in desire for food by showing that there is an increase in desire for food in the presence of visual stimulation or by showing that there is a reduced desire for food in the absence of visual stimulation. Answer choice (A) strengthens the manager’s interpretation by suggesting that customers ordered less food when the specials menu was not displayed.

(B), this answer choice does not help relate the visual cue of the specials menu to ordering a super-size meal, and therefore would not bolster the manager’s conclusion.

(C), this choice is out of scope. The argument is only concerned with linking the visual images of food to the increased number of “super-sized” orders. The ordering of the specials themselves is tertiary.

(D), just because seeing the specials menu and super-sizing an order are correlated does not mean that there is a cause/effect relationship between the two variables. Customers may have ordered super-sized meals for any number of reasons other than seeing the specials menu prior to ordering. For example, if the super-sized orders came with a free drink, customers may prefer super-sized orders for that reason.

(E), there could be many reasons why Burger King next door had fewer “super-size” sales than the surveyed restaurant. This choice is far too vague. Look for a more specific choice to bolster the manager’s interpretation: that “seeing” pictures of food leads to ordering more food.

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D is incorrect since it is also possible that most customers in general responded that they had seen the specials menu prior to ordering. Thus, customers who did not super size their order may also have seen the specials menu. Therefore, D does not make the conclusion any more credible.
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