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A rare type of bacterial has killed off many tuna fish in North America; fishing boats have had very meager catch of tuna this year. As a result the whole sale price of tuna meat has increased significantly. Therefore the retail price of tuna based cat food is certain to increase within six months.

The answer to which of the following questions would provide information relevant to evaluating the claims made in the argument above?

A.Can the bacteria be eliminated within the next six months?
B.Are consumers willing to spend more for tuna based cat food?
C.Has the price of cat food remained steady during other period of poor tuna catches?
D.What percentage of tuna in North America were affected by the bacteria?
E.Have the prices of other ingredients in tuna based cat food decreased recently?

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New post 06 Apr 2018, 13:31
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A rare type of bacterial has killed off many tuna fish in North America; fishing boats have had very meager catch of tuna this year. As a result the whole sale price of tuna meat has increased significantly. Therefore the retail price of tuna based cat food is certain to increase within six months.

The answer to which of the following questions would provide information relevant to evaluating the claims made in the argument above?

A.Can the bacteria be eliminated within the next six months?
B.Are consumers willing to spend more for tuna based cat food?
C.Has the price of cat food remained steady during other period of poor tuna catches?
D.What percentage of tuna in North America were affected by the bacteria?
E.Have the prices of other ingredients in tuna based cat food decreased recently?

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IMO: E

Rest of the options do not seem to be having any effect on the main issue at hand.


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Why is C not the answer? If the prices remain the same during other periods of Poor Tuna catches it would mean that tuna meat is probably a small ingredient or the price of Tune is not very high to have an effect.

Whereas with Option even f the prices of other ingredients decreased, is the decrease high enough to offset the increase of prices of the Tuna fish


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New post 06 Apr 2018, 23:26
devikeerthansr wrote:
A rare type of bacterial has killed off many tuna fish in North America; fishing boats have had very meager catch of tuna this year. As a result the whole sale price of tuna meat has increased significantly. Therefore the retail price of tuna based cat food is certain to increase within six months.

The answer to which of the following questions would provide information relevant to evaluating the claims made in the argument above?

A.Can the bacteria be eliminated within the next six months?
B.Are consumers willing to spend more for tuna based cat food?
C.Has the price of cat food remained steady during other period of poor tuna catches?
D.What percentage of tuna in North America were affected by the bacteria?
E.Have the prices of other ingredients in tuna based cat food decreased recently?

Source: Crackverbal


The conclusion of the argument is about increase in retail price of tuna based cat foot in coming future. The argument is trying to make two leaps of connections they are whole sale price Vs retail price and increase today Vs increase within six months.

Having looked at the options, there was a confusion between C and E. C talks about past time period which I believe could be irrelevant to current argument. Because there could be many other factors which will impact retail price such as demand etc., Past may not be an accurate representation of current time. Also, C doesn't make any case for future estimated price. E on the other hand mentions about other ingredients which seems logical. Because since the cat food dealers don't want to loose business, they might have made sure that other ingredients price stays low hence the overall price of cat food stays constant. Hence E is right answer.
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devikeerthansr wrote:
A rare type of bacterial has killed off many tuna fish in North America; fishing boats have had very meager catch of tuna this year. As a result the whole sale price of tuna meat has increased significantly. Therefore the retail price of tuna based cat food is certain to increase within six months.

The answer to which of the following questions would provide information relevant to evaluating the claims made in the argument above?

A.Can the bacteria be eliminated within the next six months?
B.Are consumers willing to spend more for tuna based cat food?
C.Has the price of cat food remained steady during other period of poor tuna catches?
D.What percentage of tuna in North America were affected by the bacteria?
E.Have the prices of other ingredients in tuna based cat food decreased recently?

Source: Crackverbal


The conclusion of the argument is about increase in retail price of tuna based cat foot in coming future. The argument is trying to make two leaps of connections they are whole sale price Vs retail price and increase today Vs increase within six months.

Having looked at the options, there was a confusion between C and E. C talks about past time period which I believe could be irrelevant to current argument. Because there could be many other factors which will impact retail price such as demand etc., Past may not be an accurate representation of current time. Also, C doesn't make any case for future estimated price. E on the other hand mentions about other ingredients which seems logical. Because since the cat food dealers don't want to loose business, they might have made sure that other ingredients price stays low hence the overall price of cat food stays constant. Hence E is right answer.


Why not A , we want to evaluate the argument so that two extreme cases gives the right answer,in E option it is taking about recently and argument is talking about within next six months so how come the answer is E. There might be chances that within six months ingrediants may fluctuate...
Whearas a is taking about within six month period
If in within six months bactarias are eliminayed there price will no go high..
If bacterias will not elimante thn argument will be rght by its own....



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Why is C not the answer? If the prices remain the same during other periods of Poor Tuna catches it would mean that tuna meat is probably a small ingredient or the price of Tune is not very high to have an effect.

Whereas with Option even f the prices of other ingredients decreased, is the decrease high enough to offset the increase of prices of the Tuna fish

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I also think that the answer should be C. I'm not able to get why the price of there ingredients affect the prices of Tuna fish.
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New post 07 Apr 2018, 03:32
The cat food is Tuna Fish based Meaning one of the ingredient in the cat food is Tuna fish.

Now decrease in the price of other ingredients could actually nullify the effect of increase in the price of Tuna fish but we don’t know how much is the increase or decrease


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If consumers are not willing to spend for the tuna best cat food, then the demand will not be high. This, in turn, would mean that the prices will not rise. Based on this thinking, why is B not the answer?
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If consumers are not willing to spend for the tuna best cat food, then the demand will not be high. This, in turn, would mean that the prices will not rise. Based on this thinking, why is B not the answer?

The question asks about an option who's answer provides some information relevant to evaluating the claim. The claim was that the prices of the cat food will increase. That will itself depend on the prices of the raw materials (tuna and other things). The manufacturing price will increase unless the prices of other ingredients in tuna based cat food decrease. So that's why, I think that E is the correct answer we are looking for.

Also, B gives us the answer from customers point of view. Even if the customers are not willing to spend more, they will be buying the minimum amount of cat food which should not affect the manufacturing prices of the product.
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New post 08 Apr 2018, 08:00
Hmm, still not getting it as clearly. The price of tuna has risen due to unavailability. Customers can still buy non-tuna based cat food and refuse to buy tuna-based catfood which will drive the prices down due to low demand.

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