GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 23 Feb 2019, 07:04

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel
Events & Promotions in February
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
242526272812
Open Detailed Calendar
  • FREE Quant Workshop by e-GMAT!

     February 24, 2019

     February 24, 2019

     07:00 AM PST

     09:00 AM PST

    Get personalized insights on how to achieve your Target Quant Score.
  • Free GMAT RC Webinar

     February 23, 2019

     February 23, 2019

     07:00 AM PST

     09:00 AM PST

    Learn reading strategies that can help even non-voracious reader to master GMAT RC. Saturday, February 23rd at 7 AM PT

A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

 
Senior CR Moderator
User avatar
V
Status: Long way to go!
Joined: 10 Oct 2016
Posts: 1366
Location: Viet Nam
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member
A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Aug 2017, 00:32
4
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  55% (hard)

Question Stats:

61% (01:57) correct 39% (01:57) wrong based on 415 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s population resides in low income areas, 20 percent of all criminals sentenced during the last five years lived in low income areas. Clearly, people who live in low income areas are more likely to commit criminal activities than those who do not.

The conclusion drawn above depends on which of the following assumptions?


A. People who live in low income areas are less likely to be prosecuted than people who do not.

B. The people living in low income areas cannot afford the costly litigation expenses and their prosecution is more likely to convert into a sentence.

C. On committing a crime, the people living in low income areas are not more likely to be sentenced than people not living in the same.

D. The number of criminal incidents in high income areas was lower than that in low income areas.

E. Many of the criminals sentenced were sentenced more than once in the time period covered in the report


Source: Experts Global

_________________

Actual LSAT CR bank by Broall

How to solve quadratic equations - Factor quadratic equations
Factor table with sign: The useful tool to solve polynomial inequalities
Applying AM-GM inequality into finding extreme/absolute value

New Error Log with Timer

Current Student
avatar
B
Joined: 02 May 2016
Posts: 18
Location: Nigeria
Concentration: Strategy, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 590 Q43 V28
GPA: 3.52
WE: Operations (Retail Banking)
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Aug 2017, 00:41
I really think the answer is C. using negation technique
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 14 May 2017
Posts: 7
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Aug 2017, 00:49
Option D makes more sense than rest of them.

Sent from my MI PAD using GMAT Club Forum mobile app
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 27 May 2017
Posts: 10
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Aug 2017, 02:34
1
I go for C, the option D was not mentioned anywhere in the passage


Sent from my iPhone using GMAT Club Forum
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
S
Joined: 07 Sep 2014
Posts: 345
Concentration: Finance, Marketing
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 27 Aug 2017, 06:12
broall wrote:
A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s population resides in low income areas, 20 percent of all criminals sentenced during the last five years lived in low income areas. Clearly, people who live in low income areas are more likely to commit criminal activities than those who do not.

The conclusion drawn above depends on which of the following assumptions?

A. People who live in low income areas are less likely to be prosecuted than people who do not.

B. The people living in low income areas cannot afford the costly litigation expenses and their prosecution is more likely to convert into a sentence.

C. On committing a crime, the people living in low income areas are not more likely to be sentenced than people not living in the same.

D. The number of criminal incidents in high income areas was lower than that in low income areas.

E. Many of the criminals sentenced were sentenced more than once in the time period covered in the report


Source: Experts Global


On committing a crime, the people living in low income areas are more likely to be sentenced than people not living in the same. => and that means that people who live in low income areas are more likely to commit criminal activities than those who do not - this is no longer valid.


A. People who live in low income areas are less likely to be prosecuted than people who do not. => negate more or equal. In case of equal, it doesn't invalidate the conclusion.

B. The people living in low income areas can afford the costly litigation expenses and their prosecution is less likely to convert into a sentence. => it does the reverse effect.

so C IS ANSWER>
Director
Director
avatar
S
Joined: 21 Mar 2016
Posts: 521
Reviews Badge
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 27 Aug 2017, 11:16
broall wrote:
A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s population resides in low income areas, 20 percent of all criminals sentenced during the last five years lived in low income areas. Clearly, people who live in low income areas are more likely to commit criminal activities than those who do not.

The conclusion drawn above depends on which of the following assumptions?

A. People who live in low income areas are less likely to be prosecuted than people who do not.

B. The people living in low income areas cannot afford the costly litigation expenses and their prosecution is more likely to convert into a sentence.

C. On committing a crime, the people living in low income areas are not more likely to be sentenced than people not living in the same.

D. The number of criminal incidents in high income areas was lower than that in low income areas.

E. Many of the criminals sentenced were sentenced more than once in the time period covered in the report


Source: Experts Global



negating C breaks the conclusion..

ans C
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 15 Jun 2017
Posts: 4
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 28 Aug 2017, 10:03
Answere C talks about the sentencing of crime, whereas the conclusion says about commiting a crime. Negation of option D breaks the conclusion
Manager
Manager
User avatar
B
Status: IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT
Joined: 03 Jul 2017
Posts: 195
Location: India
Concentration: Finance, International Business
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 10 Sep 2017, 11:32
can someone help me with the option B because if you see it states that it was not the area of living or the low income level that caused them to sentence rather the affordable court expenses that led them for the sentence.Why is this option incorrect??
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 30 May 2017
Posts: 2
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 11 Sep 2017, 00:34
I also go with option B as in option C it only restates the mentioned premise .
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 21 Jun 2017
Posts: 10
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 16 Sep 2017, 13:08
longhaul123

Quote:
can someone help me with the option B because if you see it states that it was not the area of living or the low income level that caused them to sentence rather the affordable court expenses that led them for the sentence.Why is this option incorrect??


Option B is incorrect because it provides a different explanation for the high incidence of crime in low income areas than what the author argues.

To simplify this further:

Argument concludes that 'people in low income areas are more likely to commit crimes'

Option B says: It's not that they are more likely to commit crimes rather they cannot afford litigation expense and hence get sentenced which makes it appear that they more likely to commit crimes.

Option B is contradicting the stance taken by the original argument.

Assumption questions require us to strengthen the argument in some way. Option C does this very well because it plugs a hole in a possible contention to this argument. This contention could be that 'it's not that people are more likely to commit crimes but they are more likely to get sentenced, hence the high rate of sentencing'. Option C closes this door by saying these people are NOT more likely to be sentenced than other people.

Hope you got it.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
G
Joined: 02 Apr 2014
Posts: 476
Location: India
Schools: XLRI"20
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V34
GPA: 3.5
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Oct 2017, 03:57
Answer should be C.

Answer can't be B. Answer B sort of weakening the argument.

Argument says: Clearly, people who live in low income areas are more likely to commit criminal activities than those who do not.

But B says The people living in low income areas cannot afford the costly litigation expenses and their prosecution is more likely to convert into a sentence.
Maybe more criminals from high-income areas than low-income area criminals are able to afford the costly litigation expenses and not convert into sentence. So this weakens the argument that people living in low income areas are more likely to commit criminial activities.

B would have been a perfect answer, had this question been a weakening argument question.
Manager
Manager
User avatar
G
Joined: 21 Jun 2017
Posts: 234
Concentration: Finance, Economics
WE: Corporate Finance (Commercial Banking)
CAT Tests
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Jan 2019, 07:48
Hi Gladiator59 Your take on D
Commiting a crime and getting sentenced for the same are quite different. Went for D with one.


Regards
_________________

Even if it takes me 30 attempts, I am determined enough to score 740+ in my 31st attempt. This is it, this is what I have been waiting for, now is the time to get up and fight, for my life is 100% my responsibility.

Dil ye Ziddi hai !!!

Senior PS Moderator
User avatar
D
Status: It always seems impossible until it's done.
Joined: 16 Sep 2016
Posts: 722
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member Reviews Badge CAT Tests
Re: A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Jan 2019, 08:22
1
1
ShankSouljaBoi, Let us break down the argument -

A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s population resides in low income areas, 20 percent of all criminals sentenced during the last five years lived in low income areas. Clearly, people who live in low income areas are more likely to commit criminal activities than those who do not.

So, the argument is clearly making a jump from "getting sentenced" to "committing a crime" and we need to find the information to plug this gap.

A. People who live in low income areas are less likely to be prosecuted than people who do not. Again, it is about sentencing and not prosecution - also, this goes 180 opposite to what is being said in argument

B. The people living in low income areas cannot afford the costly litigation expenses and their prosecution is more likely to convert into a sentence. This explain the apparent paradox, but we are trying to find the assumption - so this goes against the argument

C. On committing a crime, the people living in low income areas are not more likely to be sentenced than people not living in the same. Perfect - this plugs the gap brilliantly. If the author does not assume this than the argument falls (on similar lines of option B)

D. The number of criminal incidents in high income areas was lower than that in low income areas. This is not related to the assumption. This is completely new information and hence it does not fill the gap between "sentences" and "crimes"

E. Many of the criminals sentenced were sentenced more than once in the time period covered in the report Could be true for both sides and hence does not fill the gap

Hope this helps. :-)
ShankSouljaBoi wrote:
Hi Gladiator59 Your take on D
Commiting a crime and getting sentenced for the same are quite different. Went for D with one.


Regards

_________________

Regards,
Gladi



“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

SVP
SVP
User avatar
G
Joined: 18 Aug 2017
Posts: 1928
Location: India
Concentration: Sustainability, Marketing
GPA: 4
WE: Marketing (Energy and Utilities)
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member CAT Tests
A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 02 Feb 2019, 03:27
Gladiator59 ; your logic is correct of putting this sentence into gap ; but in assumption question to get an answer correct most of us apply negation technique , it seems like that the answer option should have had been :

On committing a crime, the people living in low income areas are more likely to be sentenced than people not living in the same.

which upon doing the negation would had been the correct answer ..

where as if you do the negation of the given C option ; it does not break the conclusion....

Gladiator59 wrote:
ShankSouljaBoi, Let us break down the argument -

A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s population resides in low income areas, 20 percent of all criminals sentenced during the last five years lived in low income areas. Clearly, people who live in low income areas are more likely to commit criminal activities than those who do not.

So, the argument is clearly making a jump from "getting sentenced" to "committing a crime" and we need to find the information to plug this gap.

A. People who live in low income areas are less likely to be prosecuted than people who do not. Again, it is about sentencing and not prosecution - also, this goes 180 opposite to what is being said in argument

B. The people living in low income areas cannot afford the costly litigation expenses and their prosecution is more likely to convert into a sentence. This explain the apparent paradox, but we are trying to find the assumption - so this goes against the argument

C. On committing a crime, the people living in low income areas are not more likely to be sentenced than people not living in the same. Perfect - this plugs the gap brilliantly. If the author does not assume this than the argument falls (on similar lines of option B)

D. The number of criminal incidents in high income areas was lower than that in low income areas. This is not related to the assumption. This is completely new information and hence it does not fill the gap between "sentences" and "crimes"

E. Many of the criminals sentenced were sentenced more than once in the time period covered in the report Could be true for both sides and hence does not fill the gap

Hope this helps. :-)
ShankSouljaBoi wrote:
Hi Gladiator59 Your take on D
Commiting a crime and getting sentenced for the same are quite different. Went for D with one.


Regards

_________________

If you liked my solution then please give Kudos. Kudos encourage active discussions.

GMAT Club Bot
A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s   [#permalink] 02 Feb 2019, 03:27
Display posts from previous: Sort by

A recent report determined that although only 15 percent of a town’s

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


Copyright

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.