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A recent taste test reveals that most people like low-fat chocolate ice cream as much as its full-fat counterpart. Previous tests with vanilla ice cream found that people tended to dislike low-fat versions, complaining of a harsher taste. Chemists point out that chocolate is a very complex flavor, requiring around 500 distinct chemical compounds to produce it. Hence, this complexity probably masks any difference in taste due to the lack of fat.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) Most people prefer full-fat chocolate ice cream to full-fat vanilla ice cream.

(B) The subjects of the previous tests were not informed of the difference in fat content.

(C) The more distinct compounds required to produce a flavor, the better people like it.

(D) Vanilla is known to be a significantly less complex flavor than chocolate.

(E) Most people are aware of the chemical complexities of different flavors.


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Narrowed between C and D... picked C

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A recent taste test reveals that most people like low-fat chocolate ice cream as much as its full-fat counterpart. Previous tests with vanilla ice cream found that people tended to dislike low-fat versions, complaining of a harsher taste. Chemists point out that chocolate is a very complex flavor, requiring around 500 distinct chemical compounds to produce it. Hence, this complexity probably masks any difference in taste due to the lack of fat.

**Argument is that though people tend to dislike low fat version bcoz of harsher taste, it ain't the case with chocolate as its production require a numerous chemical compounds that hide the difference in taste and as such the recent survey show the equal result***

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) Most people prefer full-fat chocolate ice cream to full-fat vanilla ice cream.***no connection to the argument as this is just a mere comparison***

(B) The subjects of the previous tests were not informed of the difference in fat content.****irrelevant since its not connected to argument and also even though the subjects had been informed still they would have preferred the full-fat as its taste was good***

(C) The more distinct compounds required to produce a flavor, the better people like it.****though this talks about distinct flavors but fails to address the complexity part which helps hide the harsh taste even of low fat chocolate ice creams****

(D) Vanilla is known to be a significantly less complex flavor than chocolate.****this when true actually strengthens the argument bcoz if Vanilla is less complex then the harsh taste of low-fat ice creams is not masked and a harsher taste is experienced whereas in case of chocolate the complexity favors.******

(E) Most people are aware of the chemical complexities of different flavors.***irrelevant as the passage doesn't talk about other different flavours
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Narrowed between C and D... picked C

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I too went for 'Option- C'. :(

In Option-C the relation between distinct components of a flavor and its taste looks very reasonable. But it does not state the composition of components in Vanila in comparison to Chocolate.

Whereas 'Option -D- Vanilla is known to be a significantly less complex flavor than chocolate', correctly states that valina has lesser distinct components in its composition than chocolate. Now if you refer to the premise of the argument which states that people who tasted low-fat vanila had disliked the taste of it. So correctly strengthens the conclusion that complexity of flavor masks the taste.

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(A) Most people prefer full-fat chocolate ice cream to full-fat vanilla ice cream.No information regarding people's preference. no comparison data between both the flvors given. so rule out this option.
(B) The subjects of the previous tests were not informed of the difference in fat content.Out of scope actually. whether the subjects are informed or not,
is irrelevant to the argument.

(C) The more distinct compounds required to produce a flavor, the better people like it.though it is the contested option and it has been mentioned that the complexity in flavor of chocolate masks the difference in taste due to lack of fat but people also like vanilla full fat ice creams, there is no information regarding the the taste of vanilla vs taste of choc. no where mentioned whether people like vanilla more or chocolate more.
(D) Vanilla is known to be a significantly less complex flavor than chocolate.this is the correct option since it directly strengthens the conclusion:complexity masks the difference in taste due to lack of fat.vanilla is less complex than chocolate and for this reason vanilla low fat ice creams do not taste as good as chocolate low fat ice creams.
(E) Most people are aware of the chemical complexities of different flavors.no information regarding people's awareness regarding flavors

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A recent taste test reveals that most people like low-fat chocolate ice cream as much as its full-fat counterpart. Previous tests with vanilla ice cream found that people tended to dislike low-fat versions, complaining of a harsher taste. Chemists point out that chocolate is a very complex flavor, requiring around 500 distinct chemical compounds to produce it. Hence, this complexity probably masks any difference in taste due to the lack of fat.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) Most people prefer full-fat chocolate ice cream to full-fat vanilla ice cream.

(B) The subjects of the previous tests were not informed of the difference in fat content.

(C) The more distinct compounds required to produce a flavor, the better people like it.

(D) Vanilla is known to be a significantly less complex flavor than chocolate.

(E) Most people are aware of the chemical complexities of different flavors.


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if one read the argument care fully , one can see that there is no comparison between complexity of vanilla and choc.we know choc is complex but what about vanilla , we don't know anything....
And the conclusion states that more the complexity better the taste ..

take C --- without the knowledge of complexity between vanilla and choc , the statement leads to no where ...it is kind of a fact ..
now if we know that complexity of vanilla is less than that of choc , means the test is consistent with the theory .....

SO D ...

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Conclusion:
The complexity of chocolate probably masks any difference in taste between low-fat and full-fat chocolate ice cream.


Answer Anticipation:
The tests described in the premises involve different flavors of ice cream—chocolate vs. vanilla—but we should also notice that the chocolate test is recent, whereas the vanilla test occurred at some time in the past. Could that be why the results were different? We can strengthen the argument by stating that the different test results aren't somehow a result of them being conducted at different times.

Also, we have a premise that states chocolate is a complex flavor, but how complex is vanilla? Could it be equally complex? We don't know. Stating that chocolate is more complex than vanilla would strengthen the argument.

Correct Answer:
(D)

Answer Choice Analysis:
(A) This is irrelevant. If people like full-fat chocolate ice cream more than full-fat vanilla, it doesn't help explain how the complexity of chocolate might mask a difference in flavor between different types of chocolate ice cream.

(B) This is a premise booster. If subjects in the previous test—the vanilla test—weren't told about the difference in fat content, they might not have been expecting a difference in taste. This supports the idea that the different types of vanilla really did taste different. However, this doesn't help support a conclusion that the complexity of chocolate masks any difference in taste.

(C) This is also irrelevant. Since we don't know if vanilla does or doesn't require more compounds than chocolate, we don't know how this answer affects the argument.

(D) This is correct. If we know that vanilla is significantly less complex than chocolate, it strengthens the idea that this difference, and not some other, is responsible for the difference seen in the tests.

(E) This is irrelevant. This tells us that are aware of the complexity of flavors, but it doesn't tell us if they understand how complexity relates to taste, so it's hard to know if this would impact the tests in any way. Also, this still doesn't tell us how complex vanilla is.

Takeaway/Pattern: Many arguments in LR involve comparisons. Notice what the premises tell us about the comparison, and what details are left out. The conclusion often relies on important details that aren't explicitly stated in the premises.

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