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# A toy company's engineering department developed a new model

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A toy company's engineering department developed a new model of its computerized storyteller lacking educational features present in the earlier model, which was still being produced. During the first year of production of the new model, while both models were being sold, the newer model of the storyteller sold much better than the older model. The CEO of the toy company concluded that educational features were not important in consumers' decisions to purchase the storyteller.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the CEO's conclusion?

Both institutions such as children's hospitals and private individuals purchase storytellers from this toy company.
Many customers consider the new storyteller educational because of certain features, which requires children to learn new skills in order to use it.
Many customers of this toy company also purchased computerized storytellers from toy companies that did provide educational features in their new storytellers.
The new storyteller can be used by all age groups of children that could use the earlier model of the storyteller.
There was no significant difference in price between the newer storyteller and the older model.

what should be approach to solve such question?
what is assumption in stated argument?
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09 Dec 2013, 12:25
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wastedyouth wrote:
A toy company's engineering department developed a new model of its computerized storyteller lacking educational features present in the earlier model, which was still being produced. During the first year of production of the new model, while both models were being sold, the newer model of the storyteller sold much better than the older model. The CEO of the toy company concluded that educational features were not important in consumers' decisions to purchase the storyteller.

1. New model ---- Lacks educational features , which was present in earlier model.

2. New model sold better than older model.

3. CEO Claims - Educational features were not important.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the CEO's conclusion?

So we have to attack/weaken - " The CEO of the toy company concluded that educational features were not important in consumers' decisions to purchase the storyteller. "

1.Both institutions such as children's hospitals and private individuals purchase storytellers from this toy company.

Out of scope.

2. Many customers consider the new storyteller educational because of certain features, which requires children to learn new skills in order to use it.

Presents some new features which the new model is offering , which requires development of new skill sets which the earlier model was lacking in the earlier model.
May be that the perceived value of the new model is considered more than the earlier model , hence boosting sales...

This statement directly attacks the highlighted part -

" The CEO of the toy company concluded that educational features were not important in consumers' decisions to purchase the storyteller. "

Educational features are important also the model is providing better features and development of new skill sets...

3.Many customers of this toy company also purchased computerized storytellers from toy companies that did provide educational features in their new storytellers

Out of scope

4. The new storyteller can be used by all age groups of children that could use the earlier model of the storyteller.

Out of scope and not at all weakening the Argument.

5.There was no significant difference in price between the newer storyteller and the older model.

Price is not under consideration , the CEO places his argument on the educational features of the model... This option fails to touch the arguement , hence rejected..

Hence Option (B) fits in accurately..
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10 Dec 2013, 05:41
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Hello @Wastedyouth
Here is the general approach to CR questions
1. Read the question : identify question type
2. Read and analyze the argument
3. Pre-guess the answer; or at least figure out what the correct answer must do
4. Eliminate incorrect and irrelevant answer choices

In this case:
1. This is a weaken question, we need to find out the assumption of the argument to work with it.
2. Let's see what the assumptions could be:
Conclusion: Educational features not important in purchasing decision
The wordings "new model of its computerized storyteller lacking educational features present in the earlier model"
betray a logical flaw: The author assumes lack of edu features present in older model = NO edu features at all!
Perhaps there were new edu features in the new toy? and perhaps this was why the toys sold better?

Option B directly introduces this detracting evidence and therefore questions the validity of the author's conclusion best.

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10 Dec 2013, 12:20
Abhishek009 wrote:
wastedyouth wrote:
A toy company's engineering department developed a new model of its computerized storyteller lacking educational features present in the earlier model, which was still being produced. During the first year of production of the new model, while both models were being sold, the newer model of the storyteller sold much better than the older model. The CEO of the toy company concluded that educational features were not important in consumers' decisions to purchase the storyteller.

1. New model ---- Lacks educational features , which was present in earlier model.

2. New model sold better than older model.

3. CEO Claims - Educational features were not important.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the CEO's conclusion?

So we have to attack/weaken - " The CEO of the toy company concluded that educational features were not important in consumers' decisions to purchase the storyteller. "

1.Both institutions such as children's hospitals and private individuals purchase storytellers from this toy company.

Out of scope.

2. Many customers consider the new storyteller educational because of certain features, which requires children to learn new skills in order to use it.

Presents some new features which the new model is offering , which requires development of new skill sets which the earlier model was lacking in the earlier model.
May be that the perceived value of the new model is considered more than the earlier model , hence boosting sales...

This statement directly attacks the highlighted part -

" The CEO of the toy company concluded that educational features were not important in consumers' decisions to purchase the storyteller. "

Educational features are important also the model is providing better features and development of new skill sets...

3.Many customers of this toy company also purchased computerized storytellers from toy companies that did provide educational features in their new storytellers

Out of scope

4. The new storyteller can be used by all age groups of children that could use the earlier model of the storyteller.

Out of scope and not at all weakening the Argument.

5.There was no significant difference in price between the newer storyteller and the older model.

Price is not under consideration , the CEO places his argument on the educational features of the model... This option fails to touch the arguement , hence rejected..

Hence Option (B) fits in accurately..

Many customers consider the new storyteller educational because of certain features, which requires children to learn new skills in order to use it.
It is not weakening the conclusion, in fact it supports conclusion by stating that education features were not important rather some other feature (which required...) were important because of which consumer bought it

Rather Many customers of this toy company also [u]purchased computerized storytellers from toy companies that did provide educational features in their new storytellers seems better choice as it proves that educational features were important, that is why many on its customer bought it from somewhere else in addition to their product.

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Re: A toy company's engineering department developed a new model [#permalink]

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12 Jan 2014, 07:49
wastedyouth wrote:
A toy company's engineering department developed a new model of its computerized storyteller lacking educational features present in the earlier model, which was still being produced. During the first year of production of the new model, while both models were being sold, the newer model of the storyteller sold much better than the older model. The CEO of the toy company concluded that educational features were not important in consumers' decisions to purchase the storyteller.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the CEO's conclusion?

Both institutions such as children's hospitals and private individuals purchase storytellers from this toy company.
Many customers consider the new storyteller educational because of certain features, which requires children to learn new skills in order to use it.
Many customers of this toy company also purchased computerized storytellers from toy companies that did provide educational features in their new storytellers.
The new storyteller can be used by all age groups of children that could use the earlier model of the storyteller.
There was no significant difference in price between the newer storyteller and the older model.

what should be approach to solve such question?
what is assumption in stated argument?

I guess that B and D are close contenders, but D is more straight. It says that they really care about educational features cause they are buying the new model for their children to learn new skills in order to use it

Hope this helps
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