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# Advertiser: The revenue that newspapers and magazines earn

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Advertiser: The revenue that newspapers and magazines earn by publishing advertisements allows publishers to keep the prices per copy of their publications much lower than would otherwise be possible. Therefore, consumers benefit economically from advertising.
Consumer: But who pays for the advertising that pays for low-priced newspapers and magazines? We consumers do, because advertisers pass along advertising costs to us through the higher prices they charge for their products.

Which of the following best describes how the consumer counters the advertiserâ€™s argument?

(A) By alleging something that, if true, would weaken the plausibility of the advertiserâ€™s conclusion
(B) By questioning the truth of the purportedly factual statement on which the advertiserâ€™s conclusion is based
(C) By offering an interpretation of the advertiserâ€™s opening statement that, if accurate, shows that there is an implicit contradiction in it
(D) By pointing out that the advertiserâ€™s point of view is biased
(E) By arguing that the advertiser too narrowly restricts the discussion to the effects of advertising that are economic
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25 Aug 2006, 10:34
I think it's C
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25 Aug 2006, 11:06
It should be (A)
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25 Aug 2006, 11:36
Advertiser: The revenue that newspapers and magazines earn by publishing advertisements allows publishers to keep the prices per copy of their publications much lower than would otherwise be possible. Therefore, consumers benefit economically from advertising.
Consumer: But who pays for the advertising that pays for low-priced newspapers and magazines? We consumers do, because advertisers pass along advertising costs to us through the higher prices they charge for their products.

Which of the following best describes how the consumer counters the advertiserâ€™s argument?

(A) By alleging something that, if true, would weaken the plausibility of the advertiserâ€™s conclusion
sounds good but Im not sure.

(B) By questioning the truth of the purportedly factual statement on which the advertiserâ€™s conclusion is based
out. the premise is correct and not challenged

(C) By offering an interpretation of the advertiserâ€™s opening statement that, if accurate, shows that there is an implicit contradiction in it
out. like B, premise= opening statement which is not challenged.

(D) By pointing out that the advertiserâ€™s point of view is biased
out. Doesn't challenge the soundness of the argument.

(E) By arguing that the advertiser too narrowly restricts the discussion to the effects of advertising that are economic
Humm. Could be correct because the advertiser talks about the consumer who benefits of the advertisement. Actually, the only one to profit is the reader, a part of the overall consumers. Thus, the advertiser's discussion is to narrowly restricted on the effects of the ad which is economic(=for the reader).

Btw E & A , I take E, because in A, the advertiser's arg is to some extent correct. So conclusion is plausible.
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25 Aug 2006, 11:54
Gunning for A....

E i think is out of scope.. If this was the case then the consumer would have pointed to some uneconomical aspects of the advertisements, instead, the consumer states that even if advertisements help reduce the magazine price, indirectly it is the consumer who will eventually pay for the high priced product .

In other words the consumer alleges something which if true, would weaken the plausibility of the advertiser's conclusion. i.e. if it is true that consumer takes the hit of price then the advertisers conclusion falls apart.
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25 Aug 2006, 11:58
I'll choose (C).

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25 Aug 2006, 12:07
indeed, it might be A. But seems to simple. I think the mistake I could have done choosing E is that, indeed it could be out of scope. Because both are talking about consumers in general. But even if it is narrowed to the reader, it is as not economic as it seems.
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25 Aug 2006, 18:06
OA: A
25 Aug 2006, 18:06
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