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All of the best comedians have had unhappy childhoods. Yet, many people who have had happy childhoods are good comedians, and some good comedians who have had miserably unhappy childhoods are happy adults.

If the statements in the passage are true, which one of the following CANNOT be true?

(A) The proportion of good comedians who had unhappy childhoods is greater than the proportion of the best comedians who did.

(B) Some good comedians have had unhappy childhoods and are unhappy adults.

(C) Most of the best comedians are happy adults.

(D) More good comedians have had unhappy childhoods than have had happy childhoods.

(E) The proportion of comedians who are happy adults is higher than the proportion who are unhappy adults.
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11 Dec 2003, 11:05
I have seen a similar question somewhere else. Can some of the experts in this forum demonstrate whether there is a step by step way of solving this question, and if that method can be applied to other questions as well?
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11 Dec 2003, 20:19
All of the best comedians have had unhappy childhoods.

Some good comedians who have had miserably unhappy childhoods.

If the above statements are true, then A cannot be true.
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12 Dec 2003, 07:26
asandeep, can you please elaborate on the answer?
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12 Dec 2003, 07:33
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asandeep, can you please elaborate on the answer?

The stimulus asks us to identify which cannot be true.

A says that --
"proportion" of good comedians who had unhappy childhoods > "proportion" of the best comedians who did

But, the stimulus says that -
"All of the best comedians have had unhappy childhoods"
Repharse -
100% of best comedians have had unhappy childhoods. (i.e proportion = 100%)

next, stimulus also says that -

"some good comedians who have had miserably unhappy"
Repharse -
Less than 100% of good comedians have had unhappy childhoods. (i.e proportion < 100%)

Combining the two -
"proportion" of good comedians who had unhappy childhoods < "proportion" of the best comedians who did

A says exactly the opposite.

Hope this helps.
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