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Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only models and movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events.

Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

a) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing problems.
b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.
c) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.
d) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.
e) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.
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Straight E.

Opponents "suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events"

E clearly says the sales are 3 times when featured models or movie stars

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Conclusion: Recent changes are unnecessary and made to increase the sales.

a) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing problems. [But doesn’t address the assumption – eliminate it]
b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher. [No direct relation to the conclusion]
c) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders. [Hold it]
d) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office. [What movies stars up to is irrelevant to argument]
e) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers. [Has no direct relation to the conclusion ]


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Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

E looks like only possible choice here, so obvious that I am suspicious of some trick...
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I realized that choice E is not correct. It is obviously not the mandatory assumption needed to support the opponents conclusion.

I did some search and found B is the right answer.

b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.

If we negate this assumption and say Publisher is not the authority, the changes in cover page could be because of someone else. Thus the best answer.

We always need to do this negation test for Assumption questions. I somehow miss this point often.

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I went with E a well. However, the OA is (B). :(
I still think that it is a stretch.
This is a Manhattan Gmat Question and here are the explanations:

The argument presents the facts of an apparent change in a magazine's cover features since the new publisher took control. While a gossip columnist hailed the change, newspaper editorials disagreed and concluded that the publisher favored profit over reporting. The editorials are the opponents of the gossip columnist; since their conclusion is about the publisher’s desires, there must be an assumption connecting the publisher to the covers.

(A) This choice is irrelevant, as it is not connected to the conclusion. The activities of celebrities have nothing to do with the publisher’s interests.

(B) CORRECT. Since the conclusion concerns the publisher’s desires based on the content of the magazine covers, the editorials have to assume that the publisher decides who is to be a cover subject. If not, there is no connection between the covers and the publisher’s interests.

(C) This choice is the opposite of a necessary assumption. For the editorials to conclude that the publisher prefers profits to reporting, they have to assume that the two are mutually exclusive.

(D) “Some” means “at least one,” so this is not a powerful statement in any direction. Furthermore, even if several such stars were running for political office, it is not at all necessary to assume that to conclude that the publisher was more interested in profits.

(E) This choice is not correct. While it is true that the editorials must assume model and movie star covers are likely to sell more copies, it does not have to be assumed that such covers will result in the sale of triple the number of copies, or any other specific number.
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Yeah the point is would the real GMAT question have the answer choices in this manner.
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Yeah the point is would the real GMAT question have the answer choices in this manner.


Yeah! I did not even had an inkling that B could be an answer. It did not make any sense to chose B, but the more I read the explanation, the more it sounds correct. I believe E is also a good assumption but probably NOT necessary.

Lets hear from our new friend, grumpyoldman who explains in detail

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I agree.
I saw similar behaviour in one of the RC questions as well. I sent an email to the MGMAT staff and seems like, that question already had been pointed out for revision by few.
However, this CR question seems correct but one has to go a little further to get to this answer choice.

BTW, who is the "grumpyoldman"? :)
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OK then fortunately i was an exception here :o

i chose B at first ; and here is my reasoning :

We have to find out the assumption for the newspaper editorials who say that " new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events."

So the assumption has to be some thing which goes to support their conclusion (above)

Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

a) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing problems. (this will Hurt the conclusion of editorials)
b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.
c) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders. (this is again against what editorials conclude)
d) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office. (irrelevant ; this will not affect the conclusion at all )
e) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers. (here we need to POINT on the fact that the conclusion talks about "Sales" -more no. of copies being sold- BUT in this choice COST is highlighted as the issue ; we are not looking for profits ; Also this might Hurt the conclusion in for hight rates may not lead to high sales)

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Yeah the point is would the real GMAT question have the answer choices in this manner.



Yes. Some of them are really abstract and complex. From my experience with the real GMAT , we are measured by our success in complex questions not the lollipop kind of simple questions.

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i went with B...

the critics assumption is that the publisher is responsible for selecting the cover, what if some random poll of people was used to select the cover? that would break apart the critics argument..

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Haha!

I wonder if anyone else made the same mistake I did.

I made the classic mistake. I did not read the question properly. The question asks
"Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?"

I missed that last bit. Opponents. (*Message to self, slow down!*)

I also picked C but if its an assumption made by the opponents, then C is incorrect as it is in direct conflict of what editorials conclude.

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Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only models and movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events.

Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

(A) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing problems.

(B) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.

(C) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.

(D) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.

(E) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.

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i do not agree with the oa provided ...i go with C

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My bad. I clicked the wrong answer. But why C? I tried the negation test and imo it does NOT work in that case..

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I originally chose E, because the sales of covers with celebrities must actually be higher than the politicians for opponents to claim they are only doing it for higher sales. Although now I can see that it might be wrong since it says 3x the amount, and it does not necessarily have to be that much higher, as long as it is a little higher.
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Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only models and movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events.

Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing problems.

Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.

A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.

Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.

Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.


I don't quite understand C either, that a magazine can also boost sales with world leaders on the cover is not necessary to say the publisher is choosing celebrities just to boost sales. If anything, I would think that would weaken the argument...since you can boost sales with world leaders, the publisher is not using celebrities to boost sales, but maybe because he likes the topic or whatever reason. Can anyone explain?
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heyholetsgo wrote:
Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only models and movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events.

Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing problems.

Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.

A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.

Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.

Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.


I dont understand why OA is C.

I picked E.

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I am so convinced that answer has to be B.

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Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only models and movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events.

Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing problems.

Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.

A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.

Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.

Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.

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