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20 Dec 2010, 08:14
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(1) Since a competing lower-priced newspaper, The Bugle, was started five years ago, The Mercury's circulation has declined by 10,000 readers. The best way to get more people to read The Mercury is to reduce its price below that of The Bugle, at least until circulation increases to former levels. The increased circulation of The Mercury will attract more businesses to buy advertising space in the paper.

The above conclusion is based on which of the following assumption?

(A) People like to read the news published in The Mercury.
(B) The increased circulation of The Mercury will attract more advertising opportunities.
(C) The bugle will not drop its price below The Mercury.
(D) The Bugle will be less profitable than The Mercury following the increased circulation of The Mercury.
(E) Increase in the readership of The Mercury will make it more profitable.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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20 Dec 2010, 08:20
skbjunior wrote:

(1) Since a competing lower-priced newspaper, The Bugle, was started five years ago, The Mercury's circulation has declined by 10,000 readers. The best way to get more people to read The Mercury is to reduce its price below that of The Bugle, at least until circulation increases to former levels. The increased circulation of The Mercury will attract more businesses to buy advertising space in the paper.

The above conclusion is based on which of the following assumption?

(A) People like to read the news published in The Mercury.
(B) The increased circulation of The Mercury will attract more advertising opportunities.
(C) The bugle will not drop its price below The Mercury.
(D) The Bugle will be less profitable than The Mercury following the increased circulation of The Mercury.
(E) Increase in the readership of The Mercury will make it more profitable.

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20 Dec 2010, 13:23
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(A) People like to read the news published in The Mercury.
-Negating-People do not like to read the contents of the Mercury. So changing its price wouldn't affect Mercury circulation or advertising prospective. This is a classic defender type assumption choice. Correct
(B) The increased circulation of The Mercury will attract more advertising opportunities.
-When negating it is still possible that "circulation" isn't the only factor that leads to increase in advertising opportunities..for example take into consideration that Mercury's popularity increases [b/c some crazy publicity stunt], its circulation is constant, leading to more advertising opportunities. So this doesn't affect the argument -out
(C) The bugle will not drop its price below The Mercury.
-Tricky because, according to the passage, Mercury's tactic is "to reduce its price below that of The Bugle." This leads me to believe that if Bugle drops its price then Mercury would do the same to still be cheaper. So the argument is not affected -out
(D) The Bugle will be less profitable than The Mercury following the increased circulation of The Mercury.
-Doesn't mention anything about profitability - out
(E) Increase in the readership of The Mercury will make it more profitable.
-Similar reasoning with D
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03 Feb 2011, 03:40
What is it? A self made question from the AWA topic? Come on people don't do that! DOn't mess up the content of this resource by inventing questions!

http://www.eduers.com/gmat/sampleargument05.htm

http://www.beatthegmat.com/analysis-of- ... 51368.html

http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-awa-ana ... ssued.html

And clearly the answer to this question would not be A. It would be C.
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03 Feb 2011, 05:04
The assumption should defend the argument. And both A and C works. Hilarious !
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23 Apr 2012, 11:26
So this is just a made up question? No reliable source?
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12 Aug 2012, 21:01
Poor Question!!

Can the moderators remove such questions from the forum so that we have some credible questions.
Re: Assumtion   [#permalink] 12 Aug 2012, 21:01
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