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# At an enormous research cost, a leading chemical company has developed

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Request the experts to elaborate why (D) is correct ?
May be I am not able to connect the sarcasm and the answer (D)
I had marked (C) as the answer....though I was not very sure of it as well....
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According to the company, this new plastic can be used for, among other things, the hulls of small sailboats. But what does the company think sailboat hulls used to be made of?

So according to the author hulls used to be made of Wood.

A - durability of plastic is out of scope
B - Nothing has been said about savings
C - classifying products as high tech is not what the author mentions
D - Yup. Why research to convert wood into plastic if hulls were already made of wood
E - author is concerned with sailboat not other areas for tech research.
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"But what does the company think sailboat hulls used to be made of?"

This implies they used to be made of plastic, not wood. There might be an advantage of converting them into plastic, but the author means that plastic can be made in a much simpler and cheaper way than the intricate process of converting wood.

Therefore, I think the OA is debatable. You would not express yourself in such a sarcastic way if hulls were earlier made of wood. If they were, then the company might just counter your argument with the fact that plastic is a better material for this usage and hence the conversion is necessary.

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Bambi2021 wrote:
"But what does the company think sailboat hulls used to be made of?"

This implies they used to be made of plastic, not wood. There might be an advantage of converting them into plastic, but the author means that plastic can be made in a much simpler and cheaper way than the intricate process of converting wood.

Therefore, I think the OA is debatable. You would not express yourself in such a sarcastic way if hulls were earlier made of wood. If they were, then the company might just counter your argument with the fact that plastic is a better material for this usage and hence the conversion is necessary.

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I agree with you, I had the same thinking

"But what does the company think sailboat hulls used to be made of?"

This implies they used to be made of plastic, not wood.
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The answer is D, because if it is possible to make small boats out of wood, the company will not be profitable because changing the boat to plastic will require another cost.
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Bunuel wrote:
At an enormous research cost, a leading chemical company has developed a manufacturing process for converting wood fibers into a plastic. According to the company, this new plastic can be used for, among other things, the hulls of small sailboats. But what does the company think sailboat hulls used to be made of? Surely the mania for high technology can scarcely go further than this.

The author’s opinion of the manufacturing process described in the passage is based primarily on the fact that

(A) plastic is unlikely to be durable enough for high-quality sailboat hulls
(B) the research costs of developing the process outweigh any savings possible from the use of the plastic
(C) a small sailboat is not normally regarded as a high-tech product
(D) hulls for small sailboats can be made from wood without converting it into plastic
(E) many other spheres of human activity are in far greater need of technological research

­(A) Incorrect: Assumes plastic's durability without evidence.

(B) Irrelevant: Focuses on costs, not the suitability of plastic.

(C) Irrelevant: Discusses perceptions, not material choice.

(D) Correct: Challenges the need for converting wood into plastic.

(E) Irrelevant: Discusses broader research priorities, not specific to sailboat hulls.
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­At an enormous research cost, a leading chemical company has developed a manufacturing process for converting wood fibers into a plastic. According to the company, this new plastic can be used for, among other things, the hulls of small sailboats. But what does the company think sailboat hulls used to be made of? Surely the mania for high technology can scarcely go further than this.

The author expressed hidden disagreement to the ethusiasm of unpragmatic tech research from this leading chemical company coz this plastic is not gonna be useful for building the hull of sailboats.

P-C for company's manufactoring process:
Premise
: This company has passion for tech research
Conclusion: This company invests in the manufacturing process of plastic (also why the manufacturing process exists)

Author's opinion is to disagrees, so any option that can break the premise is the right answer

The author’s opinion of the manufacturing process described in the passage is based primarily on the fact that

(A) plastic is unlikely to be durable enough for high-quality sailboat hulls -- NO, even if the plastic is durable, the company would still wanna invest
(B) the research costs of developing the process outweigh any savings possible from the use of the plastic --NO, if the return of investment of this plastic is positive, the company could invest more on this manufacturing process bcs of their ethusiasm
(C) a small sailboat is not normally regarded as a high-tech product -- NO, it's irrelevant to the passion and the manufacturing process of this company
(D) hulls for small sailboats can be made from wood without converting it into plastic -- YES, coz if hulls can be made without wood, then converting wood fibers to plastics is a waste
(E) many other spheres of human activity are in far greater need of technological research -- NO, irrelevant to to passion and the manufactoring process of this company
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