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At HappyDay farms, seasonal staff is employed to pick apples during the harvest season each year. This staff is trained to identify and select only high quality apples, table-worthy apples. As part of this process, apples that have been visibly damaged by insects or disease are left to rot in the fields. The farmer who owns the property and sells the fruit is, therefore, less well informed about potential problems with his crops, such as insect infestations, than are the pickers themselves.

The conclusion drawn above is based on the assumption that

(A) the pickers are more qualified to assess the quality of the fruit sold by the farmer than is the farmer.
(B) during a complete year, the farmer spends more time in the field than any single seasonal picker.
(C) quality control is more important for members of the highest group in a hierarchy than members of the lowest group to ensure.
(D) the farmer obtains all of his information about problems with fruit quality from no source other than the pickers.
(E) the farmer, concerned with maximizing profits from sales, would want fewer apples left to rot in the field.
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At HappyDay farms, seasonal staff is employed to pick apples during the harvest season each year. This staff is trained to identify and select only high quality apples, table-worthy apples. As part of this process, apples that have been visibly damaged by insects or disease are left to rot in the fields. The farmer who owns the property and sells the fruit is, therefore, less well informed about potential problems with his crops, such as insect infestations, than are the pickers themselves.

The conclusion drawn above is based on the assumption that

(A) the pickers are more qualified to assess the quality of the fruit sold by the farmer than is the farmer.
(B) during a complete year, the farmer spends more time in the field than any single seasonal picker.
(C) quality control is more important for members of the highest group in a hierarchy than members of the lowest group to ensure.
(D) the farmer obtains all of his information about problems with fruit quality from no source other than the pickers.
(E) the farmer, concerned with maximizing profits from sales, would want fewer apples left to rot in the field.



The conclusion is "The farmer who owns the property and sells the fruit is, therefore, less well informed about potential problems with his crops, such as insect infestations, than are the pickers themselves." and the keyword used but not explained anywhere in the argument is "less well informed".
The assumption therefore should close the gap and justify the "less well informed".

(D) the farmer obtains all of his information about problems with fruit quality from no source other than the pickers.
This is the only valid assumption



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At HappyDay farms, seasonal staff is employed to pick apples during the harvest season each year. This staff is trained to identify and select only high quality apples, table-worthy apples. As part of this process, apples that have been visibly damaged by insects or disease are left to rot in the fields. The farmer who owns the property and sells the fruit is, therefore, less well informed about potential problems with his crops, such as insect infestations, than are the pickers themselves.

The conclusion drawn above is based on the assumption that

(A) the pickers are more qualified to assess the quality of the fruit sold by the farmer than is the farmer.

This option is actually shell game answer type. This statement has no impact on conclusion as if you negate this statement the conclusion will not fall apart .

(B) during a complete year, the farmer spends more time in the field than any single seasonal picker.
(C) quality control is more important for members of the highest group in a hierarchy than members of the lowest group to ensure.
(D) the farmer obtains all of his information about problems with fruit quality from no source other than the pickers.
If for farmer only source of information is picker then offcourse he will be less informed about damage cause than picker . If you negate this statement , the conclusion will fall apart . Therefore this choice is correct

(E) the farmer, concerned with maximizing profits from sales, would want fewer apples left to rot in the field.


Though I chose A but after close analysis I found why A is wrong and D is correct .

Conclusion : The farmer who owns the property and sells the fruit is, therefore, less well informed about potential problems with his crops, such as insect infestations, than are the pickers themselves.


It is already mentioned in the passage that picker do not bring even visibly damaged apple . So the prethinking here would be
1. Farmer do not see the damaged apples and therefore do not know the reason behind their damage .


Experts please correct if I am wrong with my reasoning.
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