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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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Struggling with why/how D can be the right answer. If the farmer gets ALL his knowledge form the trained apple picker staff, isn't he equally well informed as the trained staff? Any takers?

VeritasPrepKarishma can you please advise?
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Conclusion : Farmer is less informed than pickers on problems.
A talks about the assessment of quality of fruit. - WRONG

D says that Pickers are the only informants to provide the problems on ground to Farmer - No wonder he is less informed or utmost knows as much as pickers.

Answer should be D.
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To find the assumption that forms the basis of this scenario, first, identify the conclusion: the farmer is not as well-informed about potential problems with his fruit as his pickers are. The evidence we have is that the pickers see and pick the substandard fruit. The only scenario in which this makes sense is if the pickers are the farmer’s only source of information (D)--he’s not looking at it himself, not being informed about it by a foreman, or otherwise finding out independently.

In the case of both (A), note that the stimulus itself isn’t making an argument about what “should” happen, only about what does happen. Who would be most qualified to assess the quality is not relevant to this particular conclusion.

Choice (B) is a weakener. If the farmer spend more time in the field, then he likely would be more informed about the potential problems with the crops. This weakens the conclusion, whereas an assumption would strengthen it.

Similarly, (C) makes a claim that the passage does not support. The passage tells us that the farm has this policy, not that the policy is right or wrong. In this case, the farmer would be at the top of the hierarchy, but this isn’t relevant to the question itself.

Finally, what the farmer would want to happen is not relevant to what actually is happening already. Choice (E) is another answer exploring a "should" scenario that is not relevant to this argument.

Answer = (D)
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can someone help me understand why option D is correct. Now if you say that the staff are the only source of information to the farm owner then the owner is not less informed. The amount of info that the farmer has might be the same as the staff who are working in the field then this option cannot help conclude that the farmer is less well informed that the trained staff.
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longhaul123 wrote:
can someone help me understand why option D is correct. Now if you say that the staff are the only source of information to the farm owner then the owner is not less informed. The amount of info that the farmer has might be the same as the staff who are working in the field then this option cannot help conclude that the farmer is less well informed that the trained staff.


Hi longhaul123,

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."

(D) the farmer obtains all of his information about problems with fruit quality from no source other than the pickers.-- Negate D and the argument falls apart. If the farmer obtains the problems with fruit quality from sources besides the seasonal pickers then the argument falls apart.

Hope this helps!! :-)
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