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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

At large amusement parks, live shows are used very deliberately to influence crowd movements. Lunchtime performances relieve the pressure on a park’s restaurants. Evening performances have a rather different purpose: to encourage visitors to stay for supper. Behind this surface divergence in immediate purpose there is the unified underlying goal of______


(A) keeping the lines at the various rides short by drawing off part of the crowd
(B) enhancing revenue by attracting people who come only for the live shows and then leave the park
(C) avoiding as far as possible traffic jams caused by visitors entering or leaving the park
(D) encouraging as many people as possible to come to the park in order to eat at the restaurants
(E) utilizing the restaurants at optimal levels for as much of the day as possible


Please help in understanding option (D) and (E) . Thanks in advance

Originally posted by sacmanitin on 16 Jan 2010, 15:46.
Last edited by Bunuel on 31 Aug 2018, 04:27, edited 2 times in total.
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Hey All,

Looks like you're on the right track with this, but I thought I'd weigh in to go through all the answer choices. Basically, the key is not to let your own understanding of amusement parks get in the way of what the passage focuses on.

Premises: Live shows used to influence crowd movements. First for lunch, then for supper.

A) keeping the lines at the various rides short by drawing off part of the crowd
Problem: Even though this makes total sense, it's never mentioned in the passage. We don't discuss lines.

(B) enhancing revenue by attracting people who come only for the live shows and then leave the park
Problem: Who would do that? Again, we never discuss money.

(C) avoiding as far as possible traffic jams caused by visitors entering or leaving the park
Problem: We never discuss traffic.

(D) encouraging as many people as possible to come to the park in order to eat at the restaurants
Problem: This is the trap answer, because at least it involves restaurants. But the live shows are not created to bring people to the theme park IN ORDER to eat at the restaurants. As we were told, the live shows are used to affect crowd movements.

(E) utilizing the restaurants at optimal levels for as much of the day as possible
Answer: Now we're on track. The goal is to keep the RIGHT NUMBER of people at the restaurants at certain times.

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sacmanitin wrote:
Which of the following best completes the passage below?
At large amusement parks, live shows are used very deliberately to influence crowd movements. Lunchtime performances relieve the pressure on a park’s restaurants. Evening performances have a rather different purpose: to encourage visitors to stay for supper. Behind this surface divergence in immediate purpose there is the unified underlying goal of______


A) keeping the lines at the various rides short by drawing off part of the crowd
(B) enhancing revenue by attracting people who come only for the live shows and then leave the park
(C) avoiding as far as possible traffic jams caused by visitors entering or leaving the park
(D) encouraging as many people as possible to come to the park in order to eat at the restaurants
(E) utilizing the restaurants at optimal levels for as much of the day as possible


Please help in understanding option (D) and (E) . Thanks in advance


My guess is E

D is irrelevant because we are told about people in the park and not people who may come to the park.
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"E" from me too. states why the park uses "live shows" - with a goal to utilize the resturants as much as possible.
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I completely let me own understanding :( of amusement parks get in the way of what the passage focuses on and hence got the answer wrong.
Good explanation TommyWallach.
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surface divergence is the key word giving hints for E
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The question informs us that shows are planned in a way as to "relieve" pressure during lunch times and to encourage people to stay for supper at night.

Option D tends to tell us that the park wants people to come and eat at the restaurant, but that is not the problem since people are eating there as explained by the question that lunch time is full.

Options E on the other hand explains the logic quite well whereby the park wants the restaurants to be fully utilized by planning the shows in a way that people will end up eating at the restaurants.
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