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Background information: This year, each film submitted to the Barbizon Film Festival was submitted in one of ten categories. For each category, there was a panel that decided which submitted films to accept.

Fact 1: Within each category, the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films.
Fact 2: The overall rate of acceptance of domestic films was significantly higher than that of foreign films.

In light of the background information, which of the following, if true, can account for fact 1 and fact 2 both being true of the submissions to this year’s Barbizon Film Festival?

A. In each category, the selection panel was composed of filmmakers, and some selection panels included no foreign filmmakers.
B. Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival.
C. In each of the past three years, the overall acceptance rate was higher for foreign than for domestic films, an outcome that had upset some domestic filmmakers.
D. The number of films to be selected in each category was predetermined, but in no category was it required that the acceptance rate of foreign films should equal that of domestic films.
E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with high prestige, but with correspondingly low rates of acceptance.
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14 Jul 2009, 05:43
I am with E
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A. In each category, the selection panel was composed of filmmakers, and some
selection panels included no foreign filmmakers.

It introduces new info which is irrelevant.

B. Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the
festival.

MAYBE. if the rate of acceptance is the same but there are more domestic films than foreign then more consideration.

C. In each of the past three years, the overall acceptance rate was higher for foreign
than for domestic films, an outcome that had upset some domestic filmmakers.

irrelevant info.

D. The number of films to be selected in each category was predetermined, but in no
category was it required that the acceptance rate of foreign films should equal that
of domestic films.

fact is equal acceptance.

E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with
high prestige, but with correspondingly low rates of acceptance.

HIGH MAYBE. It clearly states that the most foreign films are in contention for high awards - the low rates of acceptance should be THE SAME to both domestic and foreign (due to fact 1).

I pick E because it is more clearer than B since B never said the acceptance rate like E did here....
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E also here.

A) The judges have no relevance here.
B) The number of films is irrelevant b/c the argument specifically talks about rates of acceptance.
C) Past acceptance rates have nothing to do with this year’s acceptance rates
D) This doesn’t explain the apparent contradiction. We are told the acceptance rate in each category does happen to be equal for both foreign and domestic.
E) This makes sense. Imagine the following scenario:

Category: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Foreign: 5% 5% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Domestic: 5% 5% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%

In the above scenario, both statements can be true. Within each category where foreign and domestic films were submitted, the acceptance rate is the same (Fact 1). However, imagine that no foreign films were submitted for categories 3 – 10 and domestic films were submitted across all categories. The overall acceptance rate of domestic films would be higher (Fact 2).
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14 Jul 2009, 09:31
topher wrote:
E also here.

A) The judges have no relevance here.
B) The number of films is irrelevant b/c the argument specifically talks about rates of acceptance.
C) Past acceptance rates have nothing to do with this year’s acceptance rates
D) This doesn’t explain the apparent contradiction. We are told the acceptance rate in each category does happen to be equal for both foreign and domestic.
E) This makes sense. Imagine the following scenario:

Category: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Foreign: 5% 5% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Domestic: 5% 5% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%

In the above scenario, both statements can be true. Within each category where foreign and domestic films were submitted, the acceptance rate is the same (Fact 1). However, imagine that no foreign films were submitted for categories 3 – 10 and domestic films were submitted across all categories. The overall acceptance rate of domestic films would be higher (Fact 2).

Great explanation Topher.
OA is E
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18 Jul 2009, 09:18
Agree with E
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20 Jul 2009, 00:00
It is easy to have a assume that there are domestic and foreign films submitted to every catalog and an incline to choose B as in my case
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20 Jul 2009, 01:01
Great explanation buddy.
Kudos to you.
Thanks. Without your explanation, OA was not acceptable.
topher wrote:
E also here.

A) The judges have no relevance here.
B) The number of films is irrelevant b/c the argument specifically talks about rates of acceptance.
C) Past acceptance rates have nothing to do with this year’s acceptance rates
D) This doesn’t explain the apparent contradiction. We are told the acceptance rate in each category does happen to be equal for both foreign and domestic.
E) This makes sense. Imagine the following scenario:

Category: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Foreign: 5% 5% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Domestic: 5% 5% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%

In the above scenario, both statements can be true. Within each category where foreign and domestic films were submitted, the acceptance rate is the same (Fact 1). However, imagine that no foreign films were submitted for categories 3 – 10 and domestic films were submitted across all categories. The overall acceptance rate of domestic films would be higher (Fact 2).
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20 Jul 2009, 01:13
Narrowed it down to B&E, selected E finally.
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21 Jul 2009, 18:07
+1 Kudo @Topher.
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26 Jul 2010, 10:24
E makes most sense.
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27 Jul 2010, 03:52
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27 Jul 2010, 04:50
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27 Jul 2010, 06:42
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I am a little confused Topher's explaination. In Topher's example, the same acceptance rate is just happened in the same field. Based on the Fact 1, within each category, the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films. It could means that if the rate of acceptance for domestic films is 20%, that for foreign films would be 20%, not N/A. If it is, E could be the answer. Besides, the background information did not mention any issue about prestige.
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27 Jul 2010, 19:14
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27 Jul 2010, 19:15
was confused in B and E for a while then chose B....
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04 Sep 2010, 08:04
Please clarify between B and E.
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17 Sep 2010, 20:23
B, 'E' violates fact1:the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films
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the right answer really is 'E',and there is a trap in 'E'
First,why is 'B' wrong,see the explanation below:
D denotes demestic films,F denotes foreign films
category 1,rate=20%
D:100*20%=20
F:20*20%=4
category 2,rate=20%
D:500*20%=100
F:100*20%=20

overall rate(D)=(20+100)/(100+500)=120/600=20%
overall rate(F)=(4+20)/(20+100)=24/120=20%

SO,more domestic films don't mean higher overall rate.

Second,'E' says MOST F were submitted in CATEGORIES with low rates
As you see,that's the category which has low rate of acceptance,NOT F has the low rate of acceptance.That is really a trap which causes you to believe that 'E' contradics fact 1.
So:
category 1,rate=20%
D:100*20%=20
F:20*20%=4
category 2,RATE=5%
D:100*5%=5
F:400*5%=20

overall rate(D)=(20+20)/(100+100)=40/200=20%
overall rate(F)=(5+20)/(20+400)=25/420=6%(approximately)

as the calculation above,that most F were in category 2 and the rate of category 2 is extremely low both to D and F,causes the overall rate of F is around 6%
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