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# Because it was long thought that few people would watch

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Because it was long thought that few people would watch [#permalink]

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01 Jul 2009, 09:39
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Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televised political messages, most televised political advertisements, like commercial advertisements, took the form of short messages. Last year, however, one candidate produced a half-hour-long advertisement. During the half hour the advertisement was aired, a substantial portion of the viewing public tuned into the advertisement. Clearly, then, many more people are interested in watching lengthy televised political messages than was previously thought.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. The candidate’s ratings improved significantly as a result of the half-hour-long political advertisement.
B. Political advertisements have become increasingly influential in determining voters’ decisions at the polls.
C. Many people would appreciate the opportunity to become better acquainted with political candidates’ views on current political issues.
D. Most people who are interested in political issues watch television regularly.
E. Most of the viewers who tuned in to the candidate’s half-hour-long advertisement last year did not change channels after the first few minutes.
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01 Jul 2009, 09:59
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Cearly its E

In CR, its a good strategy to think of what could the answer be before you go to the answer choices. The advantage of doing this is that you have lesser chances of getting confused by the diverting wrong answer choices.

If you do so with this question, you would probably get E even before seeing the choices.

Lengthy advertisements are useless if people tune into them but then tune out before the adv.s are over. The conclusion (people ARE interested in long advertisements) is valid only if all those who tune in during that advertisement also stay tuned till the ad is over.

Obviously if an advertisement half an hour long, rather than 1 or 2 minutes, appx 10-15 times more people will tune into that channel during those 30 minutes. However, if they were really interested, they should have stayed, and not changed the channel. Any choice which states that they did not stay tuned for long is you answer. (In this case, an assumption that people DID stay tuned is the answer)
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04 Jul 2009, 06:12
E is the OA....Thanks....
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05 Jul 2009, 03:37
E
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Consider kudos for the good post ...
My debrief : http://gmatclub.com/forum/journey-670-to-720-q50-v36-long-85083.html

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05 Jul 2009, 06:01
I'm for E too.
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23 Jul 2009, 02:09
E it is.
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23 Jul 2009, 02:11
agree with above explanation from rashminet84
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