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# Because of a recent drought in Florida during the

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29 Jan 2010, 01:26
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Because of a recent drought in Florida during the orange-growing season, the
price of oranges this season will be three times the usual price. This will drive up
the cost of producing orange juice and thus push up the price of orange juice for
the consumer.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
(A) The recent drought was not as severe as scientists predicted.
(B) States other than Florida also supply oranges to orange juice manufacturers.
(C) Other ingredients are used in the production of orange juice.
(D) Last year the price of oranges was actually lower than the average price over
the past ten years.
(E) The price of oranges will eventually be \$0.48 per crate.
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29 Jan 2010, 08:30
Conclusion: The cost of producing orange juice will be higher which in turn will push up the cost of orange juice

To weaken this conclusion, we have to negatively impact the conclusion.

Because of a recent drought in Florida during the orange-growing season, the
price of oranges this season will be three times the usual price. This will drive up
the cost of producing orange juice and thus push up the price of orange juice for
the consumer.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
(A) The recent drought was not as severe as scientists predicted.
This is not related to the cost of producing orange juice.
(B) States other than Florida also supply oranges to orange juice manufacturers.
This seems to be the most probable answer. Assuming that states other than Florida didn't experience drought and the cost of oranges is the same elsewhere, the cost of producing orange juice would not be much impacted.

(C) Other ingredients are used in the production of orange juice.
The major ingredient of orange juice is orange. So, the cost of other ingredients is irrelevant.
(D) Last year the price of oranges was actually lower than the average price over
the past ten years.
: Though the cost of oranges was actually lower,the price will be thrice the price now. The new price cannot be assumed to be lower/higher from this choice.
(E) The price of oranges will eventually be \$0.48 per crate. : We cannot assume the cost of orange juice from this.
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29 Jan 2010, 11:43
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Because of a recent drought in Florida during the orange-growing season, the
price of oranges this season will be three times the usual price. This will drive up
the cost of producing orange juice and thus push up the price of orange juice for
the consumer.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
(A) The recent drought was not as severe as scientists predicted.
(B) States other than Florida also supply oranges to orange juice manufacturers.
(C) Other ingredients are used in the production of orange juice.
(D) Last year the price of oranges was actually lower than the average price over
the past ten years.
(E) The price of oranges will eventually be \$0.48 per crate.

B seems to be a clear winner as it gives an alternative source for oranges!
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21 Dec 2010, 10:41
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to complete this question:

OA is B.

I got this question in one of the princeton review papers.
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21 Jan 2011, 18:56
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B. Easy one.
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22 Jan 2011, 09:10
Additional supply provides that the prices will not rise in Florida.

B
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13 Mar 2011, 10:08
garbage question none of the options are conclusive.
if taken literally, c is the least bad ans.
it says 'Other ingredients are used in the production of orange juice'
and not 'Other ingredients are ALSO used in the production of orange juice'
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17 Oct 2011, 04:08
Not good question. B and C are confusing. It is also possible that other states also have drought and "also" is missing in C... Not real GMAT level question.
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17 Oct 2011, 04:20
additional source of supply means no shortage of oranges and this will lead to stability in prices ( purely economics : demand supply graph) . the only answer that leads to this conclusion is B
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02 Aug 2015, 01:18
I marked B as wrong for following reason:
States other than Florida also supply oranges to orange juice manufacturers, But the % contribution of other states v/s that by Florida state is not given.
For eg. if other states contribute 5% & Florida contributes 95% of oranges, prices will go high.
and if other states contrubute 90% & Florida contributes 10%, then prices might not go high or may even then rise.

Can't really figure out error in my reasoning!
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01 Mar 2018, 02:12
I think the answer is B .If other states are also supplying orange,then the price increase in florida will not affect the price o orange juice that much.
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