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City Controller: 63% of our residents voted to approve the developer's request to build a national chain hotel on the site of the old consignment store. The hotel will increase our revenue base and, therefore, provide more money for schools and community services.

Mayor: But our recent survey showed that the most important reason people want to live here is our small-town feel resulting from the local ownership of the vast majority of businesses.

What is the best explanation for the apparent contradiction in opinions cited by the controller and the mayor?

(A) Most people believe having a small-town feel is more important than having quality schools.
(B) A locally-owned business might be able to generate as much revenue as a well-known hotel chain.
(C) The recent survey did not ask about preferences for a chain hotel versus a locally-owned bed and breakfast.
(D) An increase in the town's revenue base may not result in additional money for the schools.
(E) The recent survey cited by the mayor polled people who are considering moving to the town.
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I will go with E.
The contradiction is because the City Controller is referring to local residents but the Mayor is referring to a survey whose participants could be non-residents.

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New post 08 Jan 2007, 07:51
A favors the major´s opinion, it doesn´t explain the contradiction.
B introduces extraneous info. Irrelevant.
C same as B.
D contradicts the controller´s opinion. Ruled out.
E says that the survey cited by the major is from people who don´t live in the city, just plan to, so they may not be aware of the hotel chain plans and so on. Fits the question and thus is the best answer.

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I will go with E too, although it seems a little too obvious. Feels a little like a trap. The others just dont explain the contradiction

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Initially thought it would be C. But after reading carefully, the reasoning behind the contradiction of opinions between mayor and City Controller must be as per choice E.

Mayor conducted survey of those people who are considering to move out of the town and hence they perceive the locals who continue to stay in the town support the local business which is not the actual case.


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City Controller: 63% of our residents voted to approve the developer’s request to build a national chain hotel on
the site of the old consignment store. The hotel will increase our revenue base and, therefore, provide more
money for schools and community services.
Mayor: But our recent survey showed that the most important reason people want to live here is our small-town
feel resulting from the local ownership of the vast majority of businesses.
What is the best explanation for the apparent contradiction in opinions cited by the controller and the mayor?
• Most people believe having a small-town feel is more important than having quality schools.
• A locally-owned business might be able to generate as much revenue as a well-known hotel chain.
• The recent survey did not ask about preferences for a chain hotel versus a locally-owned bed and breakfast.
• An increase in the town’s revenue base may not result in additional money for the schools.
• The recent survey cited by the mayor polled people who are considering moving to the town.

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City Controller: 63% of our residents voted to approve the developer’s request to build a national chain hotel on
the site of the old consignment store. The hotel will increase our revenue base and, therefore, provide more
money for schools and community services.
Mayor: But our recent survey showed that the most important reason people want to live here is our small-town
feel resulting from the local ownership of the vast majority of businesses.
What is the best explanation for the apparent contradiction in opinions cited by the controller and the mayor?
• Most people believe having a small-town feel is more important than having quality schools.
• A locally-owned business might be able to generate as much revenue as a well-known hotel chain.
• The recent survey did not ask about preferences for a chain hotel versus a locally-owned bed and breakfast.
• An increase in the town’s revenue base may not result in additional money for the schools.
• The recent survey cited by the mayor polled people who are considering moving to the town.


Most Necessary here is to understand what contradiction is to be solved? -
CC - Our residents say Hotel Chain is Good.

M - Recent survey said people want to live here because of small town feel.

The two are talking about 2 different surveys, we have to find out how?

(A) What most people believe does not help to solve the contradiction here.
(B) Also does not help us to solve any contradiction, it just raises doubt over CC's statement.
(C) Shell GAME Answer - It confuses us by putting -locally-owned bed & breakfast - when Mayor talks only about local ownership, not B & B.
(D) Contradicts just the statement of CC, does not help to answer the contradiction between CC & Mayor's statement.
(E) Bingo!!! IF the Survey by Mayor is taken by people who are yet not residents of the city, but only are considering to move to the city then it solves wat the CC and Mayor are talking about.


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aditi1903 wrote:
City Controller: 63% of our residents voted to approve the developer’s request to build a national chain hotel on
the site of the old consignment store. The hotel will increase our revenue base and, therefore, provide more
money for schools and community services.
Mayor: But our recent survey showed that the most important reason people want to live here is our small-town
feel resulting from the local ownership of the vast majority of businesses.
What is the best explanation for the apparent contradiction in opinions cited by the controller and the mayor?
• Most people believe having a small-town feel is more important than having quality schools.
• A locally-owned business might be able to generate as much revenue as a well-known hotel chain.
• The recent survey did not ask about preferences for a chain hotel versus a locally-owned bed and breakfast.
• An increase in the town’s revenue base may not result in additional money for the schools.
• The recent survey cited by the mayor polled people who are considering moving to the town.


The city controller approve building hotel that will make the revenues for building school and others public service. However, the mayor said one survey shows that people love ot live in small town than the larger one. The question asked about the explanation between the two contradicted opinions, and choice E is really solve that.

When the people want to live in long time, or even permanently, they will prefer the peaceful one than busied one. In the city controller's thought, he think the customer will want to live in hotel a short time, not long. So, the two groups of people are different. City controller and mayor are arguing in different set of customers.
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it would be great help if someone will help me in breaking down question stem
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it would be great help if someone will help me in breaking down question stem
i am able to understand argument but not been able to find out what kind of answer choice we are supposed to find

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This question is a resolve the paradox type question.We have to find out the choice that proves that both the contradictory opinions can be true at the same time.

E does exactly that by telling us that different people were polled in the survey quoted by the Mayor.

Different set of people can have different opinions. :( :(

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it would be great help if someone will help me in breaking down question stem
i am able to understand argument but not been able to find out what kind of answer choice we are supposed to find

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This question is a resolve the paradox type question.We have to find out the choice that proves that both the contradictory opinions can be true at the same time.

E does exactly that by telling us that different people were polled in the survey quoted by the Mayor.

Different set of people can have different opinions. :( :(

Hope the above helps!!

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This question is a resolve the paradox type question.We have to find out the choice that proves that both the contradictory opinions can be true at the same time.

E does exactly that by telling us that different people were polled in the survey quoted by the Mayor.

Different set of people can have different opinions. :( :(

Hope the above helps!!

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City Controller: 63% of our residents voted to approve the developer's request to build a national chain hotel on the site of the old consignment store. The hotel will increase our revenue base and, therefore, provide more money for schools and community services.

Mayor: But our recent survey showed that the most important reason people want to live here is our small-town feel resulting from the local ownership of the vast majority of businesses.


I picked E, and this is my reasoning:
CC - says 63% of residents approve construction of new hotel.
mayor - people want to live here because of some reason.

what could be the discrepancy here? what if the survey of the mayor was not polled on people who actually reside there? Note that it is not directly implied that THOSE people who responded to city controller's poll answered in the same poll conducted by mayor.

What is the best explanation for the apparent contradiction in opinions cited by the controller and the mayor?

A. Most people believe having a small-town feel is more important than having quality schools.
might be, or might be not, there is no information that would make us believe that such is the case.

B. A locally-owned business might be able to generate as much revenue as a well-known hotel chain.
might, or might not. this is not really important to us.

C. The recent survey did not ask about preferences for a chain hotel versus a locally-owned bed and breakfast.
this is out of scope. compares CH vs. locally-owned bed and breakfast.

D. An increase in the town's revenue base may not result in additional money for the schools.
still doesn't explain the paradox presented in the argument.

E. The recent survey cited by the mayor polled people who are considering moving to the town.
aha, if people who responded in CC's questionnaire were residents, but people who responded to mayor's questionnaire were people who are not, then we have the paradox solved.

E so far is the best answer.

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City Controller: 63% of our residents voted to approve the developer's request to build a national chain hotel on the site of the old consignment store. The hotel will increase our revenue base and, therefore, provide more money for schools and community services.

Mayor: But our recent survey showed that the most important reason people want to live here is our small-town feel resulting from the local ownership of the vast majority of businesses.

What is the best explanation for the apparent contradiction in opinions cited by the controller and the mayor?

(A) Most people believe having a small-town feel is more important than having quality schools.
(B) A locally-owned business might be able to generate as much revenue as a well-known hotel chain.
(C) The recent survey did not ask about preferences for a chain hotel versus a locally-owned bed and breakfast.
(D) An increase in the town's revenue base may not result in additional money for the schools.
(E) The recent survey cited by the mayor polled people who are considering moving to the town.


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The majority of residents voted to allow a national chain to build a hotel in town. This appears to contradict the mayor's claim that a recent survey showed most people want to live in the town because of the locally-owned businesses. In order to answer the question, we need an additional piece of information which explains away, or resolves, this apparent contradiction.

(A) If people rank a small-town feel higher in importance than quality schools, then this fact would still contradict the combination of the vote and the survey response.

(B) If a locally-owned business could generate the same amount of revenue as the national hotel, then this fact would still contradict the combination of the vote and the survey response.

(C) This does not address why the residents voted to approve the hotel while survey respondents said they preferred locally-owned businesses.

(D) This appears to contradict the reason given for residents voting to approve the hotel but does not do so in a way that explains the discrepancy with the survey respondents.

(E) CORRECT. If the survey respondents were not actually residents of the town, this explains why the residents of the town voted in a way that does not reflect the results of the survey.
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