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# Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise,

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Re: Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, [#permalink]
Souvik, this is a great question. To attack assumption questions, one must first identify the premise and the conclusion of the argument.

Premise
1) "The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra."
2) Ephedra stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems"

Conclusion
"Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health
and
Should be banned from distribution in our state."

The conclusion begs the question --> why is Mango Paradise harmful to health? & why should it be banned? We can start to think about possible reasons its harmful to health.. it has in it 2.5% chemical that can cause serious health problems... Therefore the author believes that the 2.5% content is the cause of the health problems. Something that the stimulus hints at. Hence the answer is C.
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Re: Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, [#permalink]
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Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production.

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink.

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems.

Ephedra is focussed to be the problematic ingredient.
Hence Only C.
E missed the bus as it was certain most consumers will eventually develop cardiac problems, while the statement mentioned stimulation and possible heart problems.
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Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production. -Okay. This is just a fact set.

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink. -We are not worried about the consumers' taste pattern

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health. -Correct.

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise. -We are certainly not worried about this either.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems. -We don't know. This is a very extreme statement. The argument uses the words "may cause" that depict that the even might happen but is not certain to happen.
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Re: Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, [#permalink]
+1 C

Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Here the main argument P >= 2.5 % is present in a Soft drink and this amount causes cardiac problems. So Assumption is If P is present grater than 2.5 % in any Drink that will necessarily cause problem.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production.

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink.

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems.
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Re: Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, [#permalink]
The answer is E here. I disagree with C. The passage says “but may also result in serious cardiac problems” this part of the premise states that the reason the drink is unhealthy is because it may cause cardiac problems in its users. The conclusion is that we should ban the drink (and if the reason we should ban the drink is because it is unhealthy due to the potential for cardiac problems), then E would be correct because the author is assuming that all users will have a cardiac reaction to the drink if they use it (since he states that it should be banned). C doesn’t make sense. The passage doesn’t talk about other drinks, it talks about the one drink.

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Re: Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, [#permalink]
Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?
A)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production.
We don't know if it will start to be produced or if it is already being produced.
b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink.
Enjoying the taste is not the theme of the argument but the risk of harmful effects is.
c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.
Correct, we and author assumes that Ephedra in that quantity is harmful
d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise.
Affiliation is out of scope.
e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems.
not true and is a very strong statement for assumption.
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Re: Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, [#permalink]
The whole game between C and E is won by C because of usage of 'most consumers' in choice E. Had it been 'all' instead of 'most' then E would have been the winner.
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Re: Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, [#permalink]
Hey !
According to me answer has to be "C".

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production. - we are not concerned with when the drink is going into production- Eliminate

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink. Negate the argument and it says "Consumers are likely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink"
this will strengthen the argument.(Remember when you negate the Assumption the conclusion should fall apart)- Eliminate

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.Negate it "not all drink that contain at least 2.5% of Ephedra are harmful to consumer health" - the conclusion falls apart - Correct

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise. Not concerned with this option at all

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems. Negate it "Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will not eventually experience serious cardiac problems" well the Drink can still stimulate the activity of the nervous system . Eliminate

Let me ask you this: "What is the logical opposite of ANY?" Some not, right?

Negate (C): Some (0->99%) drink that contains at least 2.5% of E are not harmful to consumer health. Does that leave the possibility that Mango Paradise is harmful and should be banned? For that reason, (C) is not a very strong answer. Neither is (E). IMO, this is not a good question.
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Re: Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, [#permalink]
neha2785 wrote:
Consumer advocate wants to ban the drink because it has atleast 2.5% of harmful chemical .
A ) not relevant
B ) not relevant
C ) this is the base of his argument
D ) not relevant
E ) Very much relevant and puts direct cardiac problem in line
So it has to be E

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Re: Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, [#permalink]
Isn't option C already mentioned in the premise in the line
2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems.
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