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# Industrialists from the country Distopia were accused of

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20 Jul 2004, 01:36
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Industrialists from the country Distopia were
accused of promoting the Distopian intervention in
the Arcadian civil war merely to insure that the
profits during the war. Yet this cannot be the motive
since, as the Distopians foresaw, Distopia's federal
expenses for the intervention were eight billion
dollars, whereas, during the war, profits from the
Distopian industrialists' facilities in Arcadia totaled
only four billion dollars

Which of the following, if true, exposes a serious
flaw in the argument made in the second sentence
above?

(A) During the Arcadian war, many Distopian
industrialists with facilities located in Arcadia
experienced a significant rise in productivity
in their facilities located in Distopia
(B) The largest proportion of Distopia's federal
expenses is borne by those who receive no
significant industrial profits.
(C) Most Distopian industrialists' facilities located
in Arcadia are expected to maintain the level
of profits they achieved during the war.
(D) Distopian industrialists' facilities in Arcadia
made substantial profits before the events
that triggered the civil war.
(E) Many Distopians expressed concern over the
the civil war.

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20 Jul 2004, 03:26
(B) it is.

(D) and (E) are out of scope.

(A) and (C) streghthen the argument.

Only (B) points out an imbalance between the firgures mentioned in the second sentence of the argument and the reason given in support of these figures (Which makes a link between the reason behind Distopia's entering into war).

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20 Jul 2004, 04:59
OlegC wrote:

Industrialists from the country Distopia were
accused of promoting the Distopian intervention in
the Arcadian civil war merely to insure that the
profits during the war. Yet this cannot be the motive
since, as the Distopians foresaw, Distopia's federal
expenses for the intervention were eight billion
dollars, whereas, during the war, profits from the
Distopian industrialists' facilities in Arcadia totaled
only four billion dollars

Which of the following, if true, exposes a serious
flaw in the argument made in the second sentence
above?

(A) During the Arcadian war, many Distopian
industrialists with facilities located in Arcadia
experienced a significant rise in productivity
in their facilities located in Distopia
(B) The largest proportion of Distopia's federal
expenses is borne by those who receive no
significant industrial profits.
(C) Most Distopian industrialists' facilities located
in Arcadia are expected to maintain the level
of profits they achieved during the war.
(D) Distopian industrialists' facilities in Arcadia
made substantial profits before the events
that triggered the civil war.
(E) Many Distopians expressed concern over the
the civil war.

The question asks us which option exposes a serious flaw in the argument made in the second sentence there. The second sentence tells why the industrialists should not interfere. So we need to find a fact that , if true, would encourage the intervention.

A and C could just do that.

A means that by intervening in the war, the profits of not only the industries in Arcadia would increase, but also that of those in Distopia.

C seems to say that the increas in war-time profits in industries in Arcadia would continue in the post-war period also.

To me A seems to be the better choice as its more clear in its meaning and is the most relevant.
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20 Jul 2004, 05:24
I think it is B.

There is a reason establishment for the conclusion in terms of the comparison between Distopia's federal expenses and from the
Distopian industrialists' facilities. However, if B were true, then the comparison is unfair because the scope of the passge is just restricted to industrialists and their motivations but most of the funding is from others who receive no significant industrial profits.

OlegC wrote:

Industrialists from the country Distopia were
accused of promoting the Distopian intervention in
the Arcadian civil war merely to insure that the
profits during the war. Yet this cannot be the motive
since, as the Distopians foresaw, Distopia's federal
expenses for the intervention were eight billion
dollars, whereas, during the war, profits from the
Distopian industrialists' facilities in Arcadia totaled
only four billion dollars

Which of the following, if true, exposes a serious
flaw in the argument made in the second sentence
above?

(A) During the Arcadian war, many Distopian
industrialists with facilities located in Arcadia
experienced a significant rise in productivity
in their facilities located in Distopia
(B) The largest proportion of Distopia's federal
expenses is borne by those who receive no
significant industrial profits.
(C) Most Distopian industrialists' facilities located
in Arcadia are expected to maintain the level
of profits they achieved during the war.
(D) Distopian industrialists' facilities in Arcadia
made substantial profits before the events
that triggered the civil war.
(E) Many Distopians expressed concern over the
the civil war.

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20 Jul 2004, 05:35
Hi Guys , this is my first post.. I joined this forum very recently.
This place is a paradise for GMATting.

I think the Answer is B since it represents the relation between the expenses incurred in the war and the profits needed to match the former.

OA is appreciated with explanation.

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20 Jul 2004, 06:00
I think it si B. In long time Distopians may profit from the facilities much more than they spend on war

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20 Jul 2004, 06:13
The OA, unfortunately, is B. This is as per G+. Its unfortunate because I can still not make sense of why the answer is B
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20 Jul 2004, 06:16
Yes, the OA is B and fantastic explanations by Paul here:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... 094d1f7a17

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20 Jul 2004, 09:02
abisurd wrote:
The OA, unfortunately, is B. This is as per G+. Its unfortunate because I can still not make sense of why the answer is B

B mentions that the industrialists didn't have to bear the majority of the expense so they had the motivation to promote the Distopian intervention in the Arcadian civil war to insure that their facilities in Arcadia made substantial profits during the war. So B is the ans.
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20 Jul 2004, 12:30
I am good today......Without seeing the reasoning I got it B. Now I will read Paul's explaintations.

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