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# CR - Sales Seminar Critics

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Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point out that since 1987, revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees attended consultant-led seminars were lower than revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees did not attend such seminars. The critics charge that for vacuum cleaner companies, the sales seminars are ill conceived and a waste of money.

Which of the following, if true, is the most effective challenge to the critics of sales seminars?
(A) Those vacuum cleaner companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 are the only companies that did not send employees to the seminars.
(B) Vacuum cleaner companies that have sent employees to sales seminars since 1987 experienced a greater drop in sales than they had prior to 1987.
(C) The cost of vacuum cleaner sales seminars run by outside consultants has risen dramatically since 1987.
(D) The poor design of vacuum cleaner sales seminars is not the only reason for their ineffectiveness.
(E) Since 1987, sales of vacuum cleaners have risen twenty percent.
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06 Oct 2005, 10:51
I'm going with A

The argument is that sales seminars are a waste of money. The premise is that after 1987, companies who sent their employees to seminars had lower revenues than those who did not send their employees to the seminars.

The questions asks us for something that challenges the argument.

A is the only answer that does this
B strenghtens the argument but saying that companies with low revenues before 1987 had even lower revenues after the seminars
C is irrelevant
D is irrelevant
E is irrelevant
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06 Oct 2005, 11:01
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I'm going with A

The argument is that sales seminars are a waste of money. The premise is that after 1987, companies who sent their employees to seminars had lower revenues than those who did not send their employees to the seminars.

The questions asks us for something that challenges the argument.

A is the only answer that does this
B strenghtens the argument but saying that companies with low revenues before 1987 had even lower revenues after the seminars
C is irrelevant
D is irrelevant
E is irrelevant

By POE I would have chosen A as well. But how does A challenges the argument.

If seminar was held even before 1987:
- employees did not attend seminar and the sales were heightest. Supports conclusion indirectly.

If seminar started since 1987:
- we do not know sales figures of those companies NOW(after 1987) and therefore cannot tell anything.
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06 Oct 2005, 11:37
I choose A.
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06 Oct 2005, 17:36
A is the best choice. It suggests the study is not fair since the companies that participated in the external seminars were not making much of a sale to begin with.
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06 Oct 2005, 19:08
A is best...

it says "only those vacuum cleaner companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 did not send employees to the seminars". this means these companies are stille having highest revenues from the vacume sales. if so, then it not the seminar that hindered the sales of the companies that sent the eplyoees.
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06 Oct 2005, 19:09
Note the key point after 1987 in the stimulus.

A introduces new evidence based on the assumption that the best selling vacuum cleaner companies` sales staff would have positively contributed to the overall synergy of the seminars. This is a HUGE assumption.

B, C, and D strengthen the argument.

E is too broad because it leaves open other causes for increased sales.

Between A and E, I will take A.
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07 Oct 2005, 06:58
Should be A

critics say don't send the employees to the seminars because sales are lower for the attendees. A objects to the conclusion.

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Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point out that since 1987, revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees attended consultant-led seminars were lower than revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees did not attend such seminars. The critics charge that for vacuum cleaner companies, the sales seminars are ill conceived and a waste of money.

Which of the following, if true, is the most effective challenge to the critics of sales seminars?
(A) Those vacuum cleaner companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 are the only companies that did not send employees to the seminars.
(B) Vacuum cleaner companies that have sent employees to sales seminars since 1987 experienced a greater drop in sales than they had prior to 1987.
(C) The cost of vacuum cleaner sales seminars run by outside consultants has risen dramatically since 1987.
(D) The poor design of vacuum cleaner sales seminars is not the only reason for their ineffectiveness.
(E) Since 1987, sales of vacuum cleaners have risen twenty percent.
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07 Oct 2005, 07:57
I choose A/

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07 Oct 2005, 20:11
A for me,as well!!!
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07 Oct 2005, 21:09
Thanks all for explainations, OA is A
07 Oct 2005, 21:09
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