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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 Aug 2006, 15:09
Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion. However, most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

(A) To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect.
(B) To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs.
(C) Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts.
(D) The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department.
(E) A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.
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06 Aug 2006, 15:43
For the vacuum cleaner question the answer is A.
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06 Aug 2006, 15:47
For the new media question, I came down to B & D. I'm going to go with D, as the point of the passage seems to be to find sources of information that differ from the official word.
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06 Aug 2006, 16:38
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06 Aug 2006, 16:46
second question the answer is still
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06 Aug 2006, 16:53
for the vacuum cleaner question I believe the answer should be C...

we are trying to weaken the argument that "seminars suck when it comes to sales of vacuum cleaners"... C challenges the fact that sales are weaker because costs for the seminars rose since 1987

A and B don't favor the seminars at all
D is out of scope
E overall sales don't help with sales at seminars
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06 Aug 2006, 16:57
For the news-savvy the answer is 100% D

integrity of meadia is really out of scope here
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06 Aug 2006, 16:58
Vacuum ... A

If the revenues of two kinds of companies were the same before the employees attended the seminar, the critics make sense.
Therefore, the only way to challenge the crtics is stating their original revenues were different.
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06 Aug 2006, 18:01
guys... can we discuss the vacuum cleaners... they are driving me

I pick C because it refers to revenues vs. costs... I can't see how A is playing a role here... please help
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06 Aug 2006, 18:39
u2lover wrote:
guys... can we discuss the vacuum cleaners... they are driving me

I pick C because it refers to revenues vs. costs... I can't see how A is playing a role here... please help

The answer to the vacuum cleaner question is A because , A states that those companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 did not send their employees to consultants for the training.
So it is not fair to compare these companies with those that received the training and we cannot jump to the conclusion that training resulted in poor sales or good sales.
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06 Aug 2006, 18:44
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u2lover wrote:
guys... can we discuss the vacuum cleaners... they are driving me

I pick C because it refers to revenues vs. costs... I can't see how A is playing a role here... please help

The answer to the vacuum cleaner question is A because , A states that those companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 did not send their employees to consultants for the training.
So it is not fair to compare these companies with those that received the training and we cannot jump to the conclusion that training resulted in poor sales or good sales.

I totally missed the idea of "training"... I thought they were selling these cleaners at the seminars... thanks a lot zoom... I will be sleeping peacefully today
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06 Aug 2006, 18:49
Will be more cautious
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06 Aug 2006, 22:17
Will go with A.

It would not be a fair to compare companies which already experience high sales (and do not send their executives to the seminar) with the companies who have low sales volumes.
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07 Aug 2006, 06:19
Vacuum:A

State Department: D
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07 Aug 2006, 18:00
OA for Vacuum cleaner is (A)
OA for state department is (D)
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