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Crumpville City Official: We must launch the new Onion Festival this

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Crumpville City Official: We must launch the new Onion Festival this summer in order to save our city government from bankruptcy. Consultants estimate that it will bring in over 45,000 visitors and $28 million worth of business to our town. Since every business in town pays tax to the city government, the festival will therefore provide us with the income we need to pay off our debt.

An opponent of the Onion Festival could most effectively attack the city official's position with which of the following tactics?

A. Pointing out that the neighboring city of Denton lost over $5 million when it hosted the Asparagus Days festival.
B. Suggesting that the Onion Festival may have considerable costs to the city, potentially more than the amount any increased tax payments would bring in.
C. Claiming that the city's current debt is the result of the city official's bad management of the city's budget.
D. Asserting that reducing unnecessary city expenditures would save the city over $2 million per year.
E. Replying that many of the visitors will come from out of town and therefore provide an influx of capital to the city's merchants.

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Re: Crumpville City Official: We must launch the new Onion Festival this  [#permalink]

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Crumpville City Official: We must launch the new Onion Festival this summer in order to save our city government from bankruptcy. Consultants estimate that it will bring in over 45,000 visitors and $28 million worth of business to our town. Since every business in town pays tax to the city government, the festival will therefore provide us with the income we need to pay off our debt.

An opponent of the Onion Festival could most effectively attack the city official's position with which of the following tactics?

A. Pointing out that the neighboring city of Denton lost over $5 million when it hosted the Asparagus Days festival.
B. Suggesting that the Onion Festival may have considerable costs to the city, potentially more than the amount any increased tax payments would bring in.
C. Claiming that the city's current debt is the result of the city official's bad management of the city's budget.
D. Asserting that reducing unnecessary city expenditures would save the city over $2 million per year.
E. Replying that many of the visitors will come from out of town and therefore provide an influx of capital to the city's merchants.


Here the goal is to weaken the conclusion that the festival will provide the income needed.

Well if the costs > revenue then it is pointless.

Answer choice B

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Re: Crumpville City Official: We must launch the new Onion Festival this  [#permalink]

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Crumpville City Official: We must launch the new Onion Festival this summer in order to save our city government from bankruptcy. Consultants estimate that it will bring in over 45,000 visitors and $28 million worth of business to our town. Since every business in town pays tax to the city government, the festival will therefore provide us with the income we need to pay off our debt.

An opponent of the Onion Festival could most effectively attack the city official's position with which of the following tactics? >>> In normal English: weaken the argument

A. Pointing out that the neighboring city of Denton lost over $5 million when it hosted the Asparagus Days festival.
>>> Out of scope. Another city, another vegetable ([bad joke])

B. Suggesting that the Onion Festival may have considerable costs to the city, potentially more than the amount any increased tax payments would bring in.
>>> This is a good answer. If costs of the festival are greater than the increase in tax payments, the bankruptcy is going to be even closer.

C. Claiming that the city's current debt is the result of the city official's bad management of the city's budget.
>>> Irrelevant and out of scope. The argument discusses only the festival idea, not the city official's entire track record.

D. Asserting that reducing unnecessary city expenditures would save the city over $2 million per year.
>>> Wrong. $2 million of savings is less than $28 million in costs. Bankruptcy is even closer.

E. Replying that many of the visitors will come from out of town and therefore provide an influx of capital to the city's merchants.
>>> 180, wrong. It strengthens the argument instead of weakening it.
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