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# During 1991 the number of people in the town of Bayburg who

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6. During 1991 the number of people in the town of Bayburg who received municipal food assistance doubled, even though the number of people in Bayburg whose incomes were low enough to qualify for such assistance remained unchanged.

Which one of the following, if true, most helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy in the information above?
(A) In 1990 the Bayburg Town Council debated whether or not to alter the eligibility requirements for the food assistance program but ultimately decided not to change them.
(B) In 1990 the Bayburg social service department estimated the number of people in Bayburg who might be eligible for the food assistance program and then informed the Bayburg Town Council of the total amount of assistance likely to be needed.
(C) During 1991 many residents of a nearby city lost their jobs and moved to Bayburg in search of work.
(D) During 1991 the number of applicants for food assistance in Bayburg who were rejected on the basis that their incomes were above the maximum allowable limit was approximately the same as it had been in 1990.
(E) During 1991 Bayburg’s program of rent assistance for low-income tenants advertised widely and then informed all applicants about other assistance programs for which they would be qualified.

OA is .

I dont understand why E is the ans because rent thing is not talked about in teh passage.

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03 Jun 2009, 22:34
I'll also vote for E, because it mentions "then informed all applicants about OTHER assistance programs for which they would be qualified". That means an increase in number of people receiving food assistance was due to the advertisement mentioned in E. I guess "rent assistance" here is just to create confusion. Try removing the rent assistance stuff and see if it works.

Other options are clearly NO NO.
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04 Jun 2009, 10:45
E is clearly the answer as it proves that the number of low wage earners did not increase but due to other assistance programs they come to know about this one and hence joined it now.. thus increasing the number of people receiving the assistance....
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07 Jun 2009, 16:05
I agree the answer is E. It shows that there was a part of the population that was eligible but not aware of the benefit. Now that they know about the benefit they are using it.

The source of this question is LSAT December 1996.
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07 Jun 2009, 20:57
I said E as well. It basically boils down to the fact that even though the # of people who qualified for the program stayed the same, more people were awarded its benefits. How could this be ? Well, you know off the bat that it probably wasnt because more people moved in, because it would violate the condition that the number of those who qualified remained unchanged. It must have something to do with the fact that more people who qualified for the program also actually applied this year, when they may not have in the past. E says that.

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