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# During the past week, 120 RamTech Corporation employees have

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During the past week, 120 RamTech Corporation employees have reported symptoms of a strain of food poisoning known as disporella, but only eight of these employees have tested positive for the strain. A RamTech spokesperson claims that the apparent outbreak of disporella can be attributed to contaminated food served two weeks ago at the company's annual employee picnic.

Which of the following, if true, would most support the claim made by the RamTech spokesperson above?

(A) Disporella symptoms generally last only a few days.
(B) RamTech's cafeteria facilities provide lunch to Ram-Tech employees during every workday.
(C) People with disporella do not generally test positive for disporella until at least one week after disporella symptoms begin to occur.
(D) People with disporella often do not exhibit disporella symptoms until more than a week after contracting disporella.
(E) A person can test positive for disporella without exhibiting symptoms of disporella.

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07 Dec 2009, 06:51
Only D make sense

During the past week, 120 RamTech Corporation employees have reported symptoms of a strain of food poisoning known as disporella, but only eight of these employees have tested positive for the strain. A RamTech spokesperson claims that the apparent outbreak of disporella can be attributed to contaminated food served two weeks ago at the company's annual employee picnic.

Which of the following, if true, would most support the claim made by the RamTech spokesperson above?

(A) Disporella symptoms generally last only a few days.
(B) RamTech's cafeteria facilities provide lunch to Ram-Tech employees during every workday.
(C) People with disporella do not generally test positive for disporella until at least one week after disporella symptoms begin to occur.
(D) People with disporella often do not exhibit disporella symptoms until more than a week after contracting disporella.
(E) A person can test positive for disporella without exhibiting symptoms of disporella.
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07 Dec 2009, 09:42
Only option C seems to clarify the discrepancy between SYMPTOMS and POSITIVE TEST
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07 Dec 2009, 10:20
During the past week, 120 RamTech Corporation employees have reported symptoms of a strain of food poisoning known as disporella, but only eight of these employees have tested positive for the strain. A RamTech spokesperson claims that the apparent outbreak of disporella can be attributed to contaminated food served two weeks ago at the company's annual employee picnic.

Which of the following, if true, would most support the claim made by the RamTech spokesperson above?

(A) Disporella symptoms generally last only a few days.
(B) RamTech's cafeteria facilities provide lunch to Ram-Tech employees during every workday.
(C) People with disporella do not generally test positive for disporella until at least one week after disporella symptoms begin to occur.
(D) People with disporella often do not exhibit disporella symptoms until more than a week after contracting disporella.
(E) A person can test positive for disporella without exhibiting symptoms of disporella.

I would go for 'C'

120 People show symptom but only of them 8 test positive

Reasoning: 112 people who have not tested positive will test positive within a week because People with disporella do not generally test positive for disporella until at least one week after disporella symptoms begin to occur.
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07 Dec 2009, 13:34
In my opinion, answer is D.
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08 Dec 2009, 18:55
C makes more sense.

During the past week, 120 RamTech Corporation employees have reported symptoms of a strain of food poisoning known as disporella, but only eight of these employees have tested positive for the strain. A RamTech spokesperson claims that the apparent outbreak of disporella can be attributed to contaminated food served two weeks ago at the company's annual employee picnic.

Which of the following, if true, would most support the claim made by the RamTech spokesperson above?

(A) Disporella symptoms generally last only a few days. - Who cares?
(B) RamTech's cafeteria facilities provide lunch to Ram-Tech employees during every workday. - SO???
(C) People with disporella do not generally test positive for disporella until at least one week after disporella symptoms begin to occur. - BEST ANSWER (Do not test positive for disporella - correlates to only eight of these employees have tested positive for the strain).
(D) People with disporella often do not exhibit disporella symptoms until more than a week after contracting disporella. - Ignores the 8 people who tested positive.
(E) A person can test positive for disporella without exhibiting symptoms of disporella. - Irrelevant
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08 Dec 2009, 19:05
Will go with C as well. What's the OA?
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08 Dec 2009, 20:14
my ans is C
whats the OA ?
wats the source of the ques ??
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09 Dec 2009, 06:14
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OA is D

Reason:

The argument relies on the unstated assumption that no other event since the picnic could have caused the outbreak instead. Statement (D) provides some evidence that the employees who have reported disporella symptoms in fact contracted disporella at least one week ago. Accordingly, (D) helps support the claim that it was the food served at the picnic two weeks ago that caused the outbreak. Admittedly, (D) would provide even stronger support if it indicated that symptoms never appear until one week after contamination. Nevertheless, (D) is the best of the five answer choices.

(C) provides some support for the argument, insofar as it helps to explain why only a few of those reporting symptoms have tested positive so far. However, the spokesperson's claim is not just that the 120 employees have disporella but that it was the picnic food that caused the outbreak. (C) helps show that the 120 employees have disporella, but does not help explain how they contracted disporella. For this reason (D) is a better choice than (C).
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09 Dec 2009, 13:24
I would chose C. Now looking back I see why D is better. Tricky question and answer choices.
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18 Dec 2009, 14:46
During the past week, 120 RamTech Corporation employees have reported symptoms of a strain of food poisoning known as disporella, but only eight of these employees have tested positive for the strain. A RamTech spokesperson claims that the apparent outbreak of disporella can be attributed to contaminated food served two weeks ago at the company's annual employee picnic.

Which of the following, if true, would most support the claim made by the RamTech spokesperson above?
C) People with disporella do not generally test positive for disporella until at least one week after disporella symptoms begin to occur.
(D) People with disporella often do not exhibit disporella symptoms until more than a week after contracting disporella.

I fell for C as well but find the reason for D. Pls correct me if i got it wrong.
This q. is really interesting.
C.) fill the logical gap between 120 symtoms and 8 positives. This choice is really attractive because the premise tricks us that there is discrepancy between two number. 120 RamTech Corporation employees have reported symptoms of a strain of food poisoning known as disporella, "BUT" only eight of these employees have tested positive for the strain. So, i am drawn to fill in this gap.
D) after i know that it is D, there is only one explanation that i can find-i am better stick with conclusion(than premise)-. "spokesperson claims that the apparent outbreak of disporella can be attributed to contaminated food served two weeks ago at the company's annual employee picnic"--> implies that not other event but only annual picnic. So find the answer choice that get rid of the other alternative to the conclusion by the timeline(a week).

Please share you path to the correct ans or you may comment my thinking process
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18 Dec 2009, 20:47
it is D, because the food was served two week ago as said the spokesperson, so C is not correct because if the tests were done one week after, everybody should be tested positive. Since the food was served two week before, and one week after the tests were done, and as D explain, just few people was tested positive because the disporella often disappear one week later.
Therefore there is no confusion, the answer is D.
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19 Dec 2009, 00:23
Tricky question, got to d by eliminating the others.
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19 Dec 2009, 11:34

His words -"just few people was tested positive because the disporella often disappear one week later." cleared the meaning.
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15 May 2011, 06:13
between C and D,went for C instead.
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16 May 2011, 03:30
clearly this is between C and D . got D finally after comparing C and D and looking back at the conclusion for exact words. this was time consuming

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