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# Editorial: In order to preserve the health of its local

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Editorial: In order to preserve the health of its local economy, Metropolis should not permit a Costmart warehouse department store to open within city limits. Its has been demonstrated that when Costmart opens a warehouse department store within a city, the bankruptcy rate of local retailers increases in that city by twenty percent over the next several years.
Which of the following questions would be most useful for evaluating the conclusion of the editorial:
a. Does the bankruptcy rate of local retailers in a city generally stabilize several years after a Costmart warehouse department store opens ?
b. Do most residents of Metropolis currently do almost all of their shopping at stores within the city limits of Metropolis?
c. Have other cities that have permitted Costmart warehouse department stores within city limits experienced any economic benefits as a result?
d. Is the bankruptcy rate of local retailers in Metropolis higher than in the average city that has permitted a costmart warehouse department store within city limits?
e. Does Costmart plan to hire employees exclusively from within Metropolis for the proposed warehouse department store?

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18 Aug 2012, 19:40
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Editorial: In order to preserve the health of its local economy, Metropolis should not permit a Costmart warehouse department store to open within city limits. Its has been demonstrated that when Costmart opens a warehouse department store within a city, the bankruptcy rate of local retailers increases in that city by twenty percent over the next several years.
Which of the following questions would be most useful for evaluating the conclusion of the editorial:
a. Does the bankruptcy rate of local retailers in a city generally stabilize several years after a Costmart warehouse department store opens ?
b. Do most residents of Metropolis currently do almost all of their shopping at stores within the city limits of Metropolis?
c. Have other cities that have permitted Costmart warehouse department stores within city limits experienced any economic benefits as a result?
d. Is the bankruptcy rate of local retailers in Metropolis higher than in the average city that has permitted a costmart warehouse department store within city limits?
e. Does Costmart plan to hire employees exclusively from within Metropolis for the proposed warehouse department store?

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IMO (C)
If the answer is "yes," then the author's claim is weakened, but if the answer is "no" then the editorial is strengthened.

(A),(B) are irrelevant. (D) doesn't tell us whether a high bankruptcy rate is more or less likely to increase even further.
Eliminated (E) solely for use of the term "exclusively".
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18 Aug 2012, 22:11
MGMAT Says OA C

And I think it may be because if stores go bankrupt does that destroy the economy as a whole
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I call these questions "policy proposal" questions, and they always follow the same pattern. Someone suggests a certain course of action (here "don't let Costmart in") and outlines a very specific objective of that course of action (here "in order to preserve the local economy"). Regardless of what the question asks (strengthen/weaken/evaluate), the right answer will almost always be directly related to the specific objective of the policy. So that's the part of the question I zero in on.

Here the argument goes: we don't want Costmart. Why? Bankruptcy goes up. Therefore the local economy will suffer. Well, "higher bankruptcy rate" is not precisely the same thing as "local economy suffers". Maybe the local economy will be helped in other ways, ways that make up for the higher bankruptcy rate. That's why C is the best answer here.
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19 Aug 2012, 05:17
i agree with legendaddy...(C) is the right choice
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22 Aug 2012, 01:02
OA is C. @Ian, Thanks for the approach.
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I call these questions "policy proposal" questions, and they always follow the same pattern. Someone suggests a certain course of action (here "don't let Costmart in") and outlines a very specific objective of that course of action (here "in order to preserve the local economy"). Regardless of what the question asks (strengthen/weaken/evaluate), the right answer will almost always be directly related to the specific objective of the policy. So that's the part of the question I zero in on.

Here the argument goes: we don't want Costmart. Why? Bankruptcy goes up. Therefore the local economy will suffer. Well, "higher bankruptcy rate" is not precisely the same thing as "local economy suffers". Maybe the local economy will be helped in other ways, ways that make up for the higher bankruptcy rate. That's why C is the best answer here.

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Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
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22 Aug 2012, 01:13
IanStewart wrote:
joshnsit wrote:
Need help on what to look for and a methodical approach to solve such kind of questions... OA will be revealed l8r...

I call these questions "policy proposal" questions, and they always follow the same pattern. Someone suggests a certain course of action (here "don't let Costmart in") and outlines a very specific objective of that course of action (here "in order to preserve the local economy"). Regardless of what the question asks (strengthen/weaken/evaluate), the right answer will almost always be directly related to the specific objective of the policy. So that's the part of the question I zero in on.

Here the argument goes: we don't want Costmart. Why? Bankruptcy goes up. Therefore the local economy will suffer. Well, "higher bankruptcy rate" is not precisely the same thing as "local economy suffers". Maybe the local economy will be helped in other ways, ways that make up for the higher bankruptcy rate. That's why C is the best answer here.

Picked B.
But after reading IanStewart's explanation, I pick C.
Thank you Ian.
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