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For several years Buddy's Bolt Barn has specialized in supplying fasteners - nuts , bolts, screws - to workshops and manufacturing firms in the region . Buddy's in fact now supplies virtually all of the fasteners that this segment of the region's industry uses . Recently , however , many of the region's workshops and manufacturing firms have closed down .Therefore , unless Buddy's can expand into a new market segment , it too is likely to go out of business.

Which of the following , if true , most strengthens the argument ?

a. Most of the fasteners that Buddy's carries in inventory are not specialized and can be used in a wide variety of industries .

b. Historically , period with a lot of closures of workshops and manufacturing firms have generally been followed by periods with many startups of such firms.

c. Even with the recent closures , there are more workshops and manufacturing firms operating in the region now than there were when Buddy's Bolt Barn first opened.

d. The workshops and manufacturing firms in the region that have remained in business have all laid of workers because of shortage of orders.

e. Some of Buddy's managers have prior retail experience in other market segments.
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Conc: Therefore , unless Buddy's can expand into a new market segment , it too is likely to go out of business.

The argument gives us a causality in conclusion. If not A then B

PT: In order to strengthen this conc we need to give evidence to support the conclusion.


a. Most of the fasteners that Buddy's carries in inventory are not specialized and can be used in a wide variety of industries . - Opposite. This gives us a reason why Buddy's will never close

b. Historically , period with a lot of closures of workshops and manufacturing firms have generally been followed by periods with many startups of such firms. - Opposite. Again provides another reason for business to sustain

c. Even with the recent closures , there are more workshops and manufacturing firms operating in the region now than there were when Buddy's Bolt Barn first opened. - Irrelevant. We don't know what do these firms supply. Are they in the same business as buddy if yes they weaken the conclusion and if not they strengthen.

d. The workshops and manufacturing firms in the region that have remained in business have all laid of workers because of shortage of orders. - Correct. This proves that indeed there is no work in the workshops and manufacturing sector and hence increases our belief in the fact that if buddy doesn't take alternate measures, he will go out of business

e. Some of Buddy's managers have prior retail experience in other market segments.[/quote] - OFS. Retail experience and buddy;s managers are both out of scope and has no bearance on buddy's business

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When I read this it seems as though the Mandate is for Buddy to expand or die. So that is the focus im going to bring to the question. Does the answer say expand or die?

Given that they talk about workshops and Manufacturing firms, I will need to see that in the answer choice. This is kind of a trick that I use. The answer Choice needs to have those words in it to bridge the gap like 80% of the time.

B & C have that in the answer do not tell me expand or die. Rather, that he could find other outlets for his fasteners.

D strengthens the argument that he needs to expand or die, because those he is selling too are withering on the vine.

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A through C are all give us reasons to believe that even after the recent closure of workshops, Buddy's may not loose its business. Hence all weaken the conclusion.
E, on the other hand, seems to be irrelevant but i found it a weakener too. It gives me a reason to believe that given their prior experience, Buddy's managers can expand the business in other market segments and Buddy's may survive again.
D however, gives another reason to believe that the situation is actually bad. If Buddy's customers are laying off workers because of no work, Buddy's is definitely gonna face hard times.

Hence D it is :)

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When I read this it seems as though the Mandate is for Buddy to expand or die. So that is the focus im going to bring to the question. Does the answer say expand or die?

Given that they talk about workshops and Manufacturing firms, I will need to see that in the answer choice. This is kind of a trick that I use. The answer Choice needs to have those words in it to bridge the gap like 80% of the time.

B & C have that in the answer do not tell me expand or die. Rather, that he could find other outlets for his fasteners.

D strengthens the argument that he needs to expand or die, because those he is selling too are withering on the vine.

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Why is E wrong? Isn't it strengthening the belief that the managers have experience in other segments and if Buddy's enter into that segment, managers can drive the business easily and hence buddy's can survive..?
Can you please help me understand where I falter in my understanding?
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Question Type: Strengthen

Situation: Buddy is in danger of going out of business because many of its clients have closed down.
Assumption: The situation is grave.

a. Most of the fasteners that Buddy's carries in inventory are not specialized and can be used in a wide variety of industries. - Incorrect. Oppsite. This option tells us that the situation is not grave. Buddy's fasteners can be used in a variety of industries, so it is unlikely to go out of business.

b. Historically, period with a lot of closures of workshops and manufacturing firms have generally been followed by periods with many startups of such firms. - Incorrect. Opposite. No threat to Buddy.

c. Even with the recent closures , there are more workshops and manufacturing firms operating in the region now than there were when Buddy's Bolt Barn first opened. - Incorrect. Opposite. No threat to Buddy.

d. The workshops and manufacturing firms in the region that have remained in business have all laid of workers because of shortage of orders. - Correct. The situation of remaining clients of Buddy is tense, so Buddy has to find new clients to keep its business.

e. Some of Buddy's managers have prior retail experience in other market segments. - Incorrect. Irrelevant.

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Why is E wrong? Isn't it strengthening the belief that the managers have experience in other segments and if Buddy's enter into that segment, managers can drive the business easily and hence buddy's can survive..?
Can you please help me understand where I falter in my understanding?


No, you have not understood the conclusion correctly.

It is saying unless you look for 2nd option, you are going to be penny less.

E is saying they have experience of working outside. But that doesn't mean they will actually work outside.

D clearly states that the leftover ones are not going to give them the required business. So, they are going to be at great loss. Hence, they should do something else.

I hope that makes sense. :)
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The workshops and manufacturing firms in the region that have remained in business have all laid of workers because of shortage of orders.
Since the workshops have already laid workers because of shortage of orders .So there may be headwinds coming into this business segment that will affect the business of the Bolt barn company down the line.


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Expert, I got this question correct but please clear my understanding of this argument, if it is wrong.

Premises -
1. BB's business provides input to manufacturing firms in region.

2. Manufacturing firms in region are closing.

Conclusion -
1. If BB does not expand the market base it is likely to close.

To strengthen this conclusion, we need to strengthen the premise-premise relationship or premise-conclusion relationship.

Option D - Actually strengthens premise-premise relationship by saying the business remained are also going to close down soon, implying to strengthen the conclusion.
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For several years Buddy's Bolt Barn has specialized in supplying fasteners - nuts , bolts, screws - to workshops and manufacturing firms in the region . Buddy's in fact now supplies virtually all of the fasteners that this segment of the region's industry uses . Recently , however , many of the region's workshops and manufacturing firms have closed down .Therefore , unless Buddy's can expand into a new market segment , it too is likely to go out of business.

Which of the following , if true , most strengthens the argument ?

a. Most of the fasteners that Buddy's carries in inventory are not specialized and can be used in a wide variety of industries .
Strengthens but not the argument but the idea that budy will be able to move to other segment.

b. Historically , period with a lot of closures of workshops and manufacturing firms have generally been followed by periods with many startups of such firms.
Out of scope.

c. Even with the recent closures , there are more workshops and manufacturing firms operating in the region now than there were when Buddy's Bolt Barn first opened.
More workshops and manufaturing firms does not mean direct competition to buddies business.

d. The workshops and manufacturing firms in the region that have remained in business have all laid of workers because of shortage of orders.
Correct answer.

e. Some of Buddy's managers have prior retail experience in other market segments.
Not stregthening the argument.

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For several years Buddy's Bolt Barn has specialized in supplying fasteners - nuts, bolts, screws - to workshops and manufacturing firms in the region. Buddy's in fact now supplies virtually all of the fasteners that this segment of the region's industry uses. Recently, however, many of the region's workshops and manufacturing firms have closed down .Therefore, unless Buddy's can expand into a new market segment, it too is likely to go out of business.

Which of the following, if true , most strengthens the argument?

a. Most of the fasteners that Buddy's carries in inventory are not specialized and can be used in a wide variety of industries.
--> seems to weaken.

b. Historically, period with a lot of closures of workshops and manufacturing firms have generally been followed by periods with many startups of such firms.
--> irrelevant.

c. Even with the recent closures , there are more workshops and manufacturing firms operating in the region now than there were when Buddy's Bolt Barn first opened.
--> irrelevant or seems to weaken.

d. The workshops and manufacturing firms in the region that have remained in business have all laid of workers because of shortage of orders.
--> correct.

e. Some of Buddy's managers have prior retail experience in other market segments.
--> irrelevant.
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why is tagged as 700 lvl difficulty? wouldn't this kind of question be among the easiest?

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mikecal wrote:
why is tagged as 700 lvl difficulty? wouldn't this kind of question be among the easiest?


this question looks easy b/c all 4 option choices are weakeners.
The difficulty in this question is that the concept in D may not be fully understood by test takers.

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