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For the past year, a network television talk-show host has been making

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For the past year, a network television talk-show host has been making fun of the name pf a particular brand of chainsaw, the Tree Toppler. The ridicule is obviously taking its toll: in the past 12 months, sales of the Tree Toppler have declined by 15%, while the sales of other chainsaws have increased.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the conclusion drawn above?


A. The talk-show host who is ridiculing the Tree Toppler name actually owns a Tree Toppler.

B. The number of product complaints from owners of Tree Toppler has not increased in the past year.

C. The average price of all chainsaws has increased by 10 percent in the past year.

D. The number of Stores that sell the Tree Toppler has remained steady for the past year.

E. A year ago, a leading consumer magazine rated the Tree Toppler as "intolerably unsafe."

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Hi,

Can you help me understand why A is incorrect?

The reasoning is that makun fun of that particular brand is leading to decrease in revenue. Correct?

Option A says that she owns a Tree Toppler. Why will she want to reduce revenue for herself? she will not. This means that making fun > reduce sales is not the correct reason. Hence, it is a weakener.

Can you correct?
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For the past year, a network television talk-show host has been making fun of the name pf a particular brand of chainsaw, the Tree Toppler. The ridicule is obviously taking its toll: in the past 12 months, sales of the Tree Toppler have declined by 15%, while the sales of other chainsaws have increased.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the conclusion drawn above?


A. The talk-show host who is ridiculing the Tree Toppler name actually owns a Tree Toppler.

B. The number of product complaints from owners of Tree Toppler has not increased in the past year.

C. The average price of all chainsaws has increased by 10 percent in the past year.

D. The number of Stores that sell the Tree Toppler has remained steady for the past year.

E. A year ago, a leading consumer magazine rated the Tree Toppler as "intolerably unsafe."

For the past year, a network television talk-show host has been making fun of the name pf a particular brand of chainsaw, the Tree Toppler. The ridicule is obviously taking its toll: in the past 12 months, sales of the Tree Toppler have declined by 15%, while the sales of other chainsaws have increased.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the conclusion drawn above?


A. The talk-show host who is ridiculing the Tree Toppler name actually owns a Tree Toppler.

B. The number of product complaints from owners of Tree Toppler has not increased in the past year.

C. The average price of all chainsaws has increased by 10 percent in the past year.

D. The number of Stores that sell the Tree Toppler has remained steady for the past year.

E. A year ago, a leading consumer magazine rated the Tree Toppler as "intolerably unsafe."

For the past year, a network television talk-show host has been making fun of the name pf a particular brand of chainsaw, the Tree Toppler. The ridicule is obviously taking its toll: in the past 12 months, sales of the Tree Toppler have declined by 15%, while the sales of other chainsaws have increased.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the conclusion drawn above?


A. The talk-show host who is ridiculing the Tree Toppler name actually owns a Tree Toppler.

B. The number of product complaints from owners of Tree Toppler has not increased in the past year.

C. The average price of all chainsaws has increased by 10 percent in the past year.

D. The number of Stores that sell the Tree Toppler has remained steady for the past year.

E. A year ago, a leading consumer magazine rated the Tree Toppler as "intolerably unsafe."

Error Analysis:
The argument says that sales of Tree Toppler has decreased while that of others have increased. The reason cited is that a talk show has made a fun.

Only Option E gives alternative reason for this argument. Thereby weakening the premise.
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IMO E

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Hi,

Can you help me understand why A is incorrect?

The reasoning is that makun fun of that particular brand is leading to decrease in revenue. Correct?

Option A says that she owns a Tree Toppler. Why will she want to reduce revenue for herself? she will not. This means that making fun > reduce sales is not the correct reason. Hence, it is a weakener.

Can you correct?


The question just says she owns this particular chainsaw, tree toppler. It doesn't say she owns tree toppler franchise/shop to make revenue out of it. This doesn't weaken the conclusion.
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For the past year, a network television talk-show host has been making fun of the name pf a particular brand of chainsaw, the Tree Toppler. The ridicule is obviously taking its toll: in the past 12 months, sales of the Tree Toppler have declined by 15%, while the sales of other chainsaws have increased.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the conclusion drawn above?


A. The talk-show host who is ridiculing the Tree Toppler name actually owns a Tree Toppler.

B. The number of product complaints from owners of Tree Toppler has not increased in the past year.

C. The average price of all chainsaws has increased by 10 percent in the past year.

D. The number of Stores that sell the Tree Toppler has remained steady for the past year.

E. A year ago, a leading consumer magazine rated the Tree Toppler as "intolerably unsafe."




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The book claims that options B & D are Strengtheners, however, I do not understand how. Can somebody please explain.


A is not relevant

B strengthens the conclusion as if the number of complaints has not increased then surely ridiculing must be the reason for the decline.

C also strengthens we do not know whether other companies have increased the price of the tree toppler so it is out of scope.

D strengthens the argument as if the stores are same then they must be selling less number of tree toppler .

E is the correct it gives us a different reason for the decline in the number of tree toppler .

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Chef wrote:
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IMO E

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Hi,

Can you help me understand why A is incorrect?

The reasoning is that makun fun of that particular brand is leading to decrease in revenue. Correct?

Option A says that she owns a Tree Toppler. Why will she want to reduce revenue for herself? she will not. This means that making fun > reduce sales is not the correct reason. Hence, it is a weakener.

Can you correct?

The show host owns Only One Tree Toppler. She does not own the whole company.
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Chef wrote:
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IMO E

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Hi,

Can you help me understand why A is incorrect?

The reasoning is that makun fun of that particular brand is leading to decrease in revenue. Correct?

Option A says that she owns a Tree Toppler. Why will she want to reduce revenue for herself? she will not. This means that making fun > reduce sales is not the correct reason. Hence, it is a weakener.

Can you correct?


The host owns a tree toppler chainsaw. It doesn't say the host owns the company.
Also, a single person owning a chainsaw of tree toppler doesnt explain why the revenues would go down so drastically.
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