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In 1846 about 80 percent of the towns in New York State banned the sale of alcoholic beverages. A recent article about the bans concludes that mid-nineteenth-century supporters of the temperance movement were not residents of remote rural areas, as has often been asserted; rather, they were concentrated in centers of economic opportunity.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the conclusion reached in the article?


(A) After 1846 the temperance movement grew rapidly and it flourished until the turn of the century.

(B) Support for the ban on alcohol was strongest in New York towns where the economy was based on new, growing industries.

(C) Many young New York State farmers supported the ban on alcohol.

(D) The most adamant opponents of the ban included several affluent factory and mill owners.

(E) In New York City, which was a commercial center in 1846, the sale of alcoholic beverages was not banned.

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I did not understand the relation between ban on alcohol and temperance movt. and therefore, how does the answers fit in. I tried to guess E, but wrong.
Is this a gmat like question where it requires the test taker to know about temperance movt. I will now google though.
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[quote="Bunuel"]In 1846 about 80 percent of the towns in New York State banned the sale of alcoholic beverages. A recent article about the bans concludes that mid-nineteenth-century supporters of the temperance movement were not residents of remote rural areas, as has often been asserted; rather, they were concentrated in centers of economic opportunity.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the conclusion reached in the article?


(A) After 1846 the temperance movement grew rapidly and it flourished until the turn of the century. - IRRELEVANT as Post 1846 whether temperance movement grew rapidly or not is not what we are looking for to strengthen our conclusion.

(B) Support for the ban on alcohol was strongest in New York towns where the economy was based on new, growing industries. - CORRECT as this supports our conclusion that supporters of movement are located in centers of economic opportunity rather than in rural areas.

(C) Many young New York State farmers supported the ban on alcohol. - WEAKENER as our conclusion is supporters of temperance movement were not residents of remote rural areas rather concentrated in centers of economic opportunity. If farmers are supporting the ban on alcohol it will weaken our conclusion

(D) The most adamant opponents of the ban included several affluent factory and mill owners. - OUT OF SCOPE as no impact on conclusion

(E) In New York City, which was a commercial center in 1846, the sale of alcoholic beverages was not banned.- OUT OF SCOPE, as it is already mentioned in the argument that 80% of towns in NY have already banned sale of alcoholic beverages. So one center not banning has no impact.


siddreal Buddy please go through the comments in highlighted portions. To be honest the answer choice B is not well framed, but it is the best of the lot we can select by way of eliminating other Options.

Also you need not to know about the temperance movement . In real GMAT exam we may get some questions where the correct answer choice may not be very convincing, but we have to select the best among the lot

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