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In general, a professional athlete is offered a million-dollar contract only if he or she has just completed an unusually successful season. However, a study shows that an athlete signing such a contract usually suffers a decline in performance the following season. This study supports the theory that a million-dollar contract tends to weaken an athleteтАЩs desire to excel by diminishing his or her economic incentive.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion drawn above?
(A) On the average, athletes whose contracts call for relatively small salaries with possible bonuses for outstanding achievement perform better than other athletes.
(B) Athletes are generally offered million-dollar contracts mainly because of the increased ticket sales and other revenues they generate.
(C) Many professional athletes have careers marked by year-to-year fluctuations in their overall levels of performance.
(D) On the average, higher-salaried athletes tend to have longer and more successful professional careers than do lower-salaried athletes.
(E) Six of the ten leading batters in the National League this season signed million-dollar contracts during the off-season.


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"This study supports the theory that a million-dollar contract tends to weaken an athleteтАЩs desire to excel by diminishing his or her economic incentive."

The thesis, then, is approximately: players perform best when incentives compel them to.

C just says that players have good years and bad years, it does nothing to explain WHY that happens.
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To strengthen is to corroborate a conclusion.
The conclusion: Fat contracts diminish an athlete's sport performance.

Does C corroborate the conclusion? Obviously not. It attributes poor performance to fluctuations and not to money.
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Conclusion: It is million-dollar contract tends to weaken an athleteтАЩs desire to excel

C does not support that at all.
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In general, a professional athlete is offered a million-dollar contract only if he or she has just completed an unusually successful season. However, a study shows that an athlete signing such a contract usually suffers a decline in performance the following season. This study supports the theory that a million-dollar contract tends to weaken an athleteтАЩs desire to excel by diminishing his or her economic incentive.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion drawn above?
(A) On the average, athletes whose contracts call for relatively small salaries with possible bonuses for outstanding achievement perform better than other athletes.
(B) Athletes are generally offered million-dollar contracts mainly because of the increased ticket sales and other revenues they generate.
(C) Many professional athletes have careers marked by year-to-year fluctuations in their overall levels of performance.
(D) On the average, higher-salaried athletes tend to have longer and more successful professional careers than do lower-salaried athletes.
(E) Six of the ten leading batters in the National League this season signed million-dollar contracts during the off-season.

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The keyword here is "money = incentive". Only choice A makes senses that money is the real incentive for the athletes whose contracts call for relatively small salaries.
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(C) Many professional athletes have careers marked by year-to-year fluctuations in their overall levels of performance.

only million dollar professionals not " many" (any professional athletes)
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(A) On the average, athletes whose contracts call for relatively small salaries with possible bonuses for outstanding achievement perform better than other athletes.

I agree with (A)

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Million dollar--->Lack of performance----complete decline of career
reverse is also same?
Moderate/average money---->high performance?
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chihao wrote:
In general, a professional athlete is offered a million-dollar contract only if he or she has just completed an unusually successful season. However, a study shows that an athlete signing such a contract usually suffers a decline in performance the following season. This study supports the theory that a million-dollar contract tends to weaken an athleteтАЩs desire to excel by diminishing his or her economic incentive.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion drawn above?
(A) On the average, athletes whose contracts call for relatively small salaries with possible bonuses for outstanding achievement perform better than other athletes.
(B) Athletes are generally offered million-dollar contracts mainly because of the increased ticket sales and other revenues they generate.
(C) Many professional athletes have careers marked by year-to-year fluctuations in their overall levels of performance.
(D) On the average, higher-salaried athletes tend to have longer and more successful professional careers than do lower-salaried athletes.
(E) Six of the ten leading batters in the National League this season signed million-dollar contracts during the off-season.


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At first look when I see an answer with the beginning word "on average" is often wrong but in this case is the best fit.

In concrete: athletes with a bunch of money lose motivations......

(A) On the average, athletes whose contracts call for relatively small salaries with possible bonuses for outstanding achievement perform better than other athletes

This part confirms the theory in the stimulus
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"C" - weakens the conclusion by stating alternate cause for the decline into the performance. Hence incorrect.
Option A fits the bill by citing that is "cause" happens "effect" fallows.
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