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In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie

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In January of last year the Moviemania chain of movie theaters started propping its popcorn in canola oil, instead of the less healthful coconut oil that it had been using until then. Now Moviemania is planning to switch back, saying that the change has hurt popcorn sales. That claim is false, however, since according to Moviemaniaâ€™s own sales figures, Moviemania sold 5 percent more popcorn last year than in the previous year.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument against Moviemaniaâ€™s claim?

A. Total sales of all refreshments at Moviemaniaâ€™s movie theaters increased by less than 5 percent last year.

B. Moviemania makes more money on food and beverages sold at its theaters than it does on sales of movie tickets.

C. Moviemaniaâ€™s customers prefer the taste of popcorn popped in coconut oil to that of popcorn popped in canola oil.

D. Total attendance at Moviemaniaâ€™s movie theaters was more than 20 percent higher last year than the year before.

E. The year before last, Moviemania experienced a 10 percent increase in popcorn sales over the previous year.
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23 Nov 2005, 19:08
A. Not important, only concerned with sales of popcorns

B. Not useful

C. Iirrelevant

D. Not useful

E. The year before last, Moviemania experienced a 10 percent increase in popcorn sales over the previous year.

I go with E. If the previous year enjoyed a 10% increase in popcorn sales, then present sales figures are not really that fantastic.

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23 Nov 2005, 20:23
Between A and E, A goes a bit out of scope by considering total sales of all refreshments.

Agree with wilfred on (E)

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23 Nov 2005, 20:34
Chose A.

The question asks us to choose the answer choice that weakens the Moviemaniaâ€™s claim: the claim that the increase 5% in sale of the popcorn is not enough.

E support the Moviemaniaâ€™s claim: out.
D support the Moviemaniaâ€™s claim: out
C support: out
B: out of scope.

Only A weaken the Moviemaniaâ€™s claim by stating that the increase in attendance is less than 5% while that in the popcorn sale is 5%: it is a good figure.

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24 Nov 2005, 01:55
ywilfred wrote:
A. Not important, only concerned with sales of popcorns

B. Not useful

C. Iirrelevant

D. Not useful

E. The year before last, Moviemania experienced a 10 percent increase in popcorn sales over the previous year.

I go with E. If the previous year enjoyed a 10% increase in popcorn sales, then present sales figures are not really that fantastic.

A - looks close.
B - Cannot be inferred.
C - Out of Scope
D - Out of Scope
E - Cannot be the answer 'coz it strengthens it.

A is the least of all the evils hence A.

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24 Nov 2005, 04:11
I will choose A.
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