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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 [#permalink]

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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 Moviemania’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 Moviemania’s claim?
A. Total sales of all refreshments at Moviemania’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. Moviemania’s customers prefer the taste of popcorn popped in coconut oil to that of popcorn popped in canola oil.
D. Total attendance at Moviemania’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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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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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 Moviemania’s own sales figures, Moviemania sold 5 percent more popcorn last year than in the previous year.

The assumption: There is only one change between the last and the previous years: 5% growth of popcorn sales.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument against Moviemania’s claim?

A. Total sales of all refreshments at Moviemania’s movie theaters increased by less than 5 percent last year. - it has information about other reasons but strengthen Moviemania’s claim.
B. Moviemania makes more money on food and beverages sold at its theaters than it does on sales of movie tickets. - irrelevant
C. Moviemania’s customers prefer the taste of popcorn popped in coconut oil to that of popcorn popped in canola oil. - irrelevant. What "prefer" mean? 100% or 0.0001% in sales?
D. Total attendance at Moviemania’s movie theaters was more than 20 percent higher last year than the year before. - the best: There is an essential change in attendance. We could expect 20% growth of popcorn sales.
E. The year before last, Moviemania experienced a 10 percent increase in popcorn sales over the previous year. - irrelevant period.
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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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10 Feb 2008, 10:51
Is the question asking what weakens Moviemania's claim, which is 5% lower sales than the year before?

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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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10 Feb 2008, 11:37
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D should be the answer. All the other are irrelevant.

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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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10 Feb 2008, 22:14
marcodonzelli wrote:
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 Moviemania’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 Moviemania’s claim?
A. Total sales of all refreshments at Moviemania’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. Moviemania’s customers prefer the taste of popcorn popped in coconut oil to that of popcorn popped in canola oil.
D. Total attendance at Moviemania’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.

If the sales of other refreshments increased by less than 5%, then popcorn sales increased more than average and then the claim of Moviemania is strongly hurted. In fact, OA is A. Actually I choose D as well at the first attempt.

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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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10 Feb 2008, 22:45
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A: for the same reason

marcodonzelli wrote:
marcodonzelli wrote:
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 Moviemania’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 Moviemania’s claim?
A. Total sales of all refreshments at Moviemania’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. Moviemania’s customers prefer the taste of popcorn popped in coconut oil to that of popcorn popped in canola oil.
D. Total attendance at Moviemania’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.

If the sales of other refreshments increased by less than 5%, then popcorn sales increased more than average and then the claim of Moviemania is strongly hurted. In fact, OA is A. Actually I choose D as well at the first attempt.

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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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11 Feb 2008, 14:02
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I got A as well.

I think the confusion with this one is that we are looking to strengthen the argument against Moviemania's claim that sales were down. So we are looking for the answer that indicates sales were up.

A. Does this by stating that all refreshments increased by less than 5%. We already know the popocorn sales increased by 5% so this just confirms that the popcorn sales increased wasnt because all refreshments increased and weakens Movieclaims argument that popocorn sales were down.

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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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11 Feb 2008, 18:55
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I went for D as well =(

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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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12 Feb 2008, 00:29
Yeah. It is A
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05 Mar 2008, 18:30
i have A. OA?

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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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05 Mar 2008, 19:01
good one.

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Re: cr 21 - set 13 - supporting argument [#permalink]

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06 Mar 2008, 13:14
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D just says there were more people in attendance. That does not mean more people bought popcorn? Maybe the people who was responsible for increase were all allergic to popcorn?? Nothing about popcorn sales.

A is right because popcorn sales increased by a greater percentage than other sales so there was an increase in sales all things being equal

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