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8. In Malsenia sales of classical records are soaring. The buyers responsible for this boom are quite new to classical music and were drawn to it either by classical scores from television commercials or by theme tunes introducing major sports events on television. Audiences at classical concerts, however, are continually shrinking in Malsenia. It can be concluded from this that the new Malsenian converts to classical music, having initially experienced this music as recorded music, are most comfortable with classical music as recorded music and really have no desire to hear live performances.

The argument assumes which one of the following?

(A) To sell well in Malsenia, a classical record must include at least one piece familiar from television.
(B) At least some of the new Malsenian buyers of classical records have available to them the option of attending classical concerts.
(C) The number of classical concerts performed in Malsenia has not decreased in response to smaller audiences.
(D) The classical records available in Malsenia are, for the most part, not recordings of actual public concerts.
(E) Classical concerts in Malsenia are not limited to music that is readily available on recordings.
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27 May 2005, 11:26
B

Without this assumption, the whole argument would go into the toilet!!
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31 May 2005, 13:51
I think it is D. If the recorded music is copied from concerts, they will not listen to it.
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31 May 2005, 17:28
Would vote for D
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31 May 2005, 17:39
1) Sales of classical records soaring in Malsenia
2) Buyers of records new to classical music
3) Buyers drawn to classical music due to scores played on tv commercials or themes for major sports events on tv
4) Audiences at concerts are however shrinking
4) New converts to classical music are more comfortable with classical music in recorded form than live performance <-- conclusion

The argument assumes which one of the following?

(A) To sell well in Malsenia, a classical record must include at least one piece familiar from television.
- Out. Does not hold up the conclusion.

(B) At least some of the new Malsenian buyers of classical records have available to them the option of attending classical concerts.

(C) The number of classical concerts performed in Malsenia has not decreased in response to smaller audiences.
- Out of scope

(D) The classical records available in Malsenia are, for the most part, not recordings of actual public concerts.
- Does not hlep to hold up the conclusion

(E) Classical concerts in Malsenia are not limited to music that is readily available on recordings.
- Not important.

B is the best choice. It is the only choice that helps to hold up the conclusion. If at least some converts were presented the option of attending a live concert, but chose to listen to recordings then the conclusion holds.
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31 May 2005, 19:56
Fact : In M classical record sales are soaring
Fact : Buyers for this are influenced by TV ( sports / commercials )
Fact : live show audiences are decreasing
Concl : M's listen to recorded tv shows and then turn to classical and are not incliend to goto live shows.

A. too extreme. attributing sales only to TV
B. Seems to be the answer

C. not true....passage says opposite
D. not mentioned in passage
E. not mentioned....out of scope
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01 Jun 2005, 13:35
The OA is C and I, being a classical music lover, still can't figure out why. Yikes !!!
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