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# Industrialists from the country Distopia were accused of

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Industrialists from the country Distopia were
accused of promoting the Distopian intervention in
the Arcadian civil war merely to insure that the
profits during the war. Yet this cannot be the motive
since, as the Distopians foresaw, Distopia's federal
expenses for the intervention were eight billion
dollars, whereas, during the war, profits from the
Distopian industrialistsтАЩ facilities in Arcadia totaled
only four billion dollars.

Which of the following, if true, exposes a serious
flaw in the argument made in the second sentence
above?

(A) During the Arcadian war, many Distopian
industrialists with facilities located in Arcadia
experienced a significant rise in productivity
in their facilities located in Distopia
(B) The largest proportion of Distopia's federal
expenses is borne by those who receive no
significant industrial profits.
(C) Most Distopian industrialists' facilities located
in Arcadia are expected to maintain the level
of profits they achieved during the war.
(D) Distopian industrialists' facilities in Arcadia
made substantial profits before the events
that triggered the civil war.
(E) Many Distopians expressed concern over the
the civil war.
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07 Apr 2004, 12:49
I'm going in with D
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07 Apr 2004, 13:29
B is best. The argument erroneously compares Distopian federal expenses with the Industrialists' profits. If the largest proportion of federal expenses are borne by those who DO NOT have any profits, then the comparison basis is flawed. This means that those who DID made profits did not have much expenses and thus points out the flaw in the argument
D is out of scope. We are not interested with what they made before the war
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07 Apr 2004, 13:29
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