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It is mistaken to attribute Zanco's failure; to the publicity about the supposedly inhuman working conditions~in the foreign factories that furnish Zanco with many of its parts. Zanco's failure has more to do with defects in its products than with any boycott on moral grounds (conclusion). After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products.

The argument in the passage is based on which of the following assumptions?


(A) People are unlikely to let moral considerations affect what products they decide to purchase.

(B) People who patronize companies supplied by factories where working conditions are as bad as those of Zanco's suppliers are aware of those conditions.

(C) The working conditions in the factories that supply Zanco with parts are not as bad as has been claimed.

(D) Zanco's sales did not dip sharply after the poor working conditions in its suppliers' factories became known.

(E) The poor quality of Zanco's products is not a result of the working conditions in the foreign factories where its parts are manufactured.

why answer is not A
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summary of the passage..
it tells us that one condition,T, is not the reason for a coys failure as other coys too have same condition , so P must be the reason...
but what is the difference in the wordings in two cases.... in zanco, it is attributed to the publicity of that cond..... but nothing is said abt T in the other set of factories... it may well be possible that people are not aware of that cond existing..... therefore the argument must be assuming that people are aware in other case of factories and this is what CHOICE B states...
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It is mistaken to attribute Zanco's failure; to the publicity about the supposedly inhuman working conditions~in the foreign factories that furnish Zanco with many of its parts. Zanco's failure has more to do with defects in its products than with any boycott on moral grounds (conclusion). After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products.

The argument in the passage is based on which of the following assumptions?

(A) People are unlikely to let moral considerations affect what products they decide to purchase.
(B) People who patronize companies supplied by factories where working conditions are as bad as those of Zanco's suppliers are aware of those conditions.
(C) The working conditions in the factories that supply Zanco with parts are not as bad as has been claimed.
(D) Zanco's sales did not dip sharply after the poor working conditions in its suppliers' factories became known.
(E) The poor quality of Zanco's products is not a result of the working conditions in the foreign factories where its parts are manufactured.


The conclusion is "After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products. ".

(B) directly addresses the conclusion. The basis of the conclusion is that other companies have factories with poor working conditions and their sales aren't affected - this assumes that people know that the other companies have factories with poor working conditions; that they are aware of those conditions.
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statement A is restating the argument : ppl do not let lose morality of companies affect their choice

the question is about the assumption behind the argument. so you should look for answer that explain why it seems as if ppl do not factor morality of companies into their choices.
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I think ans B is makes a appropriate assumption that people know about the bad working conditions of the other companies as they do of Zanco's
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Please explain why A is wrong and not that B is right
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Please explain why A is wrong and not that B is right
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Answer is B....

CN = After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products

A is not correct as it states:
People are unlikely to let moral considerations affect what products they decide to purchase.

People would only decide to buy the production based on their moral consideration if they are aware of the working conditions. If they are not even aware of the working conditions, this statement is anyway not relevant. Morever this statement is a exaggerated as it account for all people stating that they don't consider their morality for purchasing the good. This statement falls in the extreme bucket!

Option B: gives you the simple reason stating that the people are aware of the conditions of the similar factories where working conditions of the people in those factories. This is the correct assumption.

In case you have read the Powerscore CR Bible, it teaches an incredible technique for you to tackle Assumption questions (Negative Test). If you use that technique, Option B stands the perfect answer! Thats just a double check for me :)
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t is mistaken to attribute Zanco's failure; to the publicity about the supposedly inhuman working conditions~in the foreign factories that furnish Zanco with many of its parts. Zanco's failure has more to do with defects in its products than with any boycott on moral grounds (conclusion). After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products.

The argument in the passage is based on which of the following assumptions?

(A) People are unlikely to let moral considerations affect what products they decide to purchase.
(B) People who patronize companies supplied by factories where working conditions are as bad as those of Zanco's suppliers are aware of those conditions.
(C) The working conditions in the factories that supply Zanco with parts are not as bad as has been claimed.
(D) Zanco's sales did not dip sharply after the poor working conditions in its suppliers' factories became known.
(E) The poor quality of Zanco's products is not a result of the working conditions in the foreign factories where its parts are manufactured.

B is the clear winner

in the passage the justification is people buy from companies which uses supplies from factories which are as bad as zanco's suppliers

This justification will be a valid one only people are aware of the bad working conditions of the other factory suppliers

A can be true but it has nothing to do with the justification provided so this argument is not based on that particular assumption so it is not the correct answer choice
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navdeepbajwa wrote:
It is mistaken to attribute Zanco's failure; to the publicity about the supposedly inhuman working conditions~in the foreign factories that furnish Zanco with many of its parts. Zanco's failure has more to do with defects in its products than with any boycott on moral grounds (conclusion). After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products.

The argument in the passage is based on which of the following assumptions?

(A) People are unlikely to let moral considerations affect what products they decide to purchase.the tone of this statement is extreme, few people may be likely to let moral considerations affect the products they purchase
(B) People who patronize companies supplied by factories where working conditions are as bad as those of Zanco's suppliers are aware of those conditions.this is the right answer. the stimulus aptly assumes that people are aware of the inhuman working conditions
(C) The working conditions in the factories that supply Zanco with parts are not as bad as has been claimed.
(D) Zanco's sales did not dip sharply after the poor working conditions in its suppliers' factories became known.
(E) The poor quality of Zanco's products is not a result of the working conditions in the foreign factories where its parts are manufactured.

why answer is not


clearly C,D & E are wrong.
between A and B, B seems to be right because of the above mentioned reasons.
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Ans B correctly makes assumption that people are aware of the working condition of the other factories as they are of Zanco. This is essential to make a comparison and draw a conclusion
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got tricked here.Between B and E,went for E instead.

However, the conclusion mentions a clear judgement call between quality and moral grounds. E touches just one aspect.
B touches both aspect and negating B clearly crashes the reasoning mentioned in the premise,the comparison.Hence the conclusion.
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navdeepbajwa wrote:
It is mistaken to attribute Zanco's failure; to the publicity about the supposedly inhuman working conditions~in the foreign factories that furnish Zanco with many of its parts. Zanco's failure has more to do with defects in its products than with any boycott on moral grounds (conclusion). After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products.

The argument in the passage is based on which of the following assumptions?

(A) People are unlikely to let moral considerations affect what products they decide to purchase.
(B) People who patronize companies supplied by factories where working conditions are as bad as those of Zanco's suppliers are aware of those conditions.
(C) The working conditions in the factories that supply Zanco with parts are not as bad as has been claimed.
(D) Zanco's sales did not dip sharply after the poor working conditions in its suppliers' factories became known.
(E) The poor quality of Zanco's products is not a result of the working conditions in the foreign factories where its parts are manufactured.


The conclusion is "After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products. ".

(B) directly addresses the conclusion. The basis of the conclusion is that other companies have factories with poor working conditions and their sales aren't affected - this assumes that people know that the other companies have factories with poor working conditions; that they are aware of those conditions.


The conclusion is, as i see it, "It is mistaken to attribute Zanco's failure to the publicity about the supposedly inhuman working conditions in the foreign factories that furnish Zanco with many of its parts". That's the opinion. Any other thing is just scope shift.
To answer assumption questions, what could possibly be the reason why the PUBLICITY itself has failed? If you get this right, the answer comes clear.
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can anyone help me with option D and E?
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chetan2u Can you please throw light on option E
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chetan2u Can you please throw light on option E


Option E:
An assumption should link the premise to the conclusion:
Premise: Plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products.
Conclusion: Zanco's failure has more to do with defects in its products than with any boycott on moral grounds

Negate option E: The poor quality of Zanco's products is a result of the working conditions in the foreign factories where its parts are manufactured. The argument that the failure of Zanco is not because of moral reasons but because of poor products is not affected by this statement. (the argument should have been broken by negating the option, if option E were an assumption).

Hence E is not the correct option.

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can anyone help me with option D and E?


Option D:
Option D could be a strengthening statement, but it is not a mandatory assumption.
Negate option D: Zanco's sales dipped sharply after the poor working conditions in its suppliers' factories became known.
This option strengthens weakens the argument, but it does not break down the argument. It is still possible that the dip was caused by some other factor, not because of moral reasons.
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navdeepbajwa wrote:
It is mistaken to attribute Zanco's failure; to the publicity about the supposedly inhuman working conditions~in the foreign factories that furnish Zanco with many of its parts. Zanco's failure has more to do with defects in its products than with any boycott on moral grounds (conclusion). After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products.

The argument in the passage is based on which of the following assumptions?

(A) People are unlikely to let moral considerations affect what products they decide to purchase.
(B) People who patronize companies supplied by factories where working conditions are as bad as those of Zanco's suppliers are aware of those conditions.
(C) The working conditions in the factories that supply Zanco with parts are not as bad as has been claimed.
(D) Zanco's sales did not dip sharply after the poor working conditions in its suppliers' factories became known.
(E) The poor quality of Zanco's products is not a result of the working conditions in the foreign factories where its parts are manufactured.


The conclusion is "After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products. ".

(B) directly addresses the conclusion. The basis of the conclusion is that other companies have factories with poor working conditions and their sales aren't affected - this assumes that people know that the other companies have factories with poor working conditions; that they are aware of those conditions.





yes, they are aware of condition and it doesn't affect on their decision.
it is A
so why A is wrong?
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Only A,B and E are on hold. C and D are certainly wrong.
A does not directly connect with the argument. In other words, if ones negate A, the conclusion does not fall apart.
E is a strengthener, not an assumption. Evidently, the negation of E does does not make the conclusion wrong. Also, the argument only has one main premise that "After all, plenty of...." -> B is truly the assumption.
All A,B, and E commonly appear in gmat questions.
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It is mistaken to attribute Zanco's failure; to the publicity about the supposedly inhuman working conditions~in the foreign factories that furnish Zanco with many of its parts. Zanco's failure has more to do with defects in its products than with any boycott on moral grounds (conclusion). After all, plenty of other companies are supplied by factories with working conditions just as bad as those in Zanco's suppliers, and the public does not hesitate to buy their products.

The argument in the passage is based on which of the following assumptions?


(A) People are unlikely to let moral considerations affect what products they decide to purchase.

(B) People who patronize companies supplied by factories where working conditions are as bad as those of Zanco's suppliers are aware of those conditions.

(C) The working conditions in the factories that supply Zanco with parts are not as bad as has been claimed.

(D) Zanco's sales did not dip sharply after the poor working conditions in its suppliers' factories became known.

(E) The poor quality of Zanco's products is not a result of the working conditions in the foreign factories where its parts are manufactured.

why answer is not A


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The assertion that Zanco's failure is not due to publicity about poor working conditions in its suppliers' factories only makes sense if those who buy the products of those other companies are aware of the bad working conditions in their suppliers' factories. After all, if people bought products from the other companies without knowing that they too were supplied by sweatshop-style factories, the comparison would be moot and the logic of the argument would go down the drain. The scope shift centers around the word "publicity."

The conclusion that Zanco's failure was not due to publicity about bad working conditions is backed up by evidence concerning companies with bad working conditions that says nothing about publicity. Publicity is a key feature of the conclusion, but drops off the map in the evidence, and therein lies the scope shift and the necessity of (B), the correct answer.

(A) Even if people are likely to base purchasing decisions on moral considerations, it doesn't weaken the conclusion that people didn't do this in the case of Zanco.

(C) The point isn't that the working conditions of Zanco's suppliers have been unfairly exaggerated, but that these conditions are not a factor in the company's failure. It wouldn't affect the argument if, contrary to (C), working conditions are just as bad as the negative publicity claims.

(D) Even if Zanco's sales did dip sharply after people found out about the poor working conditions, we couldn't conclude that the dip resulted from the public's refusal to buy Zanco's products on moral grounds—the sales dip could have easily resulted from something else and merely coincided with the public's learning of the factory conditions.

(E) It doesn't matter whether or not there's a connection between the poor quality of the products and the lousy working conditions—the existence or lack of such a connection doesn't affect the logic of the argument.
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