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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing. The sales of genre books——lowbrow fare, such as romance novels, that critics contend have little literary value——have increased dramatically over the last five years. In fact, an analysis of the books stocked in bookstores shows that the ratio of titles in the classic literature category——which includes books with high literary value by such authors as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Faulkner——to titles in the genre category has decreased over the same period. In addition, average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years. Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the critics claim about genre books potential domination of the market for fiction books?


1. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue


2. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years


3. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years


4. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories


5. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category
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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing. The sales of genre books——lowbrow fare, such as romance novels, that critics contend have little literary value——have increased dramatically over the last five years. In fact, an analysis of the books stocked in bookstores shows that the ratio of titles in the classic literature category——which includes books with high literary value by such authors as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Faulkner——to titles in the genre category has decreased over the same period. In addition, average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years. Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed.

Sales of genre books increased, while the ratio of high-value books to genre books in stock decreased. I.e. even more genre books are produced than sold in comparison with hq books.
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Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the critics claim about genre books potential domination of the market for fiction books?

The question is if the fiction books market is affected by the appalling trends on the entire books market.


1. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue
This would not prove the critics' anxiety.
2. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years
Genre and classic categories are already covered in the argument, besides we are interested in fiction.
3. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years
Nonfiction books sales are not what we need to know.
4. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories
Both genre and fiction books sales are concerned. If sales for fiction books has not diminished while sales for genre books increased, then fiction books market is apparently not affected by genre books.
5. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category
The value is already determined in the argument.
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I think there is an inherent flaw in the answers that relates to revenue. It needs to assume that cost of per unit book is the same in both the category. Consider if one book in one category costs 100$ and one in another category costs as low as 1 $. Than it would really depend upon the weighted avg of books in both category.

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Pqhai could you shed some light by explaining answer choice D?

If I understood correctly, does it mean that we want to make sure that the decrease in other categories is not accountable for the increase in the proportion of the romantic genre books?

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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing. The sales of genre books——lowbrow fare, such as romance novels, that critics contend have little literary value——have increased dramatically over the last five years. In fact, an analysis of the books stocked in bookstores shows that the ratio of titles in the classic literature category——which includes books with high literary value by such authors as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Faulkner——to titles in the genre category has decreased over the same period. In addition, average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years. Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the critics claim about genre books potential domination of the market for fiction books?

A. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue

B. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years

C. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years

D. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories

E. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category
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1: The sales of genre books have increased dramatically over the last five years. [Increase in sale of genre book]
2: The ratio of titles in the classic literature category to titles in the genre category has decreased over the same period. [decreases in the title of literature ]
3: Average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years. [In the lines of #1.]

Conclusion:
, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature Fiction market would be dominated by genre book.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the critics claim about genre books potential domination of the market for fiction books?

Genre is compared with classic and then a conclusion is made about the fiction market. Based upon the sale of Genre ,its concluded that Genre would rule fiction market.
What if there is another category in fiction that is also growing and in-fact more than Genre.
To evaluate the argument, we need an option that can strengthen/weaken the argument.


A& E out for obvious reason.

A. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue

B. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years
>> This doesn't help much. What if there is any other category which has higher sale amount. Nothing new from what is already mentioned in premise.

C. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years
>>We need fiction book data as well.

D. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories
>>This would give overall distribution in fiction category for Genre, classic and other books . This is something in the line of what we are trying to evaluate .

E. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category.
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With an Evaluate question, you're looking for an answer that resolves a gap in the argument. The answers are in general terms (they don't give you specific data), so you won't know if the new evidence strengthens or weakens the conclusion, but it will always fill in a cap. To break down this argument:

Premise: Sales of genre books have increased dramatically over the last 5 years.
Premise: The ratio of classics:genre has decreased.
Premise: Average sales per title of genre books have increased greatly.

Conclusion: if trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books

For me, we have a disconnect between the premises and conclusion. All of the facts given are about genre books and classic books, but the conclusion jumps to fiction books in general. Are classics and genre books the only types of fiction books?

That's where D fits. You're comparing sales revenues for genre books and non-genre, non-classic fiction books. There are two possible situations:

Sales revenue for non-genre, non-classic books has seen greater increases than sales revenue for genre books: This contradicts the idea that genre books will dominate the fiction book market because there's another market segment outperforming them.

Sales revenue for for genre has seen greater increases than sales revenue for non-genre, non-classic books : This supports the idea that genre books will dominate the market because it is outperforming all other types of fiction books.
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Sorry but I'm still lost about the confusing wording of option D.

It says include the sales revenue of "genre books" ......... other than the ones in "genre category"

What is the difference between genre books and genre category books? Could somebody explain?


Here is what the argument and options tell you:

Fiction has 3 sub categories:
Genre (the popcorn fare),
Classics (High Lit value),
Others (Option D introduces this sub category)

The argument goes on to tell you that
the sales of genre books have increased dramatically over the last five years.
An analysis shows that the ratio of titles in the classic category:genre category has decreased over 5 yrs.
Average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years.

Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books

The question is "will genre books dominate the market for fiction books"? How do we find this out?

D. Find the sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories.

Find sales revenue over last 5 yrs for "genre books" and for "fiction other than genre or classic".
In other words, find sales revenue over last 5 yrs for "genre books" and for "others".

The point is that critics fear that genre will dominate fiction category. The argument compares genre sub category with classic sub category but gives no info on 'others' sub category which falls within fiction. When we don't know the role of 'others' in fiction, how can we say that 'genre' will dominate the fiction category?

With this information, read the argument and option (D) again. Does it make sense now?
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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing. The sales of genre books——lowbrow fare, such as romance novels, that critics contend have little literary value— —— have increased dramatically over the last five years. In fact, an analysis of the books stocked in bookstores shows that the ratio of titles in the classic literature category ——which includes books with high literary value by such authors as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Faulkner——to titles in the genre category has decreased over the same period. In addition, average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years. Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the critics claim about genre books potential domination of the market for fiction books?

A. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue

B. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years

C. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years

D. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories

E. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category
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Good one..
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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing.
The sales of genre books have increased dramatically over the last five years.
An analysis shows that the titles in the classic literature category: titles in the genre categoryhas decreased over the same period.
In addition, average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years.
Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed.

evaluate the validity of the critics claim about genre books potential domination of the market for fiction books?

A. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue (OFS)

B. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years
(sales, ratio and its amount in the past cannot guarantee anything regarding future.)

C. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years
(We have no info whether non fiction books here and it would do no help)

D. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories (I did get this point)

E. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category
(I selected this going by conclusion "signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed." )

can some one explain the solution as classics and genre books come under both fiction and non fiction categories?
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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing. The sales of genre books——lowbrow fare, such as romance novels, that critics contend have little literary value——have increased dramatically over the last five years. In fact, an analysis of the books stocked in bookstores shows that the ratio of titles in the classic literature category——which includes books with high literary value by such authors as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Faulkner——to titles in the genre category has decreased over the same period. In addition, average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years. Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the critics claim about genre books potential domination of the market for fiction books?

A. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue

B. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years

C. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years

D. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories

E. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category
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Hi all,

I am posting my reasoning here:

Conclusion: Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books.

Since the conclusion talks about dominating the market of fiction books. We need to know the other players in the fiction book market. We are given info about the classics in the premises but we do not know about mkt share of those other than genre or classic. D talks about that. Thus, only option D is the best in evaluating the argument.

Is this a correct way of reasoning this CR? Is there a better way? Any help would be appreciated.

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Conclusion: Genre books will domain the fiction books market, if current trends continue.
Premise: Sales of genre books increased, ratio of classic book titles to genre book titles decreased, average sales per genre book title increased.

Assumption:
1. Genre books and Classic book titles are the two biggest titles in fiction book titles( There could be other titles in the fiction book category. argument only compares two categories and based on this comparison goes on and makes a conclusion regarding the overall fiction category).
2. average sales per genre book title has not increased significantly compared to genre book title.

Correct answer choice will evaluate whether these assumptions are valid.

1. likelihood of trend continuing. Out
2. amount of sales in dollars for genre and classic literature. This doesn't give any info regarding other titles. Also, we can't find any info regarding sales per classic book title to genre book title.
3. compares between genre books and all non-fiction books. no information regarding titles excluding genre& classic.
4. compares between genres books and remaining titles( other than genre & classic). This directly tests the argument's assumption.
5. Out- irrelevant

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A: WRONG - While this definitely sounds like a good answer, The claim is IF they continue NOT that it is likely to continue. For example, If I keep eating 3000 calories a day, I will gain 10 pounds by the next month. If I am evaluating the validity of this argument, I don't care about the likilihood of me eating 3000 calories a day, I care about "If I keep eating a lot, will I gain weight".
B: WRONG - I know the rates, don't need to know the figures
C: WRONG - I care about fiction books, not nonfiction books
D: RIGHT - If there are 3 categories, genre, classic, and other and I can compare the market sizes for genre, classic, and other. E.g. Genre makes up 10%, classic 5%, Other is 85%, in this case genre/classic is a drop in an ocean.
E: WRONG - Don't see how this is useful, maybe if you could benchmark it, but there is no benchmark or further info provided.

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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing. The sales of genre books——lowbrow fare, such as romance novels, that critics contend have little literary value——have increased dramatically over the last five years. In fact, an analysis of the books stocked in bookstores shows that the ratio of titles in the classic literature category——which includes books with high literary value by such authors as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Faulkner——to titles in the genre category has decreased over the same period. In addition, average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years. Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the critics claim about genre books potential domination of the market for fiction books?


1. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue


2. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years


3. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years


4. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories


5. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category


I tried to keep this one simple and not overthink it, which is dang near impossible for me: ..."evaluating the validity of the critics claim about genre books' potential domination of the market for fiction books." I decided to focus on which of the 5 provided some metric demonstrating the apparent/potential domination. I noticed D specifically mentions sales revenues for genre and fiction books other than those in genre or classic literature categories because the critic's claim is that genre books will dominate the "fiction" market specifically. So, having those numbers could determine the sales for genre books and if they truly are dominating now and may continue to in the future. You would be able to compare Genre numbers to all other fiction, hence making it the dominant sub-category.. see, this question was very tricky as I re-read it. Although the passage discusses the decline of quality literature, the actual question just wants to know how to if genre books will dominate ALL fiction...

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four321zero wrote:
Sorry but I'm still lost about the confusing wording of option D.

It says include the sales revenue of "genre books" ......... other than the ones in "genre category"

What is the difference between genre books and genre category books? Could somebody explain?


Here is what the argument and options tell you:

Fiction has 3 sub categories:
Genre (the popcorn fare),
Classics (High Lit value),
Others (Option D introduces this sub category)

The argument goes on to tell you that
the sales of genre books have increased dramatically over the last five years.
An analysis shows that the ratio of titles in the classic category:genre category has decreased over 5 yrs.
Average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years.

Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books

The question is "will genre books dominate the market for fiction books"? How do we find this out?

D. Find the sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories.

Find sales revenue over last 5 yrs for "genre books" and for "fiction other than genre or classic".
In other words, find sales revenue over last 5 yrs for "genre books" and for "others".

The point is that critics fear that genre will dominate fiction category. The argument compares genre sub category with classic sub category but gives no info on 'others' sub category which falls within fiction. When we don't know the role of 'others' in fiction, how can we say that 'genre' will dominate the fiction category?

With this information, read the argument and option (D) again. Does it make sense now?


The clarity in your thinking is simply amazing , Karishma. +1
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