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New post 05 Sep 2008, 00:56
Advertiser: The revenue that newspapers and magazines earn by publishing advertisements allows publishers to keep the prices per copy of their publications much lower than would otherwise be possible. Therefore, consumers benefit economically from advertising.
Consumer: But who pays for the advertising that pays for low-priced newspapers and magazines? We consumers do, because advertisers pass along advertising costs to us through the higher prices they charge for their products.
Which of the following best describes how the consumer counters the advertisers argument?

A. By alleging something that, if true, would weaken the plausibility of the advertisers conclusion

B. By questioning the truth of the purportedly factual statement on which the advertisers conclusion is based

C. By offering an interpretation of the advertisers opening statement that, if accurate, shows that there is an implicit contradiction in it

D. By pointing out that the advertisers point of view is biased

E. By arguing that the advertiser too narrowly restricts the discussion to the effects of advertising that are economic

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I'd go with E.
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Nerdboy wrote:
I'd go with E.

Why not C? C mentions that if consumer's statement is true, it will contradict advertiser's statement. Consumer claims that advertisers pass on their cost to consumers that may not be true...but if it is true, it contradicts advertiser's statement.

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B because consumer asks a question

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Nerdboy wrote:
I'd go with E.

Why not C? C mentions that if consumer's statement is true, it will contradict advertiser's statement. Consumer claims that advertisers pass on their cost to consumers that may not be true...but if it is true, it contradicts advertiser's statement.


Yes, you're probably right. Somehow I overlooked that.
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Nihit wrote:
Advertiser: The revenue that newspapers and magazines earn by publishing advertisements allows publishers to keep the prices per copy of their publications much lower than would otherwise be possible. Therefore, consumers benefit economically from advertising.
Consumer: But who pays for the advertising that pays for low-priced newspapers and magazines? We consumers do, because advertisers pass along advertising costs to us through the higher prices they charge for their products.
Which of the following best describes how the consumer counters the advertisers argument?

A. By alleging something that, if true, would weaken the plausibility of the advertisers conclusion

B. By questioning the truth of the purportedly factual statement on which the advertisers conclusion is based

C. By offering an interpretation of the advertisers opening statement that, if accurate, shows that there is an implicit contradiction in it

D. By pointing out that the advertisers point of view is biased

E. By arguing that the advertiser too narrowly restricts the discussion to the effects of advertising that are economic


IMO C)

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Nihit wrote:
Advertiser: The revenue that newspapers and magazines earn by publishing advertisements allows publishers to keep the prices per copy of their publications much lower than would otherwise be possible. Therefore, consumers benefit economically from advertising.
Consumer: But who pays for the advertising that pays for low-priced newspapers and magazines? We consumers do, because advertisers pass along advertising costs to us through the higher prices they charge for their products.
Which of the following best describes how the consumer counters the advertisers argument?

A. By alleging something that, if true, would weaken the plausibility of the advertisers conclusion

B. By questioning the truth of the purportedly factual statement on which the advertisers conclusion is based

C. By offering an interpretation of the advertisers opening statement that, if accurate, shows that there is an implicit contradiction in it

D. By pointing out that the advertisers point of view is biased

E. By arguing that the advertiser too narrowly restricts the discussion to the effects of advertising that are economic


Its either A or B and I am real torn. I don't like the alleging part in A, because I like the Questioning part in B ( Consumer: But who pays for the advertising that pays for low-priced newspapers and magazines?) I like the final piece of A (would weaken the plausibility of the advertisers conclusion) but answer choice B misses it.

OA A because it says that conclusion is weakened??? Which it as the consumer explains how ads do not benefit customers.

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