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# Manager: The success rate for new businesses is lower than ever

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Manager: The success rate for new businesses is lower than ever, with only 12 percent surviving the first two years. Furthermore, many businesses already operating are doing so at a loss, or with their lowest profit margin in decades. The blame must fall on the excessive demands of the workers. Profits drop in order to pay for new paint, radios, and artwork. We have lost sight of the fact that work is intended to be productive, not enjoyable.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the manager's argument?

A. Workers, whether they are performing productively or not, often have very difficult and highly taxing duties.
B. In most cases, improvements in the work environment increase productivity by increasing worker satisfaction.
C. The failure of many businesses in the past was due to exorbitant taxation rather than excessive demands of the workers.
D. The failure of a new business is not necessarily the same thing as the failure of an already existing business.
E. The failure of a new business is not necessarily the same thing as operating an already existing business without a profit.

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21 Dec 2017, 21:21
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Manager: The success rate for new businesses is lower than ever, with only 12 percent surviving the first two years. Furthermore, many businesses already operating are doing so at a loss, or with their lowest profit margin in decades. The blame must fall on the excessive demands of the workers. Profits drop in order to pay for new paint, radios, and artwork. We have lost sight of the fact that work is intended to be productive, not enjoyable.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the manager's argument?

A. Workers, whether they are performing productively or not, often have very difficult and highly taxing duties.
B. In most cases, improvements in the work environment increase productivity by increasing worker satisfaction.
C. The failure of many businesses in the past was due to exorbitant taxation rather than excessive demands of the workers.
D. The failure of a new business is not necessarily the same thing as the failure of an already existing business.
E. The failure of a new business is not necessarily the same thing as operating an already existing business without a profit.

The argument is on the final sentence. B directly attack the argument. Other choices are irrelevant.
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29 Dec 2017, 22:05
I guessed the answer even before i read the options, and i got it right.

But dont exactly understand why Option C is wrong? Is it just because it was in the past?
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29 Dec 2017, 22:53
nikithaiyer5 wrote:
I guessed the answer even before i read the options, and i got it right.

But dont exactly understand why Option C is wrong? Is it just because it was in the past?

Because it could be possible business went down for other reasons.

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