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Mayor: The annual rock festival held in our town has gained some popularity, and next year we plan to have musicians perform on three stages instead of one. This will increase ticket sales and bring more tourists to town.

Doubter: Well, if you want next year to be the last year of your festival, go ahead. Without high quality rock bands constantly performing on all three stages, the festival will eventually fail because people don’t come to see the stages; they come to hear good music.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the mayor with the strongest counterargument to the doubter’s objection?


(A)Besides building three more stages, the town will also construct temporary beer and snack bars in the festival area.
(B)The festival currently has to reject many quality bands because there is insufficient space and time for them to perform.
(C)The festival currently has a very high return visitor rate.
(D)On average, visitors who come to town for the festival spend more money than those who visit on business.
(E)It has been noticed that once visitors have arrived, even if they don’t like the festival, they usually stay until the festival’s end.
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Mayor: The annual rock festival held in our town has gained some popularity, and next year we plan to have musicians perform on three stages instead of one. This will increase ticket sales and bring more tourists to town.

Doubter: Well, if you want next year to be the last year of your festival, go ahead. Without high quality rock bands constantly performing on all three stages, the festival will eventually fail because people don’t come to see the stages; they come to hear good music.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the mayor with the strongest counterargument to the doubter’s objection?


(A)Besides building three more stages, the town will also construct temporary beer and snack bars in the festival area.
(B)The festival currently has to reject many quality bands because there is insufficient space and time for them to perform.
(C)The festival currently has a very high return visitor rate.
(D)On average, visitors who come to town for the festival spend more money than those who visit on business.
(E)It has been noticed that once visitors have arrived, even if they don’t like the festival, they usually stay until the festival’s end.

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The answer i think should be B
As the festival is popular and has attracted visitors, the mayor plans to increase the sales and increase the number of people coming to the fest by increasing the stages from one to three. The doubter comments that the visitors come to hear music and not the stages. The statement "The festival currently has to reject many quality bands because there is insufficient space and time for them to perform" will counter the doubter's comment that the extra stages will help in playing good music and since the fest is already popular, the chance of getting to hear good artists will increase the sales as per the Mayors' conclusion

A - There is no mention of the temporary beer and snack bars affecting the ticket sales and the people visiting the fest and hence can be marked incorrect
C- The festival having a high return visitor rate has no impact on increasing the number of stages as in this case, increasing the time of the fest would have been sufficient to attract more sales
D- There is no mention of the number of people visiting for business and no comparison can be drawn with respect to the increase in sales.
E- The conclusion is to increase the number of ticket sales and the point mentioned here does not come across as a counter to the doubter's comment

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Ok, clearly 'B'

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Conclusion - High quality rock bands cannot constantly perform on all three stages
Premise - Rest of sentence
Weaken - enough quality rock bands to constantly perform on all three stages
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The answer is B b/c it directly links with the argument and E is a trap.
B gives explanation why quality of music is absent; that is, it is not because the music is bad, but because quality is not included.

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