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Opera producers are worried that a recent drop in the number of people attending opera indicates a growing trend. In a major city, the five performances with the lowest attendance for the year all occurred within a single week, that of January 6 – 12. That week the opera company performed only contemporary operas. Some producers have concluded that opera fans are unwilling to buy tickets for contemporary operas.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the producers' conclusion?

The five operas scheduled during the week of January 6 – 12 were performed over four days, so there may have been poor performances due to fatigue.

On January 12, a huge snowstorm delayed mass transportation and forced the transportation authority to close some major roads.

During the week of January 6 – 12, one of the performances was canceled, accounting for a sizable drop in the week's total attendance.

Every ticket for performances during the week of January 6 – 12 was sold, although many ticket – holders did not attend.

Many contemporary operas are distinctly atonal, and most opera lovers dislike atonal music.
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22 Apr 2011, 10:21
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Opera producers are worried that a recent drop in the number of people attending opera indicates a growing trend. In a major city, the five performances with the lowest attendance for the year all occurred within a single week, that of January 6 – 12. That week the opera company performed only contemporary operas. Some producers have concluded that opera fans are unwilling to buy tickets for contemporary operas.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the producers' conclusion?

The five operas scheduled during the week of January 6 – 12 were performed over four days, so there may have been poor performances due to fatigue.

On January 12, a huge snowstorm delayed mass transportation and forced the transportation authority to close some major roads.

During the week of January 6 – 12, one of the performances was canceled, accounting for a sizable drop in the week's total attendance.

Every ticket for performances during the week of January 6 – 12 was sold, although many ticket – holders did not attend.

Many contemporary operas are distinctly atonal, and most opera lovers dislike atonal music.

Clear D. D point out a alternative explaining the low attendance.

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22 Apr 2011, 18:07
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Opera producers are worried that a recent drop in the number of people attending opera indicates a growing trend. In a major city, the five performances with the lowest attendance for the year all occurred within a single week, that of January 6 – 12. That week the opera company performed only contemporary operas. Some producers have concluded that opera fans are unwilling to buy tickets for contemporary operas.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the producers' conclusion?

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The five operas scheduled during the week of January 6 – 12 were performed over four days, so there may have been poor performances due to fatigue.

Slightly weakens. poor performance maynot necessarily equate why less people attended.

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On January 12, a huge snowstorm delayed mass transportation and forced the transportation authority to close some major roads.

Provides an alternative of why people couldnt attend. i.e they didnt attend because of poor transport not really they didnt like cont. operas
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During the week of January 6 – 12, one of the performances was canceled, accounting for a sizable drop in the week's total attendance.

The stem says "the five performances with the lowest attendance for the year all occurred within a single week, that of January 6 – 12", so we are only looking at the 5 lowest attended days, we dont care about cancelled days
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Every ticket for performances during the week of January 6 – 12 was sold, although many ticket – holders did not attend.

This strengthens people's lack of interest.
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Many contemporary operas are distinctly atonal, and most opera lovers dislike atonal music.

This also weakens slightly I think. But the number of people attending operas in general(not just cont operas) has been declining.

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22 Apr 2011, 19:40
gmat1220 wrote:
Opera producers are worried that a recent drop in the number of people attending opera indicates a growing trend. In a major city, the five performances with the lowest attendance for the year all occurred within a single week, that of January 6 – 12. That week the opera company performed only contemporary operas. Some producers have concluded that opera fans are unwilling to buy tickets for contemporary operas.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the producers' conclusion?

The argument assumes that opera fans don't like the contemporary operas, leading to the low attendance.

The five operas scheduled during the week of January 6 – 12 were performed over four days, so there may have been poor performances due to fatigue. The premise says that the five performances with the lowest attendance for the year all occurred within a single week, that means the low attendance is observed during all the days in a single week. The fatigue might not happen during the first 1 or 2 days, but the low attendance still happened during these days. Hence, does not weaken.

On January 12, a huge snowstorm delayed mass transportation and forced the transportation authority to close some major roads. This choice gives alternative explanation for the low attendance. Remember that that 5 performance took place in a major city, so when the roads leading to the city are closed, opera fans are hindered to attend the performance. This choice also attacks the assumption that the opera fans are not fond of contemporary operas. Hence, correct.

During the week of January 6 – 12, one of the performances was canceled, accounting for a sizable drop in the week's total attendance. Irrelevant: we don't care about the drop in total attendance. So, incorrect

Every ticket for performances during the week of January 6 – 12 was sold, although many ticket – holders did not attend. We don't care about the tickets sold. We care about the attendance alone.

Many contemporary operas are distinctly atonal, and most opera lovers dislike atonal music. This choice strengthens the conclusion when citing a cause for the low attendance.

So B is correct.
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22 Apr 2011, 21:47
IMO D

argument--
poor attendance---conclusion unwilling to buy tickets...

b weakens the argument but d is stronger than b.
As it shows that people bought the tickets but didnt attend so unwillingness to attend cannot be the conclusion

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22 Apr 2011, 22:24
I also go with D , though B is a contender.
The stimuli conclusion says " unwilling to buy tickets" and D correctly points out that people have bought tickets but ticket holders dint attend the opera.

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23 Apr 2011, 08:38
I have chosen C as answer.
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23 Apr 2011, 08:59
conclusion: contemporary operas are not too popular with public hence they are unwilling to buy ticket for such shows.

D weakens this conclusion because it states that people DID buy the tickets ,in fact every available ticket was sold out,but many couldn't attend the show.

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23 Apr 2011, 09:56
Can someone plz post the OA. I choose D .. and if not D, I guess ..I will have start reading CR all over again

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25 Apr 2011, 00:28
gmat1220 wrote:
Opera producers are worried that a recent drop in the number of people attending opera indicates a growing trend. In a major city, the five performances with the lowest attendance for the year all occurred within a single week, that of January 6 – 12. That week the opera company performed only contemporary operas. Some producers have concluded that opera fans are unwilling to buy tickets for contemporary operas.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the producers' conclusion?

The five operas scheduled during the week of January 6 – 12 were performed over four days, so there may have been poor performances due to fatigue. -- Out of scope.

On January 12, a huge snowstorm delayed mass transportation and forced the transportation authority to close some major roads.-- Implicitly assume that this lead to decrease in the attendance or non buying of tickets. Hence POE.

During the week of January 6 – 12, one of the performances was canceled, accounting for a sizable drop in the week's total attendance. -- Misses the conclusion where the question is whether tickets have been bought or not. Hence POE.

Every ticket for performances during the week of January 6 – 12 was sold, although many ticket – holders did not attend. -- Directly contradicts the conclusion that tickets were not sold.Hence OA.

Many contemporary operas are distinctly atonal, and most opera lovers dislike atonal music. -- Supports the conclusion. Hence POE.

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25 Apr 2011, 03:51
D because the conclusion is that people are unwilling to buy tickets and has nothing to do with attendance.

if all tickets were bought , the conclusion is killed.
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26 Apr 2011, 00:44
B cant be the answer, because
the text says In a major city, the five performances with the lowest attendance for the year all occurred within a single week, that of January 6 – 12. That week the opera company performed only contemporary operas...
this mean that the low attendance happened for all days in a week from 6 to 12 of the week
B says there's a snowstorm in january 12 , but the snowstorm happen for only 1 day. 1/12. what about the other days? so i chose D
anyways, whats the answer for this CR?

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26 Apr 2011, 00:57
gmat1220 wrote:
Opera producers are worried that a recent drop in the number of people attending opera indicates a growing trend. In a major city, the five performances with the lowest attendance for the year all occurred within a single week, that of January 6 – 12. That week the opera company performed only contemporary operas. Some producers have concluded that opera fans are unwilling to buy tickets for contemporary operas.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the producers' conclusion?

The five operas scheduled during the week of January 6 – 12 were performed over four days, so there may have been poor performances due to fatigue.

On January 12, a huge snowstorm delayed mass transportation and forced the transportation authority to close some major roads.

During the week of January 6 – 12, one of the performances was canceled, accounting for a sizable drop in the week's total attendance.

Every ticket for performances during the week of January 6 – 12 was sold, although many ticket – holders did not attend.

Many contemporary operas are distinctly atonal, and most opera lovers dislike atonal music.

I chose B as the answer for this question as it directly hits the stem of the assumption, that is "the people don't like contemporary operas" by giving another explanation for why people could not attend the opera. but the OA says its 'D'. How come?
it got to be wrong as B seems the correct and logical answer
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26 Apr 2011, 01:02
I re-read the CR and found out that its a scope shift. The details are given about the low attendance and conclusion is made about the Tickets sold. So while the attendance can be low even if the tickets are sold as suggested by 'D', the argument that 'people are unwilling to buy tickets' does not hold in that case. So, thats the correct choice. I am definitely sure this time
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04 May 2011, 14:04
+1 D

A - Out of scope. The fatigue is AFTER the shows.
B - The storm took place just in one day.
C - Only one performance was canceled and the rest had low attendance, but there is not an alternative explanation of that low attendance.
D - Correct
E - We don't know if that opera was atonal.
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05 May 2011, 11:07
D..attendance is the word to look for!

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05 May 2011, 12:49
+1 for D.
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