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Over 30% of the stores in Smithtown Mall went out of business in the

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Over 30% of the stores in Smithtown Mall went out of business in the last two years. During this time period, major road construction resulted in significant delays along the main access roads to the mall. While some have attributed the closings to the nationwide recession, the more likely cause is the road construction, which made it difficult for customers to reach the mall.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?


A. Traffic delays from the construction were most severe on weekday mornings.

B. A large percentage of mall visitors live in surrounding apartment buildings and can walk to the mall.

C. Many of the stores that remained in business make a large percentage of their sales online.

D. Most stores in Smithtown Mall reported relatively low profit margins in a survey taken four years ago.

E. Several stores in a competing mall located across town have closed within the last two years.

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AnkitOrYadav wrote:
Over 30% of the stores in Smithtown Mall went out of business in the last two years. During this time period, major road construction resulted in significant delays along the main access roads to the mall. While some have attributed the closings to the nationwide recession, the more likely cause is the road construction, which made it difficult for customers to reach the mall.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?


A. Traffic delays from the construction were most severe on weekday mornings.

B. A large percentage of mall visitors live in surrounding apartment buildings and can walk to the mall.

C. Many of the stores that remained in business make a large percentage of their sales online.

D. Most stores in Smithtown Mall reported relatively low profit margins in a survey taken four years ago.

E. Several stores in a competing mall located across town have closed within the last two years.


Premises:
Over 30% stores went out of business.
Major road construction led to significant delays in reaching the mall.
Some people have attributed closing of stores to recession

Conclusion: the more likely cause is the road construction

We need to strengthen that road construction (and not recession) is the cause of closing of stores.

A. Traffic delays from the construction were most severe on weekday mornings.
Irrelevant. Even if they were most severe at non-shopping time (assuming weekends is when people go to malls), it doesn't mean that they were not severe at shopping times. Even if it does imply that, it weakens the argument.

B. A large percentage of mall visitors live in surrounding apartment buildings and can walk to the mall.
Weakens the argument since road construction seems to be less of a problem in this case. The stores should not have closed due to road construction then.

C. Many of the stores that remained in business make a large percentage of their sales online.
Strengthens the argument that the problem in reaching the store could have led to shutting down. The ones which survived were those for which people do not need to come to the store. Though to make this more valid, we need to know that the stores that closed down did not make a large percentage of their sales online.
But this is certainly the best available option.

D. Most stores in Smithtown Mall reported relatively low profit margins in a survey taken four years ago.
This tells us that profits were low 4 years ago too. So road construction may not have actually led to the shut down. Anyway, it certainly doesn't strengthen our argument.

E. Several stores in a competing mall located across town have closed within the last two years.
This strengthens that recession is the cause of stores shutting down. Not our answer.

Answer (C)
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AnkitOrYadav wrote:
Over 30% of the stores in Smithtown Mall went out of business in the last two years. During this time period, major road construction resulted in significant delays along the main access roads to the mall. While some have attributed the closings to the nationwide recession, the more likely cause is the road construction, which made it difficult for customers to reach the mall.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

A.Traffic delays from the construction were most severe on weekday mornings.
B.A large percentage of mall visitors live in surrounding apartment buildings and can walk to the mall.
C.Many of the stores that remained in business make a large percentage of their sales online.
D.Most stores in Smithtown Mall reported relatively low profit margins in a survey taken four years ago.
E.Several stores in a competing mall located across town have closed within the last two years.


How is OA A?
Does it assume people shop on weekday mornings only?
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A. Traffic delays from the construction were most severe on weekday mornings. - irrelevant.

B. A large percentage of mall visitors live in surrounding apartment buildings and can walk to the mall. - weakener instead.

C. Many of the stores that remained in business make a large percentage of their sales online. - does strengthen. If other stores that have online presence are making money it means that recession is not a major cause and definitely road construction leading y travel issues is. Keep.

D. Most stores in Smithtown Mall reported relatively low profit margins in a survey taken four years ago.
- ok. But it does not state or indicate a reason for that. Eliminate.

E. Several stores in a competing mall located across town have closed within the last two years. - same as D.

Thus, C is the best option.

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Conclusion :While some have attributed the closings to the nationwide recession, the more likely cause is the road construction

A. Traffic delays from the construction were most severe on weekday mornings.
Incorrect
B. A large percentage of mall visitors live in surrounding apartment buildings and can walk to the mall.

C. Many of the stores that remained in business make a large percentage of their sales online.
Might strenghten cause /conclusion
D. Most stores in Smithtown Mall reported relatively low profit margins in a survey taken four years ago.

E. Several stores in a competing mall located across town have closed within the last two years.


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