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Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.
Citizens’ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.
3. The argument by the citizens’ group relies on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it.
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council.
(E) Plainsville’s economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens’ group is built.
4. Which one of the following principles, if accepted, would most help the citizens’ group to justify drawing its conclusion that the mayor has in mind interests other than Plainsville’s economy?
(A) Anyone really pursuing a cause will choose the means that that person believes will advance the cause the farthest.
(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.
(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.
(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.
(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.
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07 Aug 2010, 12:16
is it E and C? Will explain if my pick is correct.
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07 Aug 2010, 23:46
E and A respectively
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08 Aug 2010, 00:32
1) i am not covinced but POE says E
2) A for sure.
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08 Aug 2010, 01:04
1E
2A

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For Q3, B is certainly the answer. It's important to identify the conclusion of the Citizens' group's argument. The conclusion is not that the park is better for the economy than the highway. The conclusion is that the mayor 'must have interests other than the economy in mind' in choosing to build the highway (and if you weren't sure what the conclusion was, notice that in Q4, they tell you!). So the conclusion of their argument is entirely about the mayor, and his or her motivations for choosing to build the highway.

Now, the citizens' group claims that the park is of greater economic benefit than the highway. Well, it's still possible that the mayor is truly only motivated by economics, but the mayor disagrees with the group's claim; the mayor might legitimately believe the highway helps the economy most. The group's conclusion, that the mayor 'must have interests other than the economy in mind', is only valid if the mayor actually agrees that the park is better for the economy than the highway is, but has chosen to build the highway anyway. So B is an assumption in the argument.

Q4 doesn't seem like a good question at all to me, but A is the only answer that seems to make sense. I've never seen a remotely similar question on the real GMAT however.
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09 Aug 2010, 06:29
1st question
this argument can be easily narowd 2 B and E

E can be ruled out since E talks about the reason why Plainsville’s economy will not be helped but doesnt talk about Mayors' interests other than economy.

In B, mayor by not accepting that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway, points out Mayor's interest other than the economy.

There4 B for the 1st one.

Didnt try 2nd question.
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08 Feb 2011, 13:04
was just looking at this question.

OA for 3 is B.
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09 Feb 2011, 04:12
Yeah i agree. B is the correct answer for 3. But really confused about 4 though.
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09 Feb 2011, 05:09
3 E
4 A
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11 Feb 2011, 03:39
my ans are E and A
reasons:
3)Plainsville’s economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens’ group is built.--------negate this --------- plainsville economy will BE helped UNLESS a new business park comes up !. this essentially means that a business park will not help or business park is not a good thing !
i don't know how official ans can be B , people saying so please specify the source.

4) this one is confusing , but i'll go with A the reason being the tone
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12 Feb 2011, 18:19
I see why B is the answer for 3. To attack the mayor the intention of the mayor has to be fixed. It wont be easy to hit a running bullet . B says it all. Mayor intentions are darn clear, now attack it citizens!!!

(E) Plainsville’s economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens’ group is built. - E is assuming ALL or Nothing- keyword "NOT be helped unless". E cannot be the GMAT answer.

(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business. - C on the other hand is assuming "Nothing" - keyword "NO benefits". C cannot be gmat answer.
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