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20. Railroad spokesperson: Of course it is a difficult task to maintain quality of service at the same time that the amount of subsidy the taxpayers give the railroad network is reduced. Over recent years, however, the number of passengers has increased in spite of subsidy reductions. This fact leads to the conclusion that our quality of service has been satisfactory.

The spokesperson’s argument is based on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) Taxpayers do not wish to have their taxes raised to subsidize the railroads.
(B) Some people refuse to travel by train if they are dissatisfied with the quality of service.
(C) The quality of service on the trains must have improved in spite of subsidy reductions.
(D) It is impossible to reduce subsidies to the railroad network without some effect on the quality of service.
(E) The increase in the number of passengers will increase revenue sufficiently to offset the subsidy reductions
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14 Apr 2008, 13:14
I would say B. Whats the OA.
Since the conclusion says ..The fact that number of passengers has been increased hence railroad has maintained quality.

B supports this conclusion.
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14 Apr 2008, 14:03
terp26 wrote:
20. Railroad spokesperson: Of course it is a difficult task to maintain quality of service at the same time that the amount of subsidy the taxpayers give the railroad network is reduced. Over recent years, however, the number of passengers has increased in spite of subsidy reductions. This fact leads to the conclusion that our quality of service has been satisfactory.

The spokesperson’s argument is based on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) Taxpayers do not wish to have their taxes raised to subsidize the railroads. who knows, maybe the railroad is VERY important to these people so they wouldn't mind paying more taxes. this is not a valid assumption
(B) Some people refuse to travel by train if they are dissatisfied with the quality of service. what about tons of other people who have no choice but to travel by train. Even if being unsatisfied with the rail (like us londoners )
(C) The quality of service on the trains must have improved in spite of subsidy reductions. we have nothing in the stem to suggest the quality Improved
(D) It is impossible to reduce subsidies to the railroad network without some effect on the quality of service. difficult but impossible? no this is too extreme
(E) The increase in the number of passengers will increase revenue sufficiently to offset the subsidy reductions According to the stem if AMOUNT of subsidy is steady, then the service can remain stedy. The argument also concludes that the service is satisfactory. SO the amount must have remained steady and I think this is the safe assumption
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14 Apr 2008, 14:20
B is the missing assumption.

E would be correct if this was a strengthen question.
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14 Apr 2008, 16:18
terp26 wrote:
20. Railroad spokesperson: Of course it is a difficult task to maintain quality of service at the same time that the amount of subsidy the taxpayers give the railroad network is reduced(info 1). Over recent years, however, the number of passengers has increased in spite of subsidy reductions (support 1). This fact leads to the conclusion that our quality of service has been satisfactory (main conclusion).

The spokesperson’s argument is based on which one of the following assumptions?

(A) Taxpayers do not wish to have their taxes raised to subsidize the railroads. Irrelevant to conclusion
(B) Some people refuse to travel by train if they are dissatisfied with the quality of service. Best Option, since it supports support 1.
(C) The quality of service on the trains must have improved in spite of subsidy reductions. This just restates the conclusion
(D) It is impossible to reduce subsidies to the railroad network without some effect on the quality of service. This just restates info 1
(E) The increase in the number of passengers will increase revenue sufficiently to offset the subsidy reductions This is irrelevant to the conclusion
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14 Apr 2008, 19:36
zhenmaster wrote:
B is the missing assumption.

E would be correct if this was a strengthen question.

Agree with Zhenmaster - I went for E too but it would strengthen the question we need to find the assumption.
In this case they assume that if people are not satisfied they would not take the train and hence the quality will decline
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15 Apr 2008, 06:56
OA is B
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