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Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only modelsand movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events. Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

A) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing
problems.
b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.
c) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.
d) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.
e) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than
three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.

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18 May 2011, 00:21
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The conclusion is revolving around what and why of the publisher.

Therefore the arg must be assuming that publisher make the final decision on what get published. Otherwise there won't be arg at all if the news staff is free to publish articles in the magazine.

melguy wrote:
Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only models and movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events. Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

A) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing
problems.
b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.
c) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.
d) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.
e) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than
three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.

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18 May 2011, 00:38
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The easiest way, in my opinion, to deal with such problems is cross answers out. You definitely can cross out E) due to the 3 times higher. The reporter does not need to assume such an exact measure.
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18 May 2011, 01:13
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E is a strengthening answer choice.It clearly shows that the publisher is increasing sales by such tactics. If you negate the statement then the sales might be boosted not by 3x times but by 2x time or 1x times. Hence this statement does not crash the conclusion.

B negating this,means somebody else is responsible for the final decision. Publisher should not be blamed for that.This crashes the conclusion of the opponents of the gossip column person.

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09 Jun 2011, 05:58
It is clearly B. I felt C can contend till the ending. Any explanations?
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09 Jun 2011, 06:56
This Q has been posted few times before on the forum. See the previous post related to this Q. Everyone thought that the answer is E till they found out the correct OA.

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11 Jun 2011, 10:47
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B

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14 Jun 2013, 04:28
what's wrong with option 'C'?
if we negate an option then
"A magazine cannot boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders."
it will strengthen editor conclusion

if we does not
"A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders."
it will strengthen columnist conclusion

hope i am correct in my reasoning?
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30 Sep 2013, 00:15
This question has a similar pattern to one which is compiled in LSAT Collection by Aristotle and talks about a construction plan.
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30 Sep 2013, 01:28
Hi, This tread is awesome for me....Thanks...
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what's wrong with option 'C'?
if we negate an option then
"A magazine cannot boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders."
it will strengthen editor conclusion

if we does not
"A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders."
it will strengthen columnist conclusion

hope i am correct in my reasoning?

Hi Warrior,

The main and overarching issue with C is the phrase in the question 'assumption necessary'

This means our answer choice must me absolutely CRUCIAL for the argument to work and no alternatives are possible.

IF you look at C this is not the case - what has been stated is just one example.

Hope that helps.

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03 Oct 2013, 08:29
Negation makes the answer clear and it is only B
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21 Sep 2014, 08:10
My question here is :

The argument's conclusion, for which we have to look for an assumption, is , "many newspaper editorials disagreed and
suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events."
How choice B is necessary? The publisher may not be the final authority and still can be interested in boosting sales! Can someone please help?
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melguy wrote:
Since the new publisher took control, a news magazine’s covers have featured only modelsand movie stars. Previously, the covers had displayed only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. A leading gossip columnist claimed that the changes made the magazine relevant again. However, many newspaper editorials disagreed and suggested that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events. Which of the following is an assumption necessary for the argument made by the gossip columnist’s opponents?

A) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing
problems.
b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher.
c) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders.
d) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.
e) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than
three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers.

Thanks to GMAT OG, now I don't face any issue while tackling these questions
Okay, so what we have here....
"New publisher took control, and now news magazine feature only movie stars. Initially, the magazine featured only politicians, soldiers, and business leaders. Opponent claimed that new publisher is more interested in boosting sales rather than reporting important news events"
Interesting. Now couple of disconnects (gaps) in the above stem, first no where it states that its the publisher who actually made the decision to feature only movie stars in the magazine (may be or may not be). Second, featuring movie stars in the magazine may be the effect but may / may not be the primary objective.

Let's evaluate the options:
A) The charitable activities of models and movie stars often focus public attention on pressing problems - "Not relevant. If it is true, no way it states that movie stars contributing to important news events"

b) Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher. - "indeed the right answer. If this is false, then no matter whether the new publisher objective is to boost sales or not, it's not in his control. hence opponents are wrong in their argument"

c) A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders. - "Okay. So what?? It's just strengthening the case to feature world leaders on magazine cover. Not relevant"

d) Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office. "Okay..Let them , but it's not making these movie stars as important news events"

e) Magazine issues with models or movie stars on the covers are purchased at a rate more than three times greater than is the case with issues featuring politicians on the covers. "Tempting . Okay agreed that magazine with movie stars as covers increase / boost revenue. But as I have mentioned earlier it may or may not be the new publisher who decides the cover feature of magazine cover. What if new publisher wants to feature politicians, soldiers in the magazine cover but someone else makes the decision to feature movie stars "

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I think this is E...
They asked the assumption which is of columnist opponents'-- and that is that new publisher is interested in boosting sales ...
B is right but E is more apt..
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I think this is E...
They asked the assumption which is of columnist opponents'-- and that is that new publisher is interested in boosting sales ...
B is right but E is more apt..

For assumption and inference type questions, the right answer should satisfy the "MUST be true" criterion.

For assumption type questions, if the option is not true then the argument should break down.

Now option E states a specific figure of 3 times, and that ruins this option. If this figure were not 3 times (say 2 times, 4 times, 10 times or 100 times), then also the argument would hold. Hence it is NOT a mandatory bridge that magazines with movie-star covers sell exactly 3 times more than those with politician-covers. Therefore option E is not an assumption.
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sayantanc2k Can you throw light on option C. Probably by negating the choice.

I think of the case as below. If you can affirm my reasoning!
Conclusion - the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events
Option C - A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders
Negated Option C - A magazine cannot boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders
So, may be the magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of models or movie stars. This, at best, will support the conclusion instead of breaking the conclusion.

Clearly, C cannot be an assumption.
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sayantanc2k Can you throw light on option C. Probably by negating the choice.

I think of the case as below. If you can affirm my reasoning!
Conclusion - the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events
Option C - A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders
Negated Option C - A magazine cannot boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders
So, may be the magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of models or movie stars. This, at best, will support the conclusion instead of breaking the conclusion.

Clearly, C cannot be an assumption.

I would say option C is a weakening statement. If the photos of world leaders boost sales of the magazine, then changing the same is not required to boost sales - the sales is already high because the magazine already features photos of world leaders on the cover. Thus the intent of the publisher for changing the cover is probably NOT boosting of sales.
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11 Oct 2016, 12:53
sayantanc2k wrote:
Keats wrote:
sayantanc2k Can you throw light on option C. Probably by negating the choice.

I think of the case as below. If you can affirm my reasoning!
Conclusion - the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales than in reporting important news events
Option C - A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders
Negated Option C - A magazine cannot boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world leaders
So, may be the magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of models or movie stars. This, at best, will support the conclusion instead of breaking the conclusion.

Clearly, C cannot be an assumption.

I would say option C is a weakening statement. If the photos of world leaders boost sales of the magazine, then changing the same is not required to boost sales - the sales is already high because the magazine already features photos of world leaders on the cover. Thus the intent of the publisher for changing the cover is probably NOT boosting of sales.

sayantanc2k - You have just helped me affirm my case. My 'negated' option C strengthened the conclusion and you said the same thing by weakening the conclusion with option C. Thanks!
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