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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

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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30 May 2008, 20:19
bsd_lover 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

C A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world

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.

E for me!
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30 May 2008, 20:41
Buddy, what's the end of the answer choice B?

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30 May 2008, 20:47
I will go with B...just cause all others dont really signify an assumption..

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30 May 2008, 21:36
E for me.

We need here two assumptions:

1. a new format of the magazine boosts sales
2. a new format of the magazine contains less important news events.

E is the first assumption.
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30 May 2008, 22:24
Another one for E. what's the OA, Sondenso?

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30 May 2008, 22:29
E is the answer - the most appropriate assumption for the argument.

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30 May 2008, 22:42
so wait if the publisher doesnt decide then the critics arguments falls apart..they say the publisher is responsible for the cover decision making..

B is best..

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30 May 2008, 23:27
bsd_lover 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

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.

"E" for me too!

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31 May 2008, 02:15
bsd_lover 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.

so we have to find an assumption made by the editorials (opponents of the gossip columnist). Lets try reversing the assumption to see if the argument fallsapart

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.
even if the charitable activities don't cause public attention, the conclusion of "boosting sales" does not fall apart
B Final authority for choosing the cover subject of the magazine lies with the publisher
if the final authority does not lie with the publisher, the conclusion falls apart. The editors can't blame the publisher as they do in the conclusion
C A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world
this is definitely the wrong answer. negating this statement actually enforces the argument making this an invalid assumption
D Some of the movie stars featured are now running for political office.
irrelevant.
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. This statement strengthens the conclusion (if it were true) but lets not try to confuse it with an assumption that is required. Negating this statement has no bearing on the conclusion.

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31 May 2008, 07:36
B for me.

C A magazine can boost sales while highlighting the coverage of important world
(argument never said it)

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31 May 2008, 08:02
bsd_lover 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

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.

I am with the B crew...
The opponents is saying that the new publisher is more interested in boosting sales by using celebs on the cover. B is a necessary assumption because the opponents is putting the entire blame on the new publisher.

E doesn't work for me. The magazine issues do not have to be purchased at a higher price to "boost sales". Higher number of the issues sold can "boost sales" as well. E does not have to hold true for the argument to be true.

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31 May 2008, 08:18
bsd, where art thou, brother? What's the OA? The waiting is killing

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31 May 2008, 09:00
yuck ... B for me as well

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31 May 2008, 09:42
According to the gossip columnist's opponents:
1.The changes made are not relevant
2.The publisher had change the format to boost sales

In both the cases they are assuming th epublisher has the right to contol the magazine.
Hence B.

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31 May 2008, 16:53
OA is B . I got the full OE if people are interested.

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31 May 2008, 18:53
I need the OE, b/c I choose only A and E!
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31 May 2008, 20:44
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The argument presents the facts of an apparent change in a magazine's cover features since the new publisher took control. While a gossip columnist hailed the change, newspaper editorials disagreed and concluded that the publisher favored profit over reporting. The editorials are the opponents of the gossip columnist; since their conclusion is about the publisher’s desires, there must be an assumption connecting the publisher to the covers.

(A) This choice is irrelevant, as it is not connected to the conclusion. The activities of celebrities have nothing to do with the publisher’s interests.

(B) CORRECT. Since the conclusion concerns the publisher’s desires based on the content of the magazine covers, the editorials have to assume that the publisher decides who is to be a cover subject. If not, there is no connection between the covers and the publisher’s interests.

(C) This choice is the opposite of a necessary assumption. For the editorials to conclude that the publisher prefers profits to reporting, they have to assume that the two are mutually exclusive.

(D) “Some” means “at least one,” so this is not a powerful statement in any direction. Furthermore, even if several such stars were running for political office, it is not at all necessary to assume that to conclude that the publisher was more interested in profits.

(E) This choice is not correct. While it is true that the editorials must assume model and movie star covers are likely to sell more copies, it does not have to be assumed that such covers will result in the sale of triple the number of copies, or any other specific number.

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31 May 2008, 21:10

very tough question, i picked B
but probably took way too long.

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bsd_lover wrote:
(E) This choice is not correct. While it is true that the editorials must assume model and movie star covers are likely to sell more copies, it does not have to be assumed that such covers will result in the sale of triple the number of copies, or any other specific number.

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