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Smithtown Universityâ€™s fund-raisers succeeded in getting donations from 80 percent of the potential donors they contacted. This success rate, exceptionally high for university fund-raisers, does not indicate that they were doing a good job.
On the contrary, since the people most likely to donate are those who have donated in the past, good fundraisers constantly try less-likely prospects in an effort to expand the donor base. The high success rate shows insufficient canvassing effort.

Which of the following, if true, provides more support for the argument?

A. Smithtown Universityâ€™s fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fundraisers for other universities in their contacts with such people.

B. This year the average size of the donations to Smithtown University from new donors when the universityâ€™s fund-raisers had contacted was larger than the average size of donations from donors who had given to the university before.

C. This year most of the donations that came to Smithtown University from people who had previously donated to it were made without the universityâ€™s fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors.

D. The majority of the donations that fund-raisers succeeded in getting for
Smithtown University this year were from donors who had never given to the university before.

E. More than half of the money raised by Smithtown Universityâ€™s fund-raisers came from donors who had never previously donated to the university.
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20 Feb 2005, 06:13
(C) it is..

All other choices do not support the argument.
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20 Feb 2005, 06:30
This is a sitting duck.
Obviously (C)
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20 Feb 2005, 06:34
anandnk wrote:
This is a sitting duck.

I did not get that
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20 Feb 2005, 06:40
jpv wrote:
anandnk wrote:
This is a sitting duck.
I did not get that

sitting duck is easy to catch......
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20 Feb 2005, 07:46
Thanks

OA is C
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20 Feb 2005, 09:52
MA wrote:
jpv wrote:
anandnk wrote:
This is a sitting duck.
I did not get that

sitting duck is easy to catch......

Now, I got it... thanx. MA
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10 Apr 2014, 01:53
OA IS A GUYS !
SHOCKING !
CAN ANYONE ELABORATE ?
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In my opinion, A is the right answer... let me know what you think.

Argument: SU's high success rate is not an indication of good fundraising, but rather of insufficient canvassing efforts.

Fact:
- good fundraising involves attempting to expand donor base.
- 80% is a high success rate.

Therefore, the answer will indicate that SU did not expand the donor base to such a level that would deem an 80% success rate a "good job", but still exceptionally high.

A. Smithtown University's fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fundraisers for other universities in their contacts with such people.
Yes: this answer shows that SU's efforts were no better than anybody else's; thus, in order to have gotten an 80% success rate, SU probably targeted people who were more likely to give.

B. This year the average size of the donations to Smithtown University from new donors when the university's fund-raisers had contacted was larger than the average size of donations from donors who had given to the university before.
No: size of amount is irrelevant; does not indicate a larger donor base.

C. This year most of the donations that came to Smithtown University from people who had previously donated to it were made without the university's fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors.
No: irrelevant. We aren't talking about people who were not contacted.

D. The majority of the donations that fund-raisers succeeded in getting for Smithtown University this year were from donors who had never given to the university before.
No: this is the opposite of what we want.

E. More than half of the money raised by Smithtown University's fund-raisers came from donors who had never previously donated to the university.
No: this is opposite of what we want.

I did not choose C because the argument's definition of "good fundraising" or "insufficient fundraising efforts" is how much you solicit contributions from new donors; it is not clear on whether or not fundraising efforts are "good" or "sufficient" if you don't contact past donors. It's a tricky answer because in our mind, not contacting people at all might equate to poor fundraising efforts, but those are assumptions we cannot make.
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10 Apr 2014, 19:45
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In my opinion, A is the right answer... let me know what you think.

Argument: SU's high success rate is not an indication of good fundraising, but rather of insufficient canvassing efforts.

Fact:
- good fundraising involves attempting to expand donor base.
- 80% is a high success rate.

Therefore, the answer will indicate that SU did not expand the donor base to such a level that would deem an 80% success rate a "good job", but still exceptionally high.

A. Smithtown University's fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fundraisers for other universities in their contacts with such people.
Yes: this answer shows that SU's efforts were no better than anybody else's; thus, in order to have gotten an 80% success rate, SU probably targeted people who were more likely to give.

B. This year the average size of the donations to Smithtown University from new donors when the university's fund-raisers had contacted was larger than the average size of donations from donors who had given to the university before.
No: size of amount is irrelevant; does not indicate a larger donor base.

C. This year most of the donations that came to Smithtown University from people who had previously donated to it were made without the university's fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors.
No: irrelevant. We aren't talking about people who were not contacted.

D. The majority of the donations that fund-raisers succeeded in getting for Smithtown University this year were from donors who had never given to the university before.
No: this is the opposite of what we want.

E. More than half of the money raised by Smithtown University's fund-raisers came from donors who had never previously donated to the university.
No: this is opposite of what we want.

I did not choose C because the argument's definition of "good fundraising" or "insufficient fundraising efforts" is how much you solicit contributions from new donors; it is not clear on whether or not fundraising efforts are "good" or "sufficient" if you don't contact past donors. It's a tricky answer because in our mind, not contacting people at all might equate to poor fundraising efforts, but those are assumptions we cannot make.

good analysis by samarvash.... however, WHAT'S THE OA?
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