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# Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires.

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Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires. Despite a significant decline in cigarette smoking in the last two decades, there has been no comparable decline in the number of people killed in home fires.

Each one of the following statements, if true over the last two decades, helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy above EXCEPT:

A) Compared to other types of home fires, home fires caused by smoking in bed usually cause relatively little damage before they are extinguished.

B) Home fires caused by smoking in bed often break out after the home's occupants have fallen asleep.

C) Smokers who smoke in bed tend to be heavy smokers who are less likely to quit smoking than are smokers who do not smoke in bed.

D) An increasing number of people have been killed in home fires that started in the kitchen.

E) Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decades.

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11 Jul 2006, 18:07
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Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires. Despite a significant decline in cigarette smoking in the last two decades, there has been no comparable decline in the number of people killed in home fires.

Each one of the following statements, if true over the last two decades, helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy above EXCEPT:

A) Compared to other types of home fires, home fires caused by smoking in bed usually cause relatively little damage before they are extinguished.

B) Home fires caused by smoking in bed often break out after the home's occupants have fallen asleep.

C) Smokers who smoke in bed tend to be heavy smokers who are less likely to quit smoking than are smokers who do not smoke in bed.

D) An increasing number of people have been killed in home fires that started in the kitchen.

E) Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decades.

guess these questions are from barrons and it has been frequestly advised that these materials are toooooooooooooo poor to maintain the standard of real gmat tests.

however, i go with D.
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11 Jul 2006, 18:44
MA wrote:
guess these questions are from barrons and it has been frequestly advised that these materials are toooooooooooooo poor to maintain the standard of real gmat tests.

however, i go with D.

I abandoned Barrons a while ago
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11 Jul 2006, 18:45
I go with B.
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11 Jul 2006, 19:24
u2lover wrote:
Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires. Despite a significant decline in cigarette smoking in the last two decades, there has been no comparable decline in the number of people killed in home fires.

Each one of the following statements, if true over the last two decades, helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy above EXCEPT:

A) Compared to other types of home fires, home fires caused by smoking in bed usually cause relatively little damage before they are extinguished.

B) Home fires caused by smoking in bed often break out after the home's occupants have fallen asleep.

C) Smokers who smoke in bed tend to be heavy smokers who are less likely to quit smoking than are smokers who do not smoke in bed.

D) An increasing number of people have been killed in home fires that started in the kitchen.

E) Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decades.

I choose A.

I was stuck between A and B. However, in B, it could be that since people are asleep they have lesser time to react to the fire caused by smoking and this could still explain the higher deaths.
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11 Jul 2006, 20:50
I go with A. It is the least relevant
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11 Jul 2006, 22:55
B for me 2
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11 Jul 2006, 23:03
Beg to differ But IMO its C

Look at the primse :
Cigarrete somking has declined.
And the conclusion:
despite above, the number of house fires have not declined.

Now option C gives a reason why cigarrete smoking may have declined but still may not have contributed to the any decline in house fires.

If smokers who smoke on bed donot quit smoking whereas other smokers who donot smoke on bed quit, there is ur decline in smoking. But there is no decline in people who smoke on bed. The major reason for house fires.
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11 Jul 2006, 23:58
In this question type: Resolve the paradox in order to be fit the answear has to address both the sides of the paradox, in this case we are looking for a solution that example address to only one of the sides, now lets tackle the answears,.....

Smoking in bed has long been the main cause of home fires. Despite a significant decline in cigarette smoking in the last two decades, there has been no comparable decline in the number of people killed in home fires.

Each one of the following statements, if true over the last two decades, helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy above EXCEPT:

A) Compared to other types of home fires, home fires caused by smoking in bed usually cause relatively little damage before they are extinguished.

B) Home fires caused by smoking in bed often break out after the home's occupants have fallen asleep.

C) Smokers who smoke in bed tend to be heavy smokers who are less likely to quit smoking than are smokers who do not smoke in bed.

D) An increasing number of people have been killed in home fires that started in the kitchen. explain the paradox

E) Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decades. explain the paradox

I am not sure about B or C using at this point POE I would keep B because it seems that deviate from the scope of the passage,

my correct answear would be B
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12 Jul 2006, 00:03
Raghavender wrote:
I go with A. It is the least relevant

Is wrong because explains why deaths are not declining due cigarettes home fires
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12 Jul 2006, 09:00
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Beg to differ But IMO its C

Look at the primse :
Cigarrete somking has declined.
And the conclusion:
despite above, the number of house fires have not declined.

Now option C gives a reason why cigarrete smoking may have declined but still may not have contributed to the any decline in house fires.
If smokers who smoke on bed donot quit smoking whereas other smokers who donot smoke on bed quit, there is ur decline in smoking. But there is no decline in people who smoke on bed. The major reason for house fires.

so option C is helping to explain the discrepancy.

I think answer should be A as it does not explain the discrepancy.
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12 Jul 2006, 09:34
Is it (B)
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12 Jul 2006, 11:22
I go with B.
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12 Jul 2006, 22:04
A) Compared to other types of home fires, home fires caused by smoking in bed usually cause relatively little damage before they are extinguished.

correct.. Yes, this doesn't explain paradox at all..

B) Home fires caused by smoking in bed often break out after the home's occupants have fallen asleep.

This explains better than A, though doesn't make much sense..

C) Smokers who smoke in bed tend to be heavy smokers who are less likely to quit smoking than are smokers who do not smoke in bed.

This explains very well..Poeple who used to smoke in bed still smoke.. And smoking in bed is cause for fires..

D) An increasing number of people have been killed in home fires that started in the kitchen.

Yes, this explains a different reason why the accidents haven't come down..

E) Population densities have increased, with the result that one home fire can cause more deaths than in previous decades.

This also explains very well..

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12 Jul 2006, 22:14
Took the full two minutes to narrow it down to A and B.

(A) just simply does not resolve any sort of paradox.
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13 Jul 2006, 13:22
OA is B

The paradox is that smoking has declined, but fatalities from home fires have increased... so, we are looking for an alternative cause of fires or that smoking is not related to home fires.
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13 Jul 2006, 21:22
Gauss wrote:
Raghavender wrote:
I go with A. It is the least relevant

Is wrong because explains why deaths are not declining due cigarettes home fires

Yea Gauss, what you said makes sense. I missd out on the point earlier...

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20 Jul 2006, 05:20
Narrowed it down to A & B. A explains the paradox by suggesting that if fires due to smoking in bed causes very little damage, then these fires would not have been responsible for the deaths. Other fires would have been.
20 Jul 2006, 05:20
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