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# Sonya: The government of Copeland is raising the cigarette

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Sonya: The government of Copeland is raising the cigarette tax. Copeland's cigarette prices will still be reasonably low, so cigarette consumption will probably not be affected much. Consequently, government revenue from the tax will increase.

Raoul: True, smoking is unlikely to decrease, because Copeland's cigarette prices will still not be high. They will, however, no longer be the lowest in the region, so we might begin to see substantial illegal sales of smuggled cigarettes in Copeland.

Raoul responds to Sonya's argument by doing which of the following?

A: Questioning the support for Sonya's conclusion by distinguishing carefully between No change and no decrease
B: calling Sonya's conclusion into question by pointing to a possible effect of a certain change.
C: Arguing that Sonya's conclusion would be better supported if Sonya could cite a precedent for what she predicts will happen.
D: showing that a cause that Sonya claims will be producing a certain effect is not the only cause that could produce that effect
E: pointing out that a certain initiative is not bold enough to have the predicts it will have

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Sonya: The government of Copeland is raising the cigarette tax. Copeland's cigarette prices will still be reasonably low, so cigarette consumption will probably not be affected much. Consequently, government revenue from the tax will increase.
Raoul: True, smoking is unlikely to decrease, because Copeland's cigarette prices will still not be high. They will, however, no longer be the lowest in the region, so we might begin to see substantial illegal sales of smuggled cigarettes in Copeland.
Raoul responds to Sonya's argument by doing which of the following?
A: Questioning the support for Sonya's conclusion by distinguishing carefully between No change and no decrease
B: calling Sonya's conclusion into question by pointing to a possible effect of a certain change.
C: Arguing that Sonya's conclusion would be better supported if Sonya could cite a precedent for what she predicts will happen.
D: showing that a cause that Sonya claims will be producing a certain effect is not the only cause that could produce that effect
E: pointing out that a certain initiative is not bold enough to have the predicts it will have

Raoul agrees with the fact that cigarette sales are unlikely to decrease but doesnt quite agree that government revenues are going to increase as well. He points to smuggling of lower priced cigarettes as a pointer to decreased government revenues. B.
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08 Aug 2006, 08:29
Yup B.....
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08 Aug 2006, 09:19
I think B.
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08 Aug 2006, 10:50
Only B seems reasonable.
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08 Aug 2006, 10:58
B seems most logical here....
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10 Aug 2006, 02:12
B is the best.

Sonya's conclusion is called into question as smuggled cigs will not increase the goverment's revenue.
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13 Aug 2006, 03:35
Straightforward (B).

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27 Jul 2016, 06:45
withme wrote:
Sonya: The government of Copeland is raising the cigarette tax. Copeland's cigarette prices will still be reasonably low, so cigarette consumption will probably not be affected much. Consequently, government revenue from the tax will increase.

Raoul: True, smoking is unlikely to decrease, because Copeland's cigarette prices will still not be high. They will, however, no longer be the lowest in the region, so we might begin to see substantial illegal sales of smuggled cigarettes in Copeland.

Raoul responds to Sonya's argument by doing which of the following?

A: Questioning the support for Sonya's conclusion by distinguishing carefully between No change and no decrease
B: calling Sonya's conclusion into question by pointing to a possible effect of a certain change.
C: Arguing that Sonya's conclusion would be better supported if Sonya could cite a precedent for what she predicts will happen.
D: showing that a cause that Sonya claims will be producing a certain effect is not the only cause that could produce that effect
E: pointing out that a certain initiative is not bold enough to have the predicts it will have

Sonya's Conclusion:- government revenue from the tax will increase.

Raoul- Cigarette smoking will not decrease, but the cigarettes will be imported from some other place.

Inference:- If these are exported then government will not be benefitted from tax.

Basically, the change/ increase in tax will lead to alternate effect (getting cigarettes from other place). And, sonya's conclusion is not supported.
only option B mentioned this correctly.
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