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Statistics from the National Booksellers Association indicate that during the last five years most bookstores have started to experience declining revenues from the sale of fiction, despite national campaigns to encourage people to read more fiction. Therefore, these reading campaigns have been largely unsuccessful.

Which one of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Mail order book clubs have enjoyed substantial growth in fiction sales throughout the last five years.
(B) During the last five years the most profitable items in bookstores have been newspapers and periodicals rather than novels.
(C) Fierce competition has forced booksellers to make drastic markdowns on the cover price of best-selling biographies.
(D) Due to the poor economic conditions that have prevailed during the last five years, most libraries report substantial increases in the number of patrons seeking books on changing careers and starting new businesses.
(E) The National Booksellers Association statistics do not include profits from selling novels by mail to overseas customers.

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Statistics from the National Booksellers Association indicate that during the last five years most bookstores have started to experience declining revenues from the sale of fiction, despite national campaigns to encourage people to read more fiction. Therefore, these reading campaigns have been largely unsuccessful.

Which one of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Mail order book clubs have enjoyed substantial growth in fiction sales throughout the last five years.
(B) During the last five years the most profitable items in bookstores have been newspapers and periodicals rather than novels.
(C) Fierce competition has forced booksellers to make drastic markdowns on the cover price of best-selling biographies.
(D) Due to the poor economic conditions that have prevailed during the last five years, most libraries report substantial increases in the number of patrons seeking books on changing careers and starting new businesses.
(E) The National Booksellers Association statistics do not include profits from selling novels by mail to overseas customers.


The statement to waken is reading campaigns have been largely unsuccessful.
The best way will be if we can prove ppl are still buying books and the sales have increased even if not from bookstores.

A is exactly what we want.
It tells a lot more are brought from mail book club. Thus it weakens the conclusion
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Why can't it be C?
Argument is decline in revenue from decrease in sales of fiction despite the campaigns.

C - implies that campaigns were successful but profits are declining (revenue)

Can somebody explain what is missing?

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Why can't it be C?
Argument is decline in revenue from decrease in sales of fiction despite the campaigns.

C - implies that campaigns were successful but profits are declining (revenue)

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C doesn't weaken that "these reading campaigns have been largely unsuccessful." It largely explains that since these bookstores are reducing costs but has no impact on conclusion
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Getting these types of Questions correct just requires one's attention to the details in the answer choices.

Summary of the Argument -
Main Point- The National Campaign to encourage people to read more fiction has failed. (This implies that People aren't reading fiction at all)
And a look at the Question stem closely will help you know what you are indeed looking for.
Which one of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Mail-order book clubs have enjoyed substantial growth in fiction sales throughout the last five years. This is Correct because it presents an alternate reason as to why the sales at Book Stores are reducing. What if people are indeed buying books, but through different means. And this indeed reduces our belief in the conclusion (The plan has failed)
(B) During the last five years the most profitable items in bookstores have been newspapers and periodicals rather than novels. This gives more reason to believe in the conclusion. Strengthener. Out.
(C) Fierce competition has forced booksellers to make drastic markdowns on the cover price of best-selling biographies. Out. Biographies aren't Fiction.
(D) Due to the poor economic conditions that have prevailed during the last five years, most libraries report substantial increases in the number of patrons seeking books on changing careers and starting new businesses. Out. Attractive choice, explains why the sales might be down, and provides reason for the plan's failiure. Yet, the complete opposite of what we're looking for. Strengthener.
(E) The National Booksellers Association statistics do not include profits from selling novels by mail to overseas customers. Close, but Out. Look at the Plan's objective closely. We're looking for what's causing the plan's failiure. And the plan is concerned with National Book Sales, not international.


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Psyllium9 wrote:
Why can't it be C?
Argument is decline in revenue from decrease in sales of fiction despite the campaigns.

C - implies that campaigns were successful but profits are declining (revenue)

Can somebody explain what is missing?

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Actually, prices are reduced for biographies not for fiction. If it had been fiction, then this option would have been correct.
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Psyllium9 wrote:
Why can't it be C?
Argument is decline in revenue from decrease in sales of fiction despite the campaigns.

C - implies that campaigns were successful but profits are declining (revenue)

Can somebody explain what is missing?

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C doesn't weaken that "these reading campaigns have been largely unsuccessful." It largely explains that since these bookstores are reducing costs but has no impact on conclusion



C talks about biographies, argument is about fiction. So no relation.
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