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Studies indicate that the job market for recent undergraduate graduates is as competitive as it has been in thirty years, and 40 percent of new college graduates in 2001 are expected to remain unemployed for the first year. As a result, undergraduate programs, anticipating smaller enrollments in the near future, are decreasing the size of their teaching staffs.
Which of the following presents a pattern of thinking that is most closely analogous to the preceding situation?

(A) A college football coach limits the size of his recruiting staff because his team lost most of its games this year.
(B) The mayor of a small town increases the budget for road maintenance because car sales in the past two years have increased by 40 percent.
(C) Meteorologists are predicting that next year will produce more hurricanes than any year in recent history, so hardware stores are stocking extra lumber supplies for boarding over windows.
(D) A history teacher plans to assign extra homework every night this week because the students have to prepare for their final exams soon.
(E) A bookstore manager returns 1000 copies of a book to its publisher because the book remained on the shelves for weeks without selling as predicted.
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05 Jan 2005, 14:13
(A) for me. Explain later after OA
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05 Jan 2005, 14:27
I'd go for B

The trend is backed by figures over a certain period of time: 40% of unemployed after 1 yr of grad... 40% increase in car sales over 2 yrs

The action in both cases is based on the possible consequences, but the consequences themselves are indirect: (i) less students, hence less staff (ii) more cars, hence more wear and tear and more need for maintenance.

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05 Jan 2005, 14:28
Can everyone explain their choices please...
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05 Jan 2005, 14:29
OA is C.
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05 Jan 2005, 15:46
Only choice 'C' relates to a action based on prediction as in the argument all the other choices are based on facts
05 Jan 2005, 15:46
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