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The cost of manufacturing automobiles is considerably greater in Esteria than in Burdistan. In order to stimulate Esterian consumers’ purchases of domestically manufactured automobiles, the Esterian government has historically charged taxes on automobiles manufactured in Burdistan. Five years ago, however, the Esterian government dropped those taxes; in those five years, the number of workers employed in Esterian automobile factories has decreased by 30%. Therefore, the number of vehicles manufactured and sold in Esteria must have decreased in the last five years.

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the argument?

A) Many Esterian automobile manufacturers operate factories outside Esteria.

B) The number of automobile workers in Burdistan has not increased during the same period.

C) Because vehicles manufactured in Esteria have a reputation for high quality, many Esterian consumers have continued to purchase domestically manufactured vehicles since the tax was abolished.

D) Esterian automobile manufacturers have lowered the price of their automobiles so as to remain competitive with the manufacturers in Burdistan.

E) Recent innovations in automated automobile-manufacturing technology have approximately halved the number of worker-hours required to produce most automobiles.

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Originally posted by guerrero25 on 23 Oct 2013, 22:56.
Last edited by guerrero25 on 24 Oct 2013, 16:51, edited 1 time in total.
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24 Oct 2013, 00:02
IMO C as it directly states that the purchase of Esterian manufactured cars did not go down inspite of the removal of export tax.

However, options B comes close.... because the simultaneous increase in number of automobile workers in Burdistan could have indicated that people bought cars manufactured in Burdistan rather than those manufactured within the country, thereby also weakening the conclusion. However, this is implicit and option C, I guess, is more explicit.

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24 Oct 2013, 01:49
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My ans is E

Argument says, tax was invoked and the no. Of workers reduced. Hence manufacturing of car must have declined.
E , says productivity increased, providing a reason why no. Of cars manufactured might not have decreased inspite of reduction in workers

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24 Oct 2013, 03:10
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For me, the best answer is E:

You need to find another reason for the decrease by 30% of the country's workers.

A) Many Esterian automobile manufacturers operate factories outside Esteria. = it is not time related. The companies could have started to produced outside the country 50 years ago.

B) The number of automobile workers in Burdistan has not increased during the same period. = This is the answer to the question "on what the argument depends?"

C) Because vehicles manufactured in Esteria have a reputation for high quality, many Esterian consumers have continued to purchase domestically manufactured vehicles since the tax was abolished. = And therefore is this a reason why the number of workers decreased by 30%? And "many" is not clear: could be 60%, 70%...;

D) Esterian automobile manufacturers have lowered the price of their automobiles so as to remain competitive with the manufacturers in Burdistan. = Close, but not good; the decrease in price might not have led to a decrease in the number of workers

E) Recent innovations in automated automobile-manufacturing technology have approximately halved the number of worker-hours required to produce most automobiles. = Correct, this weaken the argument, stating that the decrease in the number of workers is due to a new innovations not to a decrease in sales. It also justify the decrease of 30% and is time related with the word "recent".

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24 Oct 2013, 04:53
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A) Many Esterian automobile manufacturers operate factories outside Esteria.---- Many is not clear in this answer. Even though 8 companies out of 10 are outside Esteria. What if the 2 companies account for most of the production of cars. (Most number of employees in those companies) So a reduction in employees will decrease the number of vehicles manufactured in Esteria. Does not Weaken.

B) The number of automobile workers in Burdistan has not increased during the same period.--- What happens in Burdistan is none of our business. This does not weaken the argument.

C) Because vehicles manufactured in Esteria have a reputation for high quality, many Esterian consumers have continued to purchase domestically manufactured vehicles since the tax was abolished.---- Incorrect, because this is just weaken the fact the cars sold have decreased. But does not tell us anything about cars made.

D) Esterian automobile manufacturers have lowered the price of their automobiles so as to remain competitive with the manufacturers in Burdistan.--- Again this is none of our business. It does not matter if they have lowered the price, that definitely does not give us any info on the relation of workers to cars made and sold.

E) Recent innovations in automated automobile-manufacturing technology have approximately halved the number of worker-hours required to produce most automobiles.---- This weakens the argument. The new technology reduces the number of workers but still produces THE MOST automobiles. CORRECT
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24 Oct 2013, 05:20
I will go by E. I agree to the explanation given by the most of you.
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30 Dec 2016, 09:41
Only answer E provides evidence which weaken the argument by giving alternative evidence (innovation in automated automobile manufacturing technology) because of which number of workers decreased by 30% in the Esterian automobile factories.

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30 Dec 2016, 10:29
guerrero25 wrote:
The cost of manufacturing automobiles is considerably greater in Esteria than in Burdistan. In order to stimulate Esterian consumers’ purchases of domestically manufactured automobiles, the Esterian government has historically charged taxes on automobiles manufactured in Burdistan. Five years ago, however, the Esterian government dropped those taxes; in those five years, the number of workers employed in Esterian automobile factories has decreased by 30%. Therefore, the number of vehicles manufactured and sold in Esteria must have decreased in the last five years.

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the argument?

A) Many Esterian automobile manufacturers operate factories outside Esteria.

B) The number of automobile workers in Burdistan has not increased during the same period.

C) Because vehicles manufactured in Esteria have a reputation for high quality, many Esterian consumers have continued to purchase domestically manufactured vehicles since the tax was abolished.

D) Esterian automobile manufacturers have lowered the price of their automobiles so as to remain competitive with the manufacturers in Burdistan.

E) Recent innovations in automated automobile-manufacturing technology have approximately halved the number of worker-hours required to produce most automobiles.

OA to follow..

Conclusion: The number of vehicles manufactured and sold in Esteria must have decreased in the last five years because of 30% decrease in number of workers.

Assumption: Dropping of taxes led to higher selling of Burdistan's manufactured vehicles in Esteria and that effected Esterian manufacturing industry production and consequently layoff of workers.

Best way to weaken an argument is to show alternative cause for the effect.

Only E shows the alternative cause.
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01 Sep 2017, 09:09
yes, manhattan questions give options that sound plausible, but only one option fits the scope. E is the answer, and E is a common pattern, test takers should learn this.
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