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The Daisygen Company genetically engineers flowers which are then sent to retailers in locations around the world. By splicing a rose with a species of onion they managed to create a flower that looks like the classic, and still very popular, red rose, but that takes much longer to wilt. A longer expiration period presents an important advantage to international flower importers and to individual consumers. Clearly, sales of the Daisygen rose will outnumber those of the original rose species.

Which of the following is an assumption underlying the conclusion?

A. The genes which were spliced into the rose are not also responsible for the onion's tearing effect.
B. Consumers are interested in a flower that will last longer.
C. Plastic flowers have not affected the import and export of natural flowers.
D. Although extremely popular, the original rose was not the highest selling flower species of all.
E. A longer expiration period will allow importers more time for delivery of the Daisygen roses.


This Answer Choice A introduces another assumption that all people like to smell on roses!!! DEBATABLE!!! :!: :lol:
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My choice: A

A. The genes which were spliced into the rose are not also responsible for the onion's tearing effect. - Unstated premise - Hence, an assumption. Adverse effects can affect sales and hence is assumed not to happen.

B. Consumers are interested in a flower that will last longer. - Stated Premise - It is advantageous to the consumer; interest comes as a consequence of advantage and can be treated as a fact.

C. Plastic flowers have not affected the import and export of natural flowers. - Out of scope

D. Although extremely popular, the original rose was not the highest selling flower species of all - Highest sales is not in question and does not support the conclusion. Out of scope

E. A longer expiration period will allow importers more time for delivery of the Daisygen roses.[/quote] - Longer expiration period is stated as a fact. Hence, allowing longer time for delivery is a consequence. Hence not an assumption.
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My take: B

The USP of the new rose, according to the passage is that it Lasts Longer than the natural Rose.
Next, the conclusion 'jumps' on to predict sales.

Sales depend on customers. What if none is interested in the USP (Long Life)??

B talks exactly about this. Hence it should be the correct answer.

Why not A:
I would rather choose to attack the main point of the argument (The Long life of the new Rose) than one probable downside (Onion's tearing effect).

By the way, B is not stated anywhere in the argument- 'Consumers have advantage' and 'Consumers are interested' are two different things :)
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The Daisygen Company genetically engineers flowers which are then sent to retailers in locations around the world. By splicing a rose with a species of onion they managed to create a flower that looks like the classic, and still very popular, red rose, but that takes much longer to wilt. A longer expiration period presents an important advantage to international flower importers and to individual consumers. Clearly, sales of the Daisygen rose will outnumber those of the original rose species.

Which of the following is an assumption underlying the conclusion?

A. The genes which were spliced into the rose are not also responsible for the onion's tearing effect.

B. Consumers are interested in a flower that will last longer.

C. Plastic flowers have not affected the import and export of natural flowers.

D. Although extremely popular, the original rose was not the highest selling flower species of all.

E. A longer expiration period will allow importers more time for delivery of the Daisygen roses.


I choose B. By negating
A. If the gene is also responsible for the onion's tearing effect, whether it will harm the rose's tearing effect or not. We don't know. So, it's wrong.
B. Consumer are not interest in a flower that will last longer. They are more interest in a flower last shorter. So, the current rose will push more sale than genetic rose, weakening the argument. This choice is correct answer
C. Plastic flower is irrelevant.
D. Compare with other rose is irrelevant
E. Longer expiration will allow importer more time for delivery or not is not sure and irrelevant to the sales.
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Which of the following is an assumption underlying the conclusion?
A.The genes which were spliced into the rose are not also responsible for the onion's tearing effect.
Exactly right!


This answer choice seems to come out of the blue, but it follows the general prediction of what the right answer should do: If the onion's tearing effect transferred to the new rose, then smelling the new rose wouldn't be very pleasant, and it would be incorrect to conclude that the sales of the new flower will outnumber those of the original rose. Thus, in order to reach the conclusion that the roses will be a hit, the author must assume that this difficulty will not manifest.

B. Consumers are interested in a flower that will last longer.
Incorrect.


To solve this Assumption question, first break down the argument. Sentences 1, 2, and 3 present factual information, so they are the premises. Sentence 4 begins with the conclusion word Clearly so we can be sure that it's the conclusion.

Now ask yourself: the author believes that the Daisygen flower will outsell the original rose because it lasts longer. This seems reasonable, but what has the author overlooked? In reaching the conclusion that the new rose will be a success, the author must assume that there is nothing stopping it from being a success. Thus, look for an answer choice that presents a possible difficulty with the plan, but claims that such a difficulty will not manifest - this is something the author must assume if he is to reach his conclusion.

This answer choice repeats information that is presented by the premise in sentence 3: an important advantage to international flower importers and to individual consumers. If this data is a given, the author does not need to assume it.
The Daisygen Company genetically engineers flowers which are then sent to retailers in locations around the world. By splicing a rose with a species of onion they managed to create a flower that looks like the classic, and still very popular, red rose, but that takes much longer to wilt. A longer expiration period presents an important advantage to international flower importers and to individual consumers. Clearly, sales of the Daisygen rose will outnumber those of the original rose species.

C. Plastic flowers have not affected the import and export of natural flowers.
Incorrect.


This answer choice presents a new premise about an unrelated topic - plastic flowers. The comparisons being made by the author are between a genetically engineered rose and a natural one. Any other form of flower is beyond the scope of the argument.

What you are looking for is the assumption, which should explain how the author drew the conclusion based on the existing premise.
The Daisygen Company genetically engineers flowers which are then sent to retailers in locations around the world. By splicing a rose with a species of onion they managed to create a flower that looks like the classic, and still very popular, red rose, but that takes much longer to wilt. A longer expiration period presents an important advantage to international flower importers and to individual consumers. Clearly, sales of the Daisygen rose will outnumber those of the original rose species.

D. Although extremely popular, the original rose was not the highest selling flower species of all.
Incorrect.


This answer choice presents a new premise because it introduces all flower species into the discussion. The comparisons being made by the author are between a genetically engineered rose and a natural one. It is irrelevant whether any other species of flower sells better than the rose.

What you are looking for is the assumption, which should explain how the author drew the conclusion based on the existing premise.
The Daisygen Company genetically engineers flowers which are then sent to retailers in locations around the world. By splicing a rose with a species of onion they managed to create a flower that looks like the classic, and still very popular, red rose, but that takes much longer to wilt. A longer expiration period presents an important advantage to international flower importers and to individual consumers. Clearly, sales of the Daisygen rose will outnumber those of the original rose species.

E. A longer expiration period will allow importers more time for delivery of the Daisygen roses.
Incorrect.


This answer choice presents a new premise about the advantages of the new flower to importers. The fact that this new data may support the conclusion is irrelevant; what you are looking for is the assumption, which should explain how the author drew the conclusion based on the existing premise.
The Daisygen Company genetically engineers flowers which are then sent to retailers in locations around the world. By splicing a rose with a species of onion they managed to create a flower that looks like the classic, and still very popular, red rose, but that takes much longer to wilt. A longer expiration period presents an important advantage to international flower importers and to individual consumers. Clearly, sales of the Daisygen rose will outnumber those of the original rose species.

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I would choose ‘B’ because the only case when genetically modified sales will outnumber normal flowers is when consumers prefer longer expiry flowers. Hope that I chose the right answer :)
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Choice B is not correct as it is already given in argument. Choice A is rather far-fetched and difficult to assume. If we have been given something about onion tearing effect , this choice would impact the conclusion.
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Could some experts please shed some light on this?

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Option A is not an assumption. At most it could be a strengthening statement, though it would be better, if it said:

The genes that were spliced into the rose are not also responsible for causing the roses to have tearing effect, similar to that of onions.

(The genes that cause the onions to have tearing effect may not be carrying the same effect to roses.)
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Congrats to all who have cracked this one. I choose option B.
What went wrong for me is understanding the language of the option A properly and inability to negate option B.
The reason given for option A by other users are understandable . However, look at the option A

A. The genes which were spliced into the rose are not also responsible for the onion's tearing effect.

This means "The genes which were spliced into the rose are not also responsible for --- A bad side effect---".

I could not relate , the onion's tearing effect with the actual rose. It doesn't really say what will happen to the rose, because of this onion's tearing effect of the gene. This for me was a wide gap.
But as usual , I still blame myself for failing to bridge this gap with proper meaning.
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B seems like an obvious choice but this point

"A longer expiration period presents an important advantage to international flower importers and to individual consumers."

This means that B is repeating what is said in the passage.

This way C,D,E is out of scope.

A is the correct answer.
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A. The genes which were spliced into the rose are not also responsible for the onion's tearing effect.
if A is correct ,then it will call for another assumption that onion effect can affect the popularity of daisygen roses. So A is flawed.

I feel better choice is B. Whatever stated in B is not directly mentioned in the argument.
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I don't agree that (A) is a necessary assumption. Even if the new rose did produce the onion' tearing effect, perhaps customers were ready to bear this inconvenience as long as it lasts longer. For (A) to be true we have to go further and assume (without warrant) that the benefits of the new rose (longer shelf life) does not outweigh the cons (onion tearing effect). On what basis can we assume this?
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The Daisygen Company genetically engineers flowers which are then sent to retailers in locations around the world. By splicing a rose with a species of onion they managed to create a flower that looks like the classic, and still very popular, red rose, but that takes much longer to wilt. A longer expiration period presents an important advantage to international flower importers and to individual consumers. Clearly, sales of the Daisygen rose will outnumber those of the original rose species.

Which of the following is an assumption underlying the conclusion?

A. The genes which were spliced into the rose are not also responsible for the onion's tearing effect.

B. Consumers are interested in a flower that will last longer.

C. Plastic flowers have not affected the import and export of natural flowers.

D. Although extremely popular, the original rose was not the highest selling flower species of all.

E. A longer expiration period will allow importers more time for delivery of the Daisygen roses.


Mixing a species of rose and onion, the company have made a rose that won't wilt easily. This is an important advantage
Conclusion - Sales will outnumber those of original roses.

A - If the rose has the same genes that are attributed to an onion's tearing effect, people will cry when they smell the rose, and it won't sell at all. KEEP.
B - Argument already states that longer lasting flowers would be an advantage to consumers. TRICK OPTION. OUT.
C - Irrelevant and has no impact on the conclusion. OUT.
D - Irrelevant & has no impact on the conclusion. OUT.
E - More delivery time won't help it sell more. OUT.

A is the answer.
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