Bunuel wrote:
The employees of Smith Enterprises received wage increases ranging from 30 cents to 87.5 cents per hour. What was the maximum wage increase for a 40-hour week?
A. $12.00
B. $23.00
C. $34.80
D. $35.00
E. $35.20
mynamegoeson I agree, the prompt is confusing.
We don't have a typical baseline. But everyone gets at least 30 cents (* 40 hours) = $12 per week.
I lean towards your first inclination to take range into account. The largest increase is $35. But everyone's wage increases by at least $12 per week. I think that's the baseline, i.e., "maximum" seems relative to changed conditions.
If some get $35, but all get $12, then the maximum increase is $23. The $35 recipients would have gotten $12 no matter what.
Answer B
(I think the case for D is equally valid because "maximum" here is too ambiguous to interpret, even in context. I'm going with intuition, which could be a terrible idea.)
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