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# The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains

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Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production.

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink.

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems.

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21 Nov 2014, 20:34
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I think the Answer here should be C if we Negate Option C that Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is not harmful to consumer health., this weakens the conclusion of the argument and it falls apart so Option C is correct while others dont weaken the conclusion.

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22 Nov 2014, 00:52
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The contenders are C and E. However the argument never says that most consumers WILL eventually develop cardiac problems, it says MAY develop, so E is out. IMO its C.
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22 Nov 2014, 01:28
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According to me answer has to be "C".

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production. - we are not concerned with when the drink is going into production- Eliminate

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink. Negate the argument and it says "Consumers are likely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink"
this will strengthen the argument.(Remember when you negate the Assumption the conclusion should fall apart)- Eliminate

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.Negate it "not all drink that contain at least 2.5% of Ephedra are harmful to consumer health" - the conclusion falls apart - Correct

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise. Not concerned with this option at all

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems. Negate it "Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will not eventually experience serious cardiac problems" well the Drink can still stimulate the activity of the nervous system . Eliminate
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22 Nov 2014, 02:47
Even I go with option 'C'. I dont see any sensible option otherthan C. Please post the OA.

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Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production.

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink.

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems.

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05 Aug 2016, 21:50
But the conclusion is talking about negative effects of the component and hence to be banned and cardiac arrest is a negative effect that could cause due to the chemical element in the soft drink.
So negating the option E does break the conclusion.

Stimulating the nervous system is a positive effect so it does not effect the conclusion much as that of cardiac arrest.

I also agree that Option C is a good contender, but can some one please explain why Option E is better than Option C.
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07 Aug 2016, 16:53
Answer is c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.

Any drink that contains atleast 2.5% ephedra is harmful, Mango Paradise contains atleast 2.5% therefore harmful

E is not right because, What if consumers develop cardiac problems because of something else ?
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07 Aug 2016, 22:10
Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Anything that says when negated : Drink is not harmful.
Now contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. => this premise is not clear about the amount responsible for cardiac problem. lets say, cardiac problem happens below 2.5% of Ephedra, in that case the conclusion stands wrong.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.
Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is not harmful to consumer health. This is in line with our prethinking.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems.
Only few consumers who drink will eventually experience serious cardiac problems. Still, drink is harmful.

So C.
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07 Jan 2017, 03:03
between C and E

The conclusion is that this drink is harmful and should be banned;hence,whether most of the consumer will eventually experience serious cardiac problem is irrelevant.It doesn't depend on how many consumer will experience this harmful effect.

no drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.
since no such drink is harmful to consumer health with the given range of the amount of Ephedra,Mango Paradise is not likely to cause bad effect to the consumer;hence,the conclusion falls apart.
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05 Aug 2017, 02:38
souvik101990 wrote:
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Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production.

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink.

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems.

Premise: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems.
Conclusion : this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production.

We can't say this an assumption to conclusion. The soft drink might already be in distribution or it might have just been introduced in the mass production.

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink.
Again it is not related to conclusion.

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.
This might be related to conclusion. Lets try to negate this. Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is NOT harmful to consumer health. So it completely weakens the conclusion. Hmm... This might be a correct option. lets keep this.

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise.
This has no relation with the conclusion. Leave this.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems.

This is also related to conclusion. Lets negate this option. Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually NOT experience serious cardiac problems. Hmm this also weakens conclusion.

So, there is a confusion between option C & E making this questions tough. I donno how to reach to final answer "C" from here....
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05 Aug 2017, 06:34
zeroed down to C and E. C is more relevant that E.

on negating C, the conclusion falls apart.
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05 Aug 2017, 07:40
Souvik, this is a great question. To attack assumption questions, one must first identify the premise and the conclusion of the argument.

Premise
1) "The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra."
2) Ephedra stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems"

Conclusion
"Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health
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Should be banned from distribution in our state."

The conclusion begs the question --> why is Mango Paradise harmful to health? & why should it be banned? We can start to think about possible reasons its harmful to health.. it has in it 2.5% chemical that can cause serious health problems... Therefore the author believes that the 2.5% content is the cause of the health problems. Something that the stimulus hints at. Hence the answer is C.
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05 Aug 2017, 22:48
souvik101990 wrote:
New Project - Reviving the hardest questions on GMAT Club. Kudos for every reply with an explanation in the first 24 hours!

Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production.

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink.

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health.

d)The Consumer Advocate is not affiliated with the producer of Mango Paradise.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems.

Ephedra is focussed to be the problematic ingredient.
Hence Only C.
E missed the bus as it was certain most consumers will eventually develop cardiac problems, while the statement mentioned stimulation and possible heart problems.
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19 Aug 2017, 12:12
Consumer Advocate: The new soft drink, Mango Paradise, contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra, a chemical supplement that stimulates the activity of the nervous system but may also result in serious cardiac problems. Therefore, this drink is harmful to consumer health and should be banned from distribution in our state.

Which of the following is an assumption made by the consumer advocate?

a)The new soft drink will soon be introduced into mass production. -Okay. This is just a fact set.

b)Consumers are unlikely to enjoy the taste of Mango Paradise because of the high amount of Ephedra contained in the drink. -We are not worried about the consumers' taste pattern

c)Any drink that contains at least 2.5% of Ephedra is harmful to consumer health. -Correct.

e)Most consumers who drink Mango Paradise will eventually experience serious cardiac problems. -We don't know. This is a very extreme statement. The argument uses the words "may cause" that depict that the even might happen but is not certain to happen.
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