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# The production of leather and fur for clothing is labor intensive, whi

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18 Sep 2018, 01:17
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The production of leather and fur for clothing is labor intensive, which means that these materials have tended to be expensive. But as fashion has moved away from these materials, their prices have dropped, while prices of some materials that require less labor in their production and are more fashionable have risen.

The situation described above conforms most closely to which one of the following generalizations?

(A) The price of any manufactured good depends more on how fashionable that good is than on the materials it is made from.

(B) It is more important for the materials used in the manufacture of clothing to be fashionable than it is for them to be practical.

(C) Materials that require relatively little labor in their production tend to be fashionable.

(D) The appearance of a manufactured good is the only thing that determines whether it is fashionable.

(E) Cultural trends tend to be an important determinant of the prices of materials used in manufacturing.

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18 Sep 2018, 10:49
AshutoshB wrote:
The production of leather and fur for clothing is labor intensive, which means that these materials have tended to be expensive. But as fashion has moved away from these materials, their prices have dropped, while prices of some materials that require less labor in their production and are more fashionable have risen.

The situation described above conforms most closely to which one of the following generalizations?

(A) The price of any manufactured good depends more on how fashionable that good is than on the materials it is made from.

(B) It is more important for the materials used in the manufacture of clothing to be fashionable than it is for them to be practical.

(C) Materials that require relatively little labor in their production tend to be fashionable.

(D) The appearance of a manufactured good is the only thing that determines whether it is fashionable.

(E) Cultural trends tend to be an important determinant of the prices of materials used in manufacturing.

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IMO E.
The question here is a Must Be True question type, therefore the correct answer choice should not contain any outside information other than in the stimulus.

A. Incorrect, no comparison is made between price of goods and materials. Only price of materials w.r.t. fashion is mentioned.
B. Incorrect, no mention of practicality.
C. Incorrect, the labor intensive materials were once fashionable.
D. Incorrect, no such relation between fashion and appearance is mentioned in the passage.
E. Correct by POE, as per the passage fashion, a cultural trend, is one of the factor in determining the price of materials.
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19 Sep 2018, 04:31
The argument compares material with material and not material with the manufactured good.

The argument states that trend defines the price of a material more than the labor involved in the material's production.
Statement E is the closest generalisation. A is a trap answer choice that compares "produced good" to "material used".

IMO E.
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