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The program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the country was a failure in 1987. If the program had been successful, the wholesale price of most illegal drugs would not have dropped substantially in 1987.

The argument in the passage depends on which of the following assumptions?

(A) The supply of illegal drugs dropped substantially in 1987.
(B) The price paid for most illegal drugs by the average consumer did not drop substantially in 1987.
(C) Domestic production of illegal drugs increased at a higher rate than did the entry of such drugs into the country.
(D) The wholesale price of a few illegal drugs increased substantially in 1987.
(E) A drop in demand for most illegal drugs in 1987 was not the sole cause of the drop in their wholesale price.
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12 Apr 2007, 17:24
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The program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the country was a failure in 1987. If the program had been successful, the wholesale price of most illegal drugs would not have dropped substantially in 1987.

The argument in the passage depends on which of the following assumptions?

(A) The supply of illegal drugs dropped substantially in 1987.
(B) The price paid for most illegal drugs by the average consumer did not drop substantially in 1987.
(C) Domestic production of illegal drugs increased at a higher rate than did the entry of such drugs into the country.
(D) The wholesale price of a few illegal drugs increased substantially in 1987.
(E) A drop in demand for most illegal drugs in 1987 was not the sole cause of the drop in their wholesale price.

Lets assume for a moment that E is false.

(E) A drop in demand for most illegal drugs in 1987 was not the sole cause of the drop in their wholesale price. is false.

This implies that a drop in demand is the sole cause for the drop in wholesale price. It further establishes that the program could not have been failure because the price drop was due to something else and not due to the inefficiency of the program.

Thus E is our required assumption.
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13 Apr 2007, 07:56
(A) The supply of illegal drugs dropped substantially in 1987.
If supply = drop, demand = no change, then price = increase. Goes against the argument.

(B) The price paid for most illegal drugs by the average consumer did not drop substantially in 1987.
Irrelevant.

(C) Domestic production of illegal drugs increased at a higher rate than did the entry of such drugs into the country.
Goes against the argument. If local production increased, then the success of the program to prevent entry of illegal drugs cannot be gauged based on the drop in wholesale price.

(D) The wholesale price of a few illegal drugs increased substantially in 1987.
If it increased, then the program was successful. Goes against the argument.

(E) A drop in demand for most illegal drugs in 1987 was not the sole cause of the drop in their wholesale price.
If demand drops, then prices drop. By stating that drop in demand is not the sole reason, this assumption validates the claim that the drop in prices was due to the increased entry of illegal drugs into the country.

E for me

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14 Apr 2007, 07:58
I am confused between D and E.

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14 Apr 2007, 08:21
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14 Apr 2007, 09:54
anandsebastin wrote:
(A) The supply of illegal drugs dropped substantially in 1987.
If supply = drop, demand = no change, then price = increase. Goes against the argument.

(B) The price paid for most illegal drugs by the average consumer did not drop substantially in 1987.
Irrelevant.

(C) Domestic production of illegal drugs increased at a higher rate than did the entry of such drugs into the country.
Goes against the argument. If local production increased, then the success of the program to prevent entry of illegal drugs cannot be gauged based on the drop in wholesale price.

(D) The wholesale price of a few illegal drugs increased substantially in 1987.
If it increased, then the program was successful. Goes against the argument.

(E) A drop in demand for most illegal drugs in 1987 was not the sole cause of the drop in their wholesale price.
If demand drops, then prices drop. By stating that drop in demand is not the sole reason, this assumption validates the claim that the drop in prices was due to the increased entry of illegal drugs into the country.

E for me

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14 Apr 2007, 10:32
pi10t wrote:
The program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the country was a failure in 1987. If the program had been successful, the wholesale price of most illegal drugs would not have dropped substantially in 1987.

The argument in the passage depends on which of the following assumptions?

(A) The supply of illegal drugs dropped substantially in 1987.
(B) The price paid for most illegal drugs by the average consumer did not drop substantially in 1987.
(C) Domestic production of illegal drugs increased at a higher rate than did the entry of such drugs into the country.
(D) The wholesale price of a few illegal drugs increased substantially in 1987.
(E) A drop in demand for most illegal drugs in 1987 was not the sole cause of the drop in their wholesale price.

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15 Apr 2007, 09:32
Yeah i got it. its E

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