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# The reason much refrigerated food spoils is that it ends up

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The reason much refrigerated food spoils is that it ends up out of sight at the back of the shelf. So why not have round shelves that rotate? Because such rotating shelves would have just the same sort of drawback, since things would fall off the shelves’ edges into the rear corners.

Which of the following is presupposed in the argument against introducing rotating shelves?
(A) Refrigerators would not be made so that their interior space is cylindrical.
(B) Refrigerators would not be made to have a window in front for easy viewing of their contents without opening the door.
(C) The problem of spoilage of refrigerated food is not amenable to any solution based on design changes.
(D) Refrigerators are so well designed that there are bound to be drawbacks to any design change.
(E) Rotating shelves would be designed to rotate only while the refrigerator door was open.

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04 Aug 2009, 13:12
A only makes sense.
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04 Aug 2009, 13:35
for the argument to hold true we need to show that in any case food will fall or the corners will exist.
if the interior was cylindrical, then there would be no corners and, consequently, the author's objection would have no legs to stand on.

A says corners will exist ...hence A

on the contrary C goes to far...the author is only concerned with the rotating round shelf solution, so other solutions dont really affect the argument

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04 Aug 2009, 16:31
A's the flaw in the question's argument as it points out the fridge can be designed cylindrical to avoid corners.

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04 Aug 2009, 18:47
Thanks guys..

OA is A

i was focusing more on the "out of sight" part of the question and hence got it wrong
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The reason much refrigerated food spoils is that it
ends up out of sight at the back of the shelf. So why
not have round shelves that rotate? Because such
rotating shelves would have just the same sort of
drawback, since things would fall off the shelves’
edges into the rear corners.

Which of the following is presupposed in the
argument against introducing rotating shelves?
(A) Refrigerators would not be made so that their
interior space is cylindrical.
(B) Refrigerators would not be made to have a
window in front for easy viewing of their
contents without opening the door.
(C) The problem of spoilage of refrigerated food is
not amenable to any solution based on design
changes.
(D) Refrigerators are so well designed that there are
bound to be drawbacks to any design change.
(E) Rotating shelves would be designed to rotate
only while the refrigerator door was open.

Can anyone help on providing pointers on how to deal with such questions.
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The reason much refrigerated food spoils is that it
ends up out of sight at the back of the shelf. So why
not have round shelves that rotate? Because such
rotating shelves would have just the same sort of
drawback, since things would fall off the shelves’
edges into the rear corners.

Which of the following is presupposed in the
argument against introducing rotating shelves?
(A) Refrigerators would not be made so that their
interior space is cylindrical.
(B) Refrigerators would not be made to have a
window in front for easy viewing of their
contents without opening the door.
(C) The problem of spoilage of refrigerated food is
not amenable to any solution based on design
changes.
(D) Refrigerators are so well designed that there are
bound to be drawbacks to any design change.
(E) Rotating shelves would be designed to rotate
only while the refrigerator door was open.

Can anyone help on providing pointers on how to deal with such questions.

Ajith,

In my opinion, the tough part of the question is understanding the proposed design of the refrigerator. Once understood, We can approach the question just as we would approach any other assumption question.

It took me quiet a while to visualize the design discussed in the argument. The fridge retains the rectangular interior shape but the shelves are circular. So the shelves rotate but the area outside the circular shelf is fixed. Now, lets go to the stem.
The proponent of the idea explains that in the proposed design food will be kept in the circular area and hence it will remain in sight. But the opponent argues that food will still be kept in the fixed area outside the circular shelf as otherwise it is likely to fall off.

Now moving to choices,

(A) Refrigerators would not be made so that their
interior space is cylindrical.
YES. If interior space is cylindrical, then food cannot be pushed to corners, where it will remain out of sight.

(B) Refrigerators would not be made to have a
window in front for easy viewing of their
contents without opening the door.
Even if window is provided, food can be pushed to corners where it will remain out of sight.
(C) The problem of spoilage of refrigerated food is
not amenable to any solution based on design
changes.
Extreme assumption. A typical wrong choice. Anyways, the explanation is that possibility of design change to provide a solution is outside the scope of the argument. The argument discusses the effectiveness of only one solution.
(D) Refrigerators are so well designed that there are
bound to be drawbacks to any design change.
Similar to C
(E) Rotating shelves would be designed to rotate
only while the refrigerator door was open.
Similar to B. Food can still be pushed out of sight.
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30 Dec 2010, 07:29
the words: "rear corners" jumped off the screen when I read cylindrical in option a.... a cylinder has no corners and the defender assumption here is that such cylindrical fridges can not be made; if such fridges were possible then there would be no drawback of stuff falling into the "rear corners"

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15 Nov 2011, 10:19
The reason much refrigerated food spoils is that it ends up out of sight at the back of the shelf. So why not have round shelves that rotate? Because such rotating shelves would have just the same sort of drawback, since things would fall off the shelves’ edges into the rear corners.

Which of the following is presupposed in the argument against introducing rotating shelves?
(A) Refrigerators would not be made so that their interior space is cylindrical.
(B) Refrigerators would not be made to have a window in front for easy viewing of their contents without opening the door.
(C) The problem of spoilage of refrigerated food is not amenable to any solution based on design changes.
(D) Refrigerators are so well designed that there are bound to be drawbacks to any design change.
(E) Rotating shelves would be designed to rotate only while the refrigerator door was open.

"Because such rotating shelves would have just the same sort of drawback, since things would fall off the shelves’ edges into the rear corners." How weirdly was that framed... Never seen such a sentence. "Because...... , Since......"
Is the person trying to argue in favor of rotating shelves, or against them or be neutral just by discussing the facts.
Hope such poor sentences come in the actual.
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15 Nov 2011, 14:10
I have problem with understanding of this question :<. This is kind of strengthen question, right?

Although I understand the answer choice A, but initially it is quite hard to grasp the problem.
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