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The reason much refrigerated food spoils is that it ends up out of sig

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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.

Originally posted by WinWinMBA on 02 May 2005, 15:34.
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Since the argument against rotating shelves hinges on food getting spoild because it falls into the rear corners, it supposes the "existance" of such corners in the first place. The round rotating shelves can have corners only if they are in cuboidal refridgerators. Thus A.
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WinWinMBA wrote:
2. 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.
> out of scope.
(C) The problem of spoilage of refrigerated food is not amenable to any solution based on design changes.
> Irrelevant.
(D) Refrigerators are so well designed that there are bound to be drawbacks to any design change.
> Out of scope.
(E) Rotating shelves would be designed to rotate only while the refrigerator door was open.
> out of scope.
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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

Originally posted by apoorvasrivastva on 04 Aug 2009, 13:35.
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Can someone explain me the question stem! I was unable to figure out what the questions asked for.

"Which of the following is presupposed in the argument against introducing rotating shelves?"
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The initial design fail because things fall out of sight at the back of the shelf.
The rotating design supposedly failed because the same drawback inherent
in the initial design remains. So, things will fall around the interior of the refrigerator.

That is what option A presupposed:
that "Refrigerators would not be made so that their interior space is cylindrical."
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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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Here were my pre-phrases (I guess pre-phrasing is critical in assumption questions) before I looked at the answer choices.

Pre-phrase 1 - The 'rear corner' is equivalent to the back of the shelf and the food there is equally out of sight.
Pre-phrase 2 - The 'rear corner' exists in the refrigerator.

I looked at Answer choice A, and it matched exactly with pre-phrase 2!
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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.


Premise - Refrigerated food gets spoiled, hence we need to have round-shelved refrigerators.

Argument - Things would fall off the shelve's edges into the rear corners

GAP IN ARGUMENT - The round shelved refrigerators would have corners/rear gaps. We do not know exactly how these refrigerators are designed. So we need to look for an answer that explains this gap in the argument.

Option A best explains it in my opinion!

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Silvers wrote:
Can someone explain me the question stem! I was unable to figure out what the questions asked for.

"Which of the following is presupposed in the argument against introducing rotating shelves?"


It's more or less asking you for the assumption. The argument is that rotating shelves won't solve the problem because food will still fall into the hidden spaces of the fridge.


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. The author has to believe that the new refrigerators would keep the old shape in order to assert that some food will remain hidden. If they make refrigerators with cylindrical interior spaces the food can't fall and be hidden.
(B) Refrigerators would not be made to have a window in front for easy viewing of their contents without opening the door. Easy front viewing is not the not relevant.
(C) The problem of spoilage of refrigerated food is not amenable to any solution based on design changes.It only says that the rotating shelf is not the solution.
(D) Refrigerators are so well designed that there are bound to be drawbacks to any design change. Whether or not refrigerators are well designed isn't relevant.
(E) Rotating shelves would be designed to rotate only while the refrigerator door was open.When the shelves rotate isn't relevant.
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