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# The United States will soon begin spot-checking all shipments of impor

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The United States will soon begin spot-checking all shipments of imported coffee for tainting by sandfly larvae. Any coffee found to be so tainted will be destroyed. Officials predict that the spot checks will result in the destruction of approximately 10 percent of all coffee imported into this country. Even so, the checks will miss about half of the tainted coffee sent here, since it is estimated that 20 percent of all coffee worldwide is tainted by sandfly larvae.

The information in the passage above best supports which of the following conclusions?

A) The amount of imported coffee available for consumption in the United States may soon decrease.
B) The United States should learn to rely more on domestically produced coffee.
C) The United States will eventually be forced to inspect all imported coffee for tainting by sandfly larvae.
D) Coffee producers worldwide will implement a more rigorous program of insect control.
E) The U.S. consumer will begin paying less for imported coffee in the future.
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15 Jan 2015, 17:55
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This could not be a conclusion question.. Because this is an assumption question in same kaplan.. How could an assumption question not have a conclusion in it? Google it..

However even if this has to be concluded, A cant be the one. as the passage states another info,

"Even so, the checks will miss about half of the tainted coffee sent here, since it is estimated that 20 percent of all coffee worldwide is tainted by sandfly larvae."

To consider on the whole passage, the above also must be considered. If so, C would be the valid conclusion...
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17 Aug 2015, 22:21
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Hi,

I think A could be the conclusion here because it is stated that the spot checks still miss half of the tainted coffee imported by united states.Moreover,the argument also says that the amount of imported coffee has decreased by 10%.Going by this trend,it is clear that the overall consumption of imported coffee in US will decrease.

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17 Aug 2015, 23:56
I'm not sure about A. Can the US not import more coffee and thus the amount of coffee available for consumption remain same?
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18 Aug 2015, 00:41
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Hi,

It is not about the import of coffee per se.The issue is about the amount of coffee consumed by US citizens.Even though US imports more coffee,because there is a possibility that the imported coffee is destroyed,the amount of coffee consumed will decrease.Hence A

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Updated on: 04 Apr 2019, 03:26
Could any expert respond with the assumption and conclusion here?

Originally posted by prajC on 04 Apr 2019, 01:02.
Last edited by prajC on 04 Apr 2019, 03:26, edited 1 time in total.
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04 Apr 2019, 03:17
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Hi prajC ,
I am not an expert but I'll try to breakdown the given argument for better understanding.

Premise 1: all shipments of imported coffee to US will be checked for tainting by sandfly larvae.
WHY?? Any coffee found to be so tainted will be destroyed.
Premise 2: If done so, Officials predict that this whole thing will end up destroying approximately 10 percent of all coffee imported into US.
Author: Even so, the checks will miss about half of the tainted coffee sent to US, since it is estimated that 20 percent of all coffee worldwide is tainted by sandfly larvae.

Stem:The information in the passage above best supports which of the following conclusions?

There is no assumption made here. The author knows more than the officials it seems.
and that's why he may conclude that A) The amount of imported coffee available for consumption in the United States may soon decrease.
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10 May 2019, 03:45
is it safe to say that (C) is incorrect because "C: The United States will eventually be forced to inspect all imported coffee for tainting by sandfly larvae." is a premise of the statement already?
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02 Nov 2019, 08:34
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The United States will soon begin spot-checking all shipments of imported coffee for tainting by sandfly larvae. Any coffee found to be so tainted will be destroyed. Officials predict that the spot checks will result in the destruction of approximately 10 percent of all coffee imported into this country. Even so, the checks will miss about half of the tainted coffee sent here, since it is estimated that 20 percent of all coffee worldwide is tainted by sandfly larvae.

The information in the passage above best supports which of the following conclusions?

A) The amount of imported coffee available for consumption in the United States may soon decrease.
B) The United States should learn to rely more on domestically produced coffee.
C) The United States will eventually be forced to inspect all imported coffee for tainting by sandfly larvae.
D) Coffee producers worldwide will implement a more rigorous program of insect control.
E) The U.S. consumer will begin paying less for imported coffee in the future.

KAPLAN OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

Identify the Question Type:

This asks for a conclusion based on the passage, so it's an Inference question.

Untangle the Stimulus:

The stimulus indicates that the US will begin spot checking imported coffee for sandfly larvae; this will likely result in 10% of the coffee being destroyed, but it will also miss about half of the tainted coffee, since 20% worldwide is tainted.

It's often impossible to predict an answer to an Inference question. Just keep the facts from the stimulus in mind and look for what must be true.

Evaluate the Choices:

(A) is supported and is thus correct. Spot checks will destroy 10 percent of imported coffee, so it is logical to expect a drop in consumable imported coffee. While there is the potential to avoid this drop (e.g., increase the amount of coffee imported to offset the coffee destroyed), (A) accounts for that by saying the amount "may" soon decrease. By avoiding extreme language, (A) if deducible.

The argument is simply describes a problem, so there's no support for any particular solution such as the one in (B). There's no support for the drastic conclusion in (C) that all coffee will have to be checked. Nor is there support for (D)'s conclusion about the reaction of coffee producers. (E) is incorrect because coffee prices, like these other issues, are also unpredictable.

TAKEAWAY: In an Inference question, focus on what must be true, not just what is possibly true.
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