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# The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike

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The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell's president is well aware, however, in order to increase the workers' wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell's subsidiaries will be sold.

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?

a) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses
b) Bell's management will refuse to increase its workers' wages
c) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike
d) Bell's president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase
e) Bell's workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase

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16 Jul 2005, 21:55
c) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike

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17 Jul 2005, 06:57
Why is D wrong here?

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17 Jul 2005, 14:51
C and D are only relevent.

conclusion is - some of Bell's subsidiaries will be sold. Meaning pay increase will happen.

C says, workers wont go on strike. This has to be true. So is the assumption. If you negate this, then conclusion does not stand. meaning subsidries will not be sold.

Hence C

D, good information but has nothing to do with the argument.

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18 Jul 2005, 07:57
cybera wrote:
The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell's president is well aware, however, in order to increase the workers' wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell's subsidiaries will be sold.

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?

a) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses
b) Bell's management will refuse to increase its workers' wages
c) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike
d) Bell's president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase
e) Bell's workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase

I'm choosing (E) on this one. If Bell's workers will accept a package of improved benefits as substitute, then Bell's subsidiaries may not be sold eventually (the conclusion). On the other hand if the workers does not, then YES, bell has to sell some of it's subsidiaries to raise money to pay workers.

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18 Jul 2005, 10:39
"C" is correct

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19 Jul 2005, 23:58
guys, this is embarassing!
how could (C) be an assumption? could someone please explain a little more?

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20 Jul 2005, 10:46
Someway somehow i also think E is the answer.
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22 Jul 2005, 11:35
Arsene_Wenger wrote:
guys, this is embarassing!
how could (C) be an assumption? could someone please explain a little more?

Hey Arsene, You don't have to be embarassed asking this question. To answer the question, identify the conclusion - which is, So, some of Bell's subsidiaries will be sold. The premise states that "in order to increase the workers' wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries".

Ok!! Negate the choices, and see, which choice weakens the assumptions the most.

If C is negated. We get "The workers at Bell Manufacturing will be going on strike". If that were to be true, it means that the worker's demands were not met, and in other words, Bell did not sell of some of its subsidiaries to raise money. Hence C

Please note that D just states a fact, and even if it is a fact that Bell's President did not have the authority to meet the worker's salary demands, the choice does not account for the fact that some of Bell's subsidiaries were sold.

Hope my explanation helps!!

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23 Jul 2005, 12:46
thanks Darth. I have discovered my error. I continued to misread the question as a strenghten the conclusion question!!!! that's my weakest link - Errors!!!!

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23 Jul 2005, 12:48
kwasi7 wrote:
Someway somehow i also think E is the answer.

Kwasi, if you read it well, (E) actually tends to strenghten the conclusion that the folks will sell their subsidiaries!

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23 Jul 2005, 13:45
C. the only one that makes sense here/possible

if some subidiarieas aren't sold then workers go on strike
if workers don't go on srtrike then some subsidiaries are sold.

however thechnically assumption in C isn't necessary

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23 Jul 2005, 18:29
C is the one

Conclusion - Units will be SOLD
Evidence - workers will be on strike if management does not increase the salary.
Evidance - Managment has no extra money to fulfill the demands.

Now we need another part that will will make conclusion valid.

a) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses
- OUT How, they are selling their subsidaries.
b) Bell's management will refuse to increase its workers' wages
- They will go on strike and no need to sell the subs.. so OUT
c) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike
- Good, that's why subs are being sold...
d) Bell's president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase
- OUT He does not have the authority, so what.. we need to increase the salary and there is no other way in the argument...
e) Bell's workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase
- WHo knows. if they do, how come subs are being sold.

And moreover, negate C, the argument falls apart...

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26 Jul 2005, 04:37
Arsene_Wenger wrote:
kwasi7 wrote:
Someway somehow i also think E is the answer.

Kwasi, if you read it well, (E) actually tends to strenghten the conclusion that the folks will sell their subsidiaries!

Thanks man, i really was looking at the question in the wrong way.
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