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# There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market

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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

Which one of the following statements, if true, would call into question the conclusion in the passage?

(A) More than 50 percent of popcorn purchasers buy conventional popcorn rather than microwave popcorn.

(B) Most people who prefer microwave popcorn do so because it is less fattening than popcorn that is popped conventionally in oil.

(C) The price of microwave popcorn reflects its packaging more than it reflects the quality of the popcorn contained in the package.

(D) The ratio of unpopped kernels to popped kernels is generally the same whether popcorn is popped in a microwave or
conventionally in oil.

(E) Because microwave popcorn contains additives not contained in conventional popcorn, microwave popcorn weighs more than an equal volume of conventional popcorn.

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29 Sep 2017, 00:52
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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

Which one of the following statements, if true, would call into question the conclusion in the passage?

(A) More than 50 percent of popcorn purchasers buy conventional popcorn rather than microwave popcorn.

(B) Most people who prefer microwave popcorn do so because it is less fattening than popcorn that is popped conventionally in oil.

(C) The price of microwave popcorn reflects its packaging more than it reflects the quality of the popcorn contained in the package.

(D) The ratio of unpopped kernels to popped kernels is generally the same whether popcorn is popped in a microwave or
conventionally in oil.

(E) Because microwave popcorn contains additives not contained in conventional popcorn, microwave popcorn weighs more than an equal volume of conventional popcorn.

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Premise 1: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products.

Note here that we are talking about "Microwave food products" and NOT all the food products.
(Sales of 75 brands of microwave popcorn)/(Total sales of microwave food products)>50%

Premise 2:It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally

So the microwave popcorn provides some convenience over the conventional one.

Premise 3: Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn.

Note here that the comparison is done at the same weight.

Conclusion: many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

The convenience we are talking about is with respect to time

a. This choice says that people buy more conventional popcorn than microwave popcorn. However, our conclusion is that people are willing to pay extra money in order to save some time. Hence, this choice does not weaken the MOTIVE/REASON behind the high cost.

b. This choice talks about the REASON behind people paying extra money for microwave popcorn. Not only does microwave popcorn saves time but also it helps people stay healthy. This choice clearly refutes what the argument says is "little additional convenience"

c. This choice talks about packaging and quality. So if the price reflects packaging more than the quality, is that good or bad ? Is that worth paying for ? Is that a "little added convenience" ? We don't know. Hence, this choice is not affecting the conclusion.

d. Okay so you get equal number of unpopped kernel in both the cases. This choice is essentially providing a level field for both the popcorn types and hence is irrelevant.

e. This choice says that the microwave popcorn weighs more because of additional oil. Note that in premise 3, we are comparing both the popcorn at the same weight. Hence, this answer choice does not make a difference.

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29 Sep 2017, 05:55
broall wrote:
There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

Which one of the following statements, if true, would call into question the conclusion in the passage?

(A) More than 50 percent of popcorn purchasers buy conventional popcorn rather than microwave popcorn.

(B) Most people who prefer microwave popcorn do so because it is less fattening than popcorn that is popped conventionally in oil.

(C) The price of microwave popcorn reflects its packaging more than it reflects the quality of the popcorn contained in the package.

(D) The ratio of unpopped kernels to popped kernels is generally the same whether popcorn is popped in a microwave or
conventionally in oil.

(E) Because microwave popcorn contains additives not contained in conventional popcorn, microwave popcorn weighs more than an equal volume of conventional popcorn.

Source: LSAT

Same passage with different question: LINK

The question says something like this.

Microwave popcorn cook in less time + Microwave popcorn are 5 times expensive —> People are ready to pay higher price for additional convenience.
So basically the author assumes that that the microwave popcorn are convenient and that this convenience is the reason for people purchasing the more expensive popcorn.

So the right answer option will tell us that in fact there is some other reason why people buy this expensive popcorn. B clearly states this reason.

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Conclusion:
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Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

Alternate reasoning.
Is it not for the additional convenience but because people are bother about their health that they go for the microwave popcorn.
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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

Which one of the following statements, if true, would call into question the conclusion in the passage?

Type - weaken
-Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

(A) More than 50 percent of popcorn purchasers buy conventional popcorn rather than microwave popcorn. -- Irrelevant -- it does not address the issue why many people still buy microwave popcorn

(B) Most people who prefer microwave popcorn do so because it is less fattening than popcorn that is popped conventionally in oil. -- Correct -- it provides an alternate reason

(C) The price of microwave popcorn reflects its packaging more than it reflects the quality of the popcorn contained in the package. -- Irrelevant

(D) The ratio of unpopped kernels to popped kernels is generally the same whether popcorn is popped in a microwave or
conventionally in oil. -- Incorrect -- strengthener -- it eliminates an alternate cause of difference in price

(E) Because microwave popcorn contains additives not contained in conventional popcorn, microwave popcorn weighs more than an equal volume of conventional popcorn. -- Irrelevant - we are not concerned with the reason

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