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Tourists have long complained that hotel accommodations in Midville are too expensive.
Starting last year, the city council, hoping to attract more tourists, lowered the hotel tax rate to 5 percent of room charges. By the end of last year, Midville had taken in no less money from hotel taxes than it did the year before, so an examination of the hotel records will show that more tourists stayed in city hotels last year than the year before.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. The tourists who stayed in Midville hotels last year were aware that the hotel tax rate had been lowered.

B. The average price of hotel accommodations in Midville was not significantly higher than in hotels in other cities either last year or the year before.

C. The average length of a tourist’s stay in Midville hotels was not longer last year than it had been the year before.

D. There were significantly more efforts to publicize Midville as a tourist destination last year than there had been the year before.

E. On average, tourists in Midville did not spend significantly more on meals last year than they did on hotels accommodations.
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Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. The tourists who stayed in Midville hotels last year were aware that the hotel tax rate had been lowered. The author is not committed to this; the tourists could not have been aware that the tax rate.

B. The average price of hotel accommodations in Midville was not significantly higher than in hotels in other cities either last year or the year before. Not necessary. If the hotel were more expensive than those of other locations, hotel records would still show the same results.

C. The average length of a tourist’s stay in Midville hotels was not longer last year than it had been the year before. OK - This is necessary to conclude that MORE tourists stayed in city hotels (rather than tourists who just stayed longer)

D. There were significantly more efforts to publicize Midville as a tourist destination last year than there had been the year before. Granted, it may be less likely more tourists came to visit without any more efforts to publicize the city; however, the author is not committed to this. If there were no efforts, more tourists would still have visited.

E. On average, tourists in Midville did not spend significantly more on meals last year than they did on hotels accommodations. Shell game. Here, hotel accommodations is mentioned, but this premise supports a different conclusion.
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The decrease in tax rate will not deteriorate the hotels' revenue, because there are more tourists.

However, if it is not because of the number of tourists but of the length of the stay which makes the hotel's revenue, then the argument will be undermined.

Therefore, the OA is C.

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PREMISE----Last year, the city council, hoping to attract more tourists, lowered the hotel tax rate to 5 percent of room charges.
PREMISE--- By the end of last year, Midville had taken in no less money from hotel taxes than it did the year before
CONCLUSION-----An examination of the hotel records will show that more tourists stayed in city hotels last year than the year before.

MORE TOURISTS LED TO MAINTENANCE OF TAX COLLECTION (DESPITE REDUCTION IN TAX RATE)...

ASSUMPTION----

NO OTHER REASON ( eg LONGER STAY IN HOTELS) FOR MAINTENANCE OF TAX COLLECTION.....

MAINTENANCE OF TAX COLLECTION DID NOT LEAD TO MORE TOURISTS.... IE NO REVERSE RELATIONSHIP...

CLEAR--- " C" IS THE ANSWER.

C. The average length of a tourist’s stay in Midville hotels was not longer last year than it had been the year before.


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If the option E would have been, people have spent more on food last year as compared to year before (and the same amount in accommodation), then would it be considered a right answer?
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Answer is C. The average length of a tourists stay in Midville hotels was not longer last year than it had been the year before.

If inspite of tax decrease of 5% the tax revenue remained the same. So there are 2 options, Either they increase the price or the number of tourists increased or tourists stayed longer. Conclusion suggests that more tourists came last year, and price rise can be removed and C is the only choice if negated gives conclusion a conflict.
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If the option E would have been, people have spent more on food last year as compared to year before (and the same amount in accommodation), then would it be considered a right answer?


Hi chetanyasahu1, taxes were on room rents. So amount spend on meals is irrelevant to the argument
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C is correct. Here's the breakdown:

A. The tourists who stayed in Midville hotels last year were aware that the hotel tax rate had been lowered. --> irrelevant

B. The average price of hotel accommodations in Midville was not significantly higher than in hotels in other cities either last year or the year before. --> irrelevant

C. The average length of a tourist's stay in Midville hotels was not longer last year than it had been the year before. --> Correct; only thing we have to go off of is establishing a link between people staying in the hotels to increased amount of tourists

D. There were significantly more efforts to publicize Midville as a tourist destination last year than there had been the year before. --> publicity is not mentioned in the main stem

E. On average, tourists in Midville did not spend significantly more on meals last year than they did on hotels accommodations. --> irrelevant; meals are not mentioned in the argument
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Can anyone apply negation on option C and confirm the case.

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Negation of choice C
The average length of a tourist's stay in Midville hotels was longer last year than it had been the year before.

The conclusion falls apart if the negation of option C is true,for we can't conclude that the rise in number of tourist results in the same amount of hotel taxes.

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the two most appropriate answers were A and C,while A says that tourist were aware of the lowered taxs and did not pay more than they should have ,but its a weaker choice as it implies that the hotel might have cheated the tourist and that would not have been payed in tax either therefore the choice is wrong.

Choice C is Correct becuase it states that the duration of the stay was no longer than that in the year before last year and thus larger number of tourist is the only way the hotel would have earned higher revenue and thus paid higher tax.
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Tourists have long complained that hotel accommodations in Midville are too expensive.
Starting last year, the city council, hoping to attract more tourists, lowered the hotel tax rate to 5 percent of room charges. By the end of last year, Midville had taken in no less money from hotel taxes than it did the year before, so an examination of the hotel records will show that more tourists stayed in city hotels last year than the year before.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. The tourists who stayed in Midville hotels last year were aware that the hotel tax rate had been lowered.
B. The average price of hotel accommodations in Midville was not significantly higher than in hotels in other cities either last year or the year before.
C. The average length of a tourist’s stay in Midville hotels was not longer last year than it had been the year before.
D. There were significantly more efforts to publicize Midville as a tourist destination last year than there had been the year before.
E. On average, tourists in Midville did not spend significantly more on meals last year than they did on hotels accommodations.

The passage states that the hotel tax rate was lowered last year but that Midville took in the same amount in hotel taxes. If the hotels earned the same total revenue last year and the year before the tax rate change, we would expect that Midville took in LESS money from hotel taxes last year. Since this is not the case, the hotels must have earned more revenue. The author concludes that this increase in revenue must have been caused by an increase in the number of tourists staying in city hotels last year, but this is only one possible explanation. Total revenue also would have increased if the number of tourists staying in city hotels remained the same but the average length of their stays increased last year. Thus, the author must assume that this was NOT the case in order to reach the conclusion of the passage. (choice C)

Choice D offers a possible explanation of why tourism revenue increased last year, but it is certainly not required. Even if the number of tourists staying in city hotels did increase, as hypothesized by the author, it is certainly possible that the increase was caused by a variety of other factors (ie better economy, better weather, better transportation, etc), not necessarily by the publicizing of Midville as a tourist destination.

Choice C is correct.
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