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# Travel Agent: In the book travelling abroad, the author

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Travel Agent: In the book travelling abroad, the author claims that European hotels are better designed than American hotels. This claim is justified by a thorough comparison of 25 populat European hotels and 25 popular American hotels. In this comparison, none of the American hotels were as complexly designed as any of the European ones.

The travel agent's argument is most vulnerable to which of the following criticisms?

a) The hotels reviewed by the book may be those that best serve its proposal.
b) Hotels can be judged by other merits besides design
c) The author of the book has written other books favoring European travel.
d) Hotels in other parts of the world may be better designed than those in Europe.
e) Someone who hasn't been to Europe might not appreciate hotel design.

OA is A - Why? After all, A) supports Travel Agent's argument. Travel agent tends to disagree with the author of the book. How could A) be a criticism of his argument?

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03 Sep 2012, 10:32
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Travel Agent: In the book travelling abroad, the author claims that European hotels are better designed than American hotels. This claim is justified by a thorough comparison of 25 populat European hotels and 25 popular American hotels. In this comparison, none of the American hotels were as complexly designed as any of the European ones.

The travel agent's argument is most vulnerable to which of the following criticisms?

a) The hotels reviewed by the book may be those that best serve its proposal.
b) Hotels can be judged by other merits besides design
c) The author of the book has written other books favoring European travel.
d) Hotels in other parts of the world may be better designed than those in Europe.
e) Someone who hasn't been to Europe might not appreciate hotel design.

OA is A - Why? After all, A) supports Travel Agent's argument. Travel agent tends to disagree with the author of the book. How could A) be a criticism of his argument?

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Answer choice A brings a classic flaw in the argument above. It shows that the selection of hotels are biased. It intentionally picked the better designed European Hotels or other way round u can say it picked the worse American hotels for comparison. ie. the selection of hotels are biased.
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03 Sep 2012, 18:41
a) The hotels reviewed by the book may be those that best serve its proposal. – affecting the conclusion by weakening
b) Hotels can be judged by other merits besides design –general statement. Not affecting the conclusion
c) The author of the book has written other books favoring European travel. --irrelevant
d) Hotels in other parts of the world may be better designed than those in Europe. --irrelevant
e) Someone who hasn't been to Europe might not appreciate hotel design. --irrelevant

Conclusion is, “European hotels are better designed than American hotels”
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voodoochild wrote:
Travel Agent: In the book travelling abroad, the author claims that European hotels are better designed than American hotels. This claim is justified by a thorough comparison of 25 populat European hotels and 25 popular American hotels. In this comparison, none of the American hotels were as complexly designed as any of the European ones.

The travel agent's argument is most vulnerable to which of the following criticisms?

a) The hotels reviewed by the book may be those that best serve its proposal.
b) Hotels can be judged by other merits besides design
c) The author of the book has written other books favoring European travel.
d) Hotels in other parts of the world may be better designed than those in Europe.
e) Someone who hasn't been to Europe might not appreciate hotel design.

OA is A - Why? After all, A) supports Travel Agent's argument. Travel agent tends to disagree with the author of the book. How could A) be a criticism of his argument?

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Responding to a pm: Why do you feel that the travel agent is disagreeing with the author? The travel agent's argument is the same as the argument of the author. He says that the book claims so and so and the claim is justified by a thorough comparison of so and so etc. I don't see the travel agent disagreeing with the author or being skeptical of the book/author. If anything, the use of the word 'thorough' makes me feel that he is trying to persuade the listener of the author's opinion.
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04 Sep 2012, 05:00
A is not looking a good answer.

The premise says that the travel agent has compared 25 popular European hotels with 25 popular American hotels. So, how can he review the hotels which serve his purpose.
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04 Sep 2012, 11:29
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
voodoochild wrote:
Travel Agent: In the book travelling abroad, the author claims that European hotels are better designed than American hotels. This claim is justified by a thorough comparison of 25 populat European hotels and 25 popular American hotels. In this comparison, none of the American hotels were as complexly designed as any of the European ones.

The travel agent's argument is most vulnerable to which of the following criticisms?

a) The hotels reviewed by the book may be those that best serve its proposal.
b) Hotels can be judged by other merits besides design
c) The author of the book has written other books favoring European travel.
d) Hotels in other parts of the world may be better designed than those in Europe.
e) Someone who hasn't been to Europe might not appreciate hotel design.

OA is A - Why? After all, A) supports Travel Agent's argument. Travel agent tends to disagree with the author of the book. How could A) be a criticism of his argument?

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Responding to a pm: Why do you feel that the travel agent is disagreeing with the author? The travel agent's argument is the same as the argument of the author. He says that the book claims so and so and the claim is justified by a thorough comparison of so and so etc. I don't see the travel agent disagreeing with the author or being skeptical of the book/author. If anything, the use of the word 'thorough' makes me feel that he is trying to persuade the listener of the author's opinion.

Karishma,
Thanks for your reply. The entire article, in my opinion, has a neutral language. The word "thorough" could also imply a neutral analysis about the study.
In fact, after re-reading the prompt, I feel that the agent is not agreeing. (confused )
Let's take an example :
Tom: Harry says that British cars are worse than German cars. Harry did a detailed study of 34 cars. The study didn't even consider Mclaren.

What does it tell you? Tom is disagreeing with Harry. Isn't it? In fact, this question appears to be a copy-paste from this gmatprep problem: http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2012/07/ ... ing-skills

The gmatprep question clearly states the stand "In this the book must be right"..I just to make sure that I am not missing anything in this problem. Please let me know your thoughts.
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04 Sep 2012, 16:56
+1 A

Probably, the group of European hotels is not representative.
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voodoochild wrote:
Travel Agent: In the book travelling abroad, the author claims that European hotels are better designed than American hotels. This claim is justified by a thorough comparison of 25 populat European hotels and 25 popular American hotels. In this comparison, none of the American hotels were as complexly designed as any of the European ones.

The travel agent's argument is most vulnerable to which of the following criticisms?

a) The hotels reviewed by the book may be those that best serve its proposal.
b) Hotels can be judged by other merits besides design
c) The author of the book has written other books favoring European travel.
d) Hotels in other parts of the world may be better designed than those in Europe.
e) Someone who hasn't been to Europe might not appreciate hotel design.

OA is A - Why? After all, A) supports Travel Agent's argument. Travel agent tends to disagree with the author of the book. How could A) be a criticism of his argument?

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I agree with your point. a) supports Travel agent's argument.
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05 Sep 2012, 22:17
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Karishma,
Thanks for your reply. The entire article, in my opinion, has a neutral language. The word "thorough" could also imply a neutral analysis about the study.
In fact, after re-reading the prompt, I feel that the agent is not agreeing. (confused )
Let's take an example :
Tom: Harry says that British cars are worse than German cars. Harry did a detailed study of 34 cars. The study didn't even consider Mclaren.

What does it tell you? Tom is disagreeing with Harry. Isn't it? In fact, this question appears to be a copy-paste from this gmatprep problem: http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2012/07/ ... ing-skills

The gmatprep question clearly states the stand "In this the book must be right"..I just to make sure that I am not missing anything in this problem. Please let me know your thoughts.

I replied to this post yesterday but I cannot see it anywhere today. Anyway, I will give the gist of what I wrote yesterday:

Quote:"Tom: Harry says that British cars are worse than German cars. Harry did a detailed study of 34 cars. The study didn't even consider Mclaren.

What does it tell you? Tom is disagreeing with Harry. Isn't it?"

You are right. I certainly get the feeling that Tom doesn't agree. But this argument does not parallel the original argument.

Quote: "Travel Agent: In the book travelling abroad, the author claims that European hotels are better designed than American hotels. This claim is justified by a thorough comparison of 25 populat European hotels and 25 popular American hotels. In this comparison, none of the American hotels were as complexly designed as any of the European ones. "

The last sentence is a part of the book's conclusion. The author of the book found that none of the American hotels were as complexly designed as any of the European ones and hence, none of the American hotels were as well designed as European ones.
The travel agent is just telling you what the author did and what he found. He is not giving his own input.

Quote: "In fact, this question appears to be a copy-paste from this gmatprep problem"

It is on the same lines, definitely. Actually, we strive to do that so that you can practice "GMAT like questions". Just like in the GMAT prep questions, here too the travel agent is supporting the book even though the stand is not clearly given.
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Thanks Karishma

But how do we know that the last sentence is book's conclusion and not agent's conclusion?
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Thanks Karishma

But how do we know that the last sentence is book's conclusion and not agent's conclusion?

How will the travel agent know that the American hotels were not as complexly designed as the European ones? Only the author, who has done a thorough comparison, can say it, isn't it?
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
getgyan wrote:
Thanks Karishma

But how do we know that the last sentence is book's conclusion and not agent's conclusion?

How will the travel agent know that the American hotels were not as complexly designed as the European ones? Only the author, who has done a thorough comparison, can say it, isn't it?

Thanks,

But why not? It would then be an assumption. What if the last sentence was agent's conclusion? How would the answer change?
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01 Sep 2017, 09:13
this is a common pattern in gmat, but it is hard to detect.
Using POE, only E is left.
Using the logic, A is right because A points out the flaw that the sample has been unfairly chosen.
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04 Jan 2018, 19:26
why it is not C. here we are talking about 25 popular hotels in europe and america. i was confused between A and C and opted for C and got it wrong.
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brs1cob wrote:
why it is not C. here we are talking about 25 popular hotels in europe and america. i was confused between A and C and opted for C and got it wrong.

C cannot be the answer b/c the main idea of C is all about the key word "other books". Also, C attacks the credibility of the author of the argument, not the argument itself; this is known as a common fallacy.
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