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# Two CR questions 1. The tobacco industry is still profitable

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1. The tobacco industry is still profitable and projections are that it will remain so. In the United States this year,
the total amount of tobacco sold by tobacco-farmers has increased, even though the number of adults who
smoke has decreased.
Each of the following, if true, could explain the simultaneous increase in tobacco sales and decrease in the
number of adults who smoke EXCEPT:
A. During this year, the number of women who have begun to smoke is greater than the number of men who
have quit smoking
B. The number of teen-age children who have begun to smoke this year is greater than the number of adults
who have quit smoking during the same period
C. During this year, the number of nonsmokers who have begun to use chewing tobacco or snuff is greater than
the number of people who have quit smoking
D. The people who have continued to smoke consume more tobacco per person than they did in the past
E. More of the cigarettes made in the United States this year were exported to other countries than was the
case last year.

2. Unlike the wholesale price of raw wool, the wholesale price of raw cotton has fallen considerably in the last
year. Thus, although the retail price of cotton clothing at retail clothing stores has not yet fallen, it will inevitably
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fall.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
(A) The cost of processing raw cotton for cloth has increased during the last year.
(B) The wholesale price of raw wool is typically higher than that of the same volume of raw cotton.
(C) The operating costs of the average retail clothing store have remained constant during the last year.
(D) Changes in retail prices always lag behind changes in wholesale prices.
(E) The cost of harvesting raw cotton has increased in the last year.

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06 Aug 2009, 19:28
1) A
2) A
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06 Aug 2009, 19:54
2 - A

1 - Using POE its A...but i cant get the logic behind it
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06 Aug 2009, 20:20
Another A and A
In question 1, number of adults who smoke has decreased, and A doesn't help as it just tells us about no of females started smoking is greater than no of males who quit smoking.
What about Number of men who started smoking and how many women quit smoking?

We don't know these numbers so this answer choice is not able to explain the simultaneous increase in tobacco sales and decrease in the number of adults who smoke
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06 Aug 2009, 20:32
Yes,
A A
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07 Aug 2009, 01:20
in 2.. how is option b diff than A ?

getmba wrote:
Another A and A
In question 1, number of adults who smoke has decreased, and A doesn't help as it just tells us about no of females started smoking is greater than no of males who quit smoking.
What about Number of men who started smoking and how many women quit smoking?

We don't know these numbers so this answer choice is not able to explain the simultaneous increase in tobacco sales and decrease in the number of adults who smoke

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09 Aug 2009, 04:37
1. D
2.A

OA plz
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09 Aug 2009, 05:04
A and A
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09 Aug 2009, 07:00
Q2. For option B, there is a comparision of prices between wool and cotton. But the question looks for reason specific to cotton alone. We cannot conclude the reatil price of cotton based on the cost of raw wool, as there is no relation between the prices of both. So B can be eliminated right away.
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09 Aug 2009, 11:11
option is A & A
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09 Aug 2009, 21:12
C & A

c - > During this year, the number of nonsmokers who have begun to use chewing tobacco or snuff is greater than
the number of people who have quit smoking

People have quit smoking, therefore a decrease in the number of adults smoking
Nonsmokers (more than who have quit) have started using tobacco, therefore increase in tobacco sales.

OA?
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09 Aug 2009, 21:25
After reading your ans... i m siding with C on the 1st one. Nice reasoning whatthehell

whatthehell wrote:
C & A

c - > During this year, the number of nonsmokers who have begun to use chewing tobacco or snuff is greater than
the number of people who have quit smoking

People have quit smoking, therefore a decrease in the number of adults smoking
Nonsmokers (more than who have quit) have started using tobacco, therefore increase in tobacco sales.

OA?

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09 Aug 2009, 22:10
After reading your ans... i m siding with C on the 1st one. Nice reasoning whatthehell

whatthehell wrote:
C & A

c - > During this year, the number of nonsmokers who have begun to use chewing tobacco or snuff is greater than
the number of people who have quit smoking

People have quit smoking, therefore a decrease in the number of adults smoking
Nonsmokers (more than who have quit) have started using tobacco, therefore increase in tobacco sales.

OA?

Both of you two are missing the big capital 'EXCEPT' in the first question. Obviously, as explained by "whatthehell", 'C' explains the simultaneous decrease in adult smokers and increase in tobacco sales. So does the other options B,D and E. 'A' cannot explain these two as it talks only about men and women, not the adults as a whole.
Also, if "the number of women who have begun to smoke is greater than the number of men who have quit smoking" then the total no of adult smokers (assuming all women and men are adults) will increase, not decrease.
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10 Aug 2009, 03:37
Agreed
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10 Aug 2009, 04:48
Thanks for pointing out. Reminder that while we are constantly analyzing options and stems, we completely miss answering the actual question that is being asked. With limited time in GMAT this will certainly be a great challange.
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10 Aug 2009, 18:15
A...does not say number of women who quit smoking and number of men started smoking...
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10 Aug 2009, 18:18
and 2- A since we need to find a way to increase the cost of final product, so if cotton prices goes down, then one way to increase the final product price is to jack up the processing fee...
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