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# v06#23

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18 Nov 2010, 16:07
I do not agree with the OA on this question. Following is the question:

A negative review of a popular restaurant claimed that the wait staff was rude and the food was overpriced. This review caused sales to drop precipitously which, in turn, forced the original owners to sell the business. The new owners revised the menu and dismissed most of the wait staff. After three months, however, sales had improved by less than 1%.

Which of the following, if true, forms the best basis for at least a partial explanation of why sales at the restaurant have not improved?

A) The new owners could not determine who were the rudest members of the wait staff.
B) New menu items offered by the new owners are now more affordable.
C) The new owners neglected to advertise the fact that the restaurant is now under new management.
D) The new owners began managing the restaurant during the summer, when sales are unusually high.
E) Another restaurant with similarly-priced menu items opened across the street.
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20 Nov 2010, 12:52
plakhani wrote:
I do not agree with the OA on this question. Following is the question:

A negative review of a popular restaurant claimed that the wait staff was rude and the food was overpriced. This review caused sales to drop precipitously which, in turn, forced the original owners to sell the business. The new owners revised the menu and dismissed most of the wait staff. After three months, however, sales had improved by less than 1%.

Which of the following, if true, forms the best basis for at least a partial explanation of why sales at the restaurant have not improved?

A) The new owners could not determine who were the rudest members of the wait staff.
B) New menu items offered by the new owners are now more affordable.
C) The new owners neglected to advertise the fact that the restaurant is now under new management.
D) The new owners began managing the restaurant during the summer, when sales are unusually high.
E) Another restaurant with similarly-priced menu items opened across the street.

Hi,

I'm pretty sure that the question stem is wrong and that this should be an EXCEPT question. It should read:

Quote:
Each of the following, if true, provides the basis of an explanation for why sales have not improved EXCEPT:

In which case (B) is the correct answer.

Each of A, C, D and E provides a reason why sales haven't improved. (B), on the other hand, is a reason why sales WOULD improve.
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20 Nov 2010, 20:54
I would go with C.

Possible reasons why sales didnt improve -
- Most remaining Staff/ new staff are still rude
- Price is still over priced
- People are not aware that owners have addressed the cause

A) The new owners could not determine who were the rudest members of the wait staff. - New owners dismissed most of the staffs, but not sure, whether rudest member, if any, is creating the problem!!
B) New menu items offered by the new owners are now more affordable. - More affordable, but people are still willing to pay low price or still waiting for more lower price?
C) The new owners neglected to advertise the fact that the restaurant is now under new management. - This may be the answer - keep it for further analysis
D) The new owners began managing the restaurant during the summer, when sales are unusually high. - out of scope reason
E) Another restaurant with similarly-priced menu items opened across the street. - out of scope reason...
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22 Nov 2010, 00:25
plakhani wrote:
I do not agree with the OA on this question. Following is the question:

A negative review of a popular restaurant claimed that the wait staff was rude and the food was overpriced. This review caused sales to drop precipitously which, in turn, forced the original owners to sell the business. The new owners revised the menu and dismissed most of the wait staff. After three months, however, sales had improved by less than 1%.

Which of the following, if true, forms the best basis for at least a partial explanation of why sales at the restaurant have not improved?

A) The new owners could not determine who were the rudest members of the wait staff.
B) New menu items offered by the new owners are now more affordable.
C) The new owners neglected to advertise the fact that the restaurant is now under new management.
D) The new owners began managing the restaurant during the summer, when sales are unusually high.
E) Another restaurant with similarly-priced menu items opened across the street.

Given the original stem, I think the answer is option C, since it provides a missing link between the information given. If the new management didn't advertise that it was new, and the customers thought it was still the old management, they're not going to want to visit the restaurant.
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23 Nov 2010, 06:26
plakhani wrote:
I do not agree with the OA on this question. Following is the question:

A negative review of a popular restaurant claimed that the wait staff was rude and the food was overpriced. This review caused sales to drop precipitously which, in turn, forced the original owners to sell the business. The new owners revised the menu and dismissed most of the wait staff. After three months, however, sales had improved by less than 1%.

Which of the following, if true, forms the best basis for at least a partial explanation of why sales at the restaurant have not improved?

A) The new owners could not determine who were the rudest members of the wait staff.
B) New menu items offered by the new owners are now more affordable.
C) The new owners neglected to advertise the fact that the restaurant is now under new management.
D) The new owners began managing the restaurant during the summer, when sales are unusually high.
E) Another restaurant with similarly-priced menu items opened across the street.

the question asks about least partial explanation means. means which of the following below least or not explains the reasons for sales not improved.
a) supports the argument
b) weakens the argument
c) supports the argument
d) weakens the argument
e) it does not the argument so it's e

what is the OA
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30 Nov 2010, 06:57
I think its A.....the reason sales haven't increased is because we still have elements that are rude....the argument claims that staff was rude and menu overpriced and if you haven't removed all the bad elements sales will not increase.
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