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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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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.


Situation: Sales have not improved under the new owners of a restaurant, even though they have changed things customers complained about.

Reasoning: Which helps to explain why sales at the restaurant have not improved? The correct answer to this question depends on determining what could keep sales at the restaurant low even after the new owners changed the things complained about in the negative review. Considering that the restaurant lost business after negative publicity, it only stands to reason that the restaurant would need to attract business using positive publicity. If the new owners neglected to inform customers of the positive changes, sales are not likely to increase.
  1. Since the new owners did dismiss most of the wait staff, the question of which members were the rudest is now irrelevant.
  2. This item is actually a reason that sales should have increased.
  3. This item correctly identifies a possible mistake made by the new owners. If negative publicity caused sales to fall, positive publicity – including information about a change in management – would be needed to help sales increase.
  4. This item is another reason sales should have increased after the new owners’ purchase.
  5. The other restaurant could present competition, but this item is not the best explanation for the lack of increase in sales.

Answer: C
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Hi,

I have a concern with respect to Option A.

The option states that the New owners could not identify "Who were the rudest members of the wait staff? "

From the argument, we have

New owners dismissed most of the wait staff. [Most & Not all.]

From the two statements is it not possible that the New owners dismissed most of the rude wait staff, but still missed few of them.

Now since they have missed them, Option A makes more sense now. Saying the new owners could have missed most some of the wait staff who could have been rude.

Request your inputs on this


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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.


Situation: Sales have not improved under the new owners of a restaurant, even though they have changed things customers complained about.

Reasoning: Which helps to explain why sales at the restaurant have not improved? The correct answer to this question depends on determining what could keep sales at the restaurant low even after the new owners changed the things complained about in the negative review. Considering that the restaurant lost business after negative publicity, it only stands to reason that the restaurant would need to attract business using positive publicity. If the new owners neglected to inform customers of the positive changes, sales are not likely to increase.
  1. Since the new owners did dismiss most of the wait staff, the question of which members were the rudest is now irrelevant.
  2. This item is actually a reason that sales should have increased.
  3. This item correctly identifies a possible mistake made by the new owners. If negative publicity caused sales to fall, positive publicity – including information about a change in management – would be needed to help sales increase.
  4. This item is another reason sales should have increased after the new owners’ purchase.
  5. The other restaurant could present competition, but this item is not the best explanation for the lack of increase in sales.

Answer: C

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Hi,

I have a concern with respect to Option A.

The option states that the New owners could not identify "Who were the rudest members of the wait staff? "

From the argument, we have

New owners dismissed most of the wait staff. [Most & Not all.]

From the two statements is it not possible that the New owners dismissed most of the rude wait staff, but still missed few of them.

Now since they have missed them, Option A makes more sense now. Saying the new owners could have missed most some of the wait staff who could have been rude.

Request your inputs on this


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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.


Situation: Sales have not improved under the new owners of a restaurant, even though they have changed things customers complained about.

Reasoning: Which helps to explain why sales at the restaurant have not improved? The correct answer to this question depends on determining what could keep sales at the restaurant low even after the new owners changed the things complained about in the negative review. Considering that the restaurant lost business after negative publicity, it only stands to reason that the restaurant would need to attract business using positive publicity. If the new owners neglected to inform customers of the positive changes, sales are not likely to increase.
  1. Since the new owners did dismiss most of the wait staff, the question of which members were the rudest is now irrelevant.
  2. This item is actually a reason that sales should have increased.
  3. This item correctly identifies a possible mistake made by the new owners. If negative publicity caused sales to fall, positive publicity – including information about a change in management – would be needed to help sales increase.
  4. This item is another reason sales should have increased after the new owners’ purchase.
  5. The other restaurant could present competition, but this item is not the best explanation for the lack of increase in sales.

Answer: C








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Do not agree with the solution.. advertising about new management wont assure customer that food or service will be better,
rather advertising about new menu or better staff along with change in management would have helped, so I selected E, which is best option.

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"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 only issue stated was the rude wait staff, which directly caused sales to drop due to the review. New management would not correct the problem, it only infers that they may be training employees differently. This feels like a weak answer.

I was left with option A since it had the most direct cause / effect relationship... If a few of the rudest employees remained, the problem remains.

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Can anyone please explain why option A is incorrect?

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Since this question asks both - [b]best basis[/b] for partial explanation, there can be multiple answers to this question. Maybe that the new owners tried their best to convey the msg that the ownership has changed, but a new restaurant took away partial business. For example, even if 20% of the business has gone to the new restaurant, the older one's sales could have remained stagnant. Alternatively, if the new owners began managing the restaurant when the sales are unusually high, it is very much possible that despite their best efforts at improving sales, either the sales remained flat or declined or increased marginally.

Can somebody throw some light?

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