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Which of the following most logically completes the passage?

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Which of the following most logically completes the passage?
Concerned about financial well-being of its elderly citizens, the government of
Runagiadecided two years ago to increase by 20 percent the governmentprovided
pensionpaid to all Runagians over 65. Inflation in the intervening
period has been negligible,and the increase has been duly received by all eligible
Runagians. Nevertheless,many of them are no better off financially than they
were before the increase, in large part because ________.

A. They rely entirely on the government pension for their income

B. Runagian banks are so inefficient that it can take up to three weeks to cash a
pension check

C. They buy goods whose prices tend to rise especially fast in times of
inflation

D. The pension was increased when the number of elderly Runagians below
the poverty level reached an all-time high

E. In Runagia children typically supplement the income of elderly parents, but
only by enough to provide them with a comfortable living

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27 Jun 2008, 16:35
Only B makes sense..

so they dont have any money for 3 weeks..

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27 Jun 2008, 17:02
A. They rely entirely on the government pension for their income

Then they should be better off than before.

B. Runagian banks are so inefficient that it can take up to three weeks to cash a
pension check

This will have been true before and after the increase: this should not affect how well off the pensioners are.

C. They buy goods whose prices tend to rise especially fast in times of
inflation

We're told there has been negligible inflation, so this is irrelevant.

D. The pension was increased when the number of elderly Runagians below
the poverty level reached an all-time high

This would suggest a reason the pensions were increased, not why pensioners were no better off after the increase.

E. In Runagia children typically supplement the income of elderly parents, but
only by enough to provide them with a comfortable living

Now we have a good answer. If the pension was not the only source of income, we need to consider whether the pension increase led to a decrease in income from other sources. If children used to give pensioners more money before the increase than they do after, this would help to explain the given information.
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27 Jun 2008, 17:21
wow...i totally mis-read E...on second PASS..E is best..

Ok..so i think i have narrowed my problem with CR..attention..mis-reading! reading in a hurry..

i m going to spend more time on CR then on SC..and RC..

IanStewart wrote:
A. They rely entirely on the government pension for their income

Then they should be better off than before.

B. Runagian banks are so inefficient that it can take up to three weeks to cash a
pension check

This will have been true before and after the increase: this should not affect how well off the pensioners are.

C. They buy goods whose prices tend to rise especially fast in times of
inflation

We're told there has been negligible inflation, so this is irrelevant.

D. The pension was increased when the number of elderly Runagians below
the poverty level reached an all-time high

This would suggest a reason the pensions were increased, not why pensioners were no better off after the increase.

E. In Runagia children typically supplement the income of elderly parents, but
only by enough to provide them with a comfortable living

Now we have a good answer. If the pension was not the only source of income, we need to consider whether the pension increase led to a decrease in income from other sources. If children used to give pensioners more money before the increase than they do after, this would help to explain the given information.

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Re: CR   [#permalink] 27 Jun 2008, 17:21
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