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Hopland, one of the world’s major producers of rose plants, exported about five tons of roses last year. In the year prior to last year, Hopland exported just 2.75 tons of roses. Therefore, it can be concluded that the demand for roses is on an upward trend and should be expected to keep increasing in the future.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion drawn above?

A.The demand in the international market for tulips produced in Hopland has not increased in the last two years.

B. No new export markets have opened up in the last few years for the export of Hopland roses.

C. It is generally very difficult to predict the actual demand of roses in the international market in a given year.

D. For the first time in nearly a decade, Roseland, the largest exporter of roses in the international market, suffered an unexpected infestation on its rose plantations last year.

E. In a recently published paper on the cosmetic benefits of flowers, scientists have claimed that jasmine flowers have significantly more cosmetic benefits than roses.
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Options doesn't match the question

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I think Answer is D. If the larger exporter is suffering, it gives space/market share for other exporters. Hopland is just taking profit from this.

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Ans: D. No other option comes even remotely close to the question

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Hopland, one of the world’s major producers of rose plants, exported about five tons of roses last year. In the year prior to last year, Hopland exported just 2.75 tons of roses. Therefore, it can be concluded that the demand for roses is on an upward trend and should be expected to keep increasing in the future.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion drawn above?

A
The demand in the international market for tulips produced in Hopland has not increased in the last two years.
B. No new export markets have opened up in the last few years for the export of Hopland roses.
C It is generally very difficult to predict the actual demand of roses in the international market in a given year.
D. For the first time in nearly a decade, Roseland, the largest exporter of roses in the international market, suffered an unexpected infestation on its rose plantations last year.
E.
In a recently published paper on the cosmetic benefits of flowers, scientists have claimed that jasmine flowers have significantly more cosmetic benefits than roses.


Clearly D.
The question stem hypothesizes that since Hoplands' exports more than doubled, the demand of roses would keep rising.
If we prove that Hopland exported such huge quantities of roses for a ONE- TIME reason and that this huge export has nothing to do with demands, then the conclusion stating that the demand of roses is an upward trend will be weakened.
D tells that Hopland just did a favor to Roseland in its time of infestation when Roseland was no longer able to serve the constant demand of roses.----->Reason for One time job of Hopland Exports.

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IMO OA is D


Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion drawn above?

A
The demand in the international market for tulips produced in Hopland has not increased in the last two years.
-> Tulips? Out of scope
B. No new export markets have opened up in the last few years for the export of Hopland roses.
-> Strengthen. It said markets have expanded.
Large market = earning more $
C It is generally very difficult to predict the actual demand of roses in the international market in a given year.
-> Nothing. Although it sounds good, it cannot give us any information
D. For the first time in nearly a decade, Roseland, the largest exporter of roses in the international market, suffered an unexpected infestation on its rose plantations last year.
-> Correct. If this is true, the reason why Hopland could export
more rose is reduction of Roseland's exportation.
It means that we cannot assure that the future Rose export would
be increased.
E.
In a recently published paper on the cosmetic benefits of flowers, scientists have claimed that jasmine flowers have significantly more cosmetic benefits than roses.
-> cosmetic? Out of scope

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