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10-14 - GMAT plus Critical Reasoning CRITICAL REASONING...

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GMAT plus Critical Reasoning CRITICAL REASONING TEST SECTION 10 30 Minutes 20 Questions 1. In 1985 in the country of Alissia, farmers brought to market a broccoli crop that was one-and-a-half times as large as the 1985 broccoli crop in its neigh- bor country, Barbera. Yet total quantities of broccoli available for sale to consumers in Alissia were smaller than were total quantities in Barbera in 1985. Which of the following, if true in 1985, contributes most to an explanation of why there was less broc- coli available for sale to consumers in Alissia than in Barbera? (A) Barbera's farmers produced much more cabbage than did Alissia's farmers. (B)Barbera's farmers produced fewer heads of broccoli per acre than did Alissia's farmers. (C) Alissia exported a much higher proportion of its broccoli crop than did Barbera. (D) Broccoli was much more popular among consumers in Alissia than in Barbera. (E) Alissia had more land suitable for growing broccoli than did Barbera. 2. A manufacturer of men's dress socks sought to increase profits by increasing sales. The size of its customer pool was remaining steady, with the aver- age customer buying twelve pairs of dress socks per year. The company's plan was to increase the number of promotional discount-sale periods to one every six months. Which of the following, if it is a realistic possibility, casts the most serious doubt on the viability of the company's plan? 91
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GMAT plus Critical Reasoning 3. Previous studies have indicated that eating chocolate increases the likelihood of getting heart disease. However, a new, more reliable study has indicated that eating chocolate does not increase the likeli- hood of getting heart disease. When the results of the new study become known, consumption of chocolate will undoubtedly increase. Which of the following is an assumption on which the conclusion above is based?
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