Gmat Official Guide 10th Edition ( CRITICAL REASONING )

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CRITICAL REASONING
1. Which of the following best completes the passage below?
In a survey of job applicants, two-fifths admitted to being at least a little dishonest. However, the survey may
underestimate the proportion of job applicants who are dishonest, because____.
A. some dishonest people taking the survey might have claimed on the survey to be honest
B. some generally honest people taking the survey might have claimed on the survey to be dishonest
C. some people who claimed on the survey to be at least a little dishonest may be very dishonest
D. some people who claimed on the survey to be dishonest may have been answering honestly
E. some people who are not job applicants are probably at least a little dishonest
2. The average life expectancy for the United States population as a whole is 73.9 years, but children born in
Hawaii will live an average of 77 years, and those born in Louisiana, 71.7 years. If a newlywed couple from
Louisiana were to begin their family in Hawaii, therefore, their children would be expected to live longer than
would be the case if the family remained in Louisiana.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion drawn in the passage?
A. Insurance company statisticians do not believe that moving to Hawaii will significantly lengthen the average
Louisianan’s life.
B. The governor of Louisiana has falsely alleged that statistics for his state are inaccurate.
C. The longevity ascribed to Hawaii’s current population is attributable mostly to genetically determined factors.
D. Thirty percent of all Louisianans can expect to live longer than 77 years.
E. Most of the Hawaiian Islands have levels of air pollution well below the national average for the United
States.
3. The average life expectancy for the United States population as a whole is 73.9 years, but children born in
Hawaii will live an average of 77 years, and those born in Louisiana, 71.7 years. If a newlywed couple from
Louisiana were to begin their family in Hawaii, therefore, their children would be expected to live longer than
would be the case if the family remained in Louisiana.
Which of the following statements, if true, would most significantly strengthen the conclusion drawn in the
passage?
A. As population density increases in Hawaii, life expectancy figures for that state are likely to be revised
downward.
B. Environmental factors tending to favor longevity are abundant in Hawaii and less numerous in Louisiana.
C. Twenty-five percent of all Louisianans who move to Hawaii live longer than 77 years.
D. Over the last decade, average life expectancy has risen at a higher rate for Louisianans than for Hawaiians.
E. Studies show that the average life expectancy for Hawaiians who move permanently to Louisiana is roughly
equal to that of Hawaiians who remain in Hawaii.
4. Insurance Company X is considering issuing a new policy to cover services required by elderly people who
suffer from diseases that afflict the elderly. Premiums for the policy must be low enough to attract customers.
Therefore, Company X is concerned that the income from the policies would not be sufficient to pay for the
claims that would be made.
Which of the following strategies would be most likely to minimize Company X’s losses on the policies?
A. Attracting middle-aged customers unlikely to submit claims for benefits for many years.
B. Insuring only those individuals who did not suffer any serious diseases as children
C. Including a greater number of services in the policy than are included in other policies of lower cost
D. Insuring only those individuals who were rejected by other companies for similar policies
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E. Insuring only those individuals who are wealthy enough to pay for the medical services
5. A program instituted in a particular state allows parents to prepay their children’s future college tuition at
current rates. The program then pays the tuition annually for the child at any of the state’s public colleges in
which the child enrolls. Parents should participate in the program as a means of decreasing the cost for their
children’s college education.
Which of the following, if true, is the most appropriate reason for parents NOT to participate in the program?
A. the parents are unsure about which public college in the state the child will attend.
B. The amount of money accumulated by putting the prepayment funds in an interest-bearing account today
will be greater than the total cost of tuition for any of the public colleges when the child enrolls.
C. The annual cost of tuition at the state’s public colleges is expected to increase at a faster rate than the
annual increase in the cost of living.
D. Some of the state’s public colleges are contemplating large increases in tuition next year.
E. The prepayment plan would not cover the cost of room and board at any of the state’s public colleges.
6. Company Alpha buys free-travel coupons from people who are awarded the coupons by Bravo Airlines for
flying frequently on Bravo airplanes. The coupons are sold to people who pay les for the coupons than they
would pay by purchasing tickets from Bravo. This making of coupons results in lost revenue for Bravo.
To discourage the buying and selling of free-travel coupons, it would be best for Bravo Airlines to restrict the
A. number of coupons that a person can be awarded in a particular year
B. use of the coupons to those who were awarded the coupons and members of their immediate families
C. days that the coupons can be used to Monday through Friday
D. amount of time that the coupons can be used after they are issued
E. number of routes on which travelers can use the coupons
7. The ice on the front windshield of the car had formed when moisture condensed during the night. The ice
melted quickly after the car was warmed up the next morning because the defrosting vent, which blows on the
front windshield, was turned on full force.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously jeopardizes the validity of the explanation for the speed with which
the ice melted?
A. The side windows had no ice condensation on them
B. Even though no attempt was made to defrost the back window, the ice there melted at the same rate as did
the ice on the front windshield.
C. The speed at which ice on a window melts increases as the temperature of the air blown on the window
increases
D. The warm air from the defrosting vent for the front windshield cools rapidly as it dissipates throughout the
rest of the car.
E. The defrosting vent operates efficiently even when the heater, which blows warm air toward the feet or faces
of the driver and passengers, is on.
8. To prevent some conflicts of interest, Congress could prohibit high-level government officials from accepting
positions as lobbyists for three years after such officials leave government service. One such official concluded,
however, that such a prohibition would be unfortunate because it would prevent high-level government officials
from earning a livelihood for three years.
The official’s conclusion logically depends on which of the following assumptions?
A. Laws should not restrict the behavior of former government officials.
B. Lobbyists are typically people who have previously been high-level government officials.
C. Low-level government officials do not often become lobbyists when they leave government service.
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D. High-level government officials who leave government service are capable of earning a livelihood only as
lobbyists.
E. High-level government officials who leave government service are currently permitted to act as lobbyists for
only three years.
9. A conservation group in the United States is trying to change the long-standing image of bats as frightening
creatures. The group contends that bats are feared and persecuted solely because they are shy animals that are
active only at night.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the accuracy of the group’s contention?
A. Bats are steadily losing natural roosting places such as caves and hollow trees and are thus turning to more
developed areas for roosting.
B. Bats are the chief consumers of nocturnal insects and thus can help make their hunting territory more
pleasant for humans.
C. Bats are regarded as frightening creatures not only in the United States but also in Europe, Africa, and South
America.
D. Raccoons and owls are shy and active only at night; yet they are not generally feared and persecuted.
E. People know more about the behavior of other greatly feared animal species, such as lions, alligators, and
greatly feared animal species, such as lions, alligators, and snakes, than they do about the behavior of bats.
10. Meteorite explosions in the Earth’s atmosphere as large as the one that destroyed forests in Siberia, with
approximately the force of a twelve-megaton nuclear blast, occur about once a century.
The response of highly automated systems controlled by complex computer programs to unexpected
circumstances is unpredictable.
Which of the following conclusions can most properly be drawn, if the statements above are true, about a highly
automated nuclear-missile defense system controlled by a complex computer program?
A. Within a century after its construction, the system would react inappropriately and might accidentally start a
nuclear war.
B. The system would be destroyed if an explosion of a large meteorite occurred in the Earth’s atmosphere.
C. It would be impossible for the system to distinguish the explosion of a large meteorite from the explosion of a
nuclear weapon.
D. Whether the system would respond inappropriately to the explosion of a large meteorite would depend on
the location of the blast.
E. It is not certain what the system’s response to the explosion of a large meteorite would be, if its designers
did not plan for such a contingency.
11. The fewer restrictions there are on the advertising of legal services, the more lawyers there are who
advertise their services, and the lawyers who advertise a specific service usually charge less for that service
than lawyers who do not advertise. Therefore, if the state removes any of its current restrictions, such as the one
against advertisements that do not specify fee arrangements, overall consumer legal costs will be lower than if
the state retains its current restrictions.
If the statements in the passage are true, which of the following must be true?
A. Some lawyers who now advertise will charge more for specific services if they do not have to specify fee
arrangements in the advertisements.
B. More consumers will use legal services if there are fewer restrictions on the advertising of legal service.
C. If the restriction against advertisements that do not specify fee arrangements is removed, more lawyers will
advertise their services.
D. If more lawyers advertise lower prices for specific services, some lawyers who do not advertise will also
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charge less than they currently charge for those services.
E. If the only restrictions on the advertising of legal services were those that apply to every type of advertising,
most lawyers would advertise their services.
12. The fewer restrictions there are on the advertising of legal services, the more lawyers there are who
advertise their services, and the lawyers who advertise a specific service usually charge less for that service
than lawyers who do not advertise. Therefore, if the state removes any of its current restrictions, such as the one
against advertisements that do not specify fee arrangements, overall consumer legal costs will be lower than if
the state retains its current restrictions.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument concerning overall consumer legal
costs?
A. The state has recently removed some other restrictions that had limited the advertising of legal services.
B. The state is unlikely to remove all of the restrictions that apply solely to the advertising of legal services.
C. Lawyers who do not advertise generally provide legal services of the same quality as those provided by
lawyers who do advertise.
D. Most lawyers who now specify fee arrangements in their advertisements would continue to do so even if the
specification were not required.
E. Most lawyers who advertise specific services do not lower their fees for those services when they begin to
advertise.
13. Defense Department analysts worry that the ability of the United States to wage a prolonged war would be
seriously endangered if the machine-tool manufacturing base shrinks further. Before the Defense Department
publicly connected this security issue with the import quota issue, however, the machine-tool industry raised the
national security issue in its petition for import quotas.
Which of the following, if true, contributes most to an explanation of the machine-tool industry’s raising the issue
above regarding national security?
A. When the aircraft industries retooled, they provided a large amount of work for too builders.
B. The Defense Department is only marginally concerned with the effects of foreign competition on the
machine-tool industry.
C. The machine-tool industry encountered difficulty in obtaining governmental protection against imports on
grounds other than defense.
D. A few weapons important for defense consist of parts that do not require extensive machining.
E. Several federal government programs have been designed which will enable domestic machine-tool
manufacturing firms to compete successfully with foreign toolmakers.
14. Opponents of laws that require automobile drivers and passengers to wear seat belts argue that in a free
society people have the right to take risks as long as the people do not harm other as a result of taking the risks.
As a result, they conclude that it should be each person’s decision whether or not to wear a seat belt.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion drawn above?
A. Many new cars are built with seat belts that automatically fasten when someone sits in the front seat.
B. Automobile insurance rates for all automobile owners are higher because of the need to pay for the
increased injuries or deaths of people not wearing seat belts.
C. Passengers in airplanes are required to wear seat belts during takeoffs and landings.
D. The rate of automobile fatalities in states that do not have mandatory seat belt laws is greater than the rate
of fatalities in states that do have such laws.
E. In automobile accidents, a greater number of passengers who do not wear seat belts are injured than are
passengers who do wear seat belts.
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15. The cost of producing radios in Country Q is ten percent less than the cost of producing radios in Country Y.
even after transportation fees and tariff charges are added, it is still cheaper for a company to import radios from
Country Q to Country Y than to produce radios in Country Y.
The statements above, if true, best support which of the following assertions?
A. labor costs in Country Q are ten percent below those in Country Y.
B. importing radios from Country Q to Country Y will eliminate ten percent of the manufacturing jobs in Country
Y.
C. the tariff on a radio imported from Country Q to Country Y is less than ten percent of the cost of
manufacturing the radio in Country Y.
D. the fee for transporting a radio from Country Q to Country Y is more than ten percent of the cost of
manufacturing the radio in Country Q.
E. it takes ten percent less time to manufacture a radios in Country Q than it does in Country Y.
16. During the Second World War, about 375,000 civilians died in the United States and about 408,000 members
of the United States armed forces died overseas. On the basis the those figures, it can be concluded that it was
not much more dangerous to be overseas in the armed forces during the Second World War than it was to stay
at home as a civilian.
Which of the following would reveal most clearly the absurdity of the conclusion drawn above?
A. Counting deaths among members of the armed forces who served in the United State in addition to deaths
among members of the armed forces serving overseas
B. Expressing the difference between the numbers of deaths among civilians and members of the armed
forces as a percentage of the total number of deaths
C. Separating deaths caused by accidents during service in the armed forces from deaths caused by combat
injuries
D. Comparing death rates per thousand members of each group rather than comparing total numbers of deaths
E. Comparing deaths caused by accidents in the United States to deaths caused by combat in the armed
forces
17. Toughened hiring standards have not been the primary cause of the present staffing shortage in public
schools. The shortage of teachers is primarily caused by the fact that in recent years teachers have not
experienced any improvements in working conditions and their salaries have not kept pace with salaries in other
professions.
Which of the following, if true, would most support the claims above?
A. Many teachers already in the profession would not have been hired under the new hiring standards.
B. Today more teachers are entering the profession with a higher educational level than in the past.
C. Some teachers have cited higher standards for hiring as a reason for the current staffing shortage.
D. Many teachers have cited low pay and lack of professional freedom as reasons for their leaving the
profession.
E. Many prospective teachers have cited the new hiring standards as a reason for not entering the profession.
18. A proposed ordinance requires the installation in new homes of sprinklers automatically triggered by the
presence of a fire. However, a home builder argued that because more than ninety percent of residential fires
are extinguished by a household member, residential sprinklers would only marginally decrease property
damage caused by residential fires.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the home builder’s argument?
A. most individuals have no formal training in how to extinguish fires.
B. Since new homes are only a tiny percentage of available housing in the city, the new ordinance would be
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extremely narrow in scope.
C. The installation of smoke detectors in new residences costs significantly less than the installation of
sprinklers.
D. In the city where the ordinance was proposed, the average time required by the fire department to respond
to a fire was less than the national average.
E. The largest proportion of property damage that results from residential fires is caused by fires that start
when no household member is present.
19. Even though most universities retain the royalties from faculty members’ inventions, the faculty members
retain the royalties from books and articles they write. Therefore, faculty members should retain the royalties
from the educational computer software they develop.
The conclusion above would be more reasonably drawn if which of the following were inserted into the argument
as an additional premise?
A. Royalties from inventions are higher than royalties from educational software programs.
B. Faculty members are more likely to produce educational software programs than inventions.
C. Inventions bring more prestige to universities that do books and articles.
D. In the experience of most universities, educational software programs are more marketable that are books
and articles.
E. In terms of the criteria used to award royalties, educational software programs are more nearly comparable
to books and articles than to inventions.
20. Increase in the level
of
high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in the human bloodstream lower
bloodstream-cholesterol levels by increasing the body’s capacity to rid itself of excess cholesterol. Levels of HDL
in the bloodstream of some individuals are significantly increased by a program of regular exercise and weight
reduction.
Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?
A. Individuals who are underweight do not run any risk of developing high levels of cholesterol in the
bloodstream.
B. Individuals who do not exercise regularly have a high risk of developing high levels of cholesterol in the
bloodstream late in life.
C. Exercise and weight reduction are the most effective methods of lowering bloodstream cholesterol levels in
humans.
D. A program of regular exercise and weight reduction lowers cholesterol levels in the bloodstream of some
individuals.
E. Only regular exercise is necessary to decrease cholesterol levels in the bloodstream of individuals of
average weight.
21. When limitations were in effect on nuclear-arms testing, people tended to save more of their money, but
when nuclear-arms testing increased, people tended to spend more of their money. The perceived threat of
nuclear catastrophe, therefore, decreases the willingness of people to postpone consumption for the sake of
saving money.
The argument above assumes that
A. the perceived threat of nuclear catastrophe has increased over the years.
B. most people supported the development of nuclear arms
C. people’s perception of the threat of nuclear catastrophe depends on the amount of nuclear-arms testing
being done
D. the people who saved the most money when nuclear-arms testing was limited were the ones who supported
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such limitations
E. there are more consumer goods available when nuclear-arms testing increases
22. Which of the following best completes the passage below?
People buy prestige when they buy a premium product. They want to be associated with something special.
Mass-marketing techniques and price-reduction strategies should not be used because____.
A. affluent purchasers currently represent a shrinking portion of the population of all purchasers
B. continued sales depend directly on the maintenance of an aura of exclusivity
C. purchasers of premium products are concerned with the quality as well as with the price of the products
D. expansion of the market niche to include a broader spectrum of consumers will increase profits
E. manufacturing a premium brand is not necessarily more costly than manufacturing a standard brand of the
same product
23. A cost-effective solution to the problem of airport congestion is to provide high-speed ground transportation
between major cities lying 200 to 500 miles apart. The successful implementation of this plan would cost far less
than expanding existing airports and would also reduce the number of airplanes clogging both airports and
airways.
Which of the following, if true, could be proponents of the plan above most appropriately cite as a piece of
evidence for the soundness of their plan?
A. An effective high-speed ground-transportation system would require major repairs to many highways and
mass-transit improvements.
B. One-half of all departing flights in the nation’s busiest airport head for a destination in a major city 225 miles
away.
C. The majority of travelers departing from rural airports are flying to destinations in cities over 600 miles away.
D. Many new airports are being built in areas that are presently served by high-speed ground-transportation
systems.
E. A large proportion of air travelers are vacationers who are taking long-distance flights.
24. If there is an oil-supply disruption resulting in higher international oil prices, domestic oil prices in
open-market countries such as the United States will rise as well, whether such countries import all or none of
their oil.
If the statement in the passage concerning oil-supply disruptions is true, which of the following policies in an
open-market nation is most likely to reduce the long-term economic impact on that nation of sharp and
unexpected increases in international oil prices?
A. Maintaining the quantity of oil imported at constant yearly levels
B. Increasing the number of oil tankers in its fleet
C. Suspending diplomatic relations with major oil-producing nations
D. Decreasing oil consumption through conservation
E. Decreasing domestic production of oil
25. If there is an oil-supply disruption resulting in higher international oil prices, domestic oil prices in
open-market countries such as the United States will rise as well, whether such countries import all or none of
their oil.
Which of the following conclusions is best supported by the statement in the passage?
A. Domestic producers of oil in open-market countries are excluded from the international oil market when
there is a disruption in the international oil supply.
B. International oil-supply disruptions have little, if any, effect on the price of domestic oil as long as an
open-market country has domestic supplies capable of meeting domestic demand.
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C. The oil market in an open-market country is actually part of the international oil market, even if most of that
country’s domestic oil is usually sold to consumers within its borders.
D. Open-market countries that export little or none of their oil can maintain stable domestic oil prices even
when international oil prices rise sharply.
E. If international oil prices rise, domestic distributors of oil in open-market countries will begin to import more
oil than they export.
26. The average normal infant born in the United States weighs between twelve and fourteen pounds at the age
of three months. Therefore, if a three-month-old child weighs only ten pounds, its weight gain has been below
the United States average.
Which of the following indicates a flaw in the reasoning above?
A. Weight is only one measure of normal infant development.
B. Some three-month-old children weigh as much as seventeen pounds.
C. It is possible for a normal child to weigh ten pounds at birth.
D. The phrase “below average” does not necessarily mean insufficient.
E. Average weight gain is not the same as average weight.
27. Red blood cells in which the malarial-fever parasite resides are eliminated from a person’s body after 120
days. Because the parasite cannot travel to a new generation of red blood cells, any fever that develops in a
person more than 120 days after that person has moved to a malaria-free region is not due to the malarial
parasite.
Which is the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?
A. The fever caused by the malarial parasite may resemble the fever caused by flu viruses.
B. The anopheles mosquito, which is the principal insect carrier of the malarial parasite, has been eradicated in
many parts of the world.
C. Many malarial symptoms other than the fever, which can be suppressed with anti-malarial medication, can
reappear within 120 days after the medication is discontinued.
D. In some cases, the parasite that causes malarial fever travels to cells of the spleen, which are less
frequently eliminated from a person’s body than are red blood cells.
E. In any region infested with malaria-carrying mosquitoes, there are individuals who appear to be immune to
malaria.
28. Fact 1: Television advertising is becoming less effective: the proportion of brand names promoted on
television that viewers of the advertising can recall is slowly decreasing.
Fact 2: Television viewers recall commercials aired first or last in a cluster of consecutive commercials far better
than they recall commercials aired somewhere in the middle.
Fact 2 would be most likely to contribute to an explanation of fact 1 if which of the following were also true?
A. The average television viewer currently recalls fewer than half the brand names promoted in commercials
he or she saw.
B. The total time allotted to the average cluster of consecutive television commercials is decreasing.
C. The average number of hours per day that people spend watching television is decreasing.
D. The average number of clusters of consecutive commercials per hour of television is increasing.
E. The average number of television commercials in a cluster of consecutive commercials is increasing.
29. The number of people diagnosed as having a certain intestinal disease has dropped significantly in a rural
county this year, as compared to last year. Health officials attribute this decrease entirely to improved sanitary
conditions at water-treatment plants, which made for cleaner water this year and thus reduced the incidence of
the disease.
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Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the health officials’ explanation for the lower
incidence of the disease?
A. Many new water-treatment plants have been built in the last five years in the rural county.
B. Bottled spring water has not been consumed in significantly different quantities by people diagnosed as
having the intestinal disease, as compared to people who did not contract the disease.
C. Because of a new diagnostic technique, many people who until this year would have been diagnosed as
having the intestinal disease are now correctly diagnosed as suffering from intestinal ulcers.
D. Because of medical advances this year, far fewer people who contract the intestinal disease will develop
severe cases of the disease.
E. The water in the rural county was brought up to the sanitary standards of the water in neighboring counties
ten years ago.
30. The price the government pays for standard weapons purchased from military contractors is determined by a
pricing method called “historical costing.” Historical costing allows contractors to protect their profits by adding a
percentage increase, based on the current rate of inflation, to the previous year’s contractual price.
Which of the following statements, if true, is the best basis for a criticism of historical costing as an economically
sound pricing method for military contracts?
A. The government might continue to pay for past inefficient use of funds.
B. The rate of inflation has varied considerably over the past twenty years.
C. The contractual price will be greatly affected by the cost of materials used for the products.
D. Many taxpayers question the amount of money the government spends on military contracts.
E. The pricing method based on historical costing might not encourage the development of innovative
weapons.
31. Some who favor putting governmental enterprises into private hands suggest that conservation objectives
would in general be better served if private environmental groups were put in charge of operating and financing
the national park system, which is now run by the government.
Which of the following, assuming that it is a realistic possibility, argues most strongly against the suggestion
above?
A. Those seeking to abolish all restrictions on exploiting the natural resources of the parks might join the
private environmental groups as members and eventually take over their leadership.
B. Private environmental groups might not always agree on the best ways to achieve conservation objectives.
C. If they wished to extend the park system, the private environmental groups might have to seek contributions
from major donors and general public.
D. There might be competition among private environmental groups for control of certain park areas.
E. Some endangered species, such as the California condor, might die out despite the best efforts of the
private environmental groups, even if those groups are not hampered by insufficient resources.
32. A recent spate of launching and operating mishaps with television satellites led to a corresponding surge in
claims against companies underwriting satellite insurance. As a result, insurance premiums shot up, making
satellites more expensive to launch and operate. This, in turn, has added to the pressure to squeeze more
performance out of currently operating satellites.
Which of the following, if true, taken together with the information above, best supports the conclusion that the
cost of television satellites will continue to increase?
A. Since the risk to insurers of satellites is spread over relatively few units, insurance premiums are necessarily
very high.
B. When satellites reach orbit and then fail, the causes of failure are generally impossible to pinpoint with
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confidence.
C. The greater the performance demands placed on satellites, the more frequently those satellites break down.
D. Most satellites are produced in such small numbers that no economies of scale can be realized.
E. Since many satellites are built by unwieldy international consortia, inefficiencies are inevitable.
33. Rural households have more purchasing power than do urban or suburban households at the same income
level, since some of the income urban and suburban households use for food and shelter can be used by rural
households for other needs.
Which of the following inferences is best supported by the statement made above?
A. The average rural household includes more people than does the average urban or suburban household.
B. Rural households have lower food and housing costs than do either urban or suburban households.
C. Suburban households generally have more purchasing power than do either rural or urban households.
D. The median income of urban and suburban households is generally higher than that of rural households.
E. All three types of households spend more of their income on food and housing than on all other purchases
combined.
34. In 1985 state border colleges in Texas lost the enrollment of more than half, on average, of the Mexican
nationals they had previously served each year. Teaching faculties have alleged that this extreme drop resulted
from a rise in tuition for international and out-of-state students from $ 40 to $ 120 per credit hour.
Which of the following, if feasible, offers the best prospects for alleviating the problem of the drop in enrollment
of Mexican nationals as the teaching faculties assessed it?
A. Providing grants-in-aid to Mexican nationals to study in Mexican universities.
B. Allowing Mexican nationals to study in Texas border colleges and to pay in-state tuition rates, which are the
same as the previous international rate
C. Reemphasizing the goals and mission of the Texas state border colleges as serving both in-state students
and Mexican nationals
D. Increasing the financial resources of Texas colleges by raising the tuition for in-state students attending state
institutions
E. Offering career counseling for those Mexican nationals who graduate from state border colleges and intend
to return to Mexico
35. Affirmative action is good business. So asserted the National Association of Manufacturers while urging
retention of an executive order requiring some federal contractors to set numerical goals for hiring minorities and
women. “Diversity in work force participation has produced new ideas in management, product development,
and marketing,” the association claimed.
The association’s argument as it is presented in the passage above would be most strengthened if which of the
following were true?
A. The percentage of minority and women workers in business has increased more slowly than many minority
and women’s groups would prefer.
B. Those businesses with the highest percentages of minority and women workers are those that have been
the most innovative and profitable.
C. Disposable income has been rising as fast among minorities and women as among the population as a
whole.
D. The biggest growth in sales in the manufacturing sector has come in industries that market the most
innovative products.
E. Recent improvements in management practices have allowed many manufacturers to experience enormous
gains in worker productivity.
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36. If the airspace around centrally located airports were restricted to commercial airliners and only those private
planes equipped with radar, most of the private-plane traffic would be forced to sue outlying airfields. Such a
reduction in the amount of private-plane traffic would reduce the risk of midair collision around the centrally
located airports.
The conclusion draw in the first sentence depends on which of the following assumptions?
A. Outlying airfields would be as convenient as centrally located airports for most pilots of private planes.
B. Most outlying airfields are not equipped to handle commercial-airline traffic.
C. Most private planes that use centrally located airports are not equipped with radar.
D. Commercial airliners are at greater risk of becoming involved in midair collisions than are private planes.
E. A reduction in the risk of midair collision would eventually lead to increases in commercial-airline traffic.
37. If the airspace around centrally located airports were restricted to commercial airliners and only those private
planes equipped with radar, most of the private-plane traffic would be forced to sue outlying airfields. Such a
reduction in the amount of private-plane traffic would reduce the risk of midair collision around the centrally
located airports.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion drawn in the second sentence?
A. Commercial airliners are already required by law to be equipped with extremely sophisticated radar
systems.
B. Centrally located airports are experiencing overcrowded airspace primarily because f sharp increases in
commercial-airline traffic.
C. Many pilots of private planes would rather buy radar equipment than be excluded from centrally located
airports.
D. The number of midair collisions that occur near centrally located airports has decreased in recent years.
E. Private planes not equipped with radar systems cause a disproportionately large number of midair collisions
around centrally located airports.
38. Which of the following best completes the passage below?
Established companies concentrate on defending what they already have. Consequently, they tend not to be
innovative themselves and tend to underestimate the effects of the innovations of others. The clearest example
of this defensive strategy is the fact that___.
A. ballpoint pens and soft-tip markers have eliminated the traditional market for fountain pens, clearing the way
for the marketing of fountain pens as luxury or prestige items
B. a highly successful automobile was introduced by the same company that had earlier introduced a model
that had been a dismal failure
C. a once-successful manufacturer of slide rules reacted to the introduction of electronic calculators by trying to
make better slide rules
D. one of the first models of modern accounting machines, designed for use in the banking industry, was
purchased by a public library as well as by banks
E. the inventor of a commonly used anesthetic did not intend the product to be used by dentists, who currently
account for almost the entire market for that drug.
39. Most archaeologists have held that people first reached the Americas less than 20,000 years ago by
crossing a land bridge into North America. But recent discoveries of human shelters in South America dating
from 32,000 years ago have led researchers to speculate that people arrived in South America first, after
voyaging across the Pacific, and then spread northward.
Which of the following, if it were discovered, would be pertinent evidence against the speculation above?
A. A rock shelter near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, contains evidence of use by human beings 19,000 years ago.
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B. Some North American sites of human habitation predate any sites found in South America.
C. The climate is warmer at the 32,000-year-old South American site than at the oldest known North American
site.
D. The site in South America that was occupied 32,000 years ago was continuously occupied until 6,000 years
ago.
E. The last Ice Age, between 11,500 and 20,000 years ago, considerably lowered worldwide sea levels.
40. In Asia, where palm trees are non-native, the trees’ flowers have traditionally been pollinated by hand, which
has kept palm fruit productivity unnaturally low. When weevils known to be efficient pollinators of palm flowers
were introduced into Asia in 1980, palm fruit productivity increased-by up to fifty percent in some areas-but then
decreased sharply in 1984.
Which of the following statements, if true, would best explain the 1984 decrease in productivity?
A. Prices for palm fruit fell between 1980 and 1984 following the rise in production and a concurrent fall in
demand.
B. Imported trees are often more productive than native trees because the imported ones have left behind their
pests and diseases in their native lands.
C. Rapid increases in productivity tend to deplete trees of nutrients needed for the development of the
fruit-producing female flowers.
D. The weevil population in Asia remained at approximately the same level between 1980 and 1984.
E. Prior to 1980 another species of insect pollinated the Asian palm trees, but not as efficiently as the species
of weevil that was introduced in 1980.
41. Since the mayor’s publicity campaign for Greenville’s bus service began six months ago, morning
automobile traffic into the midtown area of the city has decreased seven percent. During the same period, there
has been an equivalent rise in the number of persons riding buses into the midtown area. Obviously, the mayor’s
publicity campaign has convinced many people to leave their cars at home and ride the bus to work.
Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the conclusion drawn above?
A. Fares for all bus routes in Greenville have risen an average of five percent during the past six months.
B. The mayor of Greenville rides the bus to City Hall in the city’s midtown area.
C. Road reconstruction has greatly reduced the number of lanes available to commuters in major streets
leading to the midtown area during the past six months.
D. The number of buses entering the midtown area of Greenville during the morning hours is exactly the same
now as it was one year ago.
E. Surveys show that longtime bus riders are no more satisfied with the Greenville bus service than they were
before the mayor’s publicity campaign began.
42. In the aftermath of a worldwide stock-market crash, Country T claimed that the severity of the stock-market
crash it experienced resulted from the accelerated process of denationalization many of its industries underwent
shortly before the crash.
Which of the following, if it could be carried out, would be most useful in an evaluation of Country T’s
assessment of the causes of the severity of its stock-market crash?
A. calculating the average loss experienced by individual traders in Country T during the crash
B. using economic theory to predict the most likely date of the next crash in Country T
C. comparing the total number of shares sold during the worst days of the crash in Country T to the total
number of shares sold in Country T just prior to the crash
D. comparing the severity of the crash in Country T to the severity of the crash in countries otherwise
economically similar to Country T that have not experienced recent denationalization
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E. comparing the long-term effects of the crash on the purchasing power of the currency of Country T to the
immediate, more severe short-term effects of the crash on the purchasing power of the currency of Country
T
43. With the emergence of biotechnology companies, it was feared that they would impose silence about
proprietary results on their in–house researchers and their academic consultants. This constraint, in turn, would
slow the development of biological science and engineering.
Which of the following, if true, would tend to weaken most seriously the prediction of scientific secrecy described
above?
A. Biotechnological research funded by industry has reached some conclusions that are of major scientific
importance.
B. When the results of scientific research are kept secret, independent researchers are unable to build on
those results.
C. Since the research priorities of biotechnology companies are not the same as those of academic institutions,
the financial support of research by such companies distorts the research agenda.
D. To enhance the companies’ standing in the scientific community, the biotechnology companies encourage
employees to publish their results, especially results that are important.
E. Biotechnology companies devote some of their research resources to problems that are of fundamental
scientific importance and that are not expected to produce immediate practical applications.
44. Some people have questioned the judge’s objectivity in cases of sex discrimination against women. But the
record shows that in sixty percent of such cases, the judge has decided in favor of the women. This record
demonstrates that the judge has not discriminated against women in cases of sex discrimination against women.
The argument above is flawed in that it ignores the possibility that
A. a large number of the judge’s cases arose out of allegations of sex discrimination against women
B. many judges find it difficult to be objective in cases of sex discrimination against women
C. the judge is biased against women defendants or plaintiffs in cases that do not involve sex discrimination
D. the majority of the cases of sex discrimination against women that have reached the judge’s court have
been appealed from a lower court
E. the evidence shows that the women should have won in more than sixty percent of the judge’s cases
involving sex discrimination against women
45. The tobacco industry is still profitable and projections are that it will remain so. In the United States this year,
the total amount of tobacco sold by tobacco-farmers has increased, even though the number of adults who
smoke has decreased.
Each of the following, if true, could explain the simultaneous increase in tobacco sales and decrease in the
number of adults who smoke EXCEPT:
A. During this year, the number of women who have begun to smoke is greater than the number of men who
have quit smoking
B. The number of teen-age children who have begun to smoke this year is greater than the number of adults
who have quit smoking during the same period
C. During this year, the number of nonsmokers who have begun to use chewing tobacco or snuff is greater than
the number of people who have quit smoking
D. The people who have continued to smoke consume more tobacco per person than they did in the past
E. More of the cigarettes made in the United States this year were exported to other countries than was the
case last year.
46. Kale has more nutritional value than spinach. But since collard greens have more nutritional value than
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lettuce, if follows that kale has more nutritional value than lettuce.
Any of the following, if introduced into the argument as an additional premise, makes the argument above
logically correct EXCEPT:
A. Collard greens have more nutritional value than kale
B. Spinach has more nutritional value than lettuce
C. Spinach has more nutritional value than collard greens
D. Spinach and collard greens have the same nutritional value
E. Kale and collard greens have the same nutritional value
47. On the basis of a decrease in the college-age population, many colleges now anticipate increasingly smaller
freshman classes each year. Surprised by a 40 percent increase in qualified applicants over the previous year,
however, administrators at Nice College now plan to hire more faculties for courses taken by all freshmen.
Which of the following statements about Nice College’s current qualified applicants, if true, would strongly
suggest that the administrators’ plan is flawed?
A. A substantially higher percentage than usual plan to study for advanced degrees after graduation from
college.
B. According to their applications, their level of participation in extracurricular activities and varsity sports is
unusually high.
C. According to their applications, none of them lives in a foreign country.
D. A substantially lower percentage than usual rate Nice College as their first choice among the colleges to
which they are applying
E. A substantially lower percentage than usual list mathematics as their intended major.
48. A researcher discovered that people who have low levels of immune-system activity tend to score much
lower on tests of mental health than do people with normal or high immune-system activity. The researcher
concluded from this experiment that the immune system protects against mental illness as well as against
physical disease.
The researcher’s conclusion depends on which of the following assumptions?
A. High immune-system activity protects against mental illness better than normal immune-system activity
does.
B. Mental illness is similar to physical disease in its effects on body systems.
C. People with high immune-system activity cannot develop mental illness.
D. Mental illness does not cause people’s immune-system activity to decrease.
E. Psychological treatment of mental illness is not as effective as is medical treatment.
49. A milepost on the towpath read “21” on the side facing the hiker as she approached it and “23” on its back.
She reasoned that the next milepost forward on the path would indicate that she was halfway between one
end of the path and the other. However, the milepost one mile further on read “20” facing her and “24” behind.
Which of the following, if true, would explain the discrepancy described above?
(A) The numbers on the next milepost had been reversed.
(B) The numbers on the mileposts indicate kilometers, not miles.
(C) The facing numbers indicate miles to the end of the path, not miles from the beginning.
(D) A milepost was missing between the two the hiker encountered.
(E) The mileposts had originally been put in place for the use of mountain bikers, not for hikers.
50 Airline: Newly developed collision-avoidance systems, although not fully tested to discover potential
malfunctions, must be installed immediately in passenger planes. Their mechanical warnings enable pilots to
avoid crashes.
Pilots: Pilots will not fly in planes with collision-avoidance systems that are not fully tested. Malfunctioning
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systems could mislead pilots, causing crashes.
The pilots’ objection is most strengthened if which of the following is true?
(A) It is always possible for mechanical devices to malfunction.
(B) Jet engines, although not fully tested when first put into use, have achieved exemplary performance and
safety records.
(C) Although collision-avoidance systems will enable pilots to avoid some crashes, the likely malfunctions of
the not-fully-tested systems will cause even more crashes.
(D) Many airline collisions are caused in part by the exhaustion of overworked pilots.
(E) Collision-avoidance systems, at this stage of development, appear to have worked better in passenger
planes than in cargo planes during experimental flights made over a six-month period.
51. Guitar strings often go “dead”—become less responsive and bright in tone—after a few weeks of intense use.
A researcher whose son is a classical guitarist hypothesized that dirt and oil, rather than changes in the
material properties of the string, were responsible.
Which of the following investigations is most likely to yield significant information that would help to evaluate
the researcher’s hypothesis?
(A) Determining if a metal alloy is used to make the strings used by classical guitarists
(B) Determining whether classical guitarists make their strings go dead faster than do folk guitarists
(C) Determining whether identical lengths of string, of the same gauge, go dead at different rates when strung
on various brands of guitars.
(D) Determining whether a dead string and a new string produce different qualities of sound
(E) Determining whether smearing various substances on new guitar strings causes them to go dead
52. Most consumers do not get much use out of the sports equipment they purchase. For example, seventeen
percent of the adults in the United States own jogging shoes, but only forty-five percent of the owners jog more
than once a year, and only seventeen percent jog more than once a week.
Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the claim that most consumers get little use out of the
sports equipment they purchase?
(A) Joggers are most susceptible to sports injuries during the first six months in which they jog.
(B) Joggers often exaggerate the frequency with which they jog in surveys designed to elicit such information.
(C) Many consumers purchase jogging shoes for use in activities other than jogging.
(D) Consumers who take up jogging often purchase an athletic shoe that can be used in other sports.
(E) Joggers who jog more than once a week are often active participants in other sports as well.
53. Two decades after the Emerald River Dam was built, none of the eight fish species native to the Emerald
River was still reproducing adequately in the river below the dam. Since the dam reduced the annual range of
water temperature in the river below the dam from 50 degrees to 6 degrees, scientists have hypothesized that
sharply rising water temperatures must be involved in signaling the native species to begin the reproductive
cycle.
Which of the following statements, if true, would most strengthen the scientists’ hypothesis?
(A) The native fish species were still able to reproduce only in side streams of the river below the dam where the
annual temperature range remains approximately 50 degrees.
(B) Before the dam was built, the Emerald River annually overflowed its banks, creating backwaters that were
critical breeding areas for the native species of fish.
(C) The lowest recorded temperature of the Emerald River before the dam was built was 34 degrees, whereas
the lowest recorded temperature of the river after the dam was built has been 43 degrees.
(D)Nonnative species of fish, introduced into the Emerald River after the dam was built, have begun competing
with the declining native fish species for food and space.
(E) Five of the fish species native to the Emerald River are not native to any other river in North America.
54. It is true that it is against international law to sell plutonium to countries that do not yet have nuclear weapons.
But if United States companies do not do so, companies in other countries will.
Which of the following is most like the argument above in its logical structure?
(A) It is true that it is against the police department’s policy to negotiate with kidnappers. But if the police want
to prevent loss of life, they must negotiate in some cases.
(B) it is true that it is illegal to refuse to register for military service. But there is a long tradition in the United
States of conscientious objection to serving in the armed forces.
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(C) It is true that it is illegal for a government official to participate in a transaction in which there is an apparent
conflict of interest. But if the facts are examined carefully, it will clearly be seen that there was no actual conflict
of interest in the defendant’s case.
(D) It is true that it is against the law to burglarize people’s homes. But someone else certainly would have
burglarized that house if the defendant had not done so first.
(E) It is true that company policy forbids supervisors to fire employees without two written warnings. But there
have been many supervisors who have disobeyed this policy.
55. In recent years many cabinetmakers have been winning acclaim as artists. But since furniture must be useful,
cabinetmakers must exercise their craft with an eye to the practical utility of their product. For this reason,
cabinetmaking is not art.
Which of the following is an assumption that supports drawing the conclusion above from the reason given for
that conclusion?
(A) Some furniture is made to be placed in museums, where it will not be used by anyone.
(B) Some cabinetmakers are more concerned than others with the practical utility of the products they
produce.
(C) Cabinetmakers should be more concerned with the practical utility of their products than they currently are.
(D) An object is not an art object if its maker pays attention to the object’s practical utility.
(E) Artists are not concerned with the monetary value of their products.
56. Although custom prosthetic bone replacements produced through a new computer-aided design process will
cost more than twice as much as ordinary replacements, custom replacements should still be cost-effective.
Not only will surgery and recovery time be reduced, but custom replacements should last longer, thereby
reducing the need for further hospital stays.
Which of the following must be studied in order to evaluate the argument presented above?
(A) The amount of time a patient spends in surgery versus the amount of time spent recovering from surgery
(B) The amount by which the cost of producing custom replacements has declined with the introduction of the
new technique for producing them
(C)The degree to which the use of custom replacements is likely to reduce the need for repeat surgery when
compared with the use of ordinary replacements
(D) The degree to which custom replacements produced with the new technique are more carefully
manufactured than are ordinary replacements
(E) The amount by which custom replacements produced with the new technique will drop in cost as the
production procedures become standardized and applicable on a larger scale
57. Extinction is a process that can depend on a variety of ecological, geographical, and physiological variables.
These variables affect different species of organisms in different ways, and should, therefore, yield a random
pattern of extinctions. However, the fossil record shows that extinction occurs in a surprisingly definite pattern,
with many species vanishing at the same time.
Which of the following, if true, forms the best basis for at least a partial explanation of the patterned extinctions
revealed by the fossil record?
(A) Major episodes of extinction can result from widespread environmental disturbances that affect numerous
different species.
(B) Certain extinction episodes selectively affect organisms with particular sets of characteristics unique to
their species.
(C) Some species become extinct because of accumulated gradual changes in their local environments.
(D) In geologically recent times, for which there is no fossil record, human intervention has changed the
pattern of extinctions.
(E) Species that are widely dispersed are the least likely to become extinct.
58. Neither a rising standard of living nor balanced trade, by itself, establishes a country’s ability to compete in
the international marketplace. Both are required simultaneously since standards of living can rise because of
growing trade deficits and trade can be balanced by means of a decline in a country’s standard of living.
If the facts stated in the passage above are true, a proper test of a country’s ability to be competitive is its
ability to
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(A) balance its trade while its standard of living rises
(B) balance its trade while its standard of living falls
(C) increase trade deficits while its standard of living rises
(D) decrease trade deficits while its standard of living falls
(E) keep its standard of living constant while trade deficits rise.
59.Certain messenger molecules fight damage to the lungs from noxious air by telling the muscle cells encircling
the lungs’ airways to contract. This partially seals off the lungs. An asthma attack occurs when the
messenger molecules are activated unnecessarily, in response to harmless things like pollen or household
dust.
Which of the following, if true, points to the most serious flaw of a plan to develop a medication that would
prevent asthma attacks by blocking receipt of any messages sent by the messenger molecules referred to
above?
(A) Researchers do not yet know how the body produces the messenger molecules that trigger asthma
attacks.
(B) Researchers do not yet know what makes one person’s messenger molecules more easily activated than
another’s.
(C) Such a medication would not become available for several years, because of long lead times in both
development and manufacture.
(D) Such a medication would be unable to distinguish between messages triggered by pollen and household
dust and messages triggered by noxious air.
(E) Such a medication would be a preventative only and would be unable to alleviate an asthma attack once
it had started.
60. Since the routine use of antibiotics can give rise to resistant bacteria capable of surviving antibiotic
environments, the presence of resistant bacteria in people could be due to the human use of prescription
antibiotics. Some scientists, however, believe that most resistant bacteria in people derive from human
consumption of bacterially infected meat.
Which of the following statements, if true, would most significantly strengthen the hypothesis of the
scientists?
(A) Antibiotics are routinely included in livestock feed so that livestock producers can increase the rate of
growth of their animals.
(B) Most people who develop food poisoning from bacterially infected meat are treated with prescription
antibiotics.
(C) The incidence of resistant bacteria in people has tended to be much higher in urban areas than in rural
areas where meat is of comparable quality.
(D) People who have never taken prescription antibiotics are those least likely to develop resistant bacteria.
(E) Livestock producers claim that resistant bacteria in animals cannot be transmitted to people through
infected meat.
61. The recent decline in the value of the dollar was triggered by a prediction of slower economic growth in the
coming year. But that prediction would not have adversely affected the dollar had it not been for the
government’s huge budget deficit, which must therefore be decreased to prevent future currency declines.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion about how to prevent future
currency declines?
(A) The government has made little attempt to reduce the budget deficit.
(B) The budget deficit has not caused a slowdown in economic growth.
(C) The value of the dollar declined several times in the year prior to the recent prediction of slower economic
growth.
(D) Before there was a large budget deficit, predictions of slower economic growth frequently caused
declines in the dollar’s value.
(E) When there is a large budget deficit, other events in addition to predictions of slower economic growth
sometimes trigger declines in currency value.
62. Which of the following best completes the passage below?
At a recent conference on environmental threats to the North Sea, most participating countries favored
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uniform controls on the quality of effluents, whether or not specific environmental damage could be attributed
to a particular source of effluent. What must, of course, be shown, in order to avoid excessively restrictive
controls, is that ___________.
(A) any uniform controls that are adopted are likely to be implemented without delay
(B) any substance to be made subject to controls can actually cause environmental damage
(C) the countries favoring uniform controls are those generating the largest quantities of effluents
(D) all of any given pollutant that is to be controlled actually reaches the North Sea at present
(E) environmental damage already inflicted on the North Sea is reversible
63. Traditionally, decision-making by managers that is reasoned step-by-step has been considered preferable to
intuitive decision-making. However, a recent study found that top managers used intuition significantly more
than did most middle-or lower-level managers. This confirms the alternative view that intuition is actually
more effective than careful, methodical reasoning.
The conclusion above is based on which of the following assumptions?
(A) Methodical, step-by-step reasoning is inappropriate for making many real-life management decisions.
(B) Top managers have the ability to use either intuitive reasoning or methodical, step-by-step reasoning in
making decisions.
(C) The decisions made by middle-and lower-level managers can be made as easily by using methodical
reasoning as by using intuitive reasoning.
(D) Top managers use intuitive reasoning in making the majority of their decisions.
(E) Top managers are more effective at decision-making than middle-or lower-level managers
64. The imposition of quotas limiting imported steel will not help the big American steel mills. In fact, the quotas
will help “mini-mills” flourish in the United States. Those small domestic mills will take more business from the
big Americal steel mills than would have been taken by the foreign steel mills in the absence of quotas.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the claim made in the last sentence
above?
(A) Quality rather than price is a major factor in determining the type of steel to be used for a particular
application.
(B) Foreign steel mills have long produced grades of steel comparable in quality to the steel produced by the
big American mills.
(C) American quotas on imported goods have often induced other countries to impose similar quotas on
American goods.
(D) Domestic “mini-mills” consistently produce better grades of steel than do the big American mills.
(E) Domestic “mini-mills” produce low-volume, specialized types of steels that are not produced by the big
American steel mills.
65. Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is complex. Consider, for example, postal workers:
they are often said to be more productive if more letters are delivered per postal worker. But is this really true?
what if more letters are lost or delayed per worker at the same time that more are delivered?
The objection implied above to the productivity measure described is based on doubts about the truth of
which of the following statements?
(A) Postal workers are representative of service workers in general.
(B) The delivery of letters is the primary activity of the postal service.
(C) Productivity should be ascribed to categories of workers, not to individuals.
(D) The quality of services rendered can appropriately be ignored in computing productivity.
(E) The number of letters delivered is relevant to measuring the productivity of postal workers.
66. Male bowerbirds construct elaborately decorated nests, or bowers. Basing their judgment on the fact that
different local populations of bowerbirds of the same species build bowers that exhibit different building and
decorative styles, researchers have concluded that the bowerbirds’ building styles are a culturally acquired,
rather than a genetically transmitted, trait.
Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion drawn by the researchers?
(A) There are more common characteristics than there are differences among the bower-building styles of
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the local bowerbird population that has been studied most extensively
(B) Young male bowerbirds are inept at bower-building and apparently spend years watching their elders
before becoming accomplished in the local bower style.
(C) The bowers of one species of bowerbird lack the towers and ornamentation characteristic of the bowers
of most other species of bowerbird.
(D) Bowerbirds are found only in New Guinea and Australia, where local populations of the birds apparently
seldom have contact with one another.
(E) It is well known that the song dialects of some songbirds are learned rather than transmitted genetically.
67. A greater number of newspapers are sold in Town S than in Town T. Therefore, the citizens of Town S are
better informed about major world events than are the citizens of Town T.
Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:
(A) Town S has a larger population than Town T.
(B) Most citizens of Town T work in Town S and buy their newspapers there.
(C) The average citizen of Town S spends less time reading newspapers than does the average citizen of
Town T.
(D) A weekly newspaper restricted to the coverage of local events is published in Town S.
(E) The average newsstand price of newspapers sold in Town S in lower than the average price of
newspapers sold in Town T.
68. A drug that is highly effective in treating many types of infection can, at present, be obtained only from the
bark of the ibora, a tree that is quite rare in the wild. It takes the bark of 5,000 tree to make one kilogram of the
drug. It follows, therefore, that continued production of the drug must inevitably lead to the ibora’s extinction.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
(A) The drug made from ibora bark is dispensed to doctors from a central authority.
(B) The drug made from ibora bark is expensive to produce.
(C) The leaves of the ibora are used in a number of medical products.
(D) The ibora can be propagated from cuttings and grown under cultivation.
(E) The ibora generally grows in largely inaccessible places.
69. High levels of fertilizer and pesticides, needed when farmers try to produce high yield of the same crop year
after year, pollute water supplies. Experts therefore urge farmers to diversify their crops and to rotate their
plantings yearly.
To receive governmental price-support benefits for a crop, farmers must have produced that same crop for the
past several years.
The statements above, if true, best support which of the following conclusions?
(A) The rules for governmental support of farm prices work against efforts to reduce water pollution.
(B) The only solution to the problem of water pollution from fertilizers and pesticides is to take farmland out of
production.
(C) Farmers can continue to make a profit by rotating diverse crops, thus reducing costs for chemicals, but not
by planting the same crop each year.
(D) New farming techniques will be developed to make it possible for farmers to reduce the application of
fertilizers and pesticides.
(E) Governmental price supports for farm products are set at levels that are not high enough to allow farmers
to get out of debt.
70. Shelby Industries manufactures and sells the same gauges as Jones Industries. Employee wages account
for forty percent of the cost of manufacturing gauges at both Shelby Industries and Jones Industries. Shelby
Industries is seeking a competitive advantage over Jones Industries. Therefore, to promote this end, Shelby
Industries should lower employee wages.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?
(A) Because they make a small number of precision instruments, gauge manufacturers cannot receive volume
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discounts on raw materials.
(B) Lowering wages would reduce the quality of employee work, and this reduced quality would lead to
lowered sales.
(C) Jones Industries has taken away twenty percent of Shelby Industries’ business over the last year.
(D) Shelby Industries pays its employees, on average, ten percent more than does Jones Industries.
(E) Many people who work for manufacturing plants live in areas in which the manufacturing plant they work
for is the only industry.
71. Some communities in Florida are populated almost exclusively by retired people and contain few, if any,
families with small children. Yet these communities are home to thriving businesses specializing in the rental
of furniture for infants and small children.
Which of the following, if true, best reconciles the seeming discrepancy described above?
(A) The businesses specializing in the rental of children’s furniture buy their furniture from distributors outside
of Florida.
(B) The few children who do reside in these communities all know each other and often make overnight visits
to one another’s houses.
(C) Many residents of these communities who move frequently prefer renting their furniture to buying it
outright.
(D) Many residents of these communities must provide for the needs of visiting grandchildren several weeks a
year.
(E) Children’s furniture available for rental is of the same quality as that available for sale in the stores.
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72. Large national budget deficits do not cause large trade deficits. If they did, countries with the largest budget
deficits would also have the largest trade deficits. In fact, when deficit figures are adjusted so that different
countries are reliably comparable to each other, there is no such correlation.
If the statements above are all true, which of the following can properly be inferred on the basis of them?
(A) Countries with large national budget deficits tend to restrict foreign trade.
(B) Reliable comparisons of the deficit figures of one country with those of another are impossible.
(C) Reducing a country’s national budget deficit will not necessarily result in a lowering of any trade deficit that
country may have.
(D) When countries are ordered from largest to smallest in terms of population, the smallest countries
generally have the smallest budget and trade deficits.
(E) Countries with the largest trade deficits never have similarly large national budget deficits.
73. “Fast cycle time” is a strategy of designing a manufacturing organization to eliminate bottlenecks and delays
in production. Not only does it speed up production, but it also assures quality. The reason is that the
bottlenecks and delays cannot be eliminated unless all work is done right the first time.
The claim about quality made above rests on a questionable presupposition that
(A) any flaw in work on a product would cause a bottleneck or delay and so would be prevented from occurring
on a “fast cycle” production line
(B) the strategy of “fast cycle time” would require fundamental rethinking of product design
(C) the primary goal of the organization is to produce a product of unexcelled quality, rather than to generate
profits for stockholders
(D) “fast cycle time” could be achieved by shaving time off each of the component processes in production
cycle
(E) “fast cycle time” is a concept in business strategy that has not yet been put into practice in a factory
74. Many breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin supplements. Some of these cereals provide 100 percent of
the recommended daily requirement of vitamins. Nevertheless, a well-balanced breakfast, including a variety
of foods, is a better source of those vitamins than are such fortified breakfast cereals alone.
Which of the following, if true, would most strongly support the position above?
(A) In many foods, the natural combination of vitamins with other nutrients makes those vitamins more usable
by the body than are vitamins added in vitamin supplements.
(B) People who regularly eat cereals fortified with vitamin supplements sometimes neglect to eat the foods in
which the vitamins occur naturally.
(C)Foods often must be fortified with vitamin supplements because naturally occurring vitamins are removed
during processing.
(D) Unprocessed cereals are naturally high in several of the vitamins that are usually added to fortified
breakfast cereals.
(E) Cereals containing vitamin supplements are no harder to digest than similar cereals without added
vitamins.
75. Which of the following best completes the passage below?
The more worried investors are about losing their money, the more they will demand a high potential return on
their investment; great risks must be offset by the chance of great rewards. This principle is the fundamental
one in determining interest rates, and it is illustrated by the fact that——.
(A) successful investors are distinguished by an ability to make very risky investments without worrying about
their money
(B) lenders receive higher interest rates on unsecured loans than on loans backed by collateral
(C) in times of high inflation, the interest paid to depositors by banks can actually be below the rate of inflation
(D) at any one time, a commercial bank will have a single rate of interest that it will expect all of its individual
borrowers to pay
(E) the potential return on investment in a new company is typically lower than the potential return on
investment in a well-established company
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76. A famous singer recently won a lawsuit against an advertising firm for using another singer in a commercial
to evoke the famous singer’s well-known rendition of a certain song. As a result of the lawsuit, advertising
firms will stop using imitators in commercials. Therefore, advertising costs will rise, since famous singers’
services cost more than those of their imitators.
The conclusion above is based on which of the following assumptions?
(A) Most people are unable to distinguish a famous singer’s rendition of a song from a good imitator’s
rendition of the same song.
(B) Commercials using famous singers are usually more effective than commercials using imitators of
famous singers.
(C) The original versions of some well-known songs are unavailable for use in commercials.
(D) Advertising firms will continue to use imitators to mimic the physical mannerisms of famous singers.
(E) The advertising industry will use well-known renditions of songs in commercials.
77. A certain mayor has proposed a fee of five dollars per day on private vehicles entering the city, claiming that
the fee will alleviate the city’s traffic congestion. The mayor reasons that, since the fee will exceed the cost of
round-trip bus fare from many nearby points, many people will switch from using their cars to using the bus.
Which of the following statements, if true, provides the best evidence that the mayor’s reasoning is flawed?
(A) Projected increases in the price of gasoline will increase the cost of taking a private vehicle into the city.
(B) The cost of parking fees already makes it considerably more expensive for most people to take a private
vehicle into the city than to take a bus.
(C) Most of the people currently riding the bus do not own private vehicles.
(D) Many commuters opposing the mayor’s plan have indicated that they would rather endure traffic
congestion than pay a five-dollar-per day fee.
(E) During the average workday, private vehicles owned and operated by people living within the city account
for twenty percent of the city’s traffic congestion.
78. A group of children of various ages was read stories in which people caused harm, some of those people
doing so intentionally, and some accidentally. When asked about appropriate punishments for those who had
caused harm, the younger children, unlike the older ones, assigned punishments that did not vary according
to whether the harm was done intentionally or accidentally. Younger children, then, do not regard people’s
intentions as relevant to punishment.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?
(A) In interpreting these stories, the listeners had to draw on a relatively mature sense of human psychology
in order to tell whether harm was produced intentionally or accidentally.
(B) In these stories, the severity of the harm produced was clearly stated.
(C) Younger children are as likely to produce harm unintentionally as are older children.
(D) The older children assigned punishment in a way that closely resembled the way adults had assigned
punishment in a similar experiment.
(E) The younger children assigned punishments that varied according to the severity of the harm done by the
agents in the stories.
79. When hypnotized subjects are told that they are deaf and are then asked whether they can hear the
hypnotist, they reply, “No.” Some theorists try to explain this result by arguing that the selves of hypnotized
subjects are dissociated into separate parts, and that the part that is deaf is dissociated from the part that
replies.
Which of the following challenges indicates the most serious weakness in the attempted explanation
described above?
(A) Why does the part that replies not answer, “Yes”?
(B) Why are the observed facts in need of any special explanation?
(C) Why do the subjects appear to accept the hypnotist’s suggestion that they are deaf?
(D) Why do hypnotized subjects all respond the same way in the situation described?
(E) Why are the separate parts of the self the same for all subjects?
Questions 13-14 are based on the following.
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The program to control the entry of illegal drugs into the country was a failure in 1987. If the program had been
successful, the wholesale price of most illegal drugs would not have dropped substantially in 1987.
80. The argument in the passage depends on which of the following assumptions?
(A) The supply of illegal drugs dropped substantially in 1987.
(B) The price paid for most illegal drugs by the average consumer did not drop substantially in 1987.
(C) Domestic production of illegal drugs increased at a higher rate than did the entry of such drugs into the
country.
(D) The wholesale price of a few illegal drugs increased substantially in 1987.
(E) A drop in demand for most illegal drugs in 1987 was not the sole cause of the drop in their wholesale
price.
81. The argument in the passage would be most seriously weakened if it were true that
(A) in 1987 smugglers of illegal drugs, as a group, had significantly more funds at their disposal than did the
country’s customs agents
(B) domestic production of illegal drugs increased substantially in 1987
(C) the author’s statements were made in order to embarrass the officials responsible for the drug-control
program
(D) in 1987 illegal drugs entered the country by a different set of routes than they did in 1986
(E) the country’s citizens spent substantially more money on illegal drugs in 1987 than they did in 1986.
82. Excavation of the ancient city of Kourion on the island of Cyprus revealed a pattern of debris and collapsed
buildings typical of towns devastated by earthquakes. Archaeologists have hypothesized that the destruction
was due to a major earthquake known to have occurred near the island in A.D.365.
Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the archaeologists’ hypothesis?
(A) Bronze ceremonial drinking vessels that are often found in graves dating from years preceding and
following A.D.365 were also found in several graves near Kourion.
(B) No coins minted after A.D.365 were found in Kourion, but coins minted before that year were found in
abundance.
(C) Most modern histories of Cyprus mention that an earthquake occurred near the island in A.D.365.
(D) Several small statues carved in styles current in Cyprus in the century between A.D.300 and 400 were
found in Kourion.
(E) Stone inscriptions in a form of the Greek alphabet that was definitely used in Cyprus after A.D.365 were
found in Kourion.
83. Sales of telephones have increased dramatically over the last year. In order to take advantage of this
increase, Mammoth Industries plans to expand production of its own model of telephone, while continuing its
already very extensive advertising of this product.
Which of the following, if true, provides most support for the view that Mammoth Industries cannot increase its
sales of telephones by adopting the plan outlined above?
(A) Although it sells all of the telephones that it produces, Mammoth Industries’ share of all telephone sales
has declined over the last year.
(B) Mammoth Industries’ average inventory of telephones awaiting shipment to retailers has declined slightly
over the last year.
(C) Advertising has made the brand name of Mammoth Industries’ telephones widely known, but few
consumers know that Mammoth Industries owns this brand.
(D) Mammoth Industries’ telephone is one of three brands of telephone that have together accounted for the
bulk of the last year’s increase in sales.
(E) Despite a slight decline in the retail price, sales of Mammoth Industries’ telephones have fallen in the last
year.
84. Many institutions of higher education suffer declining enrollments during periods of economic slowdown. At
two-year community colleges, however, enrollment figures boom during these periods when many people
have less money and there is more competition for jobs.
Each of the following, if true, helps to explain the enrollment increases in two-year community colleges
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described above EXCEPT:
(A) During periods of economic slowdown, two-year community colleges are more likely than four-year
colleges to prepare their students for the jobs that are still available.
(B) During periods of economic prosperity, graduates of two-year community colleges often continue their
studies at four-year colleges.
(C) Tuition at most two-year community colleges is a fraction of that at four-year colleges.
(D) Two-year community colleges devote more resources than do other colleges to attracting those students
especially affected by economic slowdowns.
(E) Students at two-year community colleges, but not those at most four-year colleges, can control the cost of
their studies by choosing the number of courses they take each term.
Question 85-86 are based on the following.
Hardin argued that grazing land held in common (that is, open to any user) would always be used less carefully
than private grazing land. Each rancher would be tempted to overuse common land because the benefits would
accrue to the individual, while the costs of reduced land quality that results from overuse would be spread
among all users. But a study comparing 217 million acres of common grazing land with 433 million acres of
private grazing land showed that the common land was in better condition.
85. The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the significance, in
relation to Hardin’s claim, of the study described above?
(A) Did any of the ranchers whose land was studied use both common and private land?
(B) Did the ranchers whose land was studied tend to prefer using common land over using private land for
grazing?
(C) Was the private land that was studied of comparable quality to the common land before either was used
for grazing?
(D) Were the users of the common land that was studied at least as prosperous as the users of the private
land?
(E) Were there any owners of herds who used only common land, and no private land, for grazing?
86. Which of the following, if true and known by the ranchers, would best help explain the results of the study?
(A) With private grazing land, both the costs and the benefits of overuse fall to the individual user.
(B) The cost in reduced land quality that is attributable to any individual user is less easily measured with
common land than it is with private land.
(C) An individual who overuses common grazing land might be able to achieve higher returns than other
users can, with the result that he or she would obtain a competitive advantage.
(D) If one user of common land overuses it even slightly, the other users are likely to do so even more, with
the consequence that the costs to each user outweigh the benefits.
(E)There are more acres of grazing land held privately than there are held in common.
87. In tests for pironoma, a serious disease, a false positive result indicates that people have pironoma when, in
fact, they do not; a false negative result indicates that people do not have pironoma when, in fact, they do. To
detect pironoma most accurately, physicians should use the laboratory test that has the lowest proportion of
false positive results.
Which of the following, if true, gives the most support to the recommendation above?
(A) The accepted treatment for pironoma does not have damaging side effects.
(B) The laboratory test that has the lowest proportion of false positive results causes the same minor side
effects as do the other laboratory tests used to detect pironoma.
(C) In treating pironoma patients, it is essential to begin treatment as early as possible, since even a week of
delay can result in loss of life.
(D) The proportion of inconclusive test results is equal for all laboratory tests used to detect pironoma.
(E) All laboratory tests to detect pironoma have the same proportion of false negative results.
Questions 88-89 are based on the following.
In many corporations, employees are being replaced by automated equipment in order to save money. However,
many workers who lose their jobs to automation will need government assistance to survive, and the same
corporations that are laying people off will eventually pay for that assistance through increased taxes and
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