Practice Questions on Critical Reasoning
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Easy Critical Reasoning Question - 11

Q11.

Hunter: Many people blame hunters alone for the decline in Greenrock National Forest's deer population over the past ten years. Yet clearly, black bears have also played an important role in this decline. In the past ten years, the forest's protected black bear population has risen sharply, and examination of black bears found dead inthe forest during the deer hunting season showed that a number of them had recently fed on deer.

In the hunter's argument, the portion in bold face plays which of the following roles?

A.

It is the main conclusion of the argument.

B.

It is a finding that the argument seeks to explain.

C.

It is an explanation that the argument concludes is correct.

D.

It provides evidence in support of the main conclusion of the argument.

E.

It introduces a judgment that the argument opposes.

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Easy Critical Reasoning Question - 12

Q12.

A certain automaker aims to increase its market share by deeply discounting its vehicles' prices for the next several months. The discounts will cut into profits, but because they will be heavily advertised the manufacturer hopes that they will attract buyers away from rival manufacturers' cars. In the longer term, the automaker envisions that customers initially attracted by the discounts may become loyal customers.

In assessing the plan's chances of achieving its aim, it would be most useful to know which of the following?

A.

Whether the automaker's competitors are likely to respond by offering deep discounts on their own products

B.

Whether the advertisements will be created by the manufacturer's current advertising agency

C.

Whether some of the automaker's models will be more deeply discounted than others

D.

Whether the automaker will be able to cut costs sufficientlyto maintain profit margins even when the discounts are in effect

E.

Whether an alternative strategy might enable the automaker to enhance its profitability while holding a constant or diminishing share of the market

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Easy Critical Reasoning Question - 13

Q13.

The amount of time it takes for most of a worker's occupational knowledge and skills to become obsolete has been declining because of the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT). Given the rate at which AMT is currently being introduced in manufacturing, the average worker's old skills become obsolete and new skills are required within as little as five years.

Which of the following plans, if feasible, would allow a company to prepare most effectively for the rapid obsolescence of skills described above?

A.

The company will develop a program to offer selected employees the opportunity to receive training six years after they were originally hired.

B.

The company will increase its investment in AMT every year for a period of at least five years.

C.

The company will periodically survey its employees to determine how the introduction of AMT has affected them.

D.

Before the introduction of AMT, the company will institute an educational program to inform its employees of the probable consequences of the introduction of AMT.

E.

The company will ensure that it can offer its employees any training necessary for meeting their job requirements.

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Easy Critical Reasoning Question - 14

Q14.

In virtually any industry, technological improvements increase labor productivity, which is the output of goods and services per person-hour worked. In Parland's industries, labor productivity is significantly higher than it is in Vergia's industries. Clearly, therefore, Parland's industries must, on the whole, be further advanced technologically than Vergia's are.

The argument is most vulnerable to which ofthe following criticisms?

A.

It offers a conclusion that is no more than a paraphrase of one of the pieces of information provided in its support.

B.

It presents as evidence in support of a claim information that is inconsistent with other evidence presented in support of the same claim.

C.

It takes one possible cause of a condition to be the actual cause of that condition without considering any other possible causes.

D.

It takes a condition to be the effect of something that happened only after the condition already existed.

E.

It makes a distinction that presupposes the truth of the conclusion that is to be established.

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Easy Critical Reasoning Question - 15

Q15.

In Washington County, attendance atthe movies isjust large enough for the cinema operators to make modest profits. The size of the county's population is stable and is not expected to increase much. Yet there are investors ready to double the number of movie screens in the county within five years, and they are predicting solid profits both for themselves and for the established cinema operators.

Which of the following, if true about Washington County, most helps to provide a justification for the investors' prediction?

A.

Over the next ten years, people in their teenage years, the prime moviegoing age, will be a rapidly growing proportion of the county's population.

B.

As distinct from the existing cinemas, most ofthe cinemas being plannedwould be located in downtown areas, in hopes of stimulating an economic revitalization of those areas.

C.

Spending on video purchases, as well as spending on video rentals, has been increasing modestly each ear for the past ten years.

D.

The average number of screens per cinema is lower among existing cinemas than it is among cinemas still in the planning stages.

E.

The sale of snacks and drinks in cinemas accounts for a steadily growing share of most cinema operators' profits.

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