GMAT Critical Reasoning Question Bank

Q) The Chorus from Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" has an eerie resemblance to Tom Petty's 1989 song - “I Won’t Back Down. Mr. Petty and Jeff Lynne, the Songwriters, filed a copyright violation case and settled out of court. Modern song creation has evolved away from the standard process - starting with the lyrics, the sheet music, and finally the tune. For new song creators, it would be impossible to fight cases where some parts of the song had similar sheet music as the songs in the 70s and 80s.

Which one of the following statements weakens the argument?

a) According to Muzic82 - an aggregated opinion database from Music Experts, 98% of the experts felt that Sam Smith's song had...

Q) Vegan Diet proponents have often claimed that low-carb, high-fat diets integral in a non-vegetarian diet is dangerous, and therefore, they have a superior and balanced diet. In fact, vegan diets lack important nutrients, responsible for brain function and blood formation.

Which of the following statements support the conclusion of the argument?

a) Carnosine - a protective agent against aging is found only in Animal Foods.

b) Vitamin B12, found mostly in meat, and responsible for vital brain functions, is deficient in a Vegan diet with a recent study showing 92% of vegans lacking this crucial nutrient.

c) There are no conclusive studies to support the theory...

Q) If you go by the popularity of Gaming units, as of Jan 4th 2015, Sony’s PS4 sold 18.5 million units and reached 10.9 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, a growth of 37.9% from October 2014.  Despite the massive growth, Sony’s PlayStation is behind Microsoft’s Xbox One, which in November 2014 accelerated its sales due to a $50 price cut, and a bundle of free games. On 28th January 2015, Spotify, the leading music subscription service announced an exclusive partnership with PS4, and offered digital music to 64 million PlayStation Network users. With the announcement, Feb 2015 saw a spike in sales for the PS4 units by 45%.

Which one of the following conclusions is valid for the above statements...

Categories : Critical Reasoning

GMAT CR Strongly SupportSanskrit Scholars are a minority in the Syllabus review committee. Since the committee offers recommendations on syllabus changes, the below par representation of Sanskrit Scholars would lead to fewer years of mandatory Sanskrit classes in schools.

If the statements above are correct, they strongly support which of the following?

a) An increase in the number of years of mandatory Sanskrit classes in schools would lead to higher representation of Sanskrit Scholars in the Syllabus review committee.

b) An equal...

Categories : Critical Reasoning

GMAT Critical Reasoning South Pole AssumptionIn 2013, the sea ice in Antarctica reached a record high. 80% of the increase in ice volume can be attributed to the strong westerly winds in the South Pole. The ice level is much higher than the recorded ice level during the 1970s. This proves that Global Warming is a hoax.

The argument above is based on which of the following assumptions?

a) Global warming and sea ice level are correlated.
b) Sea Ice Level in Antarctica has a stronger correlation to Global Warming
c) One of the...

Categories : Strengthen Argument

In order to limit civilian casualties in the military, the government has begun to conduct programs to help gunmen improve their anxiety. However, a recent report has cast serious doubt on the programs. Researchers used a combination of written questionnaires and physiological measurements to compare the average anxiety level of gunmen. They confirmed that the anxiety levels of gunmen who took part in these programs were lower than those of gunmen who did not participate in programs. When civilian casualty records of these gunmen were scrutinized, however, researchers saw that the amount of overtime worked was more strongly correlated with civilian casualties than were anxiety levels.

Categories : Weaken Argument

Car Dealer: After reviewing magazines of the 1980's. I have seen that the cars of that era are far nicer and more affordable than the cars that can be seen today. I believe that car manufacturers working before 1980 provided more affordable and nicer cars than the ones that manufacturers make today. Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the Car Dealer's conclusion?

A. Magazines are far more likely to be archived when the cars are particularly affordable or aesthetically pleasing.
B. The average car customer of the 1980's had less money to spend on cars than does an average car customer today, adjusted...

Categories : Weaken Argument

To increase profits, a BMW dealership raised sticker prices by 20 percent on one of its models, but did not raise prices on any other type of vehicle. The owner of the BMW dealership said that this tactic alone was sufficient to increase profits, as overall revenue has almost doubled.

Which of the following, if true, most effectively weakens the owner's claim:

A. The number of other vehicle types sold did not increase.
B. The percentage of its one model sold increased after prices were raised.
C. The overall profits from all vehicles sold since prices were raised have increased.
D. The number of customers buying cars from the BMW...

Categories : Relevant

Leaders of a union on strike against Zappos are contemplating additional measures to pressure the
company to accept the union's contract proposal. The union leaders are considering as their principal new tactic a consumer boycott against Amazon stores, which are owned by  Amazon.com, the same corporation that owns Amazon.

Answer to which of the following questions is LEAST directly relevant to the union leaders' consideration of whether attempting a boycott of Amazon stores will lead to acceptance of their
contract proposal?

A. Would revenue losses by Amazon stores seriously affect Amazon.com?
B. Can current Amazon store customers...

Categories : Weaken Argument

Programs instructed by the Head of State are much more likely to achieve their goals than are programs instructed in other ways. The method of instruction is a more significant cause of success in a government program than are other possible causes such as the financing available to the program, the quality of the civil service officers assigned to the program, and the committee to which the head of the program is accountable.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

A. The Head of State is more likely to be attentive to the changing needs of a new program than are other patrons of programs such as agency heads or...

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