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  1. Topic 504 - The following appeared as part of an article in a computer magazine. "A year ago Apex Manufacturing bought its managers computers for their homes and paid for telephone connections so that they could access Apex computers and data files from home after normal business hours. Since last year, productivity at Apex has increased by 15 percent. Other companies can learn from the success at Apex: given home computers and access to company resources, employees will work additional hours at home and thereby increase company profits." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  2. Topic 438 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a local newspaper. "Commuter use of the new subway train is exceeding the transit company's projections. However, commuter use of the shuttle buses that transport people to the subway stations is below the projected volume. If the transit company expects commuters to ride the shuttle buses to the subway rather than drive there, it must either reduce the shuttle bus fares or increase the price of parking at the subway stations." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  3. Topic 478 - The following appeared in a memorandum from a company's marketing department. "Since our company started manufacturing and marketing a deluxe air filter six months ago, sales of our economy filter ? and company profits ? have decreased significantly. The deluxe air filter sells for 50 percent more than the economy filter, but the economy filter lasts for only one month while the deluxe filter can be used for two months before it must be replaced. To in crease repeat sales of our economy filter and maximize profits, we should discontinue the deluxe air filter and concentrate all our advertising efforts on the economy filter." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  4. Topic 490 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a daily newspaper. "Although forecasts of presidential elections based on opinion polls measure current voter preference, many voters keep changing their minds about whom they prefer until the last few days before the balloting. Some do not even make a final decision until they enter the voting booth. Forecasts based on opinion polls are therefore little better at predicting election outcomes than a random guess would be." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  5. Topic 491 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a newspaper in the country of West Cambria. "The practice of officially changing speed limits on the highways ? whether by increasing or decreasing them ? is a dangerous one. Consider what happened over the past decade whenever neighboring East Cambria changed its speed limits: an average of 3 percent more automobile accidents occurred during the week following the change than had occurred during the week preceding it ? even when the speed limit was lowered. This statistic shows that the change in speed limit adversely affected the alertness of drivers." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  6. Topic 2015 - The following appeared as part of a letter to the editor of a local newspaper. It makes no sense that in most places fifteen year olds are not eligible for their driver's license while people who are far older can retain all of their driving privileges by simply renewing their license. If older drivers can get these renewals, often without having to pass another driving test, then fifteen year olds should be eligible to get a license. Fifteen year olds typically have much better eyesight, especially at night, much better hand-eye coordination and much quicker reflexes. They are also less likely to feel confused by unexpected developments or disoriented in unfamiliar surroundings and they recover from injuries more quickly. Read | Write
  7. Topic 536 - The following appeared as part of an article in a weekly newsmagazine. "The country of Oleum can best solve the problem of its balance of trade deficit by further increasing the tax on its major import, crude oil. After Oleum increased the tax on imported crude oil four months ago, consumption of gasoline declined by 20 percent. Therefore, by imposing a second and significantly higher tax increase next year, Oleum will dramatically decrease its balance of trade deficit." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  8. Topic 430 - The following appeared in an article in a health and fitness magazine. "Laboratory studies show that Saluda Natural Spring Water contains several of the minerals necessary for good health and that it is completely free of bacteria. Residents of Saluda, the small town where the water is bottled, are hospitalized less frequently than the national average. Even though Saluda Natural Spring Water may seem expensive, drinking it instead of tap water is a wise investment in good health." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  9. Topic 446 - The following appeared in an article in a college departmental newsletter "Professor Taylor of Jones University is promoting a model of foreign language instruction in which students receive ten weeks of intensive training, then go abroad to live with families for ten weeks. The superiority of the model, Professor Taylor contends, is proved by the results of a study in which foreign language tests given to students at 25 other colleges show that first -year foreign language students at Jones speak more fluently after only ten to twenty weeks in the program than do nine out of ten foreign language majors elsewhere at the time of their graduation." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  10. Topic 422 - The following appeared as part of a promotional campaign to sell advertising space in the Daily Gazette to grocery stores in the Marston area. "Advertising the reduced price of selected grocery items in the Daily Gazette will help you increase your sales. Consider the results of a study conducted last month. Thirty sale items from a store in downtown Marston were advertised in the Gazette for four days. Each time one or more of the 30 items was purchased, clerks asked whether the shopper had read the ad. Two-thirds of the 200 shoppers asked answered in the affirmative. Furthermore, more than half the customers who answered in the affirmative spent over $100 at the store." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  11. Topic 516 - The following appeared in a memo to the Saluda town council from the town's business manager. "Research indicates that those who exercise regularly are hospitalized less than half as often as those who don't exercise. By providing a well-equipped gym for Saluda's municipal employees, we should be able to reduce the cost of our group health insurance coverage by approximately 50% and thereby achieve a balanced town budget." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  12. Topic 434 - The following appeared in a memo from the customer service division to the manager of Mammon Savings and Loan. "We believe that improved customer service is the best way for us to differentiate ourselves from competitors and attract new customers. We can offer our customers better service by reducing waiting time in teller lines from an average of six minutes to an average of three. By opening for business at 8:30 instead of 9:00, and by remaining open for an additional hour beyond our current closing time, we will be better able to accommodate the busy schedules of our customers. These changes will enhance our bank's image as the most customer-friendly bank in town and give us the edge over our competition." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write

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October 15, 2016