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  1. Topic 520 - The following appeared in a memorandum from the business office of the Lovin' Cupful, a national restaurant chain. "The Lovin' Cupful franchises in our northeast region have begun serving customers AlmosT, a brand new powdered instant tea, in place of brewed tea. Waiters report that only about 2 percent of the customers have complained, and that customers who want refills typically ask for ?more tea.' It appears, then, that 98 percent of the customers are perfectly happy with the switch, or else they cannot tell powdered instant from brewed tea. Therefore, in order to take advantage of the lower price per pound of AlmosT, all of our restaurants should begin substituting it for brewed tea." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  2. Topic 454 - The following is part of a business plan created by the management of the Megamart grocery store. "Our total sales have increased this year by 20 percent since we added a pharmacy section to our grocery store. Clearly, the customer's main concern is the convenience afforded by one-stop shopping. The surest way to increase our profits over the next couple of years, therefore, is to add a clothing department along with an automotive supplies and repair shop. We should also plan to continue adding new departments and services, such as a restaurant and a garden shop, in subsequent years. Being the only store in the area that offers such a range of services will give us a competitive advantage over other local stores." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  3. Topic 432 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a newspaper. "As public concern over drug abuse has increased, authorities have become more vigilant in their efforts to prevent illegal drugs from entering the country. Many drug traffickers have consequently switched from marijuana, which is bulky, or heroin, which has a market too small to justify the risk of severe punishment, to cocaine. Thus enforcement efforts have ironically resulted in an observed increase in the illegal use of cocaine." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  4. Topic 544 - The following editorial appeared in the South Fork Gazette. "Last year, the city contracted with Flower Power to plant a variety of flowers in big decorative pots on Main Street and to water them each week. By mid-summer, many of the plants were wilted. This year, the city should either contract for two waterings a week or save money by planting artificial flowers in the pots. According to Flower Power, the initial cost for artificial flowers would be twice as much as for real plants, but after two years, we would come out ahead. Public reaction certainly supports this position: in a recent survey, over 1,200 Gazette readers said that the city wastes money and should find ways to reduce public spending." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  5. Topic 447 - The following appeared as part of an article in the business section of a local newspaper. "Motorcycle X has been manufactured in the United States for over 70 years. Although one foreign company has copied the motorcycle and is selling it for less, the company has failed to attract motorcycle X customers ? some say because its product lacks the exceptionally loud noise made by motorcycle X. But there must be some other explanation. After all, foreign cars tend to be quieter than similar American-made cars, but they sell at least as well. Also, television advertisements for motorcycle X highlight its durability and sleek lines, not its noisiness, and the ads typically have voice-overs or rock music rather than engineroar on the sound track." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  6. Topic 492 - The following appeared as part of a memorandum from the vice president of Nostrum, a large pharmaceutical corporation. "The proposal to increase the health and retirement benefits that our employees receive should not be implemented at this time. An increase in these benefits is not only financially unjustified, since our last year's profits were lower than those of the preceding year, but also unnecessary, since our chief competitor, Panacea, offers its employees lower health and retirement benefits than we currently offer. We can assume that our employees are reasonably satisfied with the health and retirement benefits that they now have since a recent survey indicated that two -thirds of the respondents viewed them favorably." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  7. Topic 485 - The following appeared in a letter to the editor of a popular science and technology magazine. "It is a popular myth that consumers are really benefiting from advances in agricultural technology. Granted ? consumers are, on the average, spending a decreasing proportion of their income on food. But consider that the demand for food does not rise in proportion with real income. As real income rises, therefore, consumers can be expected to spend a decreasing proportion of their income on food. Yet agricultural technology is credited with having made our lives better." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  8. Topic 523 - The following appeared in a letter to the editor of a River City newspaper. "The Clio Development Group should not be permitted to build a multilevel parking garage on Dock Street since most of the buildings on the block would have to be demolished. Because these buildings were erected decades ago, they have historic significance and must therefore be preserved as economic assets in the effort to revitalize a restored riverfront area. Recall how Lakesburg has benefited from business increases in its historic downtown center. Moreover, there is plenty of vacant land for a parking lot elsewhere in River City." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  9. Topic 497 - The following appeared in an ad for a book titled How to Write a Screenplay for a Movie. "Writers who want to succeed should try to write film screenplays rather than books, since the average film tends to make greater profits than does even a best -selling book. It is true that some books are also made into films. However, our nation's film producers are more likely to produce movies based on original screenplays than to produce films based on books, because in recent years the films that have sold the most tickets have usually been based on original screenplays." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  10. Topic 471 - The following appeared in the letters-to-the-editor section of a local newspaper. "Muscle Monthly, a fitness magazine that regularly features pictures of bodybuilders using state-of-the-art exercise machines, frequently sells out, according to the owner of Skyview Newsstand. To help maximize fitness levels in our town`s residents, we should, therefore, equip our new community fitness center with such machines." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  11. Topic 551 - The following appeared in a memorandum from the marketing department of Reel magazine. "In order to determine the cause of the recent decline in sales of our magazine, we sent a survey to customers who have cancelled their subscription during the last nine months. Results indicate that 80 percent of the 450 respondents feel that Reel contains too many ads. In order to retain current customers and win back customers who have cancelled their subscriptions, we should reduce the number of ads. This solution will not only improve customer satisfaction but also increase our revenue by boosting magazine sales." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  12. Topic 486 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a local newspaper. "This city should be able to improve existing services and provide new ones without periodically raising the taxes of the residents. Instead, the city should require that the costs of services be paid for by developers who seek approval for their large new building projects. After all, these projects can be highly profitable to the developers, but they can also raise a city's expenses and increase the demand for its services." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write



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