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  1. Topic 428 - The following is an excerpt from a memo written by the head of a governmental department. "Neither stronger ethics regulations nor stronger enforcement mechanisms are necessary to ensure ethical behavior by companies doing business with this department. We already have a code of ethics that companies doing business with this department are urged to abide by, and virtually all of these companies have agreed to follow it. We also know that the code is relevant to the current business environment because it was approved within the last year, and in direct response to specific violations committed by companies with which we were then working ? not in abstract anticipation of potential violations, as so many such codes are." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  2. Topic 448 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a campus newspaper. "Because occupancy rates for campus housing fell during the last academic year, so did housing revenues. To solve the problem, campus housing officials should reduce the number of available housing units, thereby increasing the occupancy rates. Also, to keep students from choosing to live off-campus, housing officials should lower the rents, thereby increasing demand." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  3. Topic 522 - The following appeared as part of an editorial in the Waymarsh City newspaper. "Last year the parents of first graders in our school district expressed satisfaction with the reading skills their children developed but complained strongly about their children's math skills. To remedy this serious problem and improve our district's elementary education, everyone in the teacher-training program at Waymarsh University should be required to take more courses in mathematics." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  4. Topic 457 - The following appeared as part of an article in the business section of a local newspaper. "The owners of the Cumquat Caf? evidently made a good business decision in moving to a new location, as can be seen from the fact that the Caf? will soon celebrate its second anniversary there. Moreover, it appears that businesses are not likely to succeed at the old location: since the Caf?'s move, three different businesses ? a tanning salon, an antique emporium, and a pet -grooming shop ? have occupied its former spot." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  5. Topic 547 - The following appeared in a memorandum from the CEO of Volare Airlines. "Even though our record last year of on-time takeoffs and arrivals was not as good as that of several other major airline companies, our total revenues were among the highest of any airline. Clearly, an on-time record is not the passengers' first concern, and so we should not risk reducing our revenues by trying to improve our record. Instead, we should try to attract new passengers by announcing a program of incentives and discounts. Consider that Flugel Airlines saw ridership increase last year after it lowered fares on its most popular routes, whereas Aero Airlines lost customers even after its president appeared on television to apologize publicly for flight delays." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  6. Topic 467 - The following is from a campaign by Big Boards, Inc., to convince companies in River City that their sales will increase if they use Big Boards billboards for advertising their locally manufactured products. "The potential of Big Boards to increase sales of your products can be seen from an experiment we conducted last year. We increased public awareness of the name of the current national women's marathon champion by publishing her picture and her name on billboards in River City for a period of three months. Before this time, although the champion had just won her title and was receiving extensive national publicity, only five percent of 15,000 randomly surveyed residents of River City could correctly name the champion when shown her picture; after the three-month advertising experiment, 35 percent of respondents from a second survey could supply her name." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  7. Topic 524 - The following appeared in a corporate planning memorandum for a company that develops amusement parks. "Because travel from our country to foreign countries has increased dramatically in recent years, our next project should be a World Tour theme park with replicas of famous foreign buildings, rides that have international themes, and refreshment stands serving only foods from the country represented by the nearest ride. The best location would be near our capital city, which has large percentages of international residents and of children under the age of 16. Given the advantages of this sit e and the growing interest in foreign countries, the World Tour theme park should be as successful as our Space Travel theme park, where attendance has increased tenfold over the past decade." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  8. Topic 415 - The following appeared in an announcement issued by the publisher of The Mercury, a weekly newspaper. "Since a competing lower-priced newspaper, The Bugle, was started five years ago, The Mercury's circulation has declined by 10,000 readers. The best way to get more people to read The Mercury is to reduce its price below that of The Bugle, at least until circulation increases to former levels. The increased circulation of The Mercury will attract more businesses to buy advertising space in the paper." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  9. Topic 416 - The following appeared as part of an article in a magazine devoted to regional life. "Corporations should look to the city of Helios when seeking new business opportunities or a new location. Even in the recent recession, Helios's unemployment rate was lower than the regional average. It is the industrial center of the region, and historically it has provided more than its share of the region's manufacturing jobs. In addition, Helios is attempting to expand its economic base by attracting companies that focus on research and development of innovative technologies." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  10. Topic 464 - The following appeared in an Excelsior Company memorandum. "The Excelsior Company plans to introduce its own brand of coffee. Since coffee is an expensive food item, and since there are already many established brands of coffee, the best way to gain customers for the Excelsior brand is to do what Superior, the leading coffee company, did when it introduced the newest brand in its line of coffees: conduct a temporary sales promotion that offers free samples, price reductions, and discount coupons for the new brand." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  11. Topic 437 - The following appeared in a newspaper editorial. "As violence in movies increases, so do crime rates in our cities. To combat this problem we must establish a board to censor certain movies, or we must limit admission to persons over 21 years of age. Apparently our legislators are not concerned about this issue since a bill calling for such actions recently failed to receive a majority vote." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  12. Topic 549 - The following appeared as part of a business plan created by the general manager of the Multon Electronic Company. "In response to complaints from customers about the difficulty of installing and operating Multon's products, Multon Electronic Company tried an experiment. The Customer Service Department has long suspected that customers are not reading the instructions that are included with every new purchase, and so it insert ed a gift coupon at the end of every instruction manual. Because only 75 people returned the coupons in a three-month period last year, Multon Electronics has proved its point that customers are not reading the instructions. There is, therefore, only one sensible way to solve this problem: the Customer Service Department must provide every new customer with an instructional videotape." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write

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October 15, 2016