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  1. Topic 541 - The following appeared in a memorandum written by the chair of the music department to the president of Omega University. "Mental health experts have observed that symptoms of mental illness are less pronounced in many patients after group musictherapy sessions, and job openings in the music-therapy field have increased during the past year. Consequently, graduates from our degree program for music therapists should have no trouble finding good positions. To help improve the financial status of Omega University, we should therefore expand our music-therapy degree program by increasing its enrollment targets." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  2. Topic 444 - The following appeared as part of a plan proposed by an executive of the Easy Credit Company to the president. "The Easy Credit Company would gain an advantage over competing credit card services if we were to donate a portion of the proceeds from the use of our cards to a well-known environmental organization in exchange for the use of its symbol or logo on our card. Since a recent poll shows that a large percentage of the public is concerned about environmental issues, this policy would attract new customers, increase use among existing customers, and enable us to charge interest rates that are higher than the lowest ones available." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  3. Topic 487 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a local newspaper. "In order to avoid the serious health threats associated with many landfills, our municipality should build a plant for burning trash. An incinerator could offer economic as well as ecological advantages over the typical old-fashioned type of landfill: incinerators can be adapted to generate moderate amounts of electricity, and ash residue from some types of trash can be used to condition garden soil." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  4. 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
  5. Topic 483 - The following appeared as part of a memorandum from a government agency. "Given the limited funding available for the building and repair of roads and bridges, the government should not spend any money this year on fixing the bridge that crosses the Styx River. This bridge is located near a city with a weakening economy, so it is not as important as other bridges; moreover, the city population is small and thus unlikely to contribute a significant enough tax revenue to justify the effort of fixing the bridge." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  6. 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
  7. Topic 489 - The following appeared as part of a company memorandum. "Adopting an official code of ethics regarding business practices may in the long run do our company more harm than good in the public eye. When one of our competitors received unfavorable publicity for violating its own code of ethics, it got more attention from the media than it would have if it had had no such code. Rather than adopt an official code of ethics, therefore, we should instead conduct a publicity campaign that stresses the importance of protecting the environment and assisting charitable organizations." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  8. Topic 498 - The following appeared in a memorandum from the ElectroWares company's marketing department. "Since our company started manufacturing and marketing a deluxe light bulb six months ago, sales of our economy light bulb ? and company profits ? have decreased significantly. Although the deluxe light bulb sells for 50 percent more than the economy bulb, it lasts twice as long. Therefore, to increase repeat sales and maximize profits, we should discontinue the deluxe light bulb." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  9. 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
  10. Topic 510 - The following appeared as part of an article in the book section of a newspaper. "Currently more and more books are becoming available in electronic form ? either free-of-charge on the Internet or for a very low price-per-book on compact disc.* Thus literary classics are likely to be read more widely than ever before. People who couldn't have purchased these works at bookstore prices will now be able to read them for little or no money; similarly, people who find it inconvenient to visit libraries and wait for books to be returned by other patrons will now have access to whatever classic they choose from their home or work computers. This increase in access to literary classics will radically affect the public taste in reading, creating a far more sophisticated and learned reading audience than has ever existed before." *A "compact disc" is a small portable disc capable of storing relatively large amounts of data that can be read by a computer. Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  11. Topic 426 - The following appeared as part of an article in the education section of a Waymarsh City newspaper. "Throughout the last two decades, those who earned graduate degrees found it very difficult to get jobs teaching their academic specialties at the college level. Those with graduate degrees from Waymarsh University had an especially hard time finding such jobs. But better times are coming in the next decade for all academic job seekers, including those from Waymarsh. Demographic trends indicate that an increasing number of people will be reaching college age over the next ten years; consequently, we can expect that the job market will improve dramatically for people seeking college -level teaching positions in their fields." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  12. Topic 513 - The following appeared in a letter from a staff member in the office of admissions at Argent University. "The most recent nationwide surveys show that undergraduates choose their major field primarily based on their perception of job prospects in that field. At our university, economics is now the most popular major, so students must perceive this field as having the best job prospects. Therefore, we can increase our enrollment if we focus our advertising and recruiting on publicizing the accomplishments of our best-known economics professors and the success of our economics graduates in finding employment." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write

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October 15, 2016