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  1. 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
  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 517 - The following appeared in a memorandum written by the assistant manager of a store that sells gourmet food items from various countries. "A local wine store made an interesting discovery last month: it sold more French than Italian wine on days when it played recordings of French accordion music, but it sold more Italian than French wine on days when Italian songs were played. Therefore, I recommend that we put food specialties from one particular country on sale for a week at a time and play only music from that country while the sale is going on. By this means we will increase our profits in the same way that the wine store did, and we will be able to predict more precisely what items we should stock at any given time." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  4. 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
  5. Topic 435 - The following appeared as part of an article in a magazine on lifestyles. "Two years ago, City L was listed 14th in an annual survey that ranks cities according to the quality of life that can be enjoyed by those living in them. This information will enable people who are moving to the state in which City L is located to confidently identify one place, at least, where schools are good, housing is affordable, people are friendly, the environment is safe, and the arts flourish." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  6. Topic 480 - The following appeared as part of a recommendation from the business manager of a department store. "Local clothing stores reported that their profits decreased, on average, for the three-month period between August 1 and October 31. Stores that sell products for the home reported that, on average, their profits increased during this same period. Clearly, consumers are choosing to buy products for their homes instead of clothing. To take advantage of this trend, we should reduce the size of our clothing departments and enlarge our home furnishings and household products departments." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  7. Topic 546 - The following appeared in a memorandum from the development director of the Largo Piano Company. "The Largo Piano Company has long been known for producing carefully handcrafted, expensive pianos used by leading concert pianists. During the past few years, however, our revenues have declined, whereas those of the Allegro Musical Instrument Company increased after Allegro introduced a line of inexpensive digital pianos. In order to increase Largo's sales and in fact outsell Allegro, we should introduce a line of digital pianos in a variety of price ranges. Our digital pianos would be likely to find instant acceptance with customers since they would be associated with the prestigious Largo name." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  8. Topic 479 - The following appeared in a memorandum from the president of a company that makes shampoo. "A widely publicized study claims that HR2, a chemical compound in our shampoo, can contribute to hair loss after prolonged use. This study, however, involved only 500 subjects. Furthermore, we have received no complaints from our customers during the past year, and some of our competitors actually use more HR2 per bottle of shampoo than we do. Therefore, we do not need to consider replacing the HR2 in our shampoo with a more expensive alternative." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  9. Topic 452 - The following appeared in the opinion section of a national newsmagazine. "To reverse the deterioration of the postal service, the government should raise the price of postage stamps. This solution will no doubt prove effective, since the price increase will generate larger revenues and will also reduce the volume of mail, thereby eliminating the strain on the existing system and contributing to improved morale." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Topic 413 - The following appeared in a memorandum issued by a large city's council on the arts. "In a recent citywide poll, fifteen percent more residents said that they watch television programs about the visual arts than was the case in a poll conducted five years ago. During these past five years, the number of people visiting our city's art museums has increased by a similar percentage. Since the corporate funding that supports public television, where most of the visual arts programs appear, is now being threatened with severe cuts, we can expect that attendance at our city's art museums will also start to decrease. Thus some of the city's funds for supporting the arts should be reallocated to public television." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write

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October 15, 2016