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Critical Reasoning: Conclusion Strengthening Questions

According to a recent survey conducted by a well-known women's magazine, the magazine's readership's dream cruise would be to Jamaica. A radio station has therefore decided to give its lucky 1000th caller a free cruise to Jamaica.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the decision of the radio station?

Incorrect.

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This answer choice weakens the radio station's decision. If the station is looking to receive endorsements from companies catering to men, it should boost its number of male listeners by handing out prizes that men would like. Remember, the survey was conducted in a women's magazine.

Right you are!

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This answer choice supports the station's decision by confirming the underlying assumption. If most of those who listen to the radio station are women, it makes sense to award a prize that women would like. 

Incorrect.

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This answer choice weakens the radio station's decision. Handing out cruises to Jamaica to people who live there is unlikely to boost the numbers of listeners because such a prize would not be considered a prize there.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice may weaken the decision by the radio station. If men prefer Hawaii, then while a cruise to Jamaica would make the female listeners happy, it would make the male listeners less so, thus weighing against such a decision.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither weakens nor strengthens the station's decision. Since no mention of internet-based radio is made in the argument, this information is irrelevant and cannot help us support the radio station's decision that the Jamaica cruise is a good prize.

The radio station is seeking to receive the endorsement of an international menswear chain.
76% of those who regularly listen to the radio station are women.
The radio station is very popular in Jamaica.
A similar survey conducted in a men's magazine has shown that its readers would prefer a cruise to Hawaii.
The radio station is seeking to increase its popularity as an internet-based station.