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Critical Reasoning: Assumption Questions

In the past century formerly consensual perceptions of the human palate have changed significantly. Man's culinary likes and dislikes have proved to be less culturally ingrained in society than was once thought and dishes foreign to many cultures have proliferated in these cultures across the globe in the last 100 years. A company marketing packaged goods from Country X has deduced that it will be profitable to market its packaged goods of Country X's cuisine to Country Y.

The company's deduction must rely on all the following assumptions EXCEPT:

Incorrect.

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This is an assumption that the company must have made: if Country Y does not accept packaged goods, the company's packaged goods have no chance of success.

Incorrect.

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This is an assumption that the company must have made: even though the premise generally states that many foods can be relatively easily adopted by other cultures, if the people of Country Y do not like the specific tastes of Country X, the company's products will not succeed.

Incorrect.

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This is an assumption that the company must have made: if the packaged goods cannot be transferred to Country Y, the company's products will never reach their destination and cannot be sold.

Bull's eye!

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You don't have to be the first exporter of a product to a specific country to be able to make the venture worthwhile. Therefore, the company didn't have to assume this to reach its conclusion.

Incorrect.

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This is an assumption that the company must have made: if the research, production, and shipping costs put together come to more than the revenue the company is able to get from selling the product, they will have spent more than they made, and come out at a loss. Remember, part of the conclusion is that the sales would be profitable.

Country Y will accept packaged goods.
Country Y will enjoy the specific foods of country X.
There is a way to transfer packaged goods from Country X to Country Y.
The company is the first from Country X to export packaged goods to Country Y.
The price the citizens of Country Y are willing to pay for the company's packaged goods exceeds the price of research, production, and shipping the company must invest to sell its goods in Country Y.