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Critical Reasoning: Dialog Format

Fashion Designer: Let's use many burgundy-colored fabrics for our next collection. It can give us an advantage over our competitors.

Textile Designer: I disagree with your strategy. Focusing on burgundy will have a negative effect on our sales.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the textile designer's objection to the fashion designer's claim?

Incorrect.

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This answer choice weakens the textile designer's claim indirectly by strengthening the fashion designer's idea. By providing us with a positive aspect of using a color repetitively, this statement supports the fashion designer's idea to use the color burgundy for many of the garments.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice weakens the textile designer's claim indirectly by strengthening the fashion designer's strategy. This answer choice tells us that using a certain color many times (recurring) can help make a collection successful. Therefore, it supports using burgundy fabric for many of the garments.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice directly weakens the textile designer's claim. Burgundy is dark red so according to this answer choice, it is always popular with consumers. Therefore, this statement undermines the textile designer's claim that using burgundy will harm sales.

Even if you didn't know that burgundy is similar to red, you could have eliminated this answer choice. The fact certain colors are successful doesn't necessarily mean burgundy isn't.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice could be said to weaken the textile designer's point indirectly by strengthening the fashion designer's point. If the fashion world repeats itself and burgundy hasn't been popular for a while, maybe it will become popular soon - a fact which supports using it.

You're right!

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This answer choice strengthens the textile designer's claim that using burgundy isn't such a good idea. This statement links the color burgundy to a negative event. Because of this new context, the color might not be very well accepted by consumers who would usually be attracted to burgundy.

Associating a design brand with a specific color is a good method of making it recognizable.
During a recent widely-publicized protest, political activists wearing burgundy committed violent acts against innocent bystanders before being arrested.
A successful fashion collection should have a solid and consistent theme and recurring colors and fabrics.
Garments that have colors that are close to red are always popular with consumers. 
The world of fashion tends to repeat itself and burgundy hasn't been dominant in a few decades.