GMAT Practice Question Set #16 (Question 46-48)

Critical Reasoning Question #48: Shoe Factory Workers  
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The average hourly wage of shoe factory workers in Manoda are far lower than in the neighboring Barathia. Since Barathia dropped all tariffs on Manodan shoes 2 years ago, the number of shoes sold annually in Barathia has not changed. However, recent statistics show a drop in the number of shoe factory workers in Barathia. Therefore, the latest trade report will probably indicate that the number of shoes Barathia imports annually from Manoda has increased.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A)

The number of shoe factory workers in Manoda has increased by at least as much as the number of shoe factory workers in Barathia has decreased.

(B)

Shoes manufactured in Manoda have features that shoes manufactured in Manoda do not have.

(C)

The average number of hours it takes a Barathian shoe factory worker to manufacture a shoe has not decreased significantly during the past three years.

(D)

The number of shoes manufactured annually in Manoda has increased significantly during the past three years.

(E)

The difference between the hourly wage of shoe factory workers in Manoda and the hourly wage of shoe factory workers in Barathia is likely to decrease in the next few years.

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