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Proposed New Safety Rules for Seashore City Port Would Lengthen Considerably the Minimum Time Between Departures from the Port. - Logical Reasoning

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MCQ

Read the following short passages and choose the best answers to the questions following the passage.

Proposed new safety rules for Seashore City Port would lengthen considerably the minimum time between departures from the port. In consequence, the port would be able to accommodate 10 percent fewer vessels than currently use the port daily. The city’s operating budget depends heavily on taxes generated by tourist spending, and most of the tourists come by ships. Therefore, the proposed new safety rules, if adopted, will reduce the revenue available for the operating budget.

The argument depends on assuming which of the following?

Options

  • The response to adoption of the new safety rules would not include a large increase in the number of passengers per ship.

  • There are no periods of the day during which the interval between ships departing from the port is significantly greater than the currently allowed minimum.

  • If proposed safety rules are adopted, the reduction in tourist numbers will not result mainly from a reduction in the number of tourists who spend relatively little in Seashore city.

  • Increasing the minimum time between departures is the only way to achieve necessary safety improvements without a large expenditure by the city government on port enhancements.

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Solution

The response to adoption of the new safety rules would not include a large increase in the number of passengers per ship.

Explanation:

The city's operating budget depends heavily on taxes collected from tourists. If the adoption of the new safety rules is followed by an increase in the number of passengers per ship after the frequency of ships drops, the revenue generated by tourists might not be affected much. So, the assumption in the leads to the argument about the reduction in reduced revenue.   

Concept: Critical Reasoning (Entrance Exam)
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