Teresa: If their goal is to maximize profits, film studios should concentrate on producing big–budget films rather t...

Meredith on November 6 at 10:19PM

Choice C

Can someone please explain why C is correct? I want to make sure my logic for choosing it over A is correct. Thanks

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Friday at 05:15PM

Hello @Meredith,

Good question! The difference between A and C is commonly tested on necessary assumption questions. If you can understand this one, it will help you in the future.

Conclusion: To maximize profits, film studios should produce big-budget films rather than small-budget films.
Why?
Premise: For, unlike big-budget films, small-budget films never attract mass audiences.

The last sentence concedes that small-budget films are less risky, but mitigating risk does not guarantee maximum profitability. Therefore, the argument is based on the "mass audiences" premise.

You seem to understand what the argument is missing. It needs a connection between mass audiences and maximum profits. But how do we choose between A and C? We need to ask ourselves, "Does the argument need this to be true?"

A. Does Teresa need every single big-budget film to attract a mass audience? No. That is too strong. We know from the passage that small-budget films cannot attract mass audiences, but big-budget films can. Teresa doesn't need to assume more than that.

C. Teresa does need to assume that a film studio must have some mass audiences in order to maximize profits. A small-budget film has no chance of achieving this, but a big-budget film does. This confirms the conclusion. If this assumption is not true, then the argument falls apart.